Diving

Ashmore Reef QLD – cruising 2011/2018

        Ashmore Reef is a large Atoll 23nm east from the GBR and not far from its end point coming from Australia. Being so isolated it has a certain adventurous feel about it. In 2011 we cruised east from Masig Island in the Torres Strait, entering the Coral Sea via the rather…

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Lawadi PNG 2017

robin jeffries

    Diving around Lawadi     Here, within just 500 meters the marine diversity is mind-blowing. Perhaps the most famous muck diving available anywhere in the world, a short ride in our dinghy to a magnificent coral garden, or drift among underwater mountain peaks spiralling up from the abyss. All this in clear, warm…

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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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Milne Bay South – cruising PNG 2017

by robin jeffries

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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Marion Reef … Coral Sea

robin jeffries

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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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

Robin Jeffries

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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Magdelaine Cays –Coral Sea –posted August 2016

Magdelaine Cays are a pristine, untouched wilderness. We soaked it all up during 12 days of sensational exploring. Magdelaine North turtle graveyard. We arrived early December 2013 and carefully picked our way thru shallow coral heads to a well-protected anchorage about 300m behind a strip of smooth sand. It looked peaceful, but on landing, a…

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Willis Islets — Coral Sea — posted June 2016

       Willis Islets — South Willis Island weather station We dropped anchor behind a small coral islet with a strange looking building perched on the top of its six-metre high peak. I thought it would feel weird seeing civilisation out here, but every map of the coral sea shows the Willis Island manned weather station,…

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