After heading back into Whangarei to have a new floor welded on our stainless diesel tank, we managed to escape and headed back out for more exploration! A morning hike out to Bream Head was followed by an afternoon sail to Tutukaka for the night. The next morning we set sail for the Poor Knights Islands, a marine preserve located 12nm offshore. After sailing past what we have been told is the largest sea arch in the southern hemisphere we dropped anchor in the lee of Aorangi Island, within spitting distance of the rocky cliff face. Some future charter guests arrived and rafted to Quixotic. We all donned dive gear to explore the beautiful kelp forests and swim with the schools of fish that are lucky to call this place home. After the dive, and a delicious lunch on Quixotic, we all toured an enormous sea cave (we’ve been told it’s the largest in the world) that you could almost fit a small cruise ship inside!
The afternoon saw us sailing north to Whangamumu Harbour, where we are currently anchored. Looks like we will sail north in a day or two back into the Bay of Islands to finish passage prep for the sail north back to Fiji.
Hope everyone is having a nice long holiday weekend!
Lewis & Alyssa