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Reef Report for Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Haba Dive Launches New Dive Boat in Port Douglas

Itís always exciting to see a new dive boat arrive in the area, and with this weekís launching of Haba Diveís new boat, the Evolution.

This stunning custom-built dive boat is aptly named, as it represents a step upward in how the features of a dive boat can enhance the experience of visitors to the Great Barrier Reef.

With a sleek modern catamaran-style wavepiercer design, this boat can head out to the reef at 32 knots. © Dive The Reef providing both a comfortable and quick trip out to the reef. Not only is the boat faster than other dive boats, but its efficient design makes it more fuel efficient, a great environmentally friendly feature.

A large onboard theatre, the first of itís kind on any dive boat in the area, is capable of providing background information on the reef on the way out, to better prepare visitors for what they will see on once the hit the water.

The boat also has a built in underwater observation platform, providing great views of life under that water for visitors between their dives, and for family members that are not spending much time in the water. These features are normally only found on much larger boats, here visitors can have a all these nice features, but also

This week marks Haba Diveís 20th year leading dive trips in Port Douglas. What a great anniversary present this boat makes for the company, but especially for their guests, who get to experience such a fast, comfortable, and unique reef experience. © Haba Dive Haba dive offers day trips to the reef on the Evolution for snorkelers and scuba divers, and does offer introductory scuba dives for snorkelers who wish to try it out. You can join them for a trip to the reef here.

This Weeks Diving:

The winds that have been steadily blowing the past two weeks have dropped signifcantly, to just under 10km/hr the past two days. With two days of calm winds the visibility has improved, with many operators in Cairns reporting 20-25 metres viz, and slilghtly better than that in Port Douglas and Cape Tribulation. Ocean temperatures have been steady at 24C, and today it's a bright sunny day with air temps around 23C. Once the vizibility gets upwards of 20 metres sightings of the both shy and mobile creatures climb, we have received lots of reports of sightings of reef sharks, turtles, and other creatures lately.

(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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