Shelter Bay was featured in the Nordhavn 2012 calender with Rick MacClure‘s photo of Nordhavn 55 Skie. When we first saw that picture, we couldn’t imagine being in such a wild-looking place. Continuing east from Murrara Island, we found ourselves right in that photo, in beautiful and protected Shelter Bay. We explored the area by dinghy and over the next few days also visited Swifts Bay and Freshwater Bay.
Trip highlights from June 26th through July 2nd follow. Click any image for a larger view, or click the position to view the location on a map. And a live map of our current route and most recent log entries always is available at http://mvdirona.com/maps
At anchor in protected and beautiful Shelter Bay. When we first saw Rick MacClure‘s photo of Nordhavn 55 Skie at Shelter Bay in the Nordhavn 2012 calender, we couldn’t imagine being in such a wild-looking place. And here we are.
The charts for many parts of the Kimberley are covered with aquaculture symbols, but we’ve hardly seen any. Freshwater Bay was a notable exception. Much of the bay is full of aquaculture, marked with these radar beacons.
We’d read that Freshwater Bay was among the best anchorages in the Kimberley. It was pleasant enough, but it couldn’t compare to many of the places we’ve been in the area. It did have a nice series of pools and small waterfalls up a creek off the anchorage. This photo was taken looking back downstream towards the anchorage. You can’t really see it in the picture, but the top of Dirona‘s mast is just visible through the trees directly behind the dinghy.
Click the travel log icon on the left to see these locations on a map, with the complete log of our cruise.
On the map page, clicking on a camera or text icon will display a picture and/or log entry for that location, and clicking on the smaller icons along the route will display latitude, longitude and other navigation data for that location. And a live map of our current route and most recent log entries always is available at http://mvdirona.com/maps.