Willis Island, Australia (anchor only)
Willis Island is part of Australia’s Coral Sea Islands Territory, a group of small and mostly uninhabited tropical islands and reefs scattered some 420 kilometres east of Cairns beyond the Great Barrier Reef. It is the southernmost of a trio of tiny isles collectively known as the Willis Islets, and is an important nesting ground for birds and turtles.
First charted in 1803 and mined for guano in the 1870s and 1880s, the islands were never developed, thanks to the absence of a permanent freshwater supply.
Willis Island is the only permanently inhabited island in the 780,000-square-kilometre Territory, but has no port or wharf. Enjoy a short on-board interlude as the ship anchors here.
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