Pondalowie Bay

Shelter from      NE – SE – SW

Indicative Anchoring Position

35° 13.8’S   136° 50.3’E

Note.    Indicative anchoring positions are for reference only and should not be used as waypoints.  The best position for anchoring depends on many factors including vessel draft, tide, and forecast wind.

Pondalowie Bay lies about one mile north of West Cape Bay. The anchorage is in the southern part of the bay which is an area rather cluttered with moorings.  This bay is used by professional fishing boats because it has road access.  The holding is not good with a great deal of weed on thin sand over limestone.

Great care is needed when approaching and entering this bay. A submerged rock  exists about 500 metres north east of South Island and another is nearer to Middle Island, so the approach is best made keeping close to South Island. The entrance can have a very heavy swell which sometimes breaks and is very disconcerting.

Shore access is usually easy, as very little swell reaches the south-western end of the bay.