I've just returned from my first trip out to the Eastern Fields aboard MV Golden Dawn. The trip was fantastic.

We're resting a bit and re-provisioning before taking on new passengers and heading out again tomorrow. For the time being, here are a couple of images that illustrate two of the extreme moods of the reef that we witnessed during the journey.

First...the hustle and bustle of aquatic rush hour at a site called Carl's Ultimate, when millions(!) of fish swarm in the current:


Carl's Ultimate is named for my good friend Carl Roessler, and it's perhaps my favourite reef dive in the world.

The second image illustrates the polar opposite, when there's minimal current, and the pace of life on the reef is slow and serene:

coral and shark