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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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    Matavera School Reef
    Michael McFadyen's Scuba Diving - Matavera School Reef On the north-eastern corner of Rarotonga, Cook Islands, the fringing coral reef comes close to the shore and in fact it is really not a fringing reef as it does not come near the surface. This site is about 12 minutes from Avatui Harbour. The dive site is located a few hundred metres off the shore and is a couple of kilometres north of the prominent point. As you would imagine from the name, the dive site is right off the Matavera School (a small primary school).

    You anchor in about 10 metres on a sandy bottom with isolated small bommies. The depth drops to 12 metres and then gradually slopes to 30 metres where there is a severe drop-off to 100 metres or so. At the 30 metres depth, there is an intermittent sort of wall. These are really coral bommies separated by sand, not a normal coral reef wall. There are lots of overhangs, with hiding places for fish. The reef wall winds in and out as it heads south.

    Moorish idolThreadfin butterflyfish
    Moorish idolThreadfin butterflyfish

    The coral here is almost the worst I have seen anywhere in the world. I estimated that there was only about 5% live coral. I also saw no sponges at all and not even a tiny gorgonia (let alone a huge one like seen in many South Pacific Ocean countries). Fishlife was also sparce. We saw two small turtles and two large firefish. There were quite a few surgeonfish and trevally, some different butterflyfish (threadfin, longnose) and a few Moorish idols. That is about it except for heaps of black sea cucumbers.

    After 20 to 25 minutes, you turn around and come back a little shallower than the outward trip. Once again, the coral is not very good and the fishlife poor.

    The one good thing about this dive was the visibility, in excess of 40 metres. Water temperature in June was 24.0° and air temperature 25°.

    For more information about the Cook Islands, especially Rarotonga, see my Cook Islands General Information Page.

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