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Reef Report for Monday, February 7, 2011

Cairns, Port Douglas and Airlie Beach Dive Trips Largely Unaffected by Cyclone Yasi

As I write this I am sitting in Cairns, having just experienced my first cyclone. Frightening, yes. Destructive, yes. But the whims of nature took the track of cyclone Yasi to the South of Cairns, so damage here was relatively light. © Dive The Reef Unfortunately that took the eye of the storm through the small country towns of Tully and Cardwell, they got hammered.

Cairns and Port Douglas are functioning pretty much as normally, schools, business and dive boats are operating on their normal schedules. The only real evidence of the cyclone here is the large piles of broken tree branches in front of nearly every home, sitting beside the street waiting to be taken away to be mulched.

With a very few exceptions Dive companies are operating on their normal schedules out of Cairns, Port Douglas, Townsville, Alva Beach, Airlie Beach, and Town of 1770. The only dive boats we know of that are not operating are based in Mission Beach and Cardwell. Both areas sustained a frightful amount of damage to roads, the electrical grid, homes, and business, and it could be a few weeks or longer before things are operating anywhere near normally here.

Visibility all along the coast is diminished somewhat. Here in Cairns its 12-15 metres, the Ribbon Reefs and Cod Hole are closer to 20 metres. Visibility is similar until you get south of Airlie Beach. The weather is warm, winds are down, and everyone expects dive conditions to improve every day.

If you were considering or planning a dive trip, come on over!

A really amazing satellite loop of Cyclone Yasi

(C) DiveTheReef The weekly reef report is written by Joel Groberg of DiveTheReef.com, who compiles them from the many conversations he has with dive staff in the area, as well as  many other local sources in the dive community.

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