Diving the reef
06 May 2011 | Cairns
michael and jackie
We decided that we couldn't come to Cairns without diving the reef. Having researched the various dive shops the overwhelming view on the internet was that pro dive were the people. Highly professional and tightly organised. We went to the shop and signed up. Unfortunately everything here is described as awesome but this trip lived up to the word. Awesome.
At 6.15 a mini bus picked us up, took us to the shop where we were fitted out with our buoyancy jackets, and then back to the marina to the Pro Dive boat. The young German chef, Heidi, had a breakfast ready, and off we went, all 20 odd of us. It was slightly noticeable that everyone was under half our age ie there was a couple in their thirties. The trip promises 11 dives over three days and two nights. We decided to drop one each day on grounds of exhaustion. The diving was tremendous. The barrier reef has far more fish life than the Caribbean or Fiji. The downside is that you rarely get the water as clear as gin that you get in those areas. Snorkeling in the Barrier Reef can be disappointing because the sediment and plankton obscure the vision. Diving though brings you below the sediment and you can get up really close and appreciate the colour of the coral. The fish are unworried by divers and carry on their business and will even swim up to you in curiousity. You float through the water part of their world but separate from it.
The dives were very varied some quite deep with great coral encrusted chasms. Others coral gardens teeming with fish. Altogether a memorable experience.