from west to east at the top of Holland lays one of the
world's most unique nature reserves. This beautiful area
with all her islands, deep water ways and high sand banks
is one of a kind. The tides keep these waters in constant
movement, changing the shipping lanes every year. This
ensures that sailing on the Waddenzee never gets dull.
Texel is the largest island in this area and the possibilities
are very diverse here. From taking a walk in its nature
reserve 'The Slufter' to riding a bicycle to the 'Cocksdorp'
to visit the lighthouse. Eating a freshly caught fish
at the harbour or hitting the town to visit one of the
many pubs. Texel has several villages and not to far away
from the harbour 'Oude Schild' lays 'Ecomare' where they
treat seals and birds that live in the Waddenzee. You
can also find a large aquarium here where you can see
al the different live forms that live in the Waddenzee
Vlieland is the smallest of the Wadden islands and only
has one settlement. The harbour borders onto the beach,
forest and the dunes. Because only the island natives
are allowed to drive cars on Vlieland, it is an ideal
place for riding a bike or travelling by horse and carriage.
A short walk away from the harbour lays the village; it
is very quaint and well kept and has its own feel in comparison
to the other islands.
With its 30 Kilometres length, Terschelling is the longest
of the 5 Wadden islands. With its famous lighthouse the
'Brandaris' soaring above the island and the many dunes
surrounding it, it is truly a great sight when you sail
into the harbour which is right in the middle of the town
West Terschelling. This island offers something for everyone,
large areas of beautiful nature to explore, little villages
spread over the island and not to forget its long stretches
of beaches and nature reserves. With a booming night live
and host to one of Hollands biggest street festivals 'Oerol'
Terschelling can offer you live music, theatre, art and
The further east you go the more beautiful the Waddenzee
gets. The sailing channels narrow and the sand banks rise
as the water level gets lower. Since the Maxima is only
70cm in draught and Olav and his mate are quite capable
it is not a problem to visit Ameland. The island is known
for its bird watching with over 50 different kinds of
birds breading in its nature reserve 'Het Oerd'.
Schiermonnikoog lays the furthest to the east and this
makes it quite a journey to visit, but as stated earlier
the Maxima is a fast sailor. As on Vlieland only the natives
are allowed to drive cars on the island. Schierminnikoog
is known for its beauty and has been proclaimed as a national
park. Visiting Schier with the Maxima is something you
will never forget.