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.

Recent Posts:

Wishbone Reef 2011/2020

We are about to cast off for our 2020 cruise north to Wishbone reef ūüôā I recall watching two Nudibranchs (Nembrotha Kukaryana) cavorting in 5m of water. Wicked lovers one day and still at it the next. Nudibranchs being hermaphrodites are both male and female. Note the blue genitalia on their front right. The image…

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Cruising Cairns to Townsville 2019

Frankland  Islands / Taylor Reef Cay / Burnett Patches & more. Numerous fascinating islands and coral reefs fit between glorious coastal mountains to the west and the deep blue coral sea to the east. It‚Äôs always a great pleasure taking different routes and doing a little exploring when cruising between Cairns and Townsville.  In the spring…

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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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Remote North East edge off the GBR – cruising 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

¬† ¬† 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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Sailing Antarctica 2018

A woman‚Äôs world‚Ķby 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 ‚ÄĒ 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôt always gone…

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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.

Wishbone Reef 2011/2020

We are about to cast off for our 2020 cruise north to Wishbone reef ūüôā I recall watching two Nudibranchs (Nembrotha Kukaryana) cavorting in 5m of water. Wicked lovers one day and still at it the next. Nudibranchs being hermaphrodites are both male and female. Note the blue genitalia on their front right. The image…

Cruising Cairns to Townsville 2019

Frankland  Islands / Taylor Reef Cay / Burnett Patches & more. Numerous fascinating islands and coral reefs fit between glorious coastal mountains to the west and the deep blue coral sea to the east. It‚Äôs always a great pleasure taking different routes and doing a little exploring when cruising between Cairns and Townsville.  In the spring…

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…

Remote North East edge off the GBR – cruising 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…

Lawadi PNG 2017

¬† ¬† 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

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

A woman‚Äôs world‚Ķby 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

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

Gora Bara Bara PNG ¬†¬†Huge Manta-rays glided overhead. We could almost touch them ‚ÄĒ 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

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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