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Shearwater Predator and Heinrichs Weikamp OSTC 2N
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My Yachting Adventures
Below is a list of links to the main pages about my yacht, Catlypso and My Yachting Adventures:
  • Purchase of Catlypso
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  • My Yachting Adventures.
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    Top Secret Place
    Michael McFadyen's Scuba Diving - Top Secret Place Extending south-east from Ghizo Island there are a series of reefs and small islands that extend all the way to New Georgia Island and Munda. Closer to Munda than Gizo township is Ferguson Passage. On the south-eastern side of the passage, south of an island called Nusa Aghana Island there is a dive site called Top Secret Place. It takes about 20 minutes to get here.

    Top Secret Place is another drift dive site which is normally done on an incoming tide. The wall here is huge, dropping to over 60 metres. The water is clear, more than 40 metres, especially at depth. On my dive here we had a slight current and saw two huge rays and one large grey reef shark. I saw a manta ray off in the distance but I never got really close to it. Well known Sydney underwater photographer, Michael Cufer, took a couple of photos here a few years ago with about 8 or 10 manta rays silhouette against the sun.

    Since we went fairly deep, we had to come back up quite shallow and spent the majority of the dive in the 10 metre area. The reef here was quite nice and I saw a yellow and black sea snake.

    At the end of the dive the boat collects you once you ascend. Once you are ready, ascend and the boat picks you up. The visibility on this dive was in excess of 30 metres and over 40 metres deeper. The water temperature was 28°C.

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