Explore, dive, photograph, fish, kite surf and decompress on Australia's remote northern Great Barrier Reef & Coral Sea

By Robin Jeffries

Explore, dive, photograph, fish, kite surf and decompress on Australia's remote northern Great Barrier Reef & Coral Sea

By Robin Jeffries

Explore, dive, photograph, fish, kite surf and decompress on Australia's remote northern Great Barrier Reef & Coral Sea

By Robin Jeffries

Explore, dive, photograph, fish, kite surf and decompress on Australia's remote northern Great Barrier Reef & Coral Sea

By Robin Jeffries

Destinations

Blogged stories of our cruising 

Tips for cruising around Coral

Boating in coral reefs...

Boats and Bits

Mucking around on boats...

Diving

Snorkelling, free diving, scuba diving...

Photography

Underwater and topside photography

Fishing

Catching a feed...

Coral reef life.

Theres amazing life forms everywhere.

Kite Surfing

Let's go fly a kite...

Cruising Naked

Free in the tropics...

A Woman's World

Mermaids live forever...

Environment

Whose damn rubbish..

Products we recommend

Reliable products we love.

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East Cape PNG 2018

We enjoyed returning to Milne bay’s East Cape in 2017. This time we had an additional crew member, Al a native PNG  diving guide. Our mission was to: find some new diving locations, locate and photograph the iconic  Pygmy Seahorse, and could we find that undiscovered shipwreck near Nuakata?.          Well, the first two items…

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Sailing Antarctica 2018

A woman’s world…by Sylvie Jambu Sailing Antarctica      What does a girl do when the captain takes a boys break. ——   “Go sailing Antarctica of course”.                                                      …

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Photographing Kana Kopi PNG… 2017

We relish our nature photography most when we find new places, and get to interpret them our way.         Kana kopi bay is a picturesque anchorage tucked in-between tall mountains at the entrance to Milne Bay, a peaceful stopover on the way to Alotau the capital of the Western province of Papua New…

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Milne Bay South – cruising PNG 2017

Gora Bara Bara PNG   Huge Manta-rays glided overhead. We could almost touch them — grey, black, sucker fish clinging to their bellies. It was exhilerating! This was one of the biggest reasons we came back to PNG again; it was worth it. Young James had been quietly fishing in his canoe and watching the day…

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Milne Bay PNG cruising adventure- october – December 2017

Milne Bay PNG here we come. Our getting to PNG Plan From Cairns we stoll up behind the shelter of the Ribbon Reefs, jump across to Osprey Reef for a brief rest, then two days of crappy beam on seas to PNG. We will land at Samari to the south of Milne bay proper,  before…

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Marion Reef … Coral Sea

Getting under Marion’s skirt. Marion Reef is 400km east of the Whitsunday coast, its 40km long by 20km wide, dominated by a deep lagoon and surrounded by very clear waters. It is a perfect horseshoe shape with three barren sand cays that help to provide shelter from the persistent SE trade winds. The trip can…

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Learning to be Reef Rats…August 2017

  We love to cruise to isolated reef areas of the Australian NE coast: experience nature on pristine islets, dive into clear waters, sip wine at sunset, & enjoy the simple pleasures away from civilization. Does that sound like idealistic dreaming or a fantasy from a tourist brochure? Well, of course, it hasn’t always gone…

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Conflict Island, PNG, Dec 2016

Conflict Islands PNG We are sitting on deck chairs on the terrace of the Panasesa Island bar. Our boat bobs quietly on a bright blue canvas just in front of us, and tropical islands break the horizon in all directions. It seems surreal, Western indulgence amongst the subsistent style of life that is the norm…

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Nuakata Islands, East Cape, PNG, Dec 2016

Nuakata Island Nuakata Island is about 14km of Northern tip of Milne Bay. It’s the biggest island at the centre of a group of smaller ones. All surrounded by a myriad of coral reefs kept incredibly healthy by overactive and irregular currents. Nelson is the Counsellor ( chief ). He lives on the east side…

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Tawali Resort…our PNG boating refuge. Nov 2016

Tawali-our PNG boating refuge…but is it always safe ? Read our 2017 update !   It was 40nm from Alotau to the Tawali resort situated on the Solomon Sea side of the northern peninsula of Milne Bay. An excellent area for diving with unique marine life quite unlike we had encountered elsewhere. But despite its…

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Inside Milne Bay PNG — November 2016

Alotau—capital of the Milne Bay Province       We had slow cruised here from Cairns via the Louisiade archipelago and were excited about the prospect of diving and exploring Milne Bay. But first, we needed to finish customs formalities, refuel, a little shopping and then go hunting for essentials — like a restaurant and…

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Louisiades… cruising September 2016

     Papua new Guinea (PNG) starts where Far North Queensland finishes, and the best safe cruising can be found not far away amongst the Louisiades archipelago to the southeast of the mainland; where Islanders lead a peaceful life and sail large traditional sailaus for fishing and trading between islands. We departed from Cairns September…

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Our playground in Australia - the Coral Sea, Great Barrier Reef and beyond...

Onboard our catamaran Flashdance we explore the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea in Queensland, Australia.  Our destination posts include useful information for cruising and enjoying this beautiful natural playground.

Click the FNQ ( far north Queensland) map to get a bigger view of our playground.

East Cape PNG 2018

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We enjoyed returning to Milne bay’s East Cape in 2017. This time we had an additional crew member, Al a native PNG  diving guide. Our mission was to: find some new diving locations, locate and photograph the iconic  Pygmy Seahorse, and could we find that undiscovered shipwreck near Nuakata?.          Well, the first two items…

Sailing Antarctica 2018

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A woman’s world…by Sylvie Jambu Sailing Antarctica      What does a girl do when the captain takes a boys break. ——   “Go sailing Antarctica of course”.                                                      …

Photographing Kana Kopi PNG… 2017

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We relish our nature photography most when we find new places, and get to interpret them our way.         Kana kopi bay is a picturesque anchorage tucked in-between tall mountains at the entrance to Milne Bay, a peaceful stopover on the way to Alotau the capital of the Western province of Papua New…

Milne Bay South – cruising PNG 2017

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Gora Bara Bara PNG   Huge Manta-rays glided overhead. We could almost touch them — grey, black, sucker fish clinging to their bellies. It was exhilerating! This was one of the biggest reasons we came back to PNG again; it was worth it. Young James had been quietly fishing in his canoe and watching the day…

Milne Bay PNG cruising adventure- october – December 2017

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Milne Bay PNG here we come. Our getting to PNG Plan From Cairns we stoll up behind the shelter of the Ribbon Reefs, jump across to Osprey Reef for a brief rest, then two days of crappy beam on seas to PNG. We will land at Samari to the south of Milne bay proper,  before…

Marion Reef … Coral Sea

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Getting under Marion’s skirt. Marion Reef is 400km east of the Whitsunday coast, its 40km long by 20km wide, dominated by a deep lagoon and surrounded by very clear waters. It is a perfect horseshoe shape with three barren sand cays that help to provide shelter from the persistent SE trade winds. The trip can…

Conflict Island, PNG, Dec 2016

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Conflict Islands PNG We are sitting on deck chairs on the terrace of the Panasesa Island bar. Our boat bobs quietly on a bright blue canvas just in front of us, and tropical islands break the horizon in all directions. It seems surreal, Western indulgence amongst the subsistent style of life that is the norm…

Nuakata Islands, East Cape, PNG, Dec 2016

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Nuakata Island Nuakata Island is about 14km of Northern tip of Milne Bay. It’s the biggest island at the centre of a group of smaller ones. All surrounded by a myriad of coral reefs kept incredibly healthy by overactive and irregular currents. Nelson is the Counsellor ( chief ). He lives on the east side…

Tawali Resort…our PNG boating refuge. Nov 2016

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Tawali-our PNG boating refuge…but is it always safe ? Read our 2017 update !   It was 40nm from Alotau to the Tawali resort situated on the Solomon Sea side of the northern peninsula of Milne Bay. An excellent area for diving with unique marine life quite unlike we had encountered elsewhere. But despite its…

Inside Milne Bay PNG — November 2016

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Alotau—capital of the Milne Bay Province       We had slow cruised here from Cairns via the Louisiade archipelago and were excited about the prospect of diving and exploring Milne Bay. But first, we needed to finish customs formalities, refuel, a little shopping and then go hunting for essentials — like a restaurant and…

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