Having spent two weeks in the Keppel Isles, we wanted to share with you the best we thought they offered, both above and below the surface.
Of all the walks we did, our favourite was at Humpy Island, on the ridgetop trail. The views from the ridge afford 360 degree views of Keppel Bay and the islands. In winter the grevillea flowers are in bloom, adding patches of red to the landscape, contrasting with the spent flowers of the grasstrees. Here are a few of our favourite images.
We snorkeled in many spots, but our most spectacular dive was at Sloping Island. Although the reef area was not very big with a limited variety of fish, we had our very best viewing of hard and soft coral not only at the Keppels but since the start of our coral sea cruise at the Great Barrier Reef! Here is a sample of what we saw underwater:
Nicest spot for a sunset: Leekes Beach at Great Keppel Island where you share the anchorage with many other yachts! You see the silhouette of the mainland in the distance.
Most serene anchorage which we had to ourselves: Wreck Beach on the Eastern side of Great Keppel Island! With a name like this, it is no wonder no one else was game to throw the pick there.
And of course you cannot possibly spend time at the Keppels and not be enthralled by the many Green Sea Turtles. When you see them swimming, they look like they are flying underwater.
We are now leaving the Keppels and sailing northward, towards the islands offshore of Port Clinton. While we cruise there we may well have unreliable internet coverage, so bear with us if you don’t see our new surroundings for a little while. We have a few posts scheduled to stay in touch in the meantime.