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2017/10/23 4 Dives off an inner part of the Great Barrier Reef (from Hamilton Island)
π 2017-10-23 01:01 in Australia, Diving, Ozsafari2017
We were 2 days on Hamilton Island as part of our Oz Safari Flying trip, so I figured the best thing we could do was go dive on the great barrier reef. I however didn't realize it was a 4H boat ride away (2H each way) and really for total beginners. The staff kind of asked why we were there when I said we had 500 dives, or why we would even come back a 2nd day; probably not a good sign :)

We went to what we knew as a "sacrificial reef" where all the total beginners go and stomp on everything, but thankfully once our dive guide realized that we were coming up with over 100 bars and we could last more than twice as long as the other people she usually goes with, we ended up going just with her for the last 2 dives, and she took us to the better places in their reef.




glass bottom boat
glass bottom boat

they even had helicopter flights, which felt like not worth it at all
they even had helicopter flights, which felt like not worth it at all

they had a big barge that was attached to the reef and that the boat took us to, it had a glass bottom too
they had a big barge that was attached to the reef and that the boat took us to, it had a glass bottom too

snorklers galore
snorklers galore


they were setup for volume
they were setup for volume

All in all, it ended up not being so bad. Not the best GBR diving we've done obviously, but still 4 nice enough dives (never mind the 8H of boating total we had to do to get to them):



found a single moray eel
found a single moray eel

even found a turtle
even found a turtle






big clam, almost as big as Jennifer
big clam, almost as big as Jennifer





intro to diving dragged by an instructor
intro to diving dragged by an instructor


baby ray
baby ray


Big napoleon:




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