The approach to Fitzroy Reef in totally calm weather is something to behold: deep ultramarine offshore, stunning aqua as we come in to the glasslike lagoon in the company of Bossa Nova. With the clouds reflected in the mirror of the lagoon, it hard to see where the water ends and the sky begins. It is breathtaking. At high tide the reef is totally covered and you would not know it is there.
We like coming to Fitzroy Reef because you not only can dive but also fish, and you do so in relative seclusion. It is not as busy as Lady Musgrave probably since it is further away from the mainland and there is no coral cay. No tour boats here, just one or two yachts during the day and runabouts sheltering here at night after a day’s fishing activity.
The snorkeling here is wonderful. The variety of corals is a feature: concentric plate-like shapes, blue and white staghorns, brain coral, cabbage-like leaves, lots of anemones and ferns, all this vibrant seascape reflected on the water surface. Moorish Idols, Butterflyfish of all kinds weave in and out of these and hide from nosy photographers. They are incredibly quick and nimble.
We have a bit of a routine when we get back on board after our reef explorations: extricate ourselves from the wetsuits, rinse the underwater cameras, grab a bite to eat, download the many photos we have taken and relive our dive. It is always exciting. Here is a selection of our favourite underwater shots.
The next and last stop along the Capricorn and Bunker Group before we get back to Bundaberg is Lady Musgrave.