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    Current Kareela Weather
    A summary of the current weather conditions at our house at Kareela, Sydney, is below. Click here for more Detailed Diving Weather and Conditions. Weather from Michael McFadyen's Tempe Weather Station


    Conditions at
    23:49 on 23/1/17

     
    Temperature 25.6°C
    Humidity 65.0%
    Barometer 1003.4hPa
    Rate -0.3hPa/hr
    Wind Speed: 0 km/hr
    Wind Direction S
    Rainfall for Today 0.0mm
    Rainfall last hour 0.0 mm
    Rainfall last 24 hours 0.0 mm
    Rainfall at Start of Month 814.6 mm
    Rainfall this Year 827.0 mm
    Today's Extremes
    High Temperature 31.2°C at 15:48
    Low Temperature 20.9°C at 6:27
    Peak Wind Gust 0km/hr at 0:00
    Weather from Michael McFadyen's Kirrawee Weather Station
    Yesterday's Extremes
    High Temperature 27.5°C at 17:11
    Low Temperature 19.8°C at 6:29
    Rainfall at Start of Yesterday 827.0 mm
    Rainfall at End of Yesterday 827.0 mm
    Weather from Michael McFadyen's Tempe Weather Station
    Astronomical Data
    Sunrise 5:06
    Sunset 19:05
    Moonrise 1:09
    Moonset 15:04

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    "The Monuments is a great place to find sea dragons"
    Twin Bommies
    This is the most popular dive site in Port Vila, Vanuatu. It is located out past Iririki Island and past Ifira Island. The site consists, not unexpectedly, of two coral bommies that sit on the top of a flatish reef. To the north it slopes off deeper.

    There are a couple of moorings at this site, one owned by each of the dive operators. The Nautilus mooring is located at GPS S17° 45' 25.7" E168° 16' 55.0" using WGS84 as a datum. This mooring is located on the south side of a gutter that runs west-east. This gutter has broken coral on the bottom. It is about 12 metres here.

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    The wall at Twin BommiesI think this is an elegant phyllidia - Phyllidia elegans

    From the mooring, you head north and go up over a slight ridge and then drop back to 12 metres. After about seven minutes you will come to the drop-off. Here the reef slopes fairly steeply to about 30 metres or so. It is only worth going to about 25 metres. Turn right once you reach this spot and head east. You can gradually drop from 12 metres to 22 metres.

    At first, the reef has a steep slope to the north but after about 50 metres there is a shear wall. This turns a bit to the south-east. Along this section of the reef there are a couple of small indents. These can have a lot of fish. There are some small gorgonias, lots of small coral outcrops and some sea whips. There are also some interesting fish, including titan triggerfish, along here. You will also see some bannerfish and butterflyfish.

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    The Twin BommiesA goby on a sea whip

    The reef turns to the south near here. You go up over the wall and soon come to the Twin Bommies. The depth rises to 20 metres and then gradually to 15 metres. The Twin Bommies are two coral bommies that rise up about three or four metres from the bottom. They are not huge, only about five metres in diameter.

    The area around and between the bommies has a lot of fishlife. The southern side of the eastern bommie has a huge amount of fish. You can spend a lot of time around the bommies. There can also be crayfish under the bommies.

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    Kelly with a very friendly Clarks anemonefishA shrimp on an anemone

    There are also a few anemones between the wall and the bommies. Some of these have the friendliest Clarks anemonefish (clownfish) you will ever come across. There are also clear shrimp in some of the anemones.

    Once you have finished with this area, you head west and soon come to the mooring. You can spend any remaining time in this area before ascending. On one dive here, we saw a couple of crocodilefish in this general area. Amazing looking fish!

    Black and White NudiYellow fish
    A couple of photos of the crocodilefish we saw just west of Twin Bommies

    This is quite a good dive site. Visibility is normally about 20 metres and water temperature between 26°C and 28°C. It is well worth doing once on your trip to Port Vila.

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