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Perth Scuba News Issue 177

Perth Scuba News Issue 177 – 24 March 2012 Can’t view the Perth Scuba newsletter? View it in your browser

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Ningaloo Sail & Dive Weekender Returns

written by Joey PoolPerth Scuba Sail Ningaloo Western Australia by Johanna Pool

On Thursday 15th March 2012, Joey and 8 of Perth Scuba divers arrived in Coral Bay on the Ningaloo Reef to start a 5 day adventure diving, sailing and snorkeling this giant marine wonderland. The group consisted of a big range of experience all the way from a newly qualified Open Water Diver, a Marine Biologist with 1000’s of dives under her belt and even a Dive Instructor too – not PADI but we didn’t hold that against Izak!

We were welcomed by Lannie from Sail Ningaloo and shown to our home for the next 4 nights – The Shore Thing – ‘Shore Thing’ is a purpose built and beautifully appointed, live-aboard sailing catamaran, 51 feet in length and 27 feet in width. Being a catamaran she is extremely comfortable and stable, both at sea and at anchor. We jumped aboard and were met by the skipper Luke, Prue our Dive Master and Viccy who was on her first voyage and help Lannie in the galley.

After our safety briefing we were shown to our cabins, which were clean and comfortable, but of course we weren’t going to be spending much time there! So after throwing down our gear we were quickly back on deck to watch as we sailed out of Coral Bay. The waters were a beautiful torquoise although the shore was currently red and stinky *telling it like it is* and this was due to the coral spawning from the night before – this only happens a few nights a year and were told if we were lucky it would happen again tonight. Myself and the crew had never experienced this before so we were looking forward to our first dive on Ningaloo Reef – at night!

We geared up and headed to our mooring just out of Coral Bay for the evening and watched the sun slip towards the horizon… *SPLASH* We hit the water, switched on our torches and descended into the night to see what we could find. Everywhere you shone your torch there was colourful and healthy coral, shrimp hid within its grasp, hermit crabs scurried across the white sand and small fish darted away from our torches. And then there in the distance there was small styrafoam balls floating off the coral… Hang on?!? That’s not styrafoam – that’s coral spawn! It was certainly a strange thing to watch this colourful coral with little white balls being pushed from its depths and floating off into the night. We surfaced after what seemed like too short a time and were greeted with dinner – oh yummo – and there went all intensions of a diet! Lannie’s cooking on board was fantastic and was the perfect end to a dive!

The next day we set sail early and headed north along the coast to find a cleaning station…. To read more & see the trip photos click here

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