For the next 11 days our names were always on the blackboard for the 8:30 and 10:30 boat dives. There was another daily trip at 2:15 and occasional night boat dives but we only did our boat dives in the morning. The Buddy Dive Centre had several boats but we always dived from the Harbour Lady. Every day we had to be at quayside by 8:15 with our kit ready to be loaded onto the boat.
We boarded the boat at 8:30 and were given a boat briefing by the Murph who was going to be our dive guide. Carl’s Hill was named after the underwater photographer Carl Roessler. The dramatic surroundings make them every photographer’s dream. One of the special attractions of this dive is the sheer wall, where you can encounter an abundance of fan and wire coral. But also yellow and orange sponges, and lots of black coral. Different dive guides told us different stories, one of them said Carl took a photograph that earned him a lot money of a dolphin with the reef wall in the background. We didn’t see any dolphins but we did see 2 sea horses.