Our relatively new snorkelling weeks are proving to be very rewarding. We only take a maximum of 8 guests; this trip had 4. Two were from Brisbane, and two from Adelaide – and I asked one of them to write up the week as they saw it.
In January, my husband and I arrived at Daku for a much anticipated snorkel holiday. Neither of us is very experienced and I was a little anxious about what to expect. I need not have worried: from the moment we arrived (me without luggage due to too much cargo on the early flight) everything was taken care of. In a borrowed swimsuit I was straight into my first dive at Split Rock and was mesmerised by the variety of marine life before us.
We had a very experienced guide in marine biologist Johnnie. Every day we went to different dive sites in the inner or outer reef depending on weather conditions. During the dive and on set evenings we learnt about the reef and surrounds, I now can recognise butterfly, angel, parrot, wrasse, groupers, altheas, snapper, sweetlips, surgeons and – my favourite – damsels. When we went to Charlie’s Point there were hundreds of them; it was like floating above multi coloured confetti – a truly magical experience.
We saw a turtle on the dive out to Lighthouse – so graceful and amazingly fast through the water.
We even got to dive on the pearl farm and look at the operation from below.
We had the most relaxing holiday and have gained a new passion for snorkeling and cannot wait to get back for more time below the water.