Night Dives and Sun Decks

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Me on the sun deck

I did my first night dive on this trip.  I thought I’d be scared but it was amazing!  I loved dropping down with everyone with the stars watching us from over head.  We would be put into groups of 6.  Each group member was given the same colour of glow stick that we attached to the top of our tasks so we could see each other under water.  We each had a torch and would drop as a group under water.  Uli and I were looking at a huge blue lobster on the second night dive when a white tip reef shark swim right into our beams of light!  Talk about a surprise!  We’re interested in the lobster when out of the black comes a shark right into our light, stays with us for a moment then heads up along the coral wall as we follow it with our torch beams, shock is written on my face but no one can see it!!  We also saw two Giant Sea Turtles on that dive.  These guys are massive!  The turtles are about 100 years old so there are a lot of rules about diving around them.

Warming up after a dive
  Namely, keep your torch beams to their hind ends so you don’t wake them and scare them.  We see them sleeping under huge shelves of coral.  They are grand daddies of the ocean.  Think of the life they’ve led!  I also find a moray eel and numerous shrimps on various kind in the coral.  It’s easy to see the shrimp, their eyes glow red when you’re torch beam lands on them.  It’s weird seeing these tiny red spots on the black water moving around among you. 

I would typically sit on the sun deck of the boat between dives, taking tea up there so I could warm up.

I see land ahead! Almost back to Cairns.
  It reminded me of the painted turtles we had on the pond on our farm when I was a kid, they’d come out of the water and bask in the sunlight on floating logs.  I’d also go up there at night to mediate and watch the moon reflect on the waves.  When the waves were calm I’d do yoga.  As I said before most people went to bed early so I would often take time to sit alone on the deck, thinking about the trip and just being present.  The moonlight and isolation of the boat took my breath away every night.  I am in an incredible place on my life, physically, emotionally, spiritually.  The trip took my practice of mediation and focusing my mind to a new level.  I can’t get over what has happened so far on the trip.  The diving alone is sensational.  And I have more to look forward to!  Based on my conversations with those on the live aboard I will definitely head to Townsville to dive the Yongala wreck.
Giligan post liveaboard - everyone is celebrating!
  Can you believe I didn’t even dive two years ago?  Nuts!

We arrive back on land!  I can’t believe the trip is over, but I’m so excited for everything we’ve done!  A group of us decide to meet at the bar at Gilligans for dinner and drinks to celebrate our amazing experience.  It turns into an all night affair with an unexpected pub crawl in there!  We hit P.J O’Briens danced and played pool, then it was off to The Woolshed to dance all night on tables.  Oh man, that place is full on!

My next plan is to take a bus to Ayr.  I'm heading down there to dive that Yongala wreck.  I can't wait for more diving!!!  Bus leaves early tomorrow morning.  Back on the road again!

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Me on the sun deck
Me on the sun deck
Warming up after a dive
Warming up after a dive
I see land ahead!  Almost back to …
I see land ahead! Almost back to…
Giligan post liveaboard - everyone…
Giligan post liveaboard - everyon…
Angela and I
Angela and I
Me and the crew
Me and the crew
Home again
Home again
Recovery at the lagoon
Recovery at the lagoon
Angela, Freddie, Uli and I at the …
Angela, Freddie, Uli and I at the…
One last night in Cairns
One last night in Cairns
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