Double boat dive off Alva Beach with Yongala Dive.
The S.S. YONGALA sank in a cyclone on the 23rd March 1911 (over 100 years ago) and remained undiscovered for almost 50 years, not being positively identified until 1958. The wreck now lies on its starboard side in 14-28 metres of water and at 109m long is the largest and most intact, historic shipwreck in Australian waters.
SITES: SS Yongala
Ship wreck, Guitar Shark, Giant Queensland Grouper, Barracuda, Giant Trevally, Green Turtle, Eagle Rays (not in video), massive schools of bait fish
EQUIPMENT: GoPro Hero 3+, Adobe Premiere Pro
MUSIC: chill out music
Some highlights of a 4day liveaboard dive trip I did in January 2014 with Deep Sea Divers Den. I shot this with a GoPro Hero2 for the video, which was mounted in the cold shoe of an Olympus 1030sw which I used for the still photos. For video lighting on the night dives I used an Intovatec IFL WA Zoom with the flashlight attachment removed. I edited this using Power Director 11. (no magic filters were used for the underwater video).
music; R.L. Burnside - Some Day Baby.
*Despite the appearance of a lot of sharks in this video it is only because I filmed in the few small protected areas of the Great Barrier Reef. The sad truth is that sharks are in real trouble on the GBR and their numbers have declined dramatically in the past few years. Australia also exports shark fin taken from sharks caught on the GBR and other areas of Australia despite claiming to be a non-shark finning nation.
This is day 1 out of 6 days that I've spent out on the Great Barrier Reef with Deep Sea Divers Den, on board OceanQuest (liveaboard vessel) and SeaQuest (day vessel). One of my best dive trips so far! Stunning views over the reef, awesome conditions, great crew and the best dive buddies.
REEF: Norman & Saxon Reef
SITES: Turtle Bay, Sandra's, Playground
Trip 29-31 May 2015
Lady Elliot Island aboard Big Cat Reality Cruises
A fantastic weekend had by all. Great weather and conditions, 30m+ Viz, 27 Degrees, sunshine all day everyday and the strong(ish) currents did bring along lots and lots of Mantas... and a good workout :)