A dream trip on the Great Barrier Reef turned into a dream come true for an Australian traveller when her Israeli boyfriend staged an underwater marriage proposal during an overnight dive trip from Cairns.
Netanel enlisted the help of the Coral Sea Dreaming crew to set up the proposal during a two-day live-aboard diving trip on the Great Barrier Reef with his girlfriend Sharon.
“Under the water on the bottom of the ocean, while we were scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, Netanel found a huge shell, which hand been purchased before the trip and specially prepared, and handed it to me,” Sharon said.
“He then pulled out a sign that asked me if I would marry him! I nodded up and down ‘yes’… he finally had me speechless. He then removed his oxygen regulator from his mouth and signed for me to do the same, and kissed me – a true mermaid proposal.
“I love shells and have a collection. Netanel and I joke that I’m the only person who would rather a shell than a diamond.”
Passions of Paradise Sales and Marketing Manager Adam O’Malley said it was the first time the Cairns company had been part of an underwater marriage proposal.
“Our live-aboard boat Coral Sea Dreaming is popular for wedding parties and honeymooners and the day boat Passions of Paradise has been the venue for weddings on the Great Barrier Reef,” he said.
The couple have returned to Israel to plan their wedding, taking with them extra special memories of their Great Barrier Reef adventure and fulfilling Sharon’s mermaid dreams.
“Since I was a little girl I have always wanted to be a mermaid. I would spend hours in the bath flapping my feet and waiting for the day my tail would grow. I guess I got my tail when I got my scuba license and dived on the Great Barrier Reef,” Netanel said.
“Diving through the coral caves was very mermaid like, we saw the jumping fish flying across the top of the water with huge tuna fish which was magical to see and the night dive was an amazing once in a lifetime experience.
“My favourite was the turtle – I got to swim along with it and pat it! And Netanel loved seeing a shark and stingray.”