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 .

Diamond islets — Coral Sea — 2013-2022

By Robin Jeffries | 19 March 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 northeast of Townsville. Below is our account that was published in the Australian…

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

By Robin Jeffries | 2 March 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.…

Tydeman reef and nearby sand cays — 2015-2021

By Robin Jeffries | 2 March 2016

Tydeman Reef and cay Anchored behind Tydeman Reef’s substantial sand cay you are a mere 20km from Cape Melville. This is as close as the outer GBR ever gets to the mainland over its entire 2,300 km length. So close that you could easily explore the cay then high tail it back to Pipon or…

North Brocken Passage and Pipon reef — past Lizard Island — posted March 2016

By Robin Jeffries | 1 March 2016

Pipon Reef is a reasonable anchorage in 20-25 knot south east trade winds. At high tide, take your dingy over the top of the reef where you will find hundreds of turtles and an occasion indifferent dugong feeding on the small crustaceans.   The scant remains of two light house cottages from the past are on…

Howick Group East — past Lizard Island — posted March 2016

By Robin Jeffries | 1 March 2016

Stapleton Island Now, try straying just a little east of Ingram Island. Stapleton Island is home to many thousands of marine birds on a well-developed grassy cay. It is an amazing sight watching them buzz around their eggs and chicks like swarming bees. You will find Sooty, Crested & Caspian Terns, Noddies, Boobies, and maybe…

Getting past Lizard island and the Cod hole — posted March 2016

By Robin Jeffries | 1 March 2016

A little excitement  builds as you reach iconic Lizard Island, 50nm North of Cooktown. The fabulous anchorage of Mrs Watson’s Bay usually has 5-20 boats parked within. A more protected and beautiful place is hard to imagine; a perfect location to relax and meet like-minded boaties. It’s magical beach, and clear water are very enticing.…

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