Another noisy night on the mooring, but I was up and swimming at 7:30. Couldn’t convince Colleen to join me. Conditions were worse than yesterday, and despite quite a few operator boats turning up, not many stayed long. A large mono asked if we could leave the mooring as their anchor would not hold them, so we jumped down to a smaller mooring at the south end of the bay.
We eventually set up for a dive, and jumped straight off the boat. Straight to the bottom of the mooring line at 10m, we headed towards the shore to find the reef. Visibility was only 4-5m but the abundance of fish and different types of coral was great. We saw another huge grouper under a ledge, and glimpses of other large fish from time to time. Getting quite brave, we made our way into and under some quite tight formations. Our dive time was 50 minutes.. a new best.
After a quick lunch, we departed in the direction of Airlie. The 25-30 knot breeze was on our nose, so the sails stayed furled and the diesels had a run. We thought we would aim for the public mooring off Daydream, and despite conditions doing their best to discourage us, eventually got there in driving rain to find it vacant.