really 41/2...cause I never give anything a 5
There is nothing quite like being under sail a, closing your eyes and imagining....
And that's what the MS Kiana, from Airlie Beach, offers.
It was an absolutely marvelous and memorable diving adventure on the outer reef
Over three days we Whitehaven Beach (stunning as the photos) sailed/motored to the outer reef and had two consecutive days of diving.
Captain Brent runs a tight ship and makes sure your diving adventure on the schooner lives up to your expectations. He's a great story teller and full of information on sailing, boats in general and the Whitsundays.Perfect for a single Ancient Mariner on a boat of delightful people from seven different countries whose ages ranged from early 20's to early 30s. We liked being under sail but came for the diving and were not disappointed.
Lily the Diving instructor knows her stuff and makes sure that you get the most out of every dive. She has the time and skills to keep track of her divers, point out the interesting and fascinating, and make sure divers enjoy their time underwater.
On Board she's happy to talk, discuss, teach and respond to every question
Brooke the Cook/Chef and a backup dive master made sure we ate well and the meals were enjoyable. I was lucky enough to have her as my buddy on the final dive and she was great. Hovered near by like a Guardian Angelfish but left me free to explore to the limit of my ability. Without her I would have missed a lot on the final dive.
The water quality varied because we were at the tail end of a cyclone and very high tides but when it was good it was very very good....and it was never too bad.
Sharks, turtles, Sea Cucumbers, Coral of every description and more fish than I will ever be able to name. It was everything I had expected
Kiana herself is tight but well laid out with plenty of room to be alone, when you want to be,while surrounded by fellow travelers. Like the crew the equipment was first rate. If there's a drawback it's the long - 7hr - trip back from the reef to the mainland. But that's the price of sailing and staying on the reef.
Indebted to Greg at Whitsunday Diving Academy (see separate review) for his advice and recommendation. Without him there'd still be a wish left on my bucket list. I'll be looking him up when I go back for my next Kiana adventure.
Only drawback for me was I was limited to two dives a day - and for a diver on the reef that's not enough. But...the snorkeling in between the dives was magic - in someways better - because Brent and Lily edged us close to a reef and everything was right there!!!
Brent-Lily-Brooke- Greg - watch for me cause I'm coming back
Visited April 2014
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