Awesome 7-night stay with incredible diving
My “future son-in-law” and I once again decided to visit Blue Ocean Dive Resort, this time to complete our PADI Deep and Wreck speciality courses. My wife and daughter, who were unable to join us on our previous visit, joined us for the last two nights and had a great time. As the accommodation, restaurant, bar, and dive centre are all on the same premises, the eat, sleep, dive, repeat, daily routine is extremely convenient, and even though my wife does not dive, she enjoyed just chilling and relaxing at the lodge.Once again from the moment we arrived we were made to feel a part of the Blue Ocean family, and the hospitality and friendship that was extended to us by Gary, Nicki and the rest of the Blue Ocean team was exceptional and greatly appreciated.Our rooms were spacious, clean and comfortable with ensuite bathrooms and showers. The aircons in the rooms added to the comfort, and the electric kettles were very convenient.We ate most our meals at the restaurant which has a good varied menu, and the food was superb, particularly the all-day breakfasts, the pizzas and the milkshakes. The evening entertainment, including live music and karaoke was great fun.With regards to diving, everything was handled extremely well by the experienced, competent, and friendly staff, including organizing rental equipment, the dive planning, the “shuttle” ride to the beach, and getting to the dive sites by rubber inflatable boats, which for each trip was an exhilarating experience, handled exceptionally well by skilled and experienced skippers. Our dives at numerous sites were incredible, including the Produce Wreck, the Nebo Wreck, Bay of Caves, Cathedral, Baff Cave, South Sands, Eelskins, Raggies Cave, Shark Alley, and Garden of Eden. A special word of thanks to Julia who is extremely pleasant, professional, and knowledgeable, who went out of her way to ensure that we were safe and well looked after at all times, and that we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Whilst diving we saw lots of amazing marine life, including ragged tooth sharks, bull sharks, white tip sharks, devil ray, round ribbon tail ray, blue spotted stingray, marbled electric ray, grey spotted guitar fish, honeycomb moray eel, yellow mouth moray, potato bass, tomato rock cod, lionfish, scorpion fish, stonefish, trigger fish, parrot fish, pipefish, and many other fascinating marine fish.We also went on a baited shark dive which once again was brilliant and definitely worth it, being surrounded by oceanic blacktip sharks swimming all around us, enabling us to appreciate and observe these impressive sharks up really close in their own environment.Overall, we had an awesome stay at Blue Ocean with plenty incredible diving and cannot wait to return once again.