After lunch the tender went out twice for about 30 or 40 minutes at a time. With 28 passengers, the tender can hold half at any time.
This was an amazing trip to Smallcraft Retreat, a nearby cove. From the time we left the Milford Wanderer until well after we returned, we were accompanied by sealions, so there was much oohing and aahing.
The surrounding bush was interesting and lush, but the sealions were absolutely the highlight as they popped up to see who this was in the waters, ‘porpoised’ out of the water, spun and flipped alone or in groups near the boat.
At the end of our little tour we briefly neared a small beach that could be seen from the Wanderer too. There was a very large male on the beach, but over the next hour or so he was joined by half a dozen others and there was much posturing and assertion of seniority.
Meanwhile the females tumbled and turned around the Wanderer, delighting all aboard.
Friday 23 July 2021