This is my home, my haven. A place where I come and reflect on the beauty that surrounds me every day.

Yacht Club Beach (a bit tongue in cheek!), West Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, is an easy bike ride or walk from “Settlement” (no official walking track name has been given). You can either elect to take the coconut palm fringed gravel road or divert along the beach. Either way, it is an enjoyable 6km trek.

Take the beach and meet the locals; hermit crabs, horn-eyed ghost crabs and rock jumping crabs as well as inquisitive Noddys. Turtles and small reef sharks cruise in the shallow waters as well as a myriad of marine fish. What more could you ask for. Best of all…. You may well be the only person! How is that for serenity.


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I’m one lucky lady who lives on a remote tropical island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Inspired by the surrounding beauty above and below, I took up photography as a hobby several years go. This has now turned out to be an all consuming passion, driven by the desire to promote the Cocos (Keeling) Islands the only way I know, through my eyes and lens.

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  • John  Kowalski
    John Kowalskiabout 5 years ago

    How do I get a job there? Beautiful place Karen, and beautifully captured!!

  • LOL… with difficulty. Thanks for your comment John. Greatly appreciated :)

    – Karen Willshaw

  • Barb White
    Barb Whiteabout 5 years ago

    you’re killing me, Karen! LOL Absolutely gorgeous!

  • I hope not!! but thanks for the comment :)

    – Karen Willshaw

  • Vicki Pelham
    Vicki Pelhamabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot! Well done!!!

  • Thank you Vicki. Appreciate you stopping by and looking :)

    – Karen Willshaw

  • Thank you for adding “Lifes a Beach” to your favourites

    – Karen Willshaw

  • BCImages
    BCImagesabout 5 years ago

    wonderful Karen

  • Thanks Steve :)

    – Karen Willshaw

  • Phil Threlfall
    Phil Threlfallabout 5 years ago

    lucky you

  • Thanks Phil.. yes I am VERY lucky!

    – Karen Willshaw

  • chloemay
    chloemayabout 5 years ago

    I am not saying another word!!!!!
    Well one more…..How do you get a job there!
    beautiful image Karen

  • Thanks Chloemay. Appreciate your comment. Jobs – hard to come by! I was lucky,,, I took a chance and it has paid off. The biggest sea-change of my life and I have never looked back.

    – Karen Willshaw

  • kemal91
    kemal91about 5 years ago

    Karen, you’re making me jealous. You live in such a beautiful place. Great shot, love the blue and green. :)

  • Thanks for your comments – don’t mean to make you jealous :)

    – Karen Willshaw

  • Barb White
    Barb Whiteabout 5 years ago

    my bags are packed, I’m ready to go – leaving on a jetplane, don’t know when I’ll be back again – that’s what comes to mind when I see this picture. :-D Don’t worry, Karen – keep the photos coming! Loving them SO MUCH!

  • LOL!! You just never know….. I’ll do my best to keep images up on RB just for you!

    – Karen Willshaw

  • Barb White
    Barb Whitealmost 5 years ago

    it’s been raining all week, so I’ve come to visit your photos and dream! :-) This one is just so stunning!

  • Amber Finan
    Amber Finanalmost 5 years ago

    wow is all i can say,makes me want to book a flight right now you are in the right bussiness for sure. all your shots are amazing

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