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Reef Report for Friday, March 9, 2001

Fitzroy Island, a Dive Adventure

A very special day on the reef was had on Wednesday. Thirty local agents got together under the guidance of Pro Dive Cairns, Tusa Dive and Fitzroy Island Dive and Watersports to experience the very best of what Cairns has to offer. © Great Barrier Reef Enterprises An assortment of Hostel, Hotel and Tour desk operators were familiarized with 3 great products as well as experiencing THE best weather Cairns has seen in a while. As the breeze gently blew 2 knots MV Scubapro cruised out to Fitzroy Island. As the island appeared sun kissed withmorning rays, everybody was briefed as to what the day would entail. A tour of Fitzroy Island first to the facilities freshly painted, with many more refurbishing plans underway, to a quick dip in the pool to cool down, then

onto some serious diving and snorkelling off the tender.

I can honestly say, I was overwhelmed with the diving at the back of the island. To say there was some fish life would be an understatement. What we lacked in visibility ("only" 10 metres) was made up for in quantity and variety of fish life. We were privy to hundreds of schooling yellowtail, anemone fish, angel fish, feasting parrot fish, 7 cruising Turtles and the biggest groper I've ever seen. I was well impressed. The dive

ranked as highly as one I have ever done on the outer Great Barrier Reef. Magic!

The rest of the afternoon was spent frolicking on Nudey beach exploring the rainforest and soaking up the rays. As the afternoon creeped upon us, we once again boarded MV Scubapro and steamed home.

A great day was had by all. Fitzroy Island is a hidden Treasure and an experience not to be passed up. The weather is holding, and I strongly suggest you get out there and experience it today!

On the Northern reefs this week, calm seas were also experienced. Down Under Dive recorded 20 metres visibility at Norman reef. They are currently showcasing their new Sub, with free tours on offer throughout March.

Passions of Paradise had 20 metres visibility at Fish Market Mooring. Certified divers saw some Biocolor Angelfish , along with a bright blue Palatte Surgeonfish. The intro divers were treated to a colourful array of

Bluegreen Damsel fish as well as the ever friendly Batfish.

The weather people predict little change over the weekend. South to Southeast winds will blow at 10 knots and a few scattered showers may occur in the late afternoon. Have a great weekend!

(C) Pro Dive Cairns The weekly reef report is written by Sue-Anne Chapman of Pro Dive Cairns, who compiles them from the many conversations she has with divers, dive instructors, captains, and others in the Cairns dive community. The report is published weekly in the Cairn Post, the local daily paper and appears here thanks to the courtesy of Pro Dive Cairns.

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