I arrived at Sundive Byron Bay at 0715 to be greeted with friendly staff and a few other divers getting ready for the mornings dive. Once we had our gear loaded on the RHIB we received a brief including the dive plan, what marine life we may encounter, how to interact with marine life, safety and buddy pairings for the dive.
We then made our way down to the beach where the RHIB was launched in the surf zone. Sundive have a quick, effective method of launching the RHIB so before we knew it we were all aboard and on our way out to Julian Rocks. On arrival at the rock we received another brief from the skipper of the boat which included information on entering the water, currents, visibility, entry/exit points etc. We then dressed ourselves and entered the water ready to leave surface.
We entered the water on the north western side of the rock called the Nursery and on making bottom we made our way north east around the northern tip of the rock eventually arriving at the Cod Hole. The Nursery was very similar to Cook Island with a lot of small colourful critters everywhere. Our journey to the Cod Hole seen the sea floor change to wide trenches where the Grey Nurse Sharks are often found. We were lucky to encounter at least four of them who were all calmly sitting in the current in one of the trenches. Grey Nurse Sharks are harmless to humans but every time I see them I get a friendly little reminder that I am definitely not at the top of the food chain.
Once we had a good look at the sharks on stage we moved on to the Cod Hole where we swam through the impressive school of jew fish and mulloway to mention a few. We then made our way past the Cray Cave and ended our dive at the Stone Trench which is on the southern side of the rock.
I thoroughly enjoyed diving Julian Rocks. I generally like to dive alone as it allows me to move where I want, when I want, at whatever pace I want. And I feel I can be a lot less intrusive to the sea life allowing me to film and get the best images I can. However I did really enjoy diving with Sundive and the group of divers I was with. I felt a good vibe at Sundive and I also really enjoyed diving with a great group of people. I will definitely be diving with them again next time I am in Bryon.