Alone in the Wild
The converted norwegian icebreaker Anda is the only yacht for charter in australia’s remote Kimberley region.
They call it “The Last Frontier,” a place where almost nobody goes and even fewer people stay. The Kimberley is a region in northwest Australia that’s about the size of California, but where only three towns have more than 2,000 residents. Steep oceanfront cliffs, deep inland gorges and a lack of roads mean the only ways to explore much of the Kimberley is by ATV, helicopter or boat. In the handful of coastline spots where tourist stopovers exist, they call them “wilderness retreats.”
It’s exactly the kind of place that appeals to the owner of 138-foot (42-meter) Anda, which launched in the 1960s as a Norwegian icebreaker and was converted to an explorer yacht during a two-year refit completed in 2012.
At the time you read this, Anda was scheduled to be arriving for her second tour of the Kimberley, where management company Ocean Alliance says she will be the only yacht open for charter through September.
“The owner is a keen fisherman, and so uses Anda along with his [52-foot] game-fishing vessel Fortescue for expeditions to the Abrolhos islands and Montebello Islands, which are renowned [for having] some of the best game-fishing in Australia,” says Anda’s captain, Alan Martlow. “We completed a two-week voyage to the Kimberley in September 2015, but 2016 is the first season that Anda is being made available for charter for luxury Kimberley expeditions.”
Anda’s crew works with a local guide who is married to a landowner in the Kimberley, giving