Arriving at Lizard island was just a relief, our ride to here was again in a wild ocean and choppy all the way.
Getting late in the afternoon we anchored a bit outside and after a rolly night we found us a nice spot very close to the beach the next morning.
The island was named by – guess whom ? – Captain James Cook in 1770 when he anchored here to find a way through the maze of reefs whilst looking down from the island’s hills. He commented that the only land animals he saw were lizards….so he named the island “LIZARD”.
There were already 2 other boats in the bay, one we had met before at Low Islets, another one lives there for the next 6 months, as we found out later…
The weather was mostly rainy during all our stay, but often in the afternoon the sun came out and celebrated her disappearing at the horizon.
The good part of so much rain : as our roof was really clean we just collected the rain and within a couple of hours our water tanks were full again – no need to run the desalinator 🙂
The next morning a couple of more boats arrived and from the first afternoon it became a habit to meet at a picnic table at the beach around 5ish and have a couple of sundowners – not the worst habit, or ?
Three evenings a week the “Marlin Bar” is open for guests, providing dinner & drinks – be sure we’ve been there and got spoiled 🙂
We spent our days with snorkeling through the various bays (whenever the sun dared to come out – yes, it is winter time, even so far north! )
The bays around here are really shallow (so no scuba diving), but filled with plenty of marine life : hard and soft corals, huge giant clams, feather stars and lots of colorful tropical fishes.
Exploring the island’s walking tracks, counting the uncountable clouds of baby fishes directly at the shore…very pleasant and fulfilled days.