Thursday, August 12, 2010

Coral Sea and GBR - another item off the Bucket List

Sea Snake - up close and personal

Clam lip and friend

Potato Cod and friends

Lion Fish

Prawn on Night Dive

Hump Head, you can hear the bighting the coral (also nice eating in PNG)

Ain't love grand - swimming together

Sponge ?

Red relation of Clown Fish

The Shark Feed at North Arm ( You have sign another indemnity for this dive and stay seated on the Ampitheatre)

Coral Sea and GBR - another item off the Bucket List

Another Oncologist appointment and another great result, 15 months of Smouldering. Would like to set a world record, but that would be a lottery win in itself.

This time back in AUS I took off for Cairns and four nights on Mike Ball’s Spoilsport boat. Twelve NITROX dives and over 1500 U/W pics, great diving on Ospreys Reef. It was a bit rough getting there but worth the effort, crystal clear water. A great mix of twenty-three divers from all over the world with a superb staff. The hot towels at your dive station made life more amenable. Also the hot soup at lunch put the life back into you after a couple of dives. Dinner was at eight after the night dive, then there was the Hobbit first, and second breakfast after the early dive. I missed one dive – just a bit shattered. The Gekko Dive Computer worked out all the calculations and kept me safe and in the zone. The shark feeding was the highlight and brought memories of New Guinea and holding speared fish away from zooming sharks.

I flew back from Lizard Island (old haunt of ’93 - two weeks diving and camping) by Cessna Caravan to Cairns at 300 meters. Bought the obligatory video and tee shirt to prove it.

Came back to Samoa just 10kg overweight with an underwater scooter (Bladefish 5000). Have done the scooter snorkel tests and I am organizing more dives.

The Va’a is currently in the Vavau Islands, Tonga and is sailing back this week. The crew will have lots of whale stories to tell.

Samoa is going flat out with the tourist season and great specials. Last weekend was a long W/E for Father’s Day and we went to Seaside Resort for the Sunday night. This is on the north east coast and is very popular with the locals. Unfortunately it is a couple of hundred meters to the good snorkeling, Sunday I took a kayak and motored around with the scooter. On the Monday I took a float and the scooter. Just tie the scooter to the float for the photography – worked well, but needs quick releases, mounts etc.

F has been flat out and survived my time away, everyone wanted to take her out, especially for her birthday. I have to check the dates before making appointments next year.
My art has shifted from fish to sailing with a Va’a and a Tasmanian schooner currently in production.
Lovely weather in the Pacific
All from us

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