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    Current Kareela Weather
    A summary of the current weather conditions at my 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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    Hallea, San Miguel Island
    Michael McFadyen's Scuba Diving - Hellea, San Miguel Island

    The prime diving sites in the Ticao Island/Donsol area are around the San Miguel Island and the other islands near it. This island is at the northern end of Ticao Island. This dive site is on the south-eastern corner of the island and nearby is the pass between San Miguel and Bagababoy Islands. This site can be affected by very strong currents that apparently rip through the pass.

    San Miguel IslandSan Miguel Island
    San Miguel Island is located at the top left of chart. Ticao Island Resort is near bottom right of island. An enlarged section of the chart at left. Dive site is at south-eastern corner of San Miguel Island.

    It is about 45 to 50 minutes run from Ticao Island Resort and probably an hour or so from Donsol in a large banca. As mentioned, the dive site at the south-eastern corner of the island near the pass. The bancas anchor in the shallows in about five metres. You head down and head north, the gradual slope a mix of sand with some small walls and bommies. The walls are perhaps 1.5 metres high. We only ended up going to 22 metres at the most.

    HalleaHallea
    Phyllidiidae pustulosa, notice the bug top rightCloseup of the tiny bug on the Phyllidiidae pustulosa
    HalleaHallea
    A tiny bug on a sea whipPossibly Aoelidiidae species

    The first thing we find is a small cave which has three firefish in it. There is also a small eel nearby. There are lots of nudibranchs, including a few I have never seen before. This includes orange-pustuled nembrotha, Nembrotha guttata and a species of (I think) Aoelidiidae. There are also some blue garden eelsm a banded sea snal=ke, some pipefish and some pufferfish.

    HalleaHallea
    EelI think this is Nembrotha guttata - orange-pustuled nembrotha
    HalleaHallea
    Glass shrimpStarfish partner shrimp

    There really is an amazing amount of things to see on this dive. There are plenty of soft corals, starfish (turn them over to see their partner shrimp - put them back afterwards) and anemones. The anemones have glass shrimp and clownfish in them.

    HalleaHallea
    Clownfish in anemonePufferfish
    HalleaHallea
    Dancing shrimpSome of the magnificent soft corals on the walls

    We spent most of our time between 14 and 20 metres, with a few drops to 22 metres. The walls really are very nice. After 45 minutes we start a slow ascent to the reef top at five metres and spend another 10 minutes there. An excellent dive site. Visibility was 15 metres and water temperature in March 26.0⁰C.

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