We’d always said we were just going to snorkel the reef, but speaking to some fellow travellers, we were persuaded that we had to dive. I was a little nervous as the only time I’d tried before, five years ago, I had a few issues with my ears and suffered horrendous sea sickness. I decided however that diving the Great Barrier Reef is a once in a lifetime experience so I would just put up with the pain and hope for the best! It was by far the best decision we made, snorkelling will just never compare. Diving is the most amazing experience (especially if you don’t have to spend the whole time in pain). It’s like the best form of therapy, feels so peaceful under there and you can think of nothing else but breathing and the amazing sights. If I had the money, it would definitely be a new hobby!
We did our trip with Cairns Dive Centre and went to Milln Reef. As we were doing an intro dive, we had an hour lesson on the boat trip out to the reef about the equipment and what to do but the dive instructor managed everything for us really. We had to practice a few exercises before we went down for the first dive and all hold hands to start with but afterwards we could swim alone and we were off chasing a turtle. I thought turtles were slow, but he was a fast little bugger, trying to run away from the big scary breathing machines. Some of the other divers saw reef sharks too but unfortunately we weren’t as lucky. The second dive was so much better as we had longer to explore as we didn’t need to do any exercises. The reef was stunning! We saw the most amazing tropical fish, coral and even a stingray! Was such an amazing trip and have lots of love for Tanya our instructor with Cairns Dive Centre.
At school we gave each other the nicknames Steph Silver and Robyn Red, but from now we like to be known as Scuba Steph and Reef Robyn, diving pros!
Many of the photos are courtesy of Joe the photographer on the boat and Steph’s wonderful go pro skills. Far too many to choose from so hope you enjoy!