Diving at Coral Gardens near Michaelmas Cay
Diving at Coral Gardens near Michaelmas Cay last Saturday was a joy I had not experienced for a very ling time. My thoughts of Michaelmas Cay where of a beautiful white sandy cay out in the middle of The Great Barrier Reef. There were always allot of seabirds using Michaelmas Cay as there home, it is in fact a major breading ground for an array of wild sea and ocean dwelling birds.
Lying on the soft beautiful white sand, soaking up the North Queensland sun I realized I live in an amazing part of the world. I could be a hundred miles from anywhere with land nowhere to been seen as far as the eye can see. Maybe now I know what Tom Hanks felt like in his epic movie Castaway, a story about of a passenger that survived a plane crash and was standard on a Barron Island in the middle of no where. Well I think the movie was suppose to be depicted in some part of the Pacific Ocean but I will use my imagination and call this island Michaelmas Cay.
So after an hour or two drifting in and out of a dazed sleepy somber I was awaken by the dive crew who asked me to come and join them on scuba dive with the dive crew. As I love diving I jumped at the opportunity, we geared up tanks, weights, BCD’s and took of in the dive tender. After about a 15min boat ride to maybe 300 / 400 meters away from Michaelmas Cay we all checked our dive buddies and backward summer salted into the water.
Now thinking we are still reasonably close to the cay I didn’t expect to much in the way of visibility and marine life. But wow after turning the first corner and slowly descending to about 14 meters we came across a beautiful school of yellow tail just relaxing in the warm water hiding in the shadows from the afternoon sun. I had my GoPro2 with my red back-scatter lens on and was able to capture a great little moment under the sea. I will definitely be heading back out to Michaelmas Cay again, not only to soak up the beautiful sunshine and clear tropical waters but to enjoy some absolutely amazing diving just 300/400 meters from the beach.