Dream Caper

Follow Steve & Portia on their 42' Catamaran

13 November 2011 | Manly, Queensland, Australia
12 November 2011 | Mt. Tamborine, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
12 November 2011 | Mt. Tamborine, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
10 November 2011 | Gold Coast, Australia
10 November 2011 | Gold Coast, Australia
10 November 2011 | Gold Coast, Australia
10 November 2011 | Gold Coast, Australia
08 November 2011 | Brisbane, Australia
08 November 2011
08 November 2011 | Brisbane, Australia
08 November 2011 | Brisbane, Australia
08 November 2011 | Brisbane, Australia
08 November 2011 | Brisbane, Australia
08 November 2011 | Manly, Queensland, Australia
04 November 2011 | Manly, Queensland, Australia
04 November 2011 | Manly, Queensland, Australia
04 November 2011 | Manly, Queensland, Australia
04 November 2011 | Manly, Queensland, Australia
01 November 2011 | Manly, Queensland, Australia
01 November 2011 | Brisbane, Australia

Wobbegong Shark

13 November 2011 | Manly, Queensland, Australia
This is a Wobbegong Shark of which we saw a few during our two dives. These sharks spend most of their time sitting on the ocean floor blending in with their surroundings.

On Friday at 5:45 am, we walked to the next marina, East Coast Marine, a 1/2 mile walk from our boat to get on a dive boat for a two-tank dive. We carried with us our masks, fins and thin dive skins, and also a few whistles, a dive knife and a dive sausage (a 3' orange vinyl tube that is inflated to attract the attention of the diveboat if we don't make it back to the boat). Australia has the strictest safety requirements for diving, probably because the movie "Open Water" was based on a true story where 2 divers were left behind while diving off Australia. After a one hour ride we were outside the bay entrance in the open sea at a place called "Flat Rock". Even with our full length wetsuits, the 73 degree water felt icy. We saw minimal coral (some dark purple soft ones), a huge grouper, a very large black bull ray, two lion fish and two Wobbegong Sharks very similar to the above photo. Upon our return, we were very pleased that the diveboat let us off at the slip directly behind our boat. Thank you, Mates!

Glow Worms

12 November 2011 | Mt. Tamborine, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
These are glow worms as they look in the cave. Because we were not allowed to take photos and our camera probably wouldn't have gotten this great image anyway, we did not take this photo. In the cave, only a dim red light is used by the guide to show our way. It is like looking up into the sky and seeing stars everywhere. The bio-luminescence is caused by a chemical reaction inside the larvae. When they are hungry, the light is brighter.

Glow Worms

12 November 2011 | Mt. Tamborine, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
On Mt. Tamborine above the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia is a man made cave in a rain forest where glow worms are nurtured. They grow wild in Australia and New Zealand. This photo (not taken by us since no photo taking was allowed on our visit because the worms are super sensitive to light and air movement, even breathing at close proximity) shows the snares which are similar to spider webbing that they make which hang down to catch insects. If they get too much food to eat they turn off their bio-luminescence which attracts the insects.

Gold Coast

10 November 2011 | Gold Coast, Australia
This part of the huge beach that makes up the Gold Coast is called "Surfers' Paradise". The powdery sand beach was gorgeous but the high rises everywhere were a bit distracting. The beach is so large that there are flags that are 100' apart every so often that shows the area the lifeguards will monitor.

Mt. Tamborine, The Hinterland

10 November 2011 | Gold Coast, Australia
This large lizard obviously enjoyed sunning himself on the picnic table, but we didn't feel like disturbing him or sharing a lunch with him.

Mt. Tamborine, The Hinterland

10 November 2011 | Gold Coast, Australia
This is Portia leaning against one of the many huge "fig" trees in the rain forest on Mt. Tamborine, some 50 miles south of Brisbane, Australia.
Vessel Name: Dream Caper
Vessel Make/Model: Fountaine Pajot, Venezia 42 - Catamaran
Hailing Port: San Rafael, California
Crew: Steven Stecher and Portia Igarashi
About:
Portia and Steve sailed out of San Francisco Bay, California in 2003, on their 42 foot catamaran, Dream Caper. They cruised in the Sea of Cortez and down the coast of Mexico for 2 years. [...]
Dream Caper's Photos - Tuomotu Atolls, French Polynesia
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Coconut Crab:  Someone gave us this photo.  This crab looks to be at least 3 feet across.  The one we ate in the Tuomotus was about 18" across.
Coconut Crab:  This photo was given to us.  It is amazing that these crab are tough enough to break through the husksk and shells of coconuts.
S. Fakarava Pass:  Black Tip Reef Shark, about 3
S. Fakarava Pass:  Black Tip Reef Shark, making  nice pose.
S. Fakarava Pass:  Emporer Fish, about 3
S. Fakarava Pass:  Tropical Fish
S. Fakarava Pass:  Tropical Fish
S. Fakarava Pass:  Tropical Fish
S. Fakarava Pass:  Tropical fish
S. Kauehi Anchorage:  Portia with a live beautiful conch.
S. Kauehi Anchorage:  Large Clam with blue lips. The colors of the lips on these clams are amazing.
S. Fakarava Pass:  Spotted Grouper.  Steve would have loved to have speared this one.
S. Fakarava Pass:  Emporer Fish
S. Fakarava Pass:  Unicorn Fish
S. Fakarava Pass:  Tropical Fish
S. Fakarava Pass:  Tropical Fish
S. Fakarava Pass:  Tropical Fish
S. Fakarava Pass: Tropical Fish
S. Fakarava Pass:  Tropical Fish
S. Fakarava Pass:  Tropical Fish
S. Kauehi Anchorage:  Portia in her snorkeling gear.
Toau:  View to the inner lagoon.
Toau:  Fish Trap
S. Fakarava Anchorage:  Notice the coral below the surface.
S. Fakarava Anchorage: View from our bathroom wndow (escape hatch).
S. Fakarava Anchorage - Notice the atoll (coral island), part of the ring around the Fakarava lagoon.
Heading out from N. Fakarava to S. Fakarava
Kauehi Pass:  Width 1000
N. Kauehi Anchorage:  SV Passages at anchor.
Kauehi - Clear view of coral
Kauehi:  Oyster cage in which the stringed oysters are hung and then placed in the lagoon.
Kauehi:  Oysters strung together
Kauehi:  Pearl bead being imbedded into oyster.
Kauehi:  Pearl beads from Mississippi River shells
Kauehi:  Placing the pearl bead into the oyster.
Kauehi:  Pearl Farm.  The only access is by boat.  The oyster handling is done here and oysters themselves are hanging in the lagoon.
Kauehi:  Steve at the dock.
Kauehi:  Copra (coconut) drying to be used to make coconut oil but shipped in he dry form.
Kauehi:  Steve looking underneath the roof of  copra drying rack.
Kauehi:  Inside the church.  Light fixtures and decorations are made of shells.
Kauehi:  The church which is the main feature of the village at the N. anchorage.
Kauehi:  This is the highest point on the atoll.  Everthing is at sea level.
 
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CAPTAIN & FIRST MATE

Who: Steven Stecher and Portia Igarashi
Port: San Rafael, California
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