Whitney's Story Index:


Ao final
07/13/2014

Son in the sky
07/12/2014

Recife
06/27/2014


Vida Dura
06/23/2014


Un lugar para mi
09/09/2011

Crossed the border
08/18/2011

Quiero mas tiempo!
07/31/2011


Yay for a shower!
07/19/2011

New coast for me!
07/15/2011

The ocean calls
07/09/2011


Tierra Dura
06/26/2011

Time to dry
06/24/2011


Rolling with it
06/09/2011

Viviendo la vida
04/27/2011











Day BA
02/24/2009








Bangkok, Thailand
09/13/2008




Day trip to Bowen
06/25/2008














Bouldering trip
03/17/2008

Beach volleyball!
03/14/2008



time for school
03/06/2008




Mailing address
02/27/2008


Townsville!
02/25/2008


The Last Supper
02/16/2008

I finally got to dive the Great Barrier Reef!

This past weekend, I finally made a trip out to the Great Barrier Reef to do some diving! I stayed aboard the Kalinda for 2 days with a group of about 18 people, plus dive staff and boat crew, and dove Wheeler Reef, acclaimed to be one of the best reefs around. It was a rough 5 hour overnight trip to the area, but the rest of the weekend was great. I got 4 dives in, and a total of 3 hours and 33 minutes of dive time.


A badillion different kinds of coral, all in one place!

Diving here is so different from diving in Oregon! You don't have to wear an inch-thick suit of Neoprene armor to face freezing cold water, which means you don't have to wear nearly as much weight to off-set your bouyancy, and you can actually see things that are more than a meter away from you! Visibility changes the experience entirely. That sounds blatantly obvious, but really, it's a whole different sensation.


My dive partner, Krissy, and me. Photo by Claudia Frey.

I wish I knew all the names of the things I was seeing, but I'm not familiar with tropical marine life, so all I know is what people told me I saw, which includes: white tip reef sharks, parrot fish, angel fish, stingrays (wasn't hard to figure that one out), damselfish, clown fish, various types of sturgeons, a guitar shark, TONS of species of coral, and all the colors you can think of displayed in some type of fish or coral.

But words don't mean anything, so go look at my Great Barrier Reef photo album. I got to use my tough little camera! I also posted a bunch of my dive partner's pictures, because she got some really great pictures on our deeper dives (my camera only goes down to 10m), and the color in her pictures is much richer. I felt so special though with my sleek, naked little camera while everyone else walked around with their huge underwater casings for theirs.


So many colors! Photo by Krissy Morrow

Diving the Great Barrier Reef is quite an experience, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Seeing all those creatures just right in front of your face, swimming past your mask... it's one of those things where I had to keep reminding myself I was actually seeing it in person, not on TV. I was right there!


Posted by Whitney 03/31/2008