Jervis Bay

A photo from Jervis Bay
Photo by Ben Crossett
A photo from Jervis Bay
Photo by Ben Crossett
A photo from Jervis Bay
Photo by Ben Crossett
A photo from Jervis Bay
Photo by Ben Crossett

It was the Australia Day weekend and the forecast was for hot and sunny every day, what could be better! Well clocking off work early and getting to Jervis bay by mid evening was one, and having fairly palatial accommodation was another...even if it did have a bit of a Swedish sauna theme to the dcor! The rest of the crew rocked up over the course of evening, although Bec n Jules were staying down the road a local campsite so only swung by to drop Red off.

Come Saturday morning, Bec calls it a day as her rebeathers gone belly up so they are heading back to Sydney. The remaining 6 of us headed down to Deep6 in Husskison

for a trip out on their larger boat, Avalon at 8am and there wasnt a cloud in the sky. The trip out to Point Perpendicular took about 35 minutes so we settled down to enjoy the cruise. Outside the heads there was a reasonable swell but we were able to tuck in close to the sheer cliff faces fora bit of shelter both of the dives. The water was about 20C at the surface, but there was a marked thermocline and it dropped to 15C at depth. The visibility was also a bit of a mixed bag dropping down to only a couple of metres inside the cave on the second dive, but that could have been due to the whole boat load of divers going in there at once!

A photo from Jervis Bay
Photo by Ben Crossett
A photo from Jervis Bay
Photo by Ben Crossett
A photo from Jervis Bay
Photo by Ben Crossett

Back on terra firma by lunch time we pottered around stocking up the fridge with beer n meat for the obligatory barbie and longed in the garden eating ice cream as it was too hot to move! On Sunday, Al had managed to put his back out so he n Anne past up the days diving. The remaining 4 of us were on the smaller, but faster boat, Genesis which leaves at 8:45 andgot us to the North end of Bowen Island in no time.

During the first dive Rick n I came across at friendly weedy sea dragon, as well as spotting sting ray and some of the other usual Jervis Bay sea life such as the Eastern Blue Devil fish. The second dive was more of the same, with the water being very murky below 20m but clear as gin in the top 6m. Once back we had a lovely lunch at Richies a couple of doors away from the waterfront near the dive shop. Once the kit phaffing was done a few of us went down to the beach for a swim a walk to work up an appetite for another barbeque a great way to wrap up an excellent day.