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    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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    "Red Indianfish seem to prefer northern sides of the entrances to bays and harbours"
    Steves Bommie - Ribbon Reef No 3
    This dive site is located just inside the entrance between Ribbon Reef Number 2 and 3. It is on the northern (Number 3) side of the entrance. This is about 117 kilometres north-north-east of Port Douglas. The GPS Reading for the bommie is S15° 30' 06.4" E145° 47' 16.7".

    The bommie is about 10 metres square on top and about 60 metres square on the bottom. You can swim right around the base in about 20 minutes, stopping along the way for lots of photos. The mooring is off the northern side in relatively shallow water.

    Steves BommieSteves Bommie
    Kelly McFadyen poses with a gorgonia at Steves Bommie A school of sweetlips at Steves Bommie

    I was told that this dive site was formerly known as Temple of Doom and renamed after a divemaster on one of the charter boats who died in a snorkelling accident (see later). However, one chart I looked at showed a located called Temple of Doom nearby. Not sure if this is correct then.

    Once you enter the water, descend straight down and you will see the bottom just off the bommie. The depth here is about 30 metres and it drops to 35 metres further out. If you start off at about 27 to 30 metres, you will get a good dive. Head off in one direction, staying at the same depth for the first 10 minutes before starting to gradually rise. There are lots of hard and soft corals, as well as gorgonias and sea whips to see. At this depth keep an eye open for clown triggerfish and titan triggerfish. Out over the sand you may also see white-tipped reef sharks and large rays.

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    One of many unicornfish seen at Steves Bommie More fish at Steves Bommie

    As mentioned, after about 20 minutes you will be back in the area you started from but a bit shallower. Keep going around the bommie till you eventually reach the top. This will take at least two or three more circumnavigations. Off to the north-east there is a smaller bommie that is almost joined to the main bommie. This is worth examining in detail as it has a small overhang that is normally home to lots of fish (sweetlips). There is a plaque between the smaller bommie and main bommie to Steve.

    Steves BommieSteves Bommie
    A ragged firefish at Steves Bommie One of two reef stonefish at Steves Bommie

    The eastern side also has lots of fish in between some larger coral outcrops. These are sometimes as big as 100 fish. At about 13 metres on the northern side (perhaps a little to the east), there is a very small ledge that has a cone shaped coral structure (lying on its side). Look very carefully in this area and you may see some leafy scorpiofish. On my dive we found one dark brown/black specimen and about 10 metres further to the east another yellow specimen. There is said to be a third one here as well but we could not find it. Magnificent fish!

    Steves BommieSteves Bommie
    One of the many strange worm-like
    specimens seen at Steves Bommie
    A pair of beautiful nudibranchs at Steves Bommie

    Keep ascending till you reach the top of the bommie and do a safety stop at five metres while looking at the anemones and clownfish.

    A truly great dive site. Worth doing many times, even though it is not all that big. Visibility was about 25 metres and water temperature in November 25C.

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