| Jul 09, 2012
Marks blog continues......The accommodation was fantastic at Bali Hai Resort, especially the bath! I would like to say thank you to Tracey, Tadami and Marty for the professional and friendly service. Tadami was doing laundry for the resort and kindly helped with folding my clothes, though I made sure that I folded my boxer shorts!! We picked up the “spaceship”, a red FJ Cruiser from Broome Broome Car Hire and headed off to The Zoo for breaky (I’d highly rate the Gypsy Eggs!) and a coffee before hitting the road for the Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm. We arrived and met Zara at reception who introduced me to Paula and James Brown (as it turns out, for a very knowledgeable marine biologist, I don’t imagine him to be too crash hot a singer!) We went out on one of the tenders with James and a few members of his crew to check the sights around the Buccaneer Archipelago and the Kimberley coastline. We checked out Shell Island (named, strangely enough due to it being covered in seashells!) Keep in mind the tides were changing from high to low when the first photo was taken. About an hour later, it was high tide and the second photo of me stranded shows it at high tide! We continued on to Sunday Island and checked out Running Waters, a natural fresh water spring that flowed out to the ocean. After a cuppa and a few nibblies, I decided to brave the “freezing cold (according to James!)” waters of the bay for a swim. Compared to jumping in a pool back home, the water was beautifully warm haha. On the way back to the mainland, we spotted some egrets and some dolphins from a distance. There was a mother and calf who I managed to get a couple of shots of. James reckoned the money shot was one of a dolphin jumping out of the water with their catamaran, Escapade, in the background. When I said no worries, I’ll sell the picture to you; he mentioned that Fipper had to be winking at the camera! Once back on dry land, we scrubbed up and headed to the Mess for dinner with the crew. This is an option for visitors to the Farm if they decide they would like to. Ivan (the cook) put on a great feed for us, so much so that I had seconds on the coconut caramel pudding! I’m staying in a luxury tent which is well, luxurious! I’ll upload photos tomorrow. I’m just having some issues with the internet...a small price to pay for this stunning remote location. Australia’s oldest operating pearl farm at Cygnet Bay was established by Dean Murdoch Brown. In the 1940’s and 50’s, Dean’s business was concerned with the collection of mother-of-pearl shell. This all changed in the late 50’s when Dean’s sons revolutionized the industry. Lyndon, strove to perfect the art of pearl cultivation and eventually unlocked the secret of seeding a pearl shell. Today the farm is home to three generations of the Brown family. Bruce and Alison’s son, James, studied marine biology at James Cook University, Queensland, and is now the Farm Manager. Stand by for the next intstallment of Marks amazing adventures!