Harry, Brian, and I just finished our trip to the Great Barrier Reef. We went on a fantastic liveaboard with Mike Ball Expeditions.
While Harry wrote a wonderful post (with amazing underwater photography by Laurence), I captured the moments through doodles.
For the dives, the entry to the ocean was jumping from a rather high deck. It was quite alarming at first.
I also had trouble with buoyancy control and nearly fell on a potato cod.
Over time, my dives went a lot smoother. I saw lots of marine life and even caught a glimpse of the last of the minke whale migration!
Towards the end of the liveaboard I did my first ever night dive. It was very surreal using a flashlight to uncover animals in the dark.
I’d highly recommend Mike Ball Expeditions if you’re considering diving in the GBR. Since I was newer to diving than Harry or Brian, a dive instructor generously accompanied me on almost every dive. Everyone was super friendly and helpful and I definitely improved my diving skills.
Brian recorded a lot of underwater videos. I’ll link to them when he uploads them.