Wow! Hardy Lagoon.
It was a tad scary entering the lagoon. We followed Chances (who had been there before) which did give us some comfort, but as we approached Hardy Reef we did seem to be heading straight for the reef?!
Hardy Lagoon has an ‘entrance’, but, it is a very narrow break in the reef … with no markers, only waypoints and definitely only to be crossed at high tide.
Once in, there was quite a sigh of relief. I might add, this ‘entrance’ is also known as ‘the waterfall’. When the water gushes out of the lagoon on a falling tide, quite a current runs creating a ‘waterfall’. The bigger the tides, the bigger the waterfall.
Hardy Lagoon. Also a destination for the tourist outer reef boats.
A ‘glass out’! Chances and Bossa Nova
The infamous ‘waterfall’ entrance with the tide running out.
Seaplanes & helicopters bring the tourists out to the reef platforms that are permanently here.
I was up for sunrise!
Sunrise! A glass out.
Bossa Nova at anchor in Hardy Lagoon. We had lots of glassy calm water.
We spent four fantastic days in the Hardy Lagoon … snorkelling, swimming, exploring and kayaking … in calm, glassy waters with Chances and Phluid (fellow Fusion builders, Ross and Louise).
A great place in beautiful weather. So glad the opportunity came our way.
Neville, my snorkelling cap’n!
My early sunrise … I spotted a manta ray near our boat enjoying the calm waters.
Lots of purple coral in the lagoon.
How clear and bright is this clam?!
This is a Epaulette Shark that love the shallow water in the coral reefs. Well camouflaged & ‘walks’ by wriggling its body & pushing with its fins. Didn’t move when we spotted it.
We walked the reef at low tide. Making sure we only stepped on the sand. Lots to explore out of the water too!
I was able to get really close to this clam. Look at the detail.