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Reef Report for Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Queensland Flooding not Impairing Dive Conditions on the Northern Great Barrier Reef.

The recent flooding in Southern Queensland has been tragic, and we hope everyone donates to the relief effort. Part of the recovery from the flood will be the tourism industry, and wed just like to let everyone know that the dive conditions on Northern half of the Great Barrier Reef have maintained their excellence. © Shea Calligan, Mike Ball Dive We have not gotten anything near the historic rainfall seen in the Southern half of the state.

One local dive operator, Mike Ball Dive, published the photo below, taken over the weekend on one of their dive trips. Clearly (pun intended) the dive conditions on the trip were excellent.

Oddly enough, our friend Janine was on this same dive trip, and this is what she wrote:

"I was on the 4 night Fly Dive Coral Sea expedition and arrived back Monday morning. It was an excellent trip, we were able to dive sites that Ive been hearing passengers & crew rave about for the last 18 months as well as old favourites like the Cod Hole. The Acropolis dive site far exceeded all the video and photo footage I have seen, the sheer volume of coral, fish and colour was mind blowing. We were also lucky enough to dive a newly discovered site called Bannerfish Bommie. Again, the marine life was astounding, there were masses of anemone fish and banner fish. And the visibility! All the sites we visited had at least 25m visibility with an astounding 50+ metres at False Entrance in the Coral Sea. I finally got to see the two events I have been dreaming of... sea snakes at Snake Pit (I ended up seeing them at 4 different sites) and the shark feed at North Horn where we had approximately 50 sharks swimming around."

So dont put off the chance to get in some great diving, let us know how we can help you plan your next dive trip!

Coverage, from The Cairns Post

A gallery of images taken on this dive trip

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