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  The Southern Great Barrier Reef
by darthmilmo

Venus II is the vessel that took us to the Southern Great Barrier Reef on a trip of a lifetime. It went on for 3 magical nights and 3 wonderful days. Circus Kris was the British instructor in charge of the diving on the boat. Throughout the next few days, the small group of divers and non-divers onboard became like a family. Ashley was the Captain and Andy was the second-mate as well as being one of the best cooks in Australia.

Diving was great! We got to see so many exotic fish, sharks, turtles, corral, crustaceans, and more. We dove on several amazing places in and around several islands located in the southern Great Barrier Reef. We dove inside and outside the lagoon at Lady Musgrave Island, on the unprotected beautiful reefs around Lady Elliot, and dozen of more sites.

The trip on board Venus II was amazing. It offers not only diving, but a wide range of other activities. We got to see humpback whales on their migration path (check out the season when you go), a school of dolphins swimming along the boat, several curious sea turtles showing their head above the water, and more. We also got a few excursions into several of the islands. We had a few hours to walk on the infamous Lady Musgrave Island. We also were among the last tourists to walk on Fairfax Island before it closed down as an exclusive natural bird sanctuary.

In between dives, whenever we had some leftover energy (which is not common) we went out snorkeling. It is true what they say, you sometimes see more snorkeling then diving. On one occasion, Sandra and I saw even followed a turtle that showed us the way to a giant sting ray, then it in turn led us to 5 more turtles in a row; finally we saw a small white tip shark before we had to swim back to the boat.

The trip on board the Venus II was not only amazing, but unbelievable cheap. For the price of a regular dive trip we got to see more things that usually cost more money. This include whale watching, diving off Lady Eliot Island, as well as a visit to Lady Musgrave Island!

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  • Written Feb 8, 2004
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