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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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    Sydney Dive Site Hints
    "A seal can often be seen at Middle Ground"
    Dick
    One of the advantages of diving places like Rabaul/Kabaira in the New Britain Provence, Papua New Guinea, is that generally the sea conditions are completely flat. This means that you can head to sites that are a bit further afield and get there quickly.

    This site is one of the series of three dive sites called Tom, Dick and Harry. They are located on the one reef, a few kilometres west of Cape Liguan and about 7.9 kilometres from Kabaira Resort. It takes about 20 minutes to get to the site in their "slow" boat (does about 23 km.h).

    DickDick
    Kelly and one of the smaller gorgoniasA couple of the huge barrel sponges

    The dive site is located at GPS S4° 22' 14.2" E151° 58' 28.5" using WGS84 as a datum. As this is a drift dive, this could either be your start or end point depending on the tides. We started here. The reef here is a sort of flat topped ridge and you could go either side.

    Once you descend, you go to the western side of the reef and drop over the wall. we headed north in a slight current. There are lots of gorgonias and some huge barrel sponges as well as many other sponges and coral. The bottom is over 40 metres here but I stayed at about 30 metres for most of the first section, with the occasional drop to 35 metres.

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    Kelly and one of the bigger gorgoniasThis huge gorgonia was near the end of the dive

    The reef has a gentle slope for most of the way but there are some more vertical wall sections. As you go, look out for the many nudibranchs and flat worms that can be seen. There are also lots of anemones. Nearly every anemone has not only clownfish, but various species of shrimp. There are clear ones as well as dancing shrimp.

    After 12 minutes we moved up to 25 minutes and after 23 minutes we started a gradual ascent to 15 metres. We reached this at about 30 minutes. The next 18 minutes were spent between 15 and 20 metres and then we ascended to five metres where we spent the last 15 minutes of the dive.

    After a while the reef turns to the north-east and then further on to the east. This is the northern end of the reef. If conditions permit, you can head south on the eastern side. Otherwise, ascend up the reef into the shallows to complete your dive.

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    Rudman's Phyllidiella - Phyllidiella rudimaniI think that this is Bullock's Hypselodoris - Hypselodoris bullockii
    Note the eggs being laid
    DickDick
    Another of the nudibranchs we saw here - I have not yet been able to identify itA flat worm that I have not been able to identify
    DickDick
    Another flat worm that I cannot identifyA colourful clear shrimp on an anemone

    I had about 25 to 30 metre visibility and water temperature of 29°C. A very nice dive site.

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