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Dive HMAS Brisbane Report update 13th - 20th May 2009
The clear water is back, finally. Never can I remember a period of such prolonged dirty water and big swells as what we have just experienced.
On the weekend, divers reported swimming along one side of the HMAS BRISBANE and watching a number of Eagle rays swimming off to the other side of the ship. This means that the visibility had to be in the vicinity of 20 metres. Water temp is on 23C.
Divers saw the huge Queensland Grouper again, the Guitar Shark, a Leopard Shark, Rays, Tuna, and all of the regular smaller species that adorn the wreck.
We also dived Mudjimba Island and were happy to see 5 metres visibility there. So slowly, slowly we are getting back to normal over all of the dive territory.
The sea conditions look like they will be excellent for the weekend to dive HMAS Brisbane, by current predictions. We’ll finally be able to get the night dive happening this Saturday night and another next Saturday as well, we hope. Let’s hope the weather stays settled for a while now so we can get wet again. We’ve had more than our share of lousy weather.
Don’t forget there’s always a chance to see crystal clear water while in Tonga with Kelly, snorkeling with the whales, plus doing some great scuba diving on their reefs as well.
Thanks to Wazza for taking the group up to Lady Musgrave aboard Venus II. Sounds like the whole gang had some great diving and had fantastic encounters with Manta Rays. The next trip on Venus II is 27, 28, 29th June.
Keep breathing, it’s important!!
Dive HMAS Brisbane Report update 2nd - 9th May 2009
The big swells have eased and the strong winds have eased over the past week so diving has been in full swing once again. The poor weather has been persistent, however now there seems to be some hope on the horizon.
Of the dive trips we have taken to the HMAS BRISBANE recently, customers have been really enthused about the diving in spite of the low viz. The thing that has blown them away is the amount of fish life. It is always cleaner inside the wreck than outside, but you have had to literally part the fish, inside the ship, to be able to see, so that you can swim through it. The huge grouper have been spotted on the main deck, and plenty of other varieties are on and about the ship.
Visability has been as low as a couple of metres on the reef and on the ship but today, Saturday, viz was up to 5 metres in both those areas. Some good news is that on the Inner Gneerings today, we saw some crystal clear water on the surface for the top 10 metres. This has been pushed through by the south easterlies and is a good sign for the HMAS BRISBANE tomorrow. There should be clear water over at least the top deck by tomorrow morning. From there, things can only get better to dive HMAS Brisbane.