And with the island never been named on a map, not even the HEMA ones, you picture this having to be somewhere very remote.
In fact, Restoration
Island is almost
swimming distance from the mainland, and Dave is
everything you did not
picture him to be!
Instead of the loner you get the impression of, he
has several people on the island at any time -
friends and boats calling in all the time.
It is a beautiful island,
... with lovely beaches, rocky headlands,
... and frangipani trees.
There are a few walking tracks through scrub and heath,
... some of which take you up
the hills and some granite boulders,
... to some beautiful views over the surroundings of the Restoration Island.
And behind the island is the Restoration Rock.
There is also some interesting history,
... with captain William Bligh having
named the island after he and his (17 still loyal) crew
felt 'restored' (after eating some oysters and fruits) after they
landed on the island on 28 May 1789, after a long trip from Tonga
in their 18 foot boat, following a mutiny aboard HMS Bounty on 28 April
From here they sailed on to Timor, an incredible 4000 nautical miles with the only navigational aid being a small compass.
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