LADY ELLIOT ISLAND & THE CAPRICORN BUNKER GROUP
Come and join us on South East Queensland’s ONLY live aboard Big Cat Reality. The Big Cat crew will be taking us to the Bunker group of Islands and Cays. This trip is 4 days of unique dive sites in the Capricorn Bunker Groupand surrounding Lady Elliot Island! This trip is a must for every diver with diverse coral cays, reefs, islands and abundant marine life.
Suitable for Open Water Divers (certified to 18 metres)
Wreck certification is not a requirement to dive this site
Depth ranges from 6 – 28 metres
Diving by yourself? We will buddy you up with another diver with similar experience
TRIP DATES & PRICES
24 – 28 March 2016 – Easter Long Weekend – $1,359 per person- SOLD OUT
Up to 18 dives including a night dives
Accommodation on all nights in air conditioned bunks
All your meals, including fresh fruit and snacks between dives
Large Stable 25 metre vessel
Huge dive deck and fresh water tubs for your camera equipment
All air fills
Transport to Bundaberg for the first 6 to book on
$20 per person GBRMPA reef tax to be paid on board
All Dive Gear
Transport to Bundaberg if you are making your own way
Alcohol (No alcohol can be brought on board as this is a licensed boat)
PDS is able to with a wetsuit, BCD, regulator, computer, tanks and weights for the weekend and please communicate your requirements on the booking form. Each diver must provide their own mask, snorkel, fins and boots (not available for hire). Underwater camera and torches are also available and are subject to availability.
4 Day Trip Itinerary
The First Night: (Thursday 24th March) (Passage Plan) We all meet at the Bundaberg Port Marina by 5.00 pm, where everyone stows their gear and settles in onboard. The master then introduces the crew, gives the safety brief and you watch our induction DVD. A light supper is served and we depart Burnett Heads at about 8:30pm. (For anyone wanting a meal before boarding, there is a great fish & chip takeaway located at Burnett Heads 5 min from the Marina). “Big Cat Reality” then steams overnight to Llewelyn Reef and arrives ready for an early morning dive.
Day One: (Friday 25th) Day one starts with two great dives at Llewelyn Reef to get you started and then a short move north to Lamont Reef for an afternoon of exploring this amazing and rarely dived reef. After completing 5 dives for the day, we settle down for our first night on the Great Barrier Reef.
Day Two: (Saturday 26th) On the second day we start the day with an early morning dive at Lamont Reef before move south to spend the rest of the day diving the sites around Hoskins Island where we generally get the opportunity to snorkel in the crystal clear lagoon with reef sharks and baby sea turtles.
Day Three: (Sunday 27th) On the second day we wake up at the world famous Lady Elliott Island where there is always heaps of beautiful Manta rays and great viz. You will have the opportunity to dive all the best sites here including the Blow hole, Hero’s Cave and Lighthouse Bommie. Our last night on the reef is finished off with a calm night dive and a BBQ on the top deck followed by a great night’s sleep.
Day Four: (Monday 28th) Our last day gives us the RARE opportunity to explore a little known dive site called the “Snake Pitt”. This site is well off shore and has an amazing landscape with huge over hangs and swim throughs and of course heaps of Sea Snakes and Big Fish. Weather permitting we are able to dive the Snake Pitt we will then do two dives at Lady Elliot before we head back to Bundaberg, arriving at approximately 6:30pm. If we are unable to dive the Snake Pitt we will do three dives at Lady Elliot.
This trip is truly great fun and top value. Included: up to 18 dives, all air fills, all meals, 4 nights air-conditioned accommodation, dive master services and full use of all facilities onboard.
Specialities Suitable for this trip
Advanced Open Water (perfect for this trip)
Under water Navigation
Digital Underwater Photographer
Search and Recovery
Peak Performance Buoyancy
Dry Suit Diver