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Howick Islands — you have past Lizard Island — posted March 2016

By Robin Jeffries | Mar 1, 2016

Forty nautical miles past Lizard Island brings you to 15 plus fascinating little Islands and cays waiting to be explored. Most have an exposed sandy patch on their NW corner at the low half of the tide, so it’s easy to land via dingy after anchoring nearby. Ingram Island Ingram Island is a central point…

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Getting past Lizard island and the Cod hole — posted March 2016

By Robin Jeffries | Mar 1, 2016

A little excitement  builds as you reach iconic Lizard Island, 50nm North of Cooktown. The fabulous anchorage of Mrs Watson’s Bay usually has 5-20 boats parked within. A more protected and beautiful place is hard to imagine; a perfect location to relax and meet like-minded boaties. It’s magical beach, and clear water are very enticing.…

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Boat and equipment for exploring the reefs — March 2016

By Robin Jeffries | Mar 1, 2016

Boat Flash Dancer  Our boat is a  Lightwave 14m Power Cat      with 160hp Volvo engines and has suited our purpose well. When the conditions are right we can fast cruise at 12 to 14 knots, however, more often than not we travel at a more sedate 7 to 10 knots. It is a reasonably stable vessel…

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Getting past Lizard island-it all starts at Cooktown — posted March 2016

By Robin Jeffries | Mar 1, 2016

I was asked to write a guide about cruising the next 80nm north of Lizard Island. It is a largely ignored region with wonderful areas to explore. However where do I begin? Cooktown is the obvious place; it’s the last town in which to provision. So, enjoy a walk up Cooktown’s sprawling main street where…

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