Diving on the Great Barrier Reef: Princess Bommie

Coral at Princess Bommie

Coral at Princess Bommie

Princess Bommie is a large circular dive site on the ribbon reefs. There are Minke Whales at the site during migration season (June/July) and lots of cod, staghorn coral, and reef sharks.

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Diving on the Great Barrier Reef: Steve’s Bommie

Schools of yellow lined snapper and fusilier at Steve's Bommie in the Great Barrier Reef

Schools of yellow lined snapper and fusilier at Steve’s Bommie in the Great Barrier Reef

Steve’s Bommie is one of the most popular dive sites on the Ribbon Reefs and it was highly anticipated on the Taka trip. Before this dive a helpful staff member aboard Taka helped me play around with the color settings on my camera, which resulted in some really good, rich shots. The yellow of the snapper is superb and some of the coral colors came out marvelously. As I’m still a novice photographer, some of the photos were a bit TOO color rich, but with more experimentation I’m sure I’ll get it right soon enough.

I had some trouble identifying some of these fish, so if any marine biologists happen to stumble upon this page and have corrections, please feel free to leave them in the comments.

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Diving on the Great Barrier Reef: Two Towers

A sea star at Two Towers on the Great Barrier Reef

A sea star at Two Towers on the Great Barrier Reef

Two Towers is a dual pinnacle dive site that’s home to an amazing array of coral and fish life. There are turtles, sea snakes, and giant clams to be found amongst smaller life like wrasses, groupers, shrimp, and cod.

I got a few good shots of the coral structures, including some vibrant feather stars and highly textured mushroom leather coral. I also love the photo of the closed clam, with its dramatic lightning bolt shape.

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Diving on the Great Barrier Reef: Pixie’s Reef

A juvenile GBR lionfish seen at Pixie's Reef at night

A juvenile GBR lionfish seen at Pixie’s Reef at night

During the Taka trip there were 3 night dives. I’d only done one night dive before, in Thailand as part of my AOW course, so I’m still a bit freaked out by the experience. The first night I did a flouro dive, which is night diving with a special torch and mask filter to illuminate the fluorescent colors of the corals and some of the fish. I didn’t bother trying to take photos and simply enjoyed the experience.

The second night we dived on Pixie’s Reef and I did bring my camera to try to take some pictures. I found it difficult to juggle my torch and the camera, so didn’t get many good shots. Here are the few decent ones.

The third night I had an amazing night dive on Princess Bommie, where I saw a stonefish, a gigantic hermit crab, and lots of beautiful rainbow fish. However, as it was my last dive of the trip and I didn’t think I’d get good pictures anyway, I didn’t bring the camera for that dive.

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Diving on the Great Barrier Reef: Cod Hole

A potato cod approaching me just under Taka, looking for some food

A potato cod approaching me just under Taka, looking for some food at Cod Hole

Cod Hole is dive site famous for its family of potato cod that have been fed by visitors for decades. We did two dives at this site, and on the second dive our guide fed the family, giving us an up close and personal interaction with the fish! They are extremely friendly and obviously attracted to people because they know they’re about to get some grub. As a result, I got some really good shots of them. I also saw some some colorful wrasses, butterfly fish, anemone fish, and snapper.

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