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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Long And Short Of Island Circumnavigations

If you are into circumnavigations, you have a lot of choices around the world. From the Isle of Wight and Jersey to Guernsey and the Isle of Man, the British Isles have opportunities like Hawaii has lava rock.

While you gotta be tough like Kevin Murphy or Michael Read to complete a circumnavigation around the Isle of Wight or an accomplished marathoner like Sally Minty-Gravett or Ned Denison to do a Round Jersey, there are plenty of other circumnavigations that take significantly less time.

Bishop Rock is located 30 miles southwest of England. The rock-with-a-lighthouse is basically that. Listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s smallest island with a building on it, an island circumnavigation could be notched up without too much time.

A more northern alternative to a short-but-rough circumnavigation would be Rockall, located 270 miles from Ireland. Rockall is the tip of an extinct volcano reaching 20 meters above sea level, in seas where waves have been recorded higher.

Of course, if you prefer a more tropical and warmer circumnavigation around volcanic rock, then Manana Island or Rabbit Island (shown above) in Hawaii may be the place to go. Manana Island is located off of Makapuu Beach on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. The island presents a challenging and potentially dangerous swim around an incredibly gorgeous uninhabited seabird sanctuary island near one of the most popular body surfing beaches in Hawaii. The Makapuu Beach Park nearly always has rough water conditions and strong currents and sharks are an ever-present danger. Surfers and kayakers have been attacked by sharks in this area and extreme caution is strongly advised. If no experienced and vigilant escorts are available, swimmers are advised to avoid swimming in this area.

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