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Active Retirees : Active Retirees Feb-March 2012
Around the trAps 16 | www.probussouthpacific.org A chipper breeze was blowing, the ship was choofing along and the water was sparkling on our first day at sea. We spotted a large, black rock in the distance, on the seeming nothingness of the Indian Ocean – a strange place for a little island. Then the island moved. The island began to separate, became two humpback whales moving towards us. Two whales became four, then six. They swam in pairs and started the water dance. Springing out of the sea, they twisted, turned, face up, tail up and then took a shallow dive to move closer to the ship. Mesmerised, we watched as their antics became more outrageous, then the captain came on the blower to announce that he was stopping the ship so we could enjoy this spectacle. And that was just the first day of our nine-day cruise from Broome to Darwin on the expedition ship Orion, temporary home to passengers from all over the world and a base from which to explore the rugged beauty of the Kimberley, forged by unfathomable geological events. As an expedition ship, Orion is a bingo-free zone. Instead, we are in and out of Zodiacs on expeditions to remote and secret places in the heart of the country. Every day, with the sun shining on the cool air of the morning, presents a decision: onshore or onboard? Into those Zodiacs we jump, never knowing what will be revealed. Our guides are all experts in their fields; they know all about animals, marine life, geology, geography, big rocks, small rocks and more, and have the talent to keep us on our toes. No slacking here, we’re at one with the great outdoors. Paradise found Aboard a Zodiac skimming towards the coast to Crocodile Creek and Nares Point, I looked down. There were about half a dozen dolphins crisscrossing the front of the craft – a magic moment. We drift up a gorge in Koolan Island, step ashore and walk up Best western Well above the Tropic of Capricorn, Western Australia’s Kimberley covers an area of 421,000sq.km. A visit by ship shows Joan Morgan the best of the west. tRAveL cRUisinG There were about half a dozen dolphins crisscrossing the front of the craft – a magic moment.
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