After an early start to the day, we departed Cairns leaving the city skyline in the distance. We couldn’t think of a better way to welcome Claire back than a dive tour out to the Great Barrier Reef and It didn’t take long for Claire to find her sea legs again! Jan, Claire’s husband was there for the day, retraining her to get back out scuba diving and skippering Coral Sea Dreaming. Claire has also just completed her ‘dive instructor cross-over training’ with SSI (Scuba Schools International) so is now qualified to train divers under the SSI standards and at the end of next month she is super amped to become a Mermaid Instructor with SSI. Stand-by for our next blog on Mermaid Courses with Coral Sea Dreaming

So with the wind in our sails and the sun on our backs, we said goodbye to Cairns and made our way out to dive the Great Barrier Reef. Sailing out to the Great Barrier Reef on Coral Sea Dreaming is very different to travelling on a bigger more crowded tour boat. With only 12 passengers on board, plus three crew you get to enjoy one of the most beautiful places on Earth while avoiding the big crowds. Coral Sea Dreaming pride’s themselves on offering a unique tour to the Great Barrier Reef, with small tour groups, flexible schedules and exclusive access to 30 moorings on 9 different reefs!

Hastings Reef

First stop…. Hastings Reef! On arrival at Hastings Reef, Claire was super excited to get into her dive gear and reacquaint herself with this stunning reef location. As usual, Hastings Reef was sure to inspire the imagination with its myriad of colourful tropical fish and stunning coral reef formations. We couldn’t dive Hastings Reef without a quick hello to the local white tip reef sharks. Of course there was plenty of other marine life to see but the favourites would have to be the clown fish and parrot fish found everywhere here

Michaelmas Cay

Michaelmas Cay…..Is there any place on this planet more beautiful? Located 40km out from Cairns, Michaelmas Cay is the largest of the uninhabited coral cays in the Cairns region of the Great Barrier Reef. Rich with marine and bird life, Michaelmas Cay provides stunning snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities. Like enthusiastic, young children, we explored and dived this stunning cay and were lucky enough to be visited by some of the resident green sea turtles!! They came so close I could almost kiss them 😊

Coral Sea Dreaming is fortunate to hold the only commercial permit to stay overnight at Michaelmas Cay. Anyone lucky enough to stay overnight can enjoy watching the sea birds as they fly in to roost after a long day hunting at sea, the sun set over the Coral Sea and then gear up for a thrilling night dive. The boat is anchored overnight tucked in behind the little sandy Cay, the perfect spot for night scuba diving and snorkeling in the golden light of dawn.

If you would like to find out more about our Great Barrier Reef scuba diving or snorkeling trips, contact us at Coral Sea Dreaming, Cairns on ph (07) 4229 9000 or email coralseadreamingdiveandsail@gmail.com.

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