Cruising the Palm Islands on our way to the Swain reefs, we encountered some serious storms.
Mostly because travelling in a La Nina event was always going include some storm dodging. So we certainly expected it.
Hence we like to be prepared. We have been caught before by a big storm anchored at the Palm Islands and it was a doozy!
We have a compilation of storms stories (both horrific and educational) in our storms at sea blog post.
The fishing around the islands however is exceptional with many Wonky Holes found here covered in large-mouth nannygai.
And we have a comprehensive course on how to find these fish holding gems called Wonky Holes – access the course here.
The Palm Island group is located between Cairns and Townsville in Far North Queensland and includes Pelorus, Fantome, Great Palm and Orpheus Islands.
Orpheus Island is known for it’s flash resort. Thus it was touted as the location for Wiliam and Kate’s honeymoon.
Great Palm has a checkered history and the location of great suffering for First Nations people of Australia.
Fantome Island housed a virtual prison for people with leprosy from 1928 to 1973 and is the subject of a very interesting documentary.
The ruins are still visible and the history is in stark contrast to the stunning white beaches and reef flats surrounding the island.
We take a walk on the island but not before a quick fish with our mate Mel Kenny. One of our original Fish Smarter fishing students, Mel is an accomplished angler. She came across Halifax Bay from Taylors beach in her boat for the visit.
Join us for our video cruising and fishing the Palm Islands. What did we catch? And did we get smashed by the storm?
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I hope you enjoyed Episode 5 of our south to the Swains series – cruising the Palm Islands.
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