I have read a LOT of reviews on this site but have never actually submitted one of my own. I felt like Greg and Palmerville deserved this one though:
I come from a pretty nice part of Tasmania, but the location of Palmerville is something else. It is utterly spectacular. I have never been to a more isolated part of the world, and yet been completely comfortable and looked after. Greg's lodge is a work of art - I can't imagine there would be another one anything like it anywhere. He built it himself, uses water from the shore and has pretty much every comfort you can imagine - hot showers, internet, a sauna. To have all this in the most dramatic wilderness experience is pretty special. To wake up and remember that you are in the middle of nowhere, in a grizzly bear sanctuary, floating 10-15 metres out from the shore is a pretty amazing way to wake up.
Then there are a the bears. Of course there are going to be times where they don't show up. These bears are entirely unaffected by the presence of people - largely because it is such a difficult place to access. Therefore, any expectation that they turn up on cue is ridiculous.
Having said that, after a couple of tries, we were lucky enough to see 3 grizzlys and about 20-30 humpback whales in the one afternoon. I regularly seek out wildlife experiences when I travel and am often disappointed at the overcrowded nature of this experience, but this was just us, Greg, the bears and the whales which really sums up the whole experience of Palmerville.
It is an amazing place and I hope I get an opportunity to go back one day.
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