27 July 2018
This was our first visit to this Marine Park, and we were rewarded with amazing sights, abundant wildlife and unreal serenity. To reach the Octopus Islands on Quarda Island’s NE corner, you need to transit at least one of the four rapids at Surge, Hole in the Wall or Upper & Lower Okisollo. For some, rapids are a just too dicey to deal with, so they pass on the amazing opportunities the northern destinations offer. All the better for us. No noisy boaters here.
Four larger islands shield the anchorage from Okisolllo Channel, and a dozen large rock formations are scattered throughout the NE side of the park to keep navigating interesting. We prefer to keep Huzzah pointed into the evening breeze, so we anchored in Waiatt Bay, with a city block of room between us and the next boat - a huge contrast to the lower islands. This place is so calm, you can hear your ears ring and you might even think your keel was stuck in the mud after a while. Two days later, we pulled our anchor (almost in unison) with the half-dozen or so boats headed to slack water at the rapids, and headed south again to Rebecca Spit & Drew Harbor.
The weather this trip has been awesome, with temperatures in the mid 70’s to high 80’s almost every day – and no rain!
Cheers from Huzzah!