We had planned a trip to Jervis Bay for a while and on September
24, 2006 we got there. Dropping the boat in at the excellent ramp
at Callala we had planned Spider Cave, another site and on the way back
a quick drop over to the Fairy Firefly. As we headed out it was a
bit windy and choppy but no big deal. As we approached Bowen
Island it got more and more choppy and the wind was really whipping the
seas up. We baled out and headed across to The docks where we felt
it would be more sheltered.
It was much more sheltered once we had worked our way across the bay. We weren't alone. Deep6 Avalon was anchored at the docks. We anchored closer to double decker cave, and as we were preparing Deep6 Genesis arrived and anchored a bit further West.
Our first dive was great - the seas were good, the viz around 15m and the fish plentiful as the photos below show. I did come across the divers from Genesis. I'm not sure how the last diver was managing to travel forward in an upright position (see pic). Anyway, we enjoyed an hour dive, visiting the double decker caves on the way.
During the surface interval the wind swung and the seas got rough. We struggled to get the anchors out in the sloppy seas. We had to drive the boat forward to get one of them out. We moved to anchor close to Avalon and Genesis who had sent their divers off down below. With a cup-a-soup in the belly and the Deep6 guys pulling out we headed down into the docks. The swim throughs here are remarkable and the viz was great. We went through heaps of them. Lots of fish, the PJs are still here, and I got some great pics of a Beechers Devilfish (I had to go deep into a cave to get it though).
Well, after 2 wonderful dives we waited in a sheltered bay for the wind to change. Change it did, from the West to the South and it really whipped the seas up. We battened down the hatches and headed for home. Through large and sloppy seas that constantly crashed over the boat we battled for over an hour to get back, The bilge pump worked hard to keep the water out of the boat but nothing was going to keep us dry. We were drenched.
Well, at least I wasn't sea sick (and the Kwell that I took in the morning would have long worn off).
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