Cape Leveque

 This is the shelter we stayed in.

This is the shelter we stayed in.

 

 

 This is the Cape Leveque East Beach.  

This is the Cape Leveque East Beach.  

This morning we left Broome and drove on a rough dirt road to Kooljiman, Cape Leveque. We were staying in a beach shelter right beside the Cape Leveque East Beach. As soon as we got there we started swimming in the warm aqua water. After a few hours of swimming, we walked to the West Beach for the amazing sunset. For these few days since we had a warm, cozy, shady beach shelter that was right beside the lovely, warm beach, we only slept with a sleeping bag and a mat on the sand.

 This is the point of Cape Leveque.  

This is the point of Cape Leveque.  

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 This is the second biggest pearl in Australia! 

This is the second biggest pearl in Australia! 

The next day we went swimming, exploring, fishing and relaxing all day.

Today was our last day at Cape Leveque, so first thing in the morning we went exploring and running up and down the beach. At about midday we got ready for our plane ride. The plane that we were flying in was a small one and could only fit 6 people including the pilot, which fit our family with no spare seats. The runway was short and was made of gravel. On the plane we saw the aqua ocean, the small lislands, the Horizontal Falls, the whirlpools in the ocean and lots of gigantic whales. We each had a headset so our pilot Liam could tell us facts about the area. We got an awesome view of Horizontal Falls' gushing white wash water, and we saw 9 whales in total. After the flight we left Kooljaman and went to the Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm where we did a tour and they showed us how they make the pearls. 

  1. First they find the pinctada maxima oyster from the bottom of the sea.  
  2. Then they crack it slightly open and put a little ball of mother of pearl inside the oyster. (Which is the shiny inside part of the oyster that the pearl comes from.)
  3. Next they put the oysters into a small net and back in the ocean where the oyster puts a very shiny layer of pearl around the little ball.
  4. Two years later they crack the oyster open to get the pearl out.  
  5. Now they weigh the pearl and price the pearl, judging it by the size, weight, shape, clearness, colour and any other imperfections.
  6. They put the pearl in their shop and sell it.  
 This is one the whales we saw from the plane. 

This is one the whales we saw from the plane.