This trip was focused solely on wreck diving, so not much in terms of coral life or drift diving. Most of the wrecks are quite deep, about 20+m, and the waters had quite a lot of sediment in them. The visibility apparently was good by usual standards though. The waters could get a little choppy though – a lot of people couldn’t sleep the first night because the boat was rocking so intensely (I woke up occasionally but managed a decent rest), and we always had to fin to the front of the boat to descend along the line – so fighting currents at the start of a dive was always tiring!
We managed 1.5 days of diving – 4 dives in day 1 including a night dive, and 2 dives on our final day, after which we headed back to the jetty.
There were 3 divers in our group of about 17 that were on advanced course, the rest of us were leisure divers. My group was just me, my 2 friends P and S, as well as our DM Michelle. All 4 of us were equipped with cameras and had the luxury of being the group to suit up and head into the waters first.
Here we go!
Dive 1/6 (#54) 11th Aug 2012 8.16am (40 mins) 23.9m Snake Rock
First dive of the trip! Apparently this rock looks like a winding snake if the visibility is good and you observe it from a distance! It’s quite a small area
Lots of bamboo sharks hidden in the rocks - you'll mostly see a tail or a head.
This one wasn't so well hidden!
Sometimes you'll see more than one shark together
Saw 2 cuttlefish, 1 big and 1 small swimming together.
Odd little shoal of yellow striped fish that followed my fins everywhere. They were really quite brilliantly coloured.
Cute little leatherjackets along the line at the 5m rest stop
Dive 2/6 (#55) 11th Aug 2012 11.28am (47 mins) 21m Temu Wreck
There are 2 resident black frogfish living down here. They camouflage really well so one of our DMs headed down earlier to mark out the spot so that we would be able to spot them easily.
Scorpionfish disguising itself as a rock... don't touch it!
A cool arrowhead crab (named for its shape?) with spindly limbs.
Practically invisible cleaner shrimp hiding in anemones
Crocodile fish buried in the sand, and buries itself further in when it gets nervous