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. 

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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Tawali Resort…our PNG boating refuge. Nov 2016

By Robin Jeffries | April 15, 2017

Tawali— our PNG boating refuge   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 beauty, almost no yachts get to enjoy this area…

Inside Milne Bay PNG — November 2016

By Robin Jeffries | March 26, 2017

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…

Louisiades… cruising September 2016

By Robin Jeffries | January 26, 2017

     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…

Our 2016 PNG expedition –September to mid December.

By Robin Jeffries | September 10, 2016

  We are just leaving on our spring 2016 cruise to the Milne Province of PNG which is about 1000km northeast of Cairns Australia. We will be soon immersed in a very different culture visiting many small villages scattered among the hundreds of small coral islands of the Louisiade Archipelago. Our boat is chock full…

Magdelaine Cays –Coral Sea –posted August 2016

By Robin Jeffries | August 29, 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…

Daru PNG West province charity cruise -posted july

By Robin Jeffries | July 23, 2016

   Was Daru and PNG’s Western Province a basket case? The area was often described as lawless, poverty-stricken and disease-ridden, where corruption was both normal and pretty much essential. In 2012 major flooding had destroyed many of the coastal villages food supplies. There was no better time for us to both help out and to see the…

Willis Islets — Coral Sea — posted June 2016

By Robin Jeffries | June 22, 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,…

Coringa Islets — Coral Sea–posted June 2016

By Robin Jeffries | June 15, 2016

Coringa Islets are comprised of Chillcott and South West Islets and are part of the large nature reserve(green zone) that also take in the  Heralds and Magdelaine Cays. They are  50nm east from the Heralds Cays, 70nm west from the Diamonds islets, 45 nm south from Willis and the Magdelaine Cays. It feels like nowhere…

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