For six days now we have gone from one favoured dive location to another. The Australian government has made secure moorings right next to the dive spot. They have done this to prevent careless destruction of the coral. It is very easy to accidentally ensnare coral with an anchor ... not while actually anchoring, but because the anchor chain will drag across the coral while the boat moves around at anchor. The government also regulates the size of boat and the time (2 hours). Last night we were lucky enough to get to this safe anchorage just before 'closing time' (around 3pm) so we have been able to stay overnight. The added bonus is that we have internet here so I decided to post a small record of our time here.
This post consists mainly of photos. Larry has taken between 50 and 70 photos on each dive, and I then edit them. Here are some of our favourites and the dive location.
|Butterfly Bay mushroom coral|
|Maureen Cove dive 2 crinoid|
|Manta Ray Bay Maori wrasse|
|Manta Ray Bay branching hard coral|
|Cateran Bay Rainford's butterflyfish|
|Cateran Bay - homo sapiens|
|Blue Pearl Bay - 6-band angelfish & lemon damsel|
|Blue Pearl Bay|