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roby jeff
05-23-2009, 09:11
This one of my favorite dive locations.
Its a small reef with the only public mooring on the outer GBR within 100 miles. It gets used by the local dive charter boat several times a week and us when we're around Townsville.
The mooring is in 13 me of water and a short 20 me swim into the reef and you can snorkel or dive in a beautifull 4 - 8 me coral garden.
Here's a couple of pics. Plenty of reef fish and i love the schools of Arabian sweetlips.
http://forum.scubatoys.com/gallery/files/1/0/3/5/0/2008_10_05_rj___boys_143_copy.jpg

roby jeff
05-23-2009, 09:12
http://forum.scubatoys.com/gallery/files/1/0/3/5/0/2008_10_05_rj___boys_044_copy.jpg

roby jeff
05-23-2009, 09:22
at 50 meters behind th mooring is 2 bommies rising from nearly 30 meters to within 10 meters of the top. Frequented by schools of fusiliers and darts near the top and down lower beatifull whips and fans. The trout, red throated sweetlips, spotted sweetlips, and barramundi cod are very tame and good for photography. 2 weeks ago i had several dives here when it was blowing 20 knots and poor conditions everywhere and i still had 15me vis and great dives.
http://forum.scubatoys.com/gallery/files/1/0/3/5/0/2009_12_05r_s_078_shk.jpg

roby jeff
05-23-2009, 09:25
http://forum.scubatoys.com/gallery/files/1/0/3/5/0/2009_12_05r_s_035shk.jpg

roby jeff
05-23-2009, 09:27
http://forum.scubatoys.com/gallery/files/1/0/3/5/0/2009_12_05r_s_064_shk.jpg

roby jeff
05-23-2009, 09:33
A school of grassy sweetlips always hang out below the boat waiting for a hand out. if you happen to drop a pile of fish bait in the water by accident the go bisurk and if its late in the day there is always a chance of a few grey sharks about. This one took a fancy to my camera.
I would love to hear from other who have dived this reef, especialy if they have gone out with a charter boat and the diving has not been good
http://forum.scubatoys.com/gallery/files/1/0/3/5/0/2009_12_05r_s_058shk.jpg

roby jeff
05-23-2009, 09:38
I've shown this pic before but i actualy took it at wheeler reef last year .
I was pretty wrapped to get a head on with the boat as a back drop.
http://forum.scubatoys.com/gallery/files/1/0/3/5/0/2008_10_05_rj___boys_157_copywb3.jpg

chinacat46
05-23-2009, 12:37
Thanks for the pics. I dove Wheeler and Davies Reef back in 2007. Both very nice and pristine especially compared to the reefs around Cairns. I guess they get a lot less traffic being quite a distance off of Townsville.

roby jeff
05-24-2009, 07:28
Thanks for the pics. I dove Wheeler and Davies Reef back in 2007. Both very nice and pristine especially compared to the reefs around Cairns. I guess they get a lot less traffic being quite a distance off of Townsville.

hi CHINA , hows the world travelled diver going. Glad you enjoyed wheeler & our pics. Hope you're getting some adventures in, i gotta start doing more diving and stop repeating my pics..ouch.

paperdesk
05-24-2009, 09:40
Thanks for the report roby-jeff. Do you run trips out to Wheeler? Looks like a great place to go on our upcoming AU trip! Fantastic photo too!

roby jeff
05-24-2009, 18:20
Thanks for the report roby-jeff. Do you run trips out to Wheeler? Looks like a great place to go on our upcoming AU trip! Fantastic photo too!

glad you like my pics its become a fun hobby for me
i'm semi retired & I cruise up and down the gbr nth coast on and of 6-7 mnths of the year, but we seem to spend a several months a year around townsville.
i really like the area .
family are with me most of the time so it's only occassionly i get to go on a planned boys trip & with a small boat i always have to work in with the weather so sorry i cant help with your trip. Aderenaline dive go to wheeler sometimes on a combined trip with the yongalla wreck dive...another option for you to consider
cheers
rob

chinacat46
05-24-2009, 20:01
Hey paperdesk these are the guys I used when I went: PRODIVE TOWNSVILLE - Great Barrier Reef, SS Yongala, Learn to Dive, Townsville Scuba Diving, Reef Trips, Prodive (http://www.prodivetownsville.com.au/) It wasn't the nicest boat but the diving was very good.

paperdesk
05-26-2009, 10:20
Thanks for the report roby-jeff. Do you run trips out to Wheeler? Looks like a great place to go on our upcoming AU trip! Fantastic photo too!

glad you like my pics its become a fun hobby for me
i'm semi retired & I cruise up and down the gbr nth coast on and of 6-7 mnths of the year, but we seem to spend a several months a year around townsville.
i really like the area .
family are with me most of the time so it's only occassionly i get to go on a planned boys trip & with a small boat i always have to work in with the weather so sorry i cant help with your trip. Aderenaline dive go to wheeler sometimes on a combined trip with the yongalla wreck dive...another option for you to consider
cheers
rob

I thought maybe you ran a dive op, but cruising the reef 6-7 months out of the year sounds like a lot more fun :smiley2:.

Thanks for the tip on Adrenaline Divers. Sounds like they're a good choice.

paperdesk
05-26-2009, 10:24
Hey paperdesk these are the guys I used when I went: PRODIVE TOWNSVILLE - Great Barrier Reef, SS Yongala, Learn to Dive, Townsville Scuba Diving, Reef Trips, Prodive (http://www.prodivetownsville.com.au/) It wasn't the nicest boat but the diving was very good.

Thanks for the link. Did you do the day trip, or another option?

BTW, just noticed that other than the name, Prodive and Adrenalin are almost the same website, with the same company info etc. I'm assuming one company bought out the other, since they seem to offer slightly different dive options. Perhaps a different boat too.

chinacat46
05-26-2009, 10:50
I did the 3 day liveaboard. Two days diving the GBR and then the 3rd day on the Yongala.

My trip report is here: http://forum.scubatoys.com/trips-travel/6775-oz-png-nz-trip-report.html

roby jeff
05-26-2009, 18:40
Thanks for the link. Did you do the day trip, or another option?

BTW, just noticed that other than the name, Prodive and Adrenalin are almost the same website, with the same company info etc. I'm assuming one company bought out the other, since they seem to offer slightly different dive options. Perhaps a different boat too.[/quote]

you are correct, prodive and adrenaline dive are now the same company.
Chinacats personal 2007 trip report of the GBR is a good read & very informative and accurate . IT gives a great over view of northern GBR diving.

paperdesk
05-26-2009, 23:25
Great trip writeup Chinacat, glad for all the info I can find! Very helpful.