Water temp in Coral Sea and New Zealand
Posted 15 November 2002 - 12:19 PM
I have to plan ahead. I have a 3mm that has been compressed down to 1mm or so (it's basically a skin now), and a new 5mm suit.
Posted 03 December 2002 - 03:40 PM
Posted 03 December 2002 - 05:09 PM
Dual Ikelite Strobes
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Posted 03 December 2002 - 09:22 PM
Wave as you fly over PNG: I'll post a message on the beach!
Posted 03 December 2002 - 11:20 PM
I'm definitely not going to haul a drysuit along, I don't think. Although -- it's tempting. My buddies I'm going with will probably not be up for cold water diving.
maybe I can rent one for a bit while I'm there!
Posted 04 December 2002 - 01:33 AM
Posted 04 December 2002 - 02:04 PM
Posted 09 December 2002 - 09:29 PM
According to mikeball.com, the water should be 82F in January in the Coral Seas. I have no idea what it'll be like in NZ.
Posted 12 December 2002 - 01:43 PM
Incidentally, I bought my 7mm titanium-fleck semidry Apollo in Auckland, during my Nov '00 trip. At that time the exchange was 1US=2.4NZ (a ten year low for NZ), which made it a good purchase to begin with, but it was also on sale ... and ... the shop voluntarily tossed in a full week's rental of two tanks/dive computer/weights/BC/regs/....! In the past year, however, the NZ and AU dollars have gained considerable strength against the US dollar (see the history by googling for FXGraph). Last week, the exchange finally dipped below 1:2, but this still makes for great vacation at a superb value.
I just came back from two November weeks in New Caledonia, which might qualify as coral sea diving - certainly spectacular below, and quite enjoyable topside if you enjoy speaking french. A recent article in the journal "Science" (295:1280-1284) on marine biodiversity gives NC world ranking of 7th and 11th in terms of biodiversity and - unfortunately - threatened endemism, respectively. Dives there were 23-25degC, which I dove using a new 3/2mm w/hood/gloves/booties. Locals, wearing 5mm., were saying that normal temps for Nov/Dec are 27 and up.
There are about 15 different dive operations in NC, most on the big island. I dove with four and found service to be highly variable. With some, it was rush-rush-rush to get to the site, then young DMs who swam way to fast, and led short dives (e.g. 38min). Others were superb, including Dennis who runs a zodiac on Ouvea, and Anabella and Tawake who have the 53' ketch Harmony, which they keep moored off of Kuendu Beach, which is located 10-15 minutes north of the downtown area of the rat race called Noumea.
For reference, here in SD, bottom temps are generally 9-12degC, which i dive using a 7mm mostly-dry, with two 3mm hoods, thin gloves and thick booties.