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Shortland Bluff and Magic Reef 25-Nov-2007
Dive Days Due to the prediction of unfavourable winds for Phillip Island, this Sundays dive had been moved to the bay, and we had two boats (JL & Mick J), two non-diving boat captains (Greg Richards and Charlie Brincat), some shiny new-comers to VSAG, being Pam Dagley, David Geckie and Antonio Cimino, and of course myself, all bustling ready to go in the top car park at Sorrento.

With our new recruits, the plan was to head out for a drift dive near Shortland Bluff. We dropped over the side into almost picture perfect terrain and a stiff current. We were scooted quickly through the area admiring the beautiful sponges and hundreds of reef fish that were spending time with us. A couple of large dusky morwongs also followed us inquisitively for quite some time. All too soon the dive was over and a pleasant surface interval was had sitting off Queenscliff.

After lunch we managed to come up trumps with no shipping in the channel at slack-water so we were able to head to Magic Reef, now known as ‘Stunning Reef’ (well by me at least) for the second dive. Sadly we had to leave Greg and Antonio on the boat green with envy as Mick and I splashed into the blue, blue water. And I now know exactly why it’s called magic reef! It was MAGIC! Beautiful bommies, ledges and rock overhangs covered in corals and sponges of every colour – red, green, orange, yellow, white, the amazing, almost fluorescent, purple sponges that looked like termite mounds. We encountered some very large bull rays, a plethora of reef fish and long forgotten glass bottles, but no crayfish.

Another magnificent day – the sun did come out eventually, was completed with cold beers in the Sorrento Hotel with splendid views of the bay, good company and many thanks to those who attended. Many thanks to Charlie and Greg for being fantastic deckies and boat drivers, to John and Mick for providing the services of their fine vessels, and to Antonio, Pam and David for providing excellent company to dive with.

Very Happy

Posted by dive_girl on Mon, 26 Nov 2007 09:59 AM (1099 reads)

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Re: Shortland Bluff and Magic Reef 25-Nov-2007 (Score: 1 )
by Shadow on Mon, 26 Nov 2007 06:30 AM
A simply magnificent day out on the Bay indeed. I can't imagine what we can do to top that! Perhaps if the Beer was free at the Pub?

Congratulations to Bridey on organizing a grrrreat Day on the Bay. the look on the faces of the divers as they returned to the boats was priceless. Simply..... Stunning!

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