Opal Reef - Calypso Snorkelling

Spotlight on Bash

20 Apr 2018

Location: Bash is on Opal Reef, accessed from Port Douglas
Maximum Depth: 18m
Visibility: 15m

Highlights: Boulder coral gardens are the dominant feature of Bash which is short for Bashful Bommie. Recently turtles were seen eating moon jellies which are like jelly beans to them! Epaulette sharks frequent this site and frigate birds are regularly seen flying overhead.
Health: Some staghorn coral was affected by the 2016 bleaching event, but it is growing back as can been seen from the picture. The lower water temperatures during the past summer have given the corals a further reprieve which is helping them rejuvenate.