Round island boat trip

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This week at Macquarie Island: 13 April 2012

To circumnavigate the island you require very good conditions, where there is not too much of an ocean swell and for the wind to be less than 25 knots (approx 45km/hr) for the whole day. This is a rare occurrence on Macquarie Island. This summer we have been incredibly lucky to have had good conditions and the crew available to do three circumnavigations. 30 people have experienced the 85km trip around the island, and each trip has been distinctively different.

The first trip had a lot of fog, which added to the mystery of what the west coast looks like from the water. The second trip had better visibility, but choppy travel along the west coast. The final trip had the most superb conditions as we motored down the east coast. This was followed by a roller coaster ride around the swells of Hurd Point then into the total calm of Caroline Cove for a relaxed lunch on the beach. The trip up the west coast was a bit choppy and meant that we stayed off shore and enjoyed the views of the Island. Two Wandering Albatross flew overhead when we were still at the southern end of the island. The rain and mist descended just as we turned the corner at the north end of the island and headed into home after eight hours on the water.

East coast boating in perfect weather
East coast boating in perfect weather

King Penguins at Lusitania Bay
King Penguins at Lusitania Bay

Riding the swells around the south end of the island
Riding the swells around the south end of the island

Lunch on the beach at Caroline Cove
Lunch at Caroline Cove

Caroline Cove and Mt Haswell
Caroline Cove and Mt Haswell

Rough waters on the west coast
Rough waters on the west coast

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