We left Raft Point after a cup of tea at 7.20am and headed towards Montgomery Reef. Two hours before low tide is the time to go. The crossing was good enough thank goodness, despite the worrying Easterly that arrived again in the night.
We moved into the gutter as recommended by our Kimberley Navigation book, to wait for low tide which had about one hour to go. Gracie made dried fruit pancakes for breakfast.
We still don’t have reverse on the engine so Geoff keeps a manoeuvrable distance from the rocks and reef. The wind was a bit of a pain, but we managed to get pretty close to hear and see the waterfalls cascading off the massive reef. Which is 300 sq km in area.
The water basically rapidly pours off the edge as the island reef rises on the outgoing tide, creating waterfalls and gutters into the sea. This unique reef and barren reef system means we get to see 100 waterfalls in one day!
We left towards our next destination and hand to stop and hide behind an island for an hour to wait for the wind to drop and the waves to settle.
Geoff was super frustrated feeling like the weather is always working against him. But really, we did good to get out there into the ocean with the present limiting conditions.
So, on we went, toward Kingfisher Islands. The ocean was okay for most of the crossing, and only turned turbulent again the closer we got to the gap in the islands. The last part was hairy as, with the biggest swirling rapids we have been in yet passing through the narrow gap. And once we were in, we just had to keep going!
We took our lunch break in the calm sanctuary in the middle of the islands. Super lovely. Like you wonder how the sea can be so monstrous only metres away! We dont actually get photos of the hairy moments because we are too busy holding on for dear life! I think that is why we were falsely led to believe the Kimberley is always glassy – because there are only postcard shots on the internet! Who knew it gets rough, and all that crazy whirlpool business!
Everyone fished over the course of the day. Bailey is frustrated that for all the lures and rigs he can’t catch more fish. Gracie hooked her first reef shark with excitement!
Geoff motored on towards Talbot Bay and we finally came into the safe glassy waters of the inlet. Scatters with tilted rocky islands all around. Geoff was happy as, having completed the last of our open ocean crossings for the trip. We made it. We are modern day wild waterworld survivors.
We feel like we have made it back to civilisation. There are humans all around us at the Horizontal Waterfall tour company. Boats, seaplanes, the ocean hotel and helicopters. People coming and going. We are saved!
One of the workers came over and said hello and asked if we needed anything.
We will all sleep well tonight in the very protected bay. Glassy seas… Geoff is cooking green curry fish for dinner.