It is still really windy, up to 30 knots during the day, the swell wraps around the headlands making sitting at anchor a jiggly affair, and there are rainy spells, but nothing stops us: we explore ashore, dinghy up rivers and lagoons, snorkel and sail from one anchorage to another and the Keppels do not fail to spin their magic.
The butterflies were everywhere during our walks. The blue ones are Blue Tiger Butterflies, the brown one is a Common Crow Butterfly.
We have been to Humpy and North Keppel Islands so many times with friends, and we always have fun doing the ridge top walks: good exercise, excellent views.
Although the water is stirred up, and you might think it is not worth suiting up for a snorkel, you’d better do it because there are wonderful surprises. We have gone to the northern most bay on Great Keppel, where we grabbed a public mooring, snorkelled at low tide and were mesmerised.
It only takes one special find to make your day. Our best sighting was this Nudibranch, called a Spanish Dancer. A type of mollusk, they swim by undulating their bodies which is reminiscent of the undulations of a Spanish Dancer’s red skirt during a flamenco dance!
But there were other nice sights. Phil swam with a turtle, captured a few nice underwater photos much to his delight, and a lesson on editing with Snapseed followed back on Anui to enhance them. This is a free app which you can get on your smart phone. Although not as good as Lightroom for editing on a laptop, it does a reasonable job. Despite the backscatter, we all captured a few pleasing images.
It might not be the Outer Reef, and it might not be exactly calm, but the Keppels never fail to spin their magic and provide lots of great experiences. And sharing these with a friend on board is always special.