Australia: Far North Reefs 2017

October 10 2017

Exploring Australia's Far North and Great Detached Reef from a new perspective with the Trident OpenROV. Very near Papua New Guinea, there is a wilderness of coral reef there that is very rarely visited, including a rookery for green sea turtles.

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October 10 2017


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Expedition Background

Look at a map below and see how near the northeast quadrant of Australia is to Papua New Guinea. There is a wilderness of coral reef there that is very rarely visited. Definitely no day boats, and this liveaboard only a couple of times per year will visit.

We start the expedition in Cairns, a wonderful destination in itself. This allows us to sample the best of the Ribbon Reefs, including the iconic Cod Hole and Pixie Bommie, as we dive and motor to the north. For more detail on the tropical coral reefs of Queensland, please see [Alert Diver - Tropic Queensland] (

Eventually we cross into the Great Detached Reef region. Aside from the pristine coral reefs and abundant marine life, this is also the location of Raine Island, a rookery for most of the green sea turtles in the Great Barrier Reef region. We will be there at prime nesting time, and as you might expect, we won’t be allowed to go onto the island and disturb the nesting, but we will be able to dive offshore to see the predators that tend to congregate that might feed on an adult green sea turtle or the hatchlings. This includes tiger sharks, which would indeed be a fortunate photo opportunity, although unlikely. Our time at sea will be 7 days