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Night Dives

My dive buddy and I decide to go night dive every Wednesday. First one was scheduled on 1 April but weather turned wet, anyway we went to the site “Obelisk Beach”, near HMAS Penguin, and saw the beach was wild so postponed to Sunday night.

It was good condition on Sunday, we had look around for 75 minutes both side of beach. East side was bit more interesting with giant cuttlefish and big Wobbegong shark which I didn’t see.

Wednesday 8 April, we went to Taylors Bay to find a wreck which sitting somewhere at the depth of 10m to 15 m.

We headed for SE for 30 minutes, SW for 10 minutes, NW for 30 minutes then NE for 10 minutes. Navigation was spot on but we didn’t see a thing. we need to get more information for that wreck.

Sorry, no photos. I can’t wait for my new camera to arrive!


New Zealand

Deep Water Cove Canterbury

It’s been a while since my last post.

I can’t remember what I was doing for that time till the end of February. Nothing exciting anyway.

I had a awesome holiday in Paihia New Zealand from 28 February to 17 March, catching up with my friends and few dives.

Diving on the HMNZS Canterbury F421 was the highlight of this trip. I missed out of the sinking in November 2007 ( I was there in October 2007 for that but they changed the schedule due to the weather). She is now lies on 37 meter sheltered place in the Deep Water Cove, Bay Of Islands. Her length is 113.4 metres beam 13 metres with a draught of 5.6 metres with a displacement of 3182 tonnes. I had a few dives but it wasn’t enough so I might come back in November for more! I have realized that I need a proper strobe and wide lenses for the photo like this.

Dive on the White Rock was a bit surprise for me as this site use to be nothig special, but now it was surrounded by all sort of fish and really colorful site. Black Rocks was awesome as usual.

Thanks for all my friends and Porpoise Dive for everything!

P.S. Holiday was great but I lost my camera on the way home. I have contacted Air New Zealand as I thought I lost it on the plane, and the lady on the phone was really helpful trying to find it. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find it in the end but Thank you Air New Zealand!

Now I am busy sorting out what I’m gonna buy, I will report it later!

Leaf-tailed Gecko

Leaf-tailed Gecko

I hope everyone had a good Christmas day with your love ones.

I am spending my holiday relaxing and bit of gardening, nothing special.

Here is the photo of a little visitor “Leaf-tailed Gecko” on a window last night.

TSS Currajong

TSS Currajong Direction TSS Currajong Dive

I got a phone call from my dive buddy “Go for dive?”

I am quite lazy and I usually say No to those spontaneous invitation. But I said “YES” with no hesitation. I think I needed to have a decent dive since last wreck dive.

High tide is 9:05am, bit windy but beautiful sunny day. Usual procedures head out from Bradley Head light house on 120 degrees for about 10 minutes and hang left and the TSS Currajong should be there. ????? Where is she??? We should be about 23 meters of water but it was bit shallower so bit of adjustment towards deeper water and there she is!!! You might be able to see on my other photos on Flickr, bit of current was running and my buoyancy wasn’t good at all.

I’m not happy with photos but it was great day after all!

Eggplant “茄子” harvest

First Nasu (Eggplant "Little Finger")

It’s been quite while since last post.

I have harvested first “茄子” Nasu (Eggplant, Little Finger)!!!!!

Now I got to find out how I’m gonna cook my first crop. Let’s Google it!!!

Location hunting

Skillion Cave Dive Entry Point Terrigal, Pelican

I felt like a little drive so I went to Terrigal for researching the dive site “SKillion Cave” last weekend.

Terrigal is nice little beach town about 45 minutes drive up north.

The dive entry point is easy access but exit might be a little problem unless in the calm conditions or all of us dive on a twin tanks so we can dive around to the beach.

I will be back in January for a dive!

The Valiant Dive

New Species

I woke up 7:30 this morning. It was beautiful blue sky! Good day for a dive! But it turned bit windy so I call up and checked if it still go? Yes, and they said it’s not too bad out there.

We headed to the Palm Beach to go for the dive on the one of Sydney wreck called the Valiant. We gathered at Palm Beach wharf at 12 noon and get on the boat and left around 13:00. At the site, skipper looked for the marker buoy for about 15~20 minutes but no success so they decided to throw a shot line using GPS coordinates.

Here we come, we descended following the shot line till we saw the end of shot line with no weight but short light chain at 15 meters, the wreck is suppose to be at 27 meter depth. We looked up and the other buddy pair came down with extra shot line so we continued descended to the bottom. ????? No wreck around. My dive computer was telling me it is only 22 meters. What the hxxx? We searched around about 30 minutes but no sign of the Valiant at all and we couldn’t get deeper than 23.5 meters. It was flat sand bottom with nothing but sand and salt water around you.

We start ascending and thinking about re-try again on the second dive, but it was quite rough when we got to the surface and the skipper decided to cancel the second dive due to rough sea.

Hmuuuuuu… I got wet but it was disappointed. At least the dive centre refunded us full amount since they couldn’t find the wreck.

Let’s hope for the next time!

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