Rating 10/10

Northern Arch - Poor Knight Islands.

Tutukaka11 Jan 2014 - 18 Jan 2014

Tutukaka is the harbor town for a trips heading out the the Poor Knight Islands. The Poor Knight Islands are a full nature and marine reserve, several Islands fully protected and uninhabited. They are full of history and lore and full of life!

The water here is affected by the east Australian current which causes the temperature to vary between 14 C winter and 22 C in the summer. Welcoming a host of temperate and seasonal tropical visitors. Since becoming a marine reserve life has exploded here and all sorts of temperate life calls the Knights home. All Boat diving with nil access to the Islands.

There are MANY dive sites around the Poor Knight Islands, each with its own features.

One of my personal favorite is Northern Arch, the photos here are all taken there.

Northern Arch is an Archway and Wall dive, depending on conditions and currents the dive plan can change here either side of the arch, around the point or through the arch and back. Max depth is around 43m at the bottom of the Arch which is 6-8m wide, the top of the arch is above the water level.

At times you can see Sharks and larger creatures swimming off the point of the arch (Mantas and Orca included).

In the Archway... any day you can get conditions to dive there, epic amounts of fish! (also Rays, eels and macro life) Kelp lined walls with helpful ridges around 10m, 20m and 30m.

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Unpredictable weather at the Yongala...

We're off to Australia in November and have a couple of days planned for Townsville to see the Yongala wreck & Great Barrier Reef. We've been told that the weather can be quite unpredictable at the wreck and trips can be cancelled at short notice. If we miss out because of bad weather we'd receive a full refund, but we wont be in town long enough to get a second chance to go out.

obviously its "unpredictable", but does any one know where I can find a report of how often the yongala was unavailable last year? Particularly November and December.

Paige Dellit

Paige Dellit

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I don't know stats on how often it was unavailable but you are going a nice time of year. Nov and Dec is just coming into summer so the winds will be lighter than a few months before so more chance of being able to dive the wreck. I will cross my fingers for you :)

i am concerned we will miss the whale sharks in exmouth, W A

We can't get there until 14th July. Can anyone advise how likely it is that they will still be there?

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Vandra Allison

2 votes

Beautiful diving there either way :D


Desmond Metzler

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It will probably depend on the season and the weather.. and a bit of luck! How long will you be spending there (the number of days you get out will probably make the difference).


Vandra Allison

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It is 'in' season.. but as Desmond says usually they are brought in by increases in plankton and how long this lasts for depends on the weather and currents. Maybe ask dive operators in April when the whale sharks season has been so far you may be able to see if it is later this year or earlier.

Rating 8/10

Christmas diving on the Gold Coast

Brisbane20 Dec 2014 - 4 Jan 2015

The Christmas holidays this year have been kind to our local divers with consistently good conditions throughout.Cook island has had the usual summer influx of leopard sharks and also guitar sharks in good numbers.blue spotted rays were in abundance along with a few large bull rays and we even got a brief glimpse of a manta just before Christmas.this along with all the usual critters has made for some great diving and it looks like it's set to continue into the new year!


Morgan Bennett

This sounds like great diving! I have yet to see a guitar shark - it is on my bucket list. Are they pretty common there? Are they seasonal?

Rating 10/10

Moore Reef Diving with Wally the Mauri Wrasse !

Cairns & Great Barrier Reef19 Sep 2014 - 19 Sep 2014

Aboard Reef Magic, my mum and I went to the Marine World platform, which is located approximately 45km's from offshore Cairns at a private Outer Reef Location on the pristine north eastern end of Moore Reef.

I did my 1st Introductory Dive, and then a 2nd dive and now I am studying to get my Open Water Licence (I am 15 years old). The dive company I am studying with is called Ambeau Sport & Recreation and they are fantastic (and pretty funny too).

We went down about 5 metres first, then about 20 metres on the 2nd dive. I absolutely love diving. Wally the Mauri Wrasse swam up to us and we had our photos taken with him. The dive master (Amanda) had to keep gently moving Wally along cause he was hogging all the camera time, lol.

There was so many different fish to see at Moore Reef - I saw a school of Barracuda, hundreds of Parrot Fish, a few "Nemo's", black tip and white tip reef sharks to name just a few.

You can also go snorkeling or go for a ride in the glass-bottom boat or the semi-sub. There is also an underwater observatory. These are all free activities. They have a delicious buffet lunch, which included curry dishes as well. Reef Magic is a beautiful vessel and had really comfy seats to sleep on on the way back.

I can't wait to complete my Open Water Licence and then get to the next level.

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Liam Parker

What a great first dive location! Mine was a murky quarry.. not quite as inspiring!

John Fry

John Fry

Excellent report! Got to love Wrasse - nice one. Good luck with your OW!


Rich Ward

Nice first dives and nicely written report!

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