Diving the Great Barrier Reef

Our overnight dive trip aboard the Reef Endeavour felt a bit like we were in the film Inception (2010). Essentially, we were on a holiday within a holiday.

We soon realised after the second dive that we should’ve given ourselves more time to enjoy our dives instead of having to rush in and out of our dive gear for each not-so-well-announced dive.  So, if we could do it all over again, we would leave more time for diving.

The Reef Encounter served as our taxi to the Endeavour.  To my disappointment, the hot breakfast that was served aboard the Encounter would be the last tasty meal we would have until we were back on land.

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The rest of the food really isn’t worth mentioning.  But I digress, as the focus of this part of our holiday (not to mention this post), was the magnificent Great Barrier Reef!

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We expected the hire gear to be minging so we came prepared with our own boots, fins, gloves, wetsuits, snorkels and masks.  It was definitely worth it, and much less trouble than we’d expected.  We were able to dive comfortably without worrying about getting blisters from the fins and were fully protected from stingers.

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Although we thoroughly enjoyed our dives (and even survived a night dive) we also enjoyed just hanging about the surface with our snorkels.  We could often see more aquatic life closer to the surface than when we were further down.  We dived Saxon Reef, Hastings Reef, and snorkeled around Michaelmas Cay.  The highlight was seeing a giant sea turtle on the last day of our trip.  I’ve never seen such a beautifully enchanting creature up close and would love to see more.

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