Diving:

Exploring our underwater world amongst Coral reefs is always a thrill. We love it all: the snorkelling, the free diving, and the hookah and scuba diving. Here's a little about how we dive from our own vessel and manage to do it safely with no back up support .

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…

Herald cays — Coral Sea — posted June 2016

By Robin Jeffries | June 1, 2016

                         Herald Cays The Herald Cays are a 200nm cruise eastward into the Coral Sea from both Townsville and Cairns and are a nature paradise. Traveling at eight knots from Townsville we reached them with nightly stopovers at Myrmidon and Flinders Reefs. No need…

Alone on the Great Barrier Reef – Cruise/dive Townsville -posted May 2016

By Robin Jeffries | May 15, 2016

                  An occasional solo trip gave me the taste for alone time in the middle of nowhere. But as I stood on the back step of Flash Dancer kitted up with scuba gear and stared out at the stormy sky and the black deserted ocean I wondered…

Osprey Reef Coral Sea — posted May 2016

By Robin Jeffries | May 11, 2016

Our 2015 spring cruise second leg was a 100nm night cruise from Bougainville Reef to Osprey Reef. Dive charters have put Osprey Reef in the spotlight, especially the North Horn dive site with its famous shark-feeding spectacle. We were more interested in the large lagoon, though, and planned to make it our home base for…

Bougainville Reef Coral Sea — posted May 2016

By Robin Jeffries | May 7, 2016

On our 2015 spring cruise from Cairns to Cape York, we took in a slight detour to several nearby Coral Sea atolls, beginning at Bougainville Reef. We waited for a good- weather window before heading 215km north- east of Cairns to a  speck on our chart. Bougainville Reef is a 4km-long, oval atoll formed thousands…

Flinders Reefs Coral Sea — posted April 2016

By Robin Jeffries | April 18, 2016

                     Flinders Reefs Flinders reefs  may be in the Coral Sea but are still easily reached by most cruising vessels. Seventy nautical miles North East of Townsville gets you to a protected anchorage tucked away within Myrmidon Reef.  Then you leave the protection of the GBR and…

Buoy Moorings Townsville to Lizard Island — updated 2017

By Robin Jeffries | April 6, 2016

Using buoy moorings Townsville to Lizard Island. Prevent coral damage—improve safety—access diving & snorkelling hot spots near population centres. When cruising FNQ, everybody wants to spend some time in the water—on the reef. Whether it’s scuba, hookah, free diving, or snorkelling, we all love to experience that unique outer reef world close-up. The biggest impediment…

Reaching the end of The Great Barrier Reef — Bramble cay — posted March 2016

By Robin Jeffries | March 24, 2016

In 2011 a dream came true–I reached the very top end of the Great Barrier Reef. Here is my account which first appeared in “Club Marine Magazine”. As a young man, I had visited the ‘start’ of the  Great Barrier Reef at its southern tip at Lady Elliot Island. My curiosity was awakened, and a…

Diamond islets — Coral Sea — posted March 2016

By Robin Jeffries | March 19, 2016

Who wouldn’t like to cruise to a group of deserted Coral Sea Islands without leaving the comfort of Australian waters? In the spring of 2013 we spent 18 days on our 14m cat visiting the four pristine Diamond Islets, located 500 kilometres north east of Townsville. Below is our account that was published in Australian…

Anchoring to dive on the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea — March 2016

By Robin Jeffries | March 2, 2016

Our anchor is very happy in mud, but there is no dirt in the Coral Sea; this makes anchoring to dive on the Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea more challenging. Here it’s all about living coral, dead coral, sand and rubble made from crushed and broken coral, plus rocks formed from compacted coral sand.…

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