Mackay reef is only 30nm nth of Port Douglas and has a glorious sand cay on its Nth West edge. Good protection from the SE trade winds, two 24 hour moorings and plenty of space for anchoring make it an ideal place for us to hang loose for a day or two or a week…

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Ham Reef sand cay

Ham reef cay is just one of the numerous patches of sand and exposed coral rock that pops up along my favourite 100nm edge of the GBR. This barmy day the pristine purity at Ham Reef was breathtaking. We anchored just 50m away over soft sand and leapt into the crystalline water, dog and all.…

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Pelican Island island is in the centre of a beautiful cruising area stretching between Morris island down past the Hedge reef sandbank. There is a well-developed sand spit here affording a good anchorage. On our second day, a nature show came to us with a little crocodile and hundreds of marine birds perched on it…

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We are about to cast off for our 2020 cruise north to Wishbone reef 🙂 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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Frankland  Islands / Taylor Reef Cay / Burnett Patches/ Armistice reef & 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’s always a great pleasure taking different routes and doing a little exploring when cruising between Cairns and Townsville.  In…

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        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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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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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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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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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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