4 Day Coral Sea Trip
To those who joined Spirit Of Freedom and her crew on Thursday the 15th of November, what a trip it was. Some of you had a scenic flight from Cairns to Lizard Island while others were continuing their trip on from the Cod Hole.
Once we were all aboard while at anchor in Watson Bay at Lizard Island we lifted the anchor and made way for the Ribbon Reefs for an afternoons diving. And then that evening we headed out to Osprey Reef, which lays 80 nautical miles ENE of Lizard Is.
Our first day at Osprey was full on, with four dives planned it was action packed with deep dives, drifts, swim throughs all the while schooling Jacks as well as Barracuda, a couple Eagle Rays and a Manta cruised in to say G’Day. Thank you Kristy for your evening presentation on some of the marine life we’d encountered on our dives in which was followed by a big nights rest for those that needed a catch up from the crossing the night before but also for another four dives the next day. We started the day at North Horn diving up ‘Soft Coral Wall’ before the shark attraction dive which is always a thrill when more than two dozen Grey Reef Sharks show up for a piece of the action. Our time at Osprey was brilliantly topped off with a stop at Castles where the diving is all about topography, some fantastic swim throughs carving their way into the reef off the steep wall that is Osprey.
For our final day of the expedition we were in the lower Ribbon Reefs, dive the likes of Steve’s Bommie and Flair Point. What a fantastic way to end a fabulous trip, awesome weather, awesome diving with awesome people. Many thanks to all who came and blew bubbles with us, Happy Days !!