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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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    Sumbawa Surprise, Indonesia
    Michael McFadyen's Scuba Diving - Sumbawa Surprise, Indonesia

    In September 2012 Kelly and I did a week long liveaboard dive trip in Indonesia which went from Bali to Komodo and back. We went on the MV Mermaid II. Click here to read about the boat. This is one of the dive sites we did on the trip. The trip heads north-east from Benoa Harbour on Bali out north of Lombok and then north of the other islands to Komodo Island and then down the eastern side of Komodo to the southernmost point of Komodo. For all dives on this trip we used 31% Nitrox, so bear this in mind when considering the bottom times we did.

    Sumbawa Surprise is a dive site located at the western point of Sumbawa Island. An approximate GPS mark for the dive spot is 8Âș 13' 54.3"S 117Âș 41' 38.3"E (using WGS84 as the datum). The site is to the south of the GPS mark.

    Satellite PhotoPhoto
    A satellite photo from Google Earth that shows the location of the dive site
    The lighthouse is at the tip of the point, the dive site is off the beach at the south
    A photo of the dive site

    The actual site is located off a beach which has some fishing nets and timber poles in the water 30 or 40 metres off the beach. The site is black sand which has a flatter shallow section at about three metres and then a gradual slope that goes to 30 metres or so.

    Dive Site Map
    A map of the dive site - north is at the bottom left of the map as shown
    Used courtesy of Mermaid Cruises

    As with virtually all dive sites that you do when on MV Mermaid II, you use the RIB (rigid inflatable boat) to get to the start of the dive (and also to get back to the boat). The RIB will drop you off the eastern end of beach.

    Once in the water we drop to the bottom at five metres and then start working our way down the coral bommies located at the eastern end. At about 19 metres I cross over to the sand and start a gradual ascent back to 12 metres. I then head back down to 20 metres and then 24 metres before gradually ascending over the next 30 minutes to 12 metres. As I did this, I zig-zagged back up.

    Pleurobranchus grandisCrested nembrotha
    Pleurobranchus grandisCrested nembrotha
    Sexy shrimpChromodoris aureopurpure
    Sexy shrimp (yes, that is its real name)Chromodoris aureopurpure

    As mentioned, the bottom is black sand. There is so much here to see. There are brilliant black and blue nudibranchs and other species all over the place. I find four pipefish and then we see a tiny 20 mm black anglerfish with red and yellow dots and blue lines on its fins. There is an ornate ghost pipefish next to a large log.

    Another ghost pipefish is found, this time a white robust one. There are dancing shrimp in anemones as well as other species of shrimp. More nudibranchs are seen.

    Mantis ShrimpPipefish
    Mantis ShrimpPipefish
    Yellow nudibranchOrnate ghost pipefish
    I am not sure of this speciesOrnate ghost pipefish

    Eventually I end up shallow where I find two more ornate ghost pipefish and then a tiny 20 mm clown anglerfish, this one white with red markings and orange lines on its fins. They are so beautiful!

    Care has to be taken to avoid entanglement with the fishing net which is spread across the beach in about six metres. Some of the divers find sea horses and more anglerfish.

    Clown anglerfishSea spider
    Clown anglerfish A sea spider
    Baby painted frogfishSkeleton shrimps
    A baby painted frogfish Skeleton shrimps

    No wonder they call this dive Sumbawa Surprise. When someone tells you that you are diving on a sand bottom, you normally think that you will see nothing. However, this site had so much to enjoy, we spent 75 minutes diving. This was a brilliant dive! The visibility was probably only 20 metres but the water temperature was about 27ÂșC. Click here to return to see the dive profile from my computer.

    Click here to return to the list of sites we did on our MV Mermaid II trip.

    Chelidonura variansRobust ghost pipefish
    Chelidonura variansRobust ghost pipefish

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