This is how it looks during the annual migration of Red
Crabs on Christmas Island. Unfortunately, we were not
there at the time of the mass migration.
The pier was a huge multi-level structure, but provided shelter
from the rain while waiting for a dinghy ride to the boat.
|The "Daily Drizzle" as seen from the only pub in town.|
Don spent a lot of time bailing out the dinghy during
our week at Christmas Island. Sooo much rain!
I did meet my mal de mare nightmare the first night, but kept it under control the rest of the way. It was nice to be sailing and not listening to the motor. The Watt & Sea water generator did all the work of keeping the batteries topped up. This is how sailing should be!
Dennis and Don made many trips down this dock to refuel.
The ramps down to water level don't show on the left, but
they are two level plus a few steps at the bottom.
Cocos Keeling is a beautiful little paradise in the Southern Indian Ocean, but there is little to do there so "relax"is the key word. Since they don’t have many visitors here other than yachts, the local authorities and park rangers have been the most pleasant of any we have met so far. We were allowed to get off the boat before clearing in through Customs and Immigration.
Cocos Keeling is beautiful with its white sand beaches
and turquoise waters - except for the sharks!
Cocos Keeling Island consists of two atolls: North Cocos Keeling and South Cocos Keeling. Together they comprise about 27 low coral islands with the majority of them located around the South Cocos Keeling lagoon. The only place yachts can safely anchor is on the northeast side of the lagoon at Direction Island. The authorities have established a special spot on land here for yachties, complete with restrooms, non-drinkable water, fire pit and barbeque and an open-sided hut with tables and benches.
Another paradise in the world, but New Caledonia's
Loyalty Islands are still my favorite place for beaches.
My "office" under the shelter while trying to get the latest
weather information and check emails.
Oh well, we will deal with whatever Mother Nature hands us!