Completely open to all SE to S winds but otherwise gives good shelter.
The coves on the south-west shore do offer protection from S winds but it is difficult to get suitable anchorage because of the depth.
There is a holiday resort in the northern arm of the bay and limited stores can be obtained here.
Water is available from the wharf.
A number of large rocks below the surface are visible on the southern side of the wharf. These are over three metres below the surface and no danger to cruising boats.
A walking track leads from the holiday resort to Ship Cove. This track is through beautiful native bush. It takes about one and a half hours to walk to Ship Cove.
In N sector winds the best anchorage is as indicated to the north-east of the holiday resort.
In the coves leading out to Bottle Rock there is shelter from N to NE winds if pulled close to shore with a stern line but holding can be difficult.
The anchorage in Schoolhouse Bay (the western-most part of Resolution Bay) can be very gusty in bad SW to N winds and is open to other wind directions.
There is a Department of Conservation (DOC) campsite found here that can only be accessed by boat