Well, Wayne headed off to Lord Howe Island (lucky him).
I got onto SeaTamer, headed for Barrens Hut. There were 8 divers
on the boat, plus Leo (from Aquasea) and John the skipper. The
seas were up and I was glad that I had taken my quells. In my
sharkskin and semi dry I was a bit too warm on the trip out. Once
we had secured the boat the first divers went down. I was second
last. The anchor was sitting on the sand right in front of the
cave and chimney. The water was 18-20oC
and crystal clear. This is the best viz that I have seen at
Barrens. On the way down my strobe got caught on the anchor rope
and broke the optic fibre connector on the camera. A few minutes
on the bottom and I had it jury rigged. There was lots of fish
life around and viz >20m was a real joy. I went down the chimney
and out the bottom, but spent most of my time not more than 30m from the
anchor. This was a fantastic dive.