Thanks for the further info on Koh Tao Weyalan. I know divers who have been going to Koh Tao for many years but cruisers who dive a little are behind you more serious enthusiasts! Most cruising boats headed for thailand
from OZ make right for Phuket. It's better known and admittedly, easier step off to Indian Ocean
Talbot, yes, thats about the right figure. The value of the boat is established by local surveyer and results can vary widely!! Customs
have left the thing open. MAY is the exact word they use. I believe the idea is to give the official power to deter a craft the official may BELIEVE to be a problem without the burden of providing actual reason. The idea is to get as much accomplished prior to entry possible. Take names and dates from any contact and save all corrosponance. Info may be inconsistant from different people. I remember when OZ customs
were great, so reasonable and helpful..... ah memories!
Crocs are found in mangoves from central coast and north. I just reported in last edition of TCP, a croc spotted in Mackay marina right next to my boat. Makes diving
on the prop a little more interesting. The Islands in Whitsundays are assumed to be OK but their area is expanding because of gov protection and I fell will soon be an issue when someone gets taken near a major tourist area. Thus far the attacks in Queensland
have been more remote
The cruising guide or should I say the bible every cruiser must have in Queensland is by Alan Lucas and is "CRUISING THE CORAL
COAST" edition 8 is the most rercent. The guide has all the destination
info you need and the important background info such as crocs that you should know. Really one of the best cruising guides
produced any where in the world.