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Reef Report for Sunday, January 3, 2010

Beyond the Equator
A dive trip aboard Cairns Dive Centre

This story and picture were sent to us by Yuliya Borodina , one of our recent guests on a 3-day/2-night dive trip with Cairns Dive Centre. If this trip sounds like the perfect trip for you you can find full details here.

What does it feel like to be beyond the Equator? I had been asking myself this question many times before I made my trip to the Great Barrier Reef. © Yuliya Borodina This trip not only gave me an answer but many more experiences and left me with some wonderful memories.

I made my 3-day/2-nights trip with the Cairns Dive Centre on a boat with an iconic Australian name, Kangaroo Explorer. Boarding the ship I was plunged into the bright, fantastic and fascinating underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef, which is really gorgeous no matter time of the day or night.

I made 10 dives during three days. I found the most beautiful dives to be at dawn. The boat changed its location two times a day so we had an opportunity to dive each day in three different locations and compare the varied habitants of the bosom of the sea.

The most beautiful dive sites were on Millne Reef, with my favorites being Three Sisters and Whale Bommie. These sites are excellent both for experienced divers and first-time snorkelers as the depth varies here from 1 to about 30 meters and the visibility ranging from 10-25 meters. For experienced divers these sites offer wonderful wall and cave dives and interesting night dives where you can expect to see the grey reef sharks, probing the reef, hunting for the small fish that are their prey. Also these sites are highly valued by divers for the variety of fishes, mollusks, corals and other underwater creatures. The snorkelers can see here quietly soaring turtles, barracudas, reef crabs, giant clams and of course plenty of colorful fishes and corals.

Whale Bommie is a dive site that really looks like a whale. The waves roll in the overhanging parts of the reef and it seems like the whale is trying to swim up to the boat, spurting the water high up. I remembered this site also by another reason. On the second day during the dive at dawn I met the most beautiful turtle, which was slowly and very gracefully floating around the reef. It seemed like slowed down intentionally to show off and be photographed, and was unafraid of divers.

Another very bright and unforgettable impression was the stellar sky at night. One night while the crew of Kangaroo Explorer was refueling the generator all the lights were off and the boat was absorbed in full darkness 30 kilometers away from the Australian coast. I have never seen such bright stars hanging over the calm sea. It was really worth seeing.

Both the unique natural beauty and incredible impression of complete weightlessness attract people to dive along the Great Barrier Reef, but I was also impressed by the very friendly and helpful people who work in the ship’s crew. The crew members usually were from different countries all over the world and shared their knowledge and experience so the social atmosphere on the ship was very diverse and interesting.

Summing up I would like to say that the words "seeing is believing" are exactly what diving is about The Great Barrier Reef is one of the real wonders of the world. Go visit!

(C) DiveTheReef The weekly reef report is written by Joel Groberg of DiveTheReef.com, who compiles them from the many conversations he has with dive staff in the area, as well as  many other local sources in the dive community.

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