From 5th until 11th of September this year, lucky divers will be 72 km northeast of Gladstone on the Great Barrier Reef attending the Heron Island Dive Festival, and I will be one of them.
The Festival kicks off with a Gala BBQ and drinks at the Heron Island Resort, where I will meet up with my fellow speakers at the festival including award – winning nature and wildlife photographer Gary Bell; renowned marine scientist and underwater photographer Dave Harasti and DAN Asia-Pacific hero John Lippmann.
We will be diving every day, and some nights, and presenting lectures and workshops to the guests. The workshops will include basic and advanced photography skills with Gary Bell, plus a videographer’s workshop. Lectures will take place in the Wistari Room and in the classrooms, and touch tank at the adjacent University of Queensland’s Heron Island Research Station.
Scanning other topics I see “Coral Varieties” with Chris Doropoulos; “Secrets of the Seahorse” by Dave Harrasti; “Learning to See” by Me; “Coral Spawning” with Justin Marshall; and “Turtles of Heron Island” with Collette Bagnato, and more.
For diving novices, Discover Scuba dive classes will take place every morning at the Heron Island swimming pool and in the harbour, perfect for non-diving spouses or progeny, who would like to try.
Also advertised are a series of afternoons spent wine tasting (I’ll be there!), cooking master classes plus a sample of hedonistic indulgences available at Heron Island’s Aqua Soul Spa from manager Jo Enslow. Oh, and did I mention the diving?
It is going to be a great week . If you wish to join in the fun please see http://www.heronisland.com/