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Diving, Gizo, Solomon Islands

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A typical dive boat in Gizo- When bread fruit is really ripe, it's soft and turns yellow. You peel off the skin and eat it. If I were to eat this one now, I would peel it, slice it and bake it or fry it in a pan because it's not quite ripe.  It tastes and looks like dough- Dives 1 and 2 were sort of disappointing! In 2007, a tsunami went through wiping out most of the coral. It's slowly making a comeback. We did see a very large school of 3 to 4 foot barracuda and a huge parrot fish - you know them because they have a hump that looks like a parrot's beak on their head. We also saw numerous schools of fish, a turtle, an eagle ray, a couple sting rays and a new coral for me - it looks dark green but that means its red (the light changes the colour). It was very nice. I think I've been spoiled with Sail Rock, Thailand and Bali! I hate to complain - I'm diving, not shovelling snow! Lunch was on a secluded island-
 prepared for us by the dive masters while we enjoyed th…

Gizo, Solomon Islands

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This morning was a big fly day from Cairns, to Brisbane, to Honiara, to Gizo. From the capital, Honiara, I came on this plane- The Nusatupe Airport is pretty laid back! I'm glad the pilot knew what he was doing because the plane did not have pontoons! Upon arriving in Gizo- I was greeted with a lei and a coconut filled with coconut water. It was very refreshing considering it felt like 1000 degrees with 100% humidity. I was dripping! I came here to dive, so now have that sorted using the services of Dive Gizo- Gizo is a pretty laid back, poor appearing place. This is main street- and a typical shop- The P.T. 109 restaurant is supposed to be the best in town! It's not much to look at! I had a delicious salad with vegetables and grilled fish for $7.60 Canadian at The Waterfront. This was the view from my table-

Cairns, Australia

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I am in Cairns to do a 4 day, 3 night live-aboard with Deep Sea Divers. We boarded Sea Quest, a transfer boat, in the Cairns harbour- and after 90 minutes we were diving at Plato. My second and third dives were in the Norman Reef at Turtle Bay and Sandra's. I also did a night dive at Sandra's. I had a high powered torch and saw lots of eyes, sharks and Giant Trevally. The G.Ts are fun because you can watch them eat other fish If you shine your light on smaller fish, they can see them and 'chomp'! I didn't really enjoy the night dive so I'm not doing anymore for the time being. Today I did 5 dives! Diving was a pretty cool way to spend Christmas! Instead of turkey for supper, we had fish and prawns! Day 2 on the Great Barrier Reef found us still at Sandra's in the Norman Reef. The dive schedule started early with a 6:00 orientation, then a 6:30-7:30 dive. Breakfast was from 8:00-9:00, then Dive 2 from 9:00-10:00, Dive 3 from 11:00-12:00, lunch at 12:30 and then we f…