Von Donop Inlet is a great protected anchorage. Be wary of the mid channel rock about 0.8 nm from the entrance. Stay to the west of it. I use a bare rock outcrop on the east side as a memory aid. There was a large branch overhanging the water
on the west side. It may be gone. If the head
of the bay is busy there are other spots to anchor
Heriot Bay to the west has some docks, fuel
and provisions. Drew Harbour is an OK anchorage. a bit deep in spots.
If you get time go through Surge Narrows and spend a night at Octopus Islands. I find anchoring
in Waiatt Bay more to my liking. Make sure you enter from the north; the channel is narrow and shallow but navigable. The east entrance is filled with rocks.
The next day go through Hole in the Wall which puts you right back into the north part of Desolation.
All passes must be cleared at the turn.
Walsh Cove is also worth a visit.
Go for a swim in Pendrell Sound. The anchorage (Doctor Cove, I think) can be very busy.