Bare Island

A photo from Bare Island
Doesn't get much better than this!
A photo from Bare Island
View back to the car park
A photo from Bare Island
The purple one
A photo from Bare Island
The yellow with whites spots one

7:20am Friday morning and damn, I will have to make do with the second closest (and free, a pleasant change from Shelly's daylight robbery!) parking spot to the path down to the island. Mark and Simon pulled up 5 minutes later in the spots behind. Despite the parking frustrations, the weather couldn't be better: sunny, light winds, almost no swell and a flood tide.

We took advantage of the good conditions and did a stride entry off the east side of the island. I was armed with the macro lens and on a nudibranch mission. There were rich pickings when the octopi, grouper and conger eels weren't trying to steal the action.

A photo from Bare Island
The white with black trim one
A photo from Bare Island
The blue with purple spots and yellow go-faster-stripe one
A photo from Bare Island
On the march
A photo from Bare Island
White-striped Anemone (Anthothoe albocincta)

Before I knew it the 60min dive time was up and time to head for the exit on the west side of the island (with a pit stop on the mainland for the navigational challenged....which in hindsight could be a handy short cut if you don't mind a bit of a scramble up to the bridge). As we were packing up (10ish), wave upon wave of divers were heading in. Were they aiming for high water (~11ish) or avoiding the early start, who knows.

A photo from Bare Island
Entry point, with convenient kitting up seat
A photo from Bare Island
The salted caramel ice cream one
A photo from Bare Island
The orange spotted one
A photo from Bare Island
Bloody photo bombers
A photo from Bare Island
Look at me said Mr Octopus
A photo from Bare Island
Can I help you?
A photo from Bare Island
Between a rock and spiky thing
A photo from Bare Island
All a drift
A photo from Bare Island
Sponge
A photo from Bare Island
The purple one in a different light