Mon 17th July 2017 – Thu 20th July 2017
When we talk smiles and laughter on a dive boat I would have to say that the 26 people we have had on board for the Cod Hole trip would certainly rate amongst the highest echelons of smiley faces. It all started in Cairns on a sunshine blue sky Monday Morning. We left for the reef at midday and had everyone in the water with huge smiles by 4 pm. Sharks and Rays had a huge part to do with the smiles but so did the 15 knott winds and clear waters of the GBR.
After our two dives we sat down to dinner and headed north. Arriving in the Steves Bommie area around 1am. At 0630 we were all up and talking about Minke whales and all of the other critters that live at Steve’s. Pipe Fish, Nudibranchs, Octopus, Multitudes of Stone Fish, Mackerel and 40 meter vis kicked off our day in the most exceptional of diving ways.
After our two dips at Steve’s we dropped in to High Five for a look around. A nice Hawksbill Turtle and schools of Fusiliers were in abundance. The cave systems in the shallows are always really nice with the ambient light coming in from the top.
Clam Gardens to round out the day with a white tip reef shark and of course Giant Giant Clams. A night dive here produced plenty of red bass looking for a torch beam to light up a bit of prey.
We finished off the day with a Minke Whale presentation by our on board Minke Researcher.
Tuesday Morning and Minke time at Lighthouse Bommie. We stayed at this amazing spot for two dives where we saw an Ornate Eagle Ray as well as electric file clams and of course a Minke swimming within a few meters of our divers was a complete hightlight.
We finished the trip off with two dives at the Cod Hole where we had 3 large potato cod for the feeding as well as an entire swarm of Red Bass. Everyone had a great time getting up close to these Cod as they jostled for position to be fed.
BBQ dinner at Lizard Island with two massive Queesnland Grouper hanging out off the back of the boat. The marine life this week has been very amazing and the people we have shared it with have been even more.
Thanks for coming with us everybody and we will see you next time.