Destinations:

No single vessel could ever hope to fully explore this amazing and remote area, but it's been a delight to experience so much of it. I'll keep blogging over the next year or so to tell many of our coral cruising stories from the past and present; plus provide as much useful information as I can. I will show dates on destination stories because conditions may have changed since I visited. Negative events such as cyclones, coral bleaching, Crown of Thorns starfish, moving sands , etc can cause rapid deterioration , alternatively, when conditions are good places improve and can turn from ugly rubble to become beautiful and pristine . This wilderness is forever changing. 

Remote North East edge off the GBR – cruising 2018

By Robin Jeffries | September 18, 2018

Revisiting the GBR Nth East Edge Today we cast off and head to one the most remote but exciting coral reef sections off the Australian coast — Wreck bay to Ashmore Reef. We will return in 2019 with lots of stories to tell and information for those interested in cruising, diving and fishing this wilderness…

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Lawadi PNG 2017

By Robin Jeffries | July 11, 2018

    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…

East Cape PNG 2018

By Robin Jeffries | June 5, 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…

Sailing Antarctica 2018

By Robin Jeffries | April 9, 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

By Robin Jeffries | January 16, 2018

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

By Robin Jeffries | December 30, 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…

Milne Bay PNG cruising adventure- october – December 2017

By Robin Jeffries | October 9, 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

By Robin Jeffries | September 16, 2017

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

By Robin Jeffries | June 9, 2017

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

By Robin Jeffries | June 5, 2017

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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