Happy New Years Eve from Byron Bay!
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This morning came way too quickly as we sandered down to Byron Bay Dive Centre for 6:45am. We got our gear and headed down to the beach in a sketchy truck. The truck stalled at one point going up a hill and the driver (kind of joking, kind of not) suggested the guys get ready to go push the truck up the hill.
We got into the boat and five minutes later we were at Julian Rocks. We entered the water navy seal style, with a backwards roll into the water. The visibility wasn't very good and was nothing like the GBR. The fish were quite different though. We saw several sting rays, some spotted sharks, lots of jellyfish and lots of other tropical fish. Overall the dive was ok. We were planning to get breakfast after the dive but we were both tired so back to bed for a nap we went.
We met up for lunch with Mike and found a place that served breakfast until 3pm. For some reason I had the biggest craving for french toast and this place had banana and coconut french toast with maple syrup. OMG soo tasty!
We had our second dive at 2:30 so we spent a couple hours shopping and playing in the waves at the beach. There's a shop in town that sells t-shirts with funny pictures and sayings on them. I bought a sweet red shirt with a picture of David Hasselhoff wearing a speedo and the words "Dreamboat" underneath it. Best $25 I've ever spent!
Our second dive was with a company called Sundive. After getting a ride to the beach in a slightly less sketchy truck than in the morning, we were out next to the boat waiting to get on.
I had wanted to see a turtle so bad since the beginning of the trip and I hadn't seen one.
We saw the same kind of fish we saw in the morning but this time I finally saw a Dory fish from Finding Nemo, a fish I hadn't seen on the GBR. So that was cool as well.
Our group was meeting up for some pre-drinking before going to the bar we had tickets to .. the Cheeky Monkey. After a few drinks we headed over for 8pm. I wasn't sure what to make of the place but after an hour or so we knew it was going to be a good time.
The bar's "dance floor" are the tables so we spent most of the night drinking and being merry on the table tops. It made for quite the countdown to new years.
At about 1, a few of us ventured down to the beach which was packed. After spending some time on the beach, we found a mini rollercoaster and of course had to go for a ride. I took a video of us on it ... sooo funny.
We had to be ready to board the bus at 7:45am the next morning which I was not looking forward to at all. I think we managed to get a solid 4 hours of sleep!