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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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    "Bare Island Isolated Reefs have sea dragons, red indianfish and sea horses"
    Honeybone to Twin Bommies Drift
    This is located outside Port Vila Harbour on the southern side of Mele Bay. It is to the west of Ifira Island.

    Honeybone is located a bit further towards the open seas so dives are normally done on an incoming tide from Honeybone to Twin Bommies. There are moorings at both locations.

    FeatherstarBlack-rayed phyllidia
    A featherstar at HoneyboneBlack-rayed phyllidia - Phyllidia picta

    Once in the water, you descend and the depth is about eight metres. For the first 20 minutes you head north-east. There is a slight slope of a reef on your left and as you go the depth gradually drops to 14 metres. When you get to this depth the reef turns to the east and to your left the depth drops away. I did not go deeper but from previous dives at Twin Bommies I expect that it gets to 27 metres or so.

    This first section is not all that interesting but we saw some very nice nudibranchs as well as some titan triggerfish. From here the reef gets much better.

    As I said, the reef slopes away to the north and on the top after about five minutes it comes up to 10 metres and stays this way all the way to Twin Bommies. Along this section of reef we see a lot more gorgonias and the coral is better. We saw a couple more titan triggerfish, luckily it was not the breeding season, as these are the most aggressive fish I have ever seen.

    Elegant phyllidiaYellow fish
    Think this is an elegant phyllidia - Phyllidia elegansNot sure of these species but they were colourful

    Along here we come across a very large crocodilefish. This is one of the most interesting looking fish you will ever see. They normally sit quite still on the bottom and are easy to approach very close. If you see one, have a look at their eyes, they are the most amazing eyes you will ever see, similar to firefish but more strange.

    As you might have guessed, Twin Bommies has two bommies that come up from 10 metres to about five metres. These bommies are very large and have many overhangs. Around here there are lots of fish. We also see some clownfish, a small crayfish, lots of bannerfish and many different species of nudibranchs.

    Black and White NudiYellow fish
    A couple of photos of the crocodilefish we saw between Honeybone and Twin Bommies

    Towards the end of the dive we explore around the bommies and then spend our safety stop on the top of one of the bommies at five metres.

    This is not a bad dive, but a better dive would be to do the whole dive at Twin Bommies.

    Visibility was about 20 metres on each of the dive I have done here. Water temperature ranges between 26°C and 28°C.

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