Japanese Gardens on the 3rd Sept’11
Todays Report comes from Phill.….
Heading into a slight northerly through the channel passed Japanese Gardens towards Mango Bay I was back on the boat photographing. Having just spent a couple of days practicing my photography instructor skills with Lisa and Tracey which were certainly an inspirational couple of sessions I was hoping for some solid Seahorse hunting.
However P’Dong our captain got the call and boats were turning back because of the swell around the corner. So we decided to sneak ahead and land the fun divers first on the Red Rock pinnacle drop off and moor the boat at Japanese Gardens. A well protected site and great for Jaqueline’s Open Water course which has just started.
I chose to jump in with the Fun Divers at Red Rock as I had recently spotted a turtle along the wall and wanted to go and make sure he was all good. He didn’t disappoint, a very healthy looking Hawksbill indeed he seems to be enjoying the occasional currents along the coastline. Along with the Turtle action we also got to spy some cool Whip Coral shrimps and with the ambling current taking us back to the bay, it was a cruise. Crystal clear and the sun was at a great angle for shooting, it was a perfect fun dive.
Surface Interval over and it was time to jump back in with our recent DMT (Divemaster in Training) Richard, to celebrate completing Rik, Amy, Ben and Kylie’s Open Water course. With an excellently executed display of Fin Pivots especially with the distraction of a Red Breasted Wrasse eager to show off his fin pivots, and a hilariously executed display of a team photo all 4 had a superb final training dive.
Thanks to everyone for a great day had, and hope the change if site wasn’t a disappointment, the benefits of a great crew and local knowledge.
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