Lots of Barracuda
Another relatively sleepless night, we woke to heavy rain â€“ again. A quick breakfast and then a 30 minute wait in the rain outside the camp site for our pick-up and then we were on our way in a 4x4 to the dive site. There were to be 12 divers, 2 instructors and one extra instructor/camera man on board the 12 metre, twin 250 engine rib. We were the only Brits, then there were 2 Dutch (he was the female in the relationship), a lovely older Italian couple, 2 sets of German couples who we thought could be husband and husband, respectively, and an American couple a similar age to us (ish). We didnâ€™t have to wear the usual gimp suit, just a 3mm suit and a gimp hood â€“ stinger season. The journey out was quite rough with quite a swell, and rain. We were glad to get there. It is a bit like diving the Hood (I think!) out of Plymouth (again, I think!), you have to follow/use a rope to get down onto the wreck, stay close to the wreck and come back the same way.
The current is pretty strong, so that is the only option. The swell was very bad and I (Wendy) decided at about 6m that this dive wasnâ€™t for me. After much hand signals to Phil and the Dive Guide, I dragged myself back to the boat. I barely had enough energy to do that â€“ I really do need to lose half my body weight and get fit! Everyone had an amazing dive - typical! There was so much life, Phil didnâ€™t know which way to look first. I plucked up the courage to do the second dive. Once you are past the 10 m mark the current dies down dramatically and there is a manageable current. Well, the SS Yongala is up with the best dives on my list â€“ ever! The wreck is completely covered with beautiful coral and life â€“ there is too much down there to take in in 30 dives, let alone one or two.
Bits of the wreck and yellow fish.
The Dive Guide gave me a sea snake to stroke while he kissed it â€“ and odd experience. We also saw huge puffer fish, potato cod, clown fish, barracuda, a huge turtle just having a rest â€“ too much/many to mention and remember! Looking back we cannot pin it to any other dive site we have done for the intensity of life â€“ truly a wonderful dive site that must be done time and time again!
More yellow fish.