S/V Mabel Rose

Join us for a trip from New York to Tasmania, and back, we hope. Departing Saturday.

Flea Bay Kayaking

When I went out to pee in the middle of the night last night, the stars seemed both extra bright and extra large - some trick of the atmosphere in Flea Bay, no doubt. And I heard a sound like a donkey braying hoarsely. Kevin, our penguin guide, had told us that that was the sound the little blue penguins made in the nighttime.

This morning, Kevin guided us again on a group kayak tour of Flea Bay. We spied some of the tiny penguins perched in rock caves and crevices along the shoreline. Fur seals also populated the rock ledges. A pod of endangered Hectors Dolphins joined us mid-bay as we paddled out to the rocky headland. On the return to the launching beach we all took turns paddling into a sea cave.

A good, sunny start to the day! Now we are on our way to Lake Tekapo, our overnight stop on the way to Mt Cook National Park.