I am excited to share a few photos with you in this post from my most recent trip on Thurs Sept 25 – Mon Sept 29, 2014 (exciting video including shark feeding, mating sea snakes, turtles and more will be posted separately 🙂 )
After three landlocked weekends, I have just returned from my first ever live-aboard dive adventure to the outer Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea on the Mike Ball Expeditions vessel, Spoilsport.
My first ever introductory dive was about twelve years ago on the Reef, and I was super-excited to return to this amazing part of the ocean with Spunky Abe and our dive buddies, LP and Julie Bear.
Somehow, I managed to rise above 24 hours of chronic seasickness and a migraine between my first and second dives to complete twelve dives and to completely fall in love with the amazing Coral Sea, north of Cairns at the top end of Australia.This trip included travelling 1500 kms by sea over 4 nights aboard the Spoilsport and three full days of diving.
Here’s a fantastic video my best buddy LP took during this amazing underwater vacation (if you watch carefully, you’ll see me hanging out with barracudas at 0:52 and a big bunch of sharks at 1:30 – enjoy!)
Dive sites visited included Challenger Bay, Cod Hole, False Entrance, Snake Pit, West Horn, Fairy Grotto and several others.There were amazing fish, corals and sharks on every dive, and some dives featured turtles, sea snakes, moray eels and more.
One of the highlights was definitely the amazing shark feed dive! I love these photos of me photographing sharks by Julie Jones and Bob Halstead (make sure you check out Bob’s amazing new Coral Sea Fish Guide App on the iTunes store!)
Make sure you check out my next post where I will share some insane footage of the shark feeding experience. Call me crazy, but the highlight for me was when one shark accidentally bumped into my leg and almost sent me flying right off my coral perch less than 3 metres from the shark feeding platform!
At the end of our adventure, we disembarked at Lizard Island, where we caught a low flying Cessna over the spectacular Great Barrier Reef, the first of three flights for the day to get home to Melbourne.
It really meant a lot to me to do this trip straight after my retirement from my job with the blessing of my oncologist. After arriving home in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, I presented at the hospital for palliative radiation sessions 5 and 6 on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. I am truly tired but perpetually buoyed by my bliss.
Life is for living and the ocean is for exploring. This is my bliss and I can’t wait to share my videos from this trip with you in my next post. Maybe one day you might even find your own way to share the ocean with me?
Love and bubbles,
ps While you’re here, please feel to check out more of my underwater images and photos from my other recent dive adventures!