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Scuba Diving in Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Dive Site: Petaj
Location: Milln Reef, Cairns (16°47'S 146°16')
Depth: 5 - 20 metres (16 - 65 feet)
Visibility: 15 - 20 metres (50 - 65 feet)
Home to resident sea turtles and white tipped reef sharks, Petaj is an exciting site with some great swim-throughs. The wall of the main 'bommie' is an excellent place to search for tiny, yet colourful nudibranchs - a delight for photographers.
The dive started by swimming past the open water students on the line, then out into lovely Petaj gardens. The table coral and hard coral garden covered in small fish life was extremely picturesque, especially with the whip coral. Squirrelfish and sergeant majors were everywhere and my buddy spotted two pufferfish. There were lots of shrimp eyes glowing in the shadows and we came across a large shovel nose or slipper lobster, with a split front shell and beige and brown markings. We were also greeted by "Wally" the humphead Maori wrasse. A nice chilled out dive.
Rik Vercoe, BSAC Advanced Instructor