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Scuba Diving in Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Dive Site: Gordon's Mooring
Location: Flynn Reef, Cairns (16°43'S 146°16')
Description: Reef / night dive
Depth: 5 - 22 metres (16 - 72 feet)
Visibility: 15 - 30 metres (50 - 100 feet)
Gordon's Mooring has some great swim-throughs and overhangs amongst the variety of smaller bommies. It is very popular with photographers as it boasts a wide range of corals and marine life with plenty of sunlight. Deeper areas of the site provide a stunning blue backdrop for photos. Highlights include several well established giant clams, clown fish, turtles and reef sharks. The shallows are excellent for snorkellers.
At the first bommie we followed a turtle around for a bit and passed some pipefish and plenty of fusiliers. On a night dive here we found another massive turtle in a cave. On the other side of the bommie was a huge painted crayfish and to my surprise a red bass took out a rainbow wrasse that my torch had stunned! We also came across another sleeping turtle and a sleeping white-tip. The reef really came to life at night.
Rik Vercoe, BSAC Advanced Instructor
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