Indian Ocean

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  • Day62

    Wellengang vor Durban

    November 29, 2018, Indian Ocean ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Leider konnten wir heute morgen nicht in Richards Bay anlegen, der Hafen war aufgrund des Sturms geschlossenen 🛳️ Somit sind wir weiter durch die Wellen geschaukelt um einen Hafen weiter in Durban festzumachen.

    Es hat ganz schön geschaukelt, eine Seefahrt die ist lustig 😃 Und spannend, da der Pilot/Lotse diesmal mit dem Helikopter kam. 🤗 Was eine aufregende Aktion, die super gekappt hat.

    Nun bleiben wir 3 Tage in Durban, mit der größten Stadt Afrikas 🦓
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  • Day5

    Great Australian Bight..

    March 20, Indian Ocean ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    We are in a distant part of the Australian Bight today, calmer, after 24 hours of a very rough ride,worst on their whole world journey, it was, just a wee bit tricky ,trying to remain in the bed.! Lots of focus on our sister ship Viking Sky, in trouble half a world away, but many known on board, to our crew especially, so we had regular updates,along the way,all safe which is the best news.
    A reminder that no matter how modern or experienced anyone is ,there is always the unforeseen. Thought of those never listening or making a joke of our safety briefing ,possibly the first to be in distress...!
    Much to do as we sail along,the craft group,a great bunch. I think cruises are quite good levelers,from whence you come. Today my especially nice companion, in a round about way, revealed her son was runner up in the Pulitzer prize in Music... This as I was helping her ,and we were laughing at ,her attempts at knitting,..There are people in high places,in every way, all thrown in together,dressed ordinarily ,and just mingle nicely,in the main. Good for us all.. All in the one Boat..so to speak.!
    A few more pics I may want included in the Book at the end.
    Simply love all your comments.! Hope you went back to my saying to have all my favorite people in one place is ,simply the best. Bye now, Us.
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  • Day18

    Orca watching

    January 15, Indian Ocean ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Up with the sun to drive 175km for a Whale watching trip from Bremer Bay. The boat is operated by a family and there were some 25 on board when we set out at 8am. Unfortunately it was quite rough with a swell producing a corkscrew motion that led to several passengers feeling the worse for wear. About an hour out we reached the canyon where the sea bed drops away to 1000m and almost immediately we caught site of a couple of Orca with Albatross and Shearwater flying round. The on board commentary was excellent and many of the Orca were known by name.
    Over several hours we saw three pods in all and a wandering Albatross, the largest flying bird. We followed one pod for some time, which had a nine month old called Stormy staying very close to its grandmother. Several came under the boat giving us up close views.
    The crew were really attentive throughout and served snacks and excellent lunch, topping off with beer or champagne.
    We got back around 17.30 and after dinner went out to see Field of Light, a light installation by Bruce Munroe, up by the Anzac museum.
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  • Day93

    Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles

    March 20, 2015, Indian Ocean ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    March 19th.
    25 years ago I picked up a copy of “Islands”magazine and became entranced with the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. Since then, I have tried many times to concoct a way of getting there. There were always a couple of things standing in the way; 1-it is a bit pricey to get there from just about any starting point and 2-it is about as far from home as you can possibly get. So, I have built this visit up in my mind for a very long time and, as we got closer to our stop there, I worried that I was setting myself up for disappointment. Could it possibly be as good as I had imagined for all these years?
    It was.
    It was simply the most beautiful island with the prettiest water and plant life that I have ever seen. Swimming in the lovely waters of the Indian Ocean while gazing at a distant island and seeing brightly-colored boats bobbing nearby was a moment I will remember always. The beaches are lined with huge, granite boulders that add to the drama and mystique of the island.
    Now the next quest is to find a way to go back there someday!
    The first photo is off the beach on the Seychelles
    The second photo is some of the gorgeous granite boulders long the beach.
    The third photo is of me happily swimming in the Indian Ocean.
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  • Day239

    Monkey Mia

    May 3, 2017, Indian Ocean ⋅ 🌙 75 °F

    We spent today at Monkey Mia, close to Denham in Shark Bay. We went early to see the dolphins that regularly swim into the shallows there. They feed some of the dolphins there - it is all very controlled (they feed only a few dolphins and only a few fish, <10% of their daily requirement) and it does raise awareness of dolphin conservation issues but I still felt uncomfortable about the feeding. Undoubtedly you get great views of the dolphins but later in the morning we went out on a boat trip and I preferred seeing the dolphins more naturally from the boat. The catamaran boat trip was great and we saw lots of wildlife. We saw bottle-nosed dolphins, dugongs (manatees) including a mother and baby (see last photo), turtles (both green and loggerhead), eagle rays, a shark ray and a sea snake. We also saw numerous birds including pelicans, gulls, cormorants and a surprising number of swallows, plus some unwelcome jellyfish. The dugongs were particularly good to see,, especially the mother and calf. Apparently this area is home to about 10% of the dugong (manatee) population of the entire world. After a tasty lunch we enjoyed a swim in the sea before leaving for our cabin in Denham just before sunset. It gets dark quickly here and it is best to avoid driving at night if possible, as kangaroo encounters on the road are common and can cause quite a bit of damage (to both kangaroo and vehicle!).

    15 weeks down, 2 still left to go - we fly home 2 weeks today....
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  • Day84

    Cleaverville

    September 8, 2017, Indian Ocean ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    We reluctantly farewelled Karijini and headed back up the highway towards the coast. Ninety-seven road trains and 3 hours later we were back to the turn off that would take us further south. This unremarkable stretch of road was only broken up by a lunch stop at the Peawah River rest area (interestingly some people had decided to set up camp there...right next to the highway and baking in the midday sun, the appeal wasn't obvious to us!).
    We continued on our push south and passed through the historic town of Roebourne - the kids commented that the historic gaol buildings looked like the gingerbread houses we'd made at Christmas last year. About 10 minutes out of town, we turned on to a side road to head to Cleaverville. We'd read mixed reports so were prepared to turn around and head back out to Karratha and a caravan park but 13km later we spotted the beach camping spot and decided to stay. Funnily enough, the grey nomads seem to line themselves up at some free camping places like they're in a caravan park which means the prime real estate on the beach front is often available, as was the case for us.
    We set up and hit the beach to explore. The kids grabbed the boogie boards and hit the dunes for a bit of sand boarding before cooling off with a swim. There were rockpools for exploring at low tide and the kids had a fabulous time swimming and floating around on their boogie boards in the shallows when the tide was in. It was a great spot to sit, relax and enjoy the view. We enjoyed dinners outside accompanied by glorious sunsets and the kids had a great time checking out the hundreds of hermit crabs that came out after dark each night. The only downside was the dreaded sandflies! Our spots from Cape Keraudren had just started to fade and we copped another round! Long pants and long sleeves came out on the second night but sadly it was a bit late - more itch-eze and Zyrtec coming up!
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  • Day73

    Dampier Peninsula (Cultural Tour)

    August 28, 2017, Indian Ocean ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    We deflated our tyres to 18psi and met local indigenous guide, Brian Lee for a tag-along tour of Cape Leveque. We joined another 3 car loads of visitors to explore areas of the Cape only permissible to visit with a member of the local community. We stopped off on our way towards the beach for Brian to point out tracks left by wildlife and to show us how to find sandgropers...and as we listened a Brown snake slithered past (and almost through!) our group!
    As we headed on to the beach we stopped again for Brian give us a lesson on how to whistle using a shell - pretty impressive sound when you get it right! Roy mastered it, the rest of us need a bit more practice! Back in the car, we drove a bit further to stop for a spot of snorkelling and spear fishing. The crystal clear water was enjoyed by everyone (except Grandpa who was yet to get wet on the trip!) and Roy and Finn headed out quite a way offshore and Roy managed to catch a beautiful Coral Trout using a spear gun. Brian loaded the catch into his esky and we followed him to our next stop, the mouth of the Hunter River. Brian captivated the kids by showing them how to dig out crabs (including tricking them a couple of times before actually finding one that they all chased around the beach!) and told the story of the car wreck rusting in the rivermouth. Out to sea another huge whale treated us to a real show - we could actually hear the sound of it splashing into the water as it breached multiple times.
    After some fun (!) driving through the sand dunes, it was time to hunt down some more lunch. Brian took us to the mud crab hangout on the river and after a good battle (most of the kids participated too!), a super-sized crab was dragged out of its hole and the kids all had a turn of picking it up before it was stashed in our hessian lunch sack.
    We wandered a bit further up the river but the tide was starting to come in so we headed back towards the cars and stopped along the way to chop down a couple of "oyster trees" - the oysters are attached to the thin trunks of the mangroves and it's simply a matter of felling the tree and carrying the bounty over your shoulder back to camp! As the tide raced in, Brian made a fire and cooked our seafood selection while most people tried their hand at fishing (with no luck!). The kids all enjoyed the oysters (cooked on the fire and then opened, they were much smaller than oysters we're used to), and the fish and crab were delicious!
    After a bit more time relaxing by the river, everyone was starting to feeling a bit crispy from our day in the sun and we packed up to head back to Kooljaman about 3pm (we'd been told we'd be out until 2 or 2.30 but Brian was quite content chilling out at the river and lost track of time!).
    Back via some shortcuts along the beach, we arrived at Kooljaman in time for sunset drinks on our balcony - perfect way to end a great day!
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Indian Ocean, Indischer Ozean, Indijos vandenynas, Indonesian Ocean, Océan Indien, Oceano Indiano, Индийский Океан, Індійський Океан, 印度洋

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