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The Cliffs, Lady Musgrave Island

Sunday, 18 August 2002 | link | tag | / Diving / Australia / QLD - Great Barrier Reef
Jason’s cold had got the better of him, so I was buddies with Tim again. This spot is called ‘The Cliffs’ and it lives up to its name well. It consist of a couple of levels of reefs, running along in high walls.

We moved along the right hand side of one wall and got down to about 18 meters before turning back. The wall was covered in sea anemone’s giant clams, assorted corals and lots of little nooks and crannies. There were fish everywhere, lots or Moorish Idols and Angelfish, moon wrasse, triggerfish and sergeants.

Tim indicated he had a problem with his air, which I couldn’t work out precisely why at the time, but we headed back. It was quite a swim back as it turned out, because the current had changed direction.

Tim had snagged his reg on his jump from the boat, and the reg and the first stage were leaking air. This can be seen in a couple of the photos below. This time we decided to go the high side of the wall we just looked at and head up into much shallower water to look at the smaller fish and the coral.

The current had died down. We found the top of the wall and swam along the top of it. The top was similar to the previous dive along the bottom of the wall.

After a short time, we came to a field of small bommies interspersed with gutters of sang. It was quite nice to swim along these channels, looking under ledges, or swimming over the small bommies. Again, so of the bezt colour was to be found in around 6 metres of water or less. The fish life was spectacular, in all the colours of the rainbow.

We headed back at about 110 bar, because I remembered the sort of swim back we had last time. In slightly deeper water, we came across a small group of Emporer Snapper. No wonder they call these guys snapper, they have huge mouths. While looking at the snapper, a single small manta ray came swimming past and did a large circle around us and moved off between us and the boat.

I was glad to see the German couple, Simone and Thomas at the anchor chain when we got back – almost certainly they had seen the manta. Their luck had not been good in this department and had missed each on so far.

Tim had not seen one either, and the guys had also seen it, so it turned out to be an excellent finishing dive to a great trip.