Diving appears not to have damaged me at all!
The tropical sun, however, has left me a bit
pink and freckled. Hopefully this indulgence
every once in a few years won't be the cause
of my cancerous downfall.
Diving was quite interesting. The feel of my ears
equalizing was satisfying in some odd way. Being
able to move about three dimensionally was dreamlike.
We went as deep as 18 meters in our five dives. (The first
three dives were with the instructor, practicing
some skills.) In truth, the most interesting reef life
was visible closer to the surface, due to color and
lighting. Though, deeper, we did get to see a manta,
a five-foot shark, and some meter-wide giant clams.
(By the by, if you do end up in Cairns snorkeling
or diving to see parts of the reef, check out
"Reef Teach", which is a little edutainment show
all about fishes and corals of the reef. Great slide
show and informative and entertaining narration.)