Coral Sea

A Sea of Beauty

Increased population and the rent a boat fleet made the Great Barrier Reef overcrowed, which added to the loss of good diving from coral bleaching. So, instead of the Great Barrier Reef, we now prefer the Coral Sea islets that still offer solitude, great diving, and good fishing in safe trade wind anchorages.

Coral Sea Cruising Guide

Locations covered in our Coral Sea Guide

A favourite route takes in historical Porpoise Cay in the Wreck Reefs, where in 1803 the Porpoise ran aground while carrying Matthew Flinders home with all his newly made charts and specimens, followed by Kenn Reef’s superb mid-ocean lagoon filled with budding new sand isles, then East Diamond Islet, the best Coral Sea anchorage, where huge flocks of seabirds inhabit the low vegetation. Check out our free web-based Coral Sea Cruising Guide or download the offline version.

Kenn Reef

Beautiful young coral cays hosting nesting Noodies

Mellish Reef Anchorage

Mellish Reef, the furthest and most isolated coral atoll.
Be prepared if going there. Rescue supplies by AMSA Challenger aircraft. Ship pickup could be 40 hours.

Coral Sea Adventure ~ In Search of the Duroc from JACKandJUDE