One such place was Bait reef, only 18Nm from Hook Island and simply stunning. The water was so much clearer then any of the water we have see so far on our trip. The reef is very healthy and being protected from fishing has a great range of wildlife even just under your boat. We had several GT's and Bat fish join as immediately when we arrived. On day two we were treated with perfect weather and our own whale show. For much of the day whales were hanging out just outside the reef. We took the tender out to explore the reef at one stage and were surprised by a whale launching itself completely out of the water only 50m from us - no camera with us of course. Later that day a pod of whales came into the lagoon anchorage and swam about coming within 15m of our boat. It was our best whale experience to date.
Anyway, I need to get back to enjoying this weather so that's it for now.
* In Queensland "Two hours" is anything between two hours and two days. Similar to the car hire in Mackay Marina where half day hire is actually four hours, very short days in Mackay.
Small manta ray by the boat at Stonehaven
On a mooring in Butterfly Bay
Perfect conditions at Bait Reef
Bat fish by the boat at Bait Reef - moored in 10m of water - check the water clarity!
Pod of humpback whales right by the boat at Bait Reef
Whales between us and the only other boat on the reef
The slick in the foreground is disturbance made by a whale less than 15m from the boat
Snorkeling and diving at Bait Reef
Returning through the passage between Hook and Hayman Islands
View to Black Island near Hayman Island