Night Dives and Sun Decks
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I did my first night dive on this trip. I thought Iâ€™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! Weâ€™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.
I would typically sit on the sun deck of the boat between dives, taking tea up there so I could warm up.
We arrive back on land! I canâ€™t believe the trip is over, but Iâ€™m so excited for everything weâ€™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 Oâ€™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!