Willis Island is the one and only permanently inhabited island in Coral Sea Islands Territory, external territory of Australia, situated beyond the Great Barrier Reef in Coral Sea. The island lies 450 km (280 miles) east of Cairns, Queensland. Willis Island is the southernmost of Willis Islets, a group of 3 islands which with the associated sandy cays stretch in NNE to SSW line for 12 kilometres (7.5 miles). Willis Island itself is about 500 m (1,600 ft) long by 150 m (490 ft) wide, 7.7 ha (19 acres) in area, and rising to 9 m (30 ft) above sea level.
A weather monitoring station of the Australian Bureau of Meteorology is based on the island. There are normally 4 weather observers, with one of them being Officer-in-Charge, and a Technical Officer living on the island. Willis Island weather monitoring station was founded in 1921 and equipped with radio transmitter to provide cyclone early warning service. John King Davis was the first officer in charge.
On February 2, 2011 the eye of Cyclone Yasi moved over Willis Island as a tropical cyclone of Category 5. The 4-station staff had been evacuated a day early. A wind gust speed of 185 kmh (115 mph) was recorded by the equipment of the weather station before the anemometer failed. Barometric pressure fell as low as 937.9 hectopascals (27.70 inHg). An hour later, radar data was disrupted and communication with the island was cut off. The cyclone even altered the shape of the Willis Island and cleared much of the vegetation.
Landfill was buried on Willis Island in the past, and occasionally heavy seas and high winds from a cyclone uncovered parts of the waste. A clean-up campaign was conducted in 2004-2005 to protect the sand dunes and coral cays. Currently, all waste generated on Willis Island, as well as any litter that washes ashore, is shipped back on the staff exchange ship for appropriate disposal on mainland.
The Willis Island cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Willis Island, Coral Sea, Australia.
If you lose the Willis Island location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port Willis Island cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Willis Island, Coral Sea, Australia. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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