Rocky harbour is the easiest of the Bonne Bay harbours to access, but the least protected. Whilst in the right conditions it makes a convenient passage harbour, it is clearly not a place to sit out a blow.
The public wharf sits at the innermost part of the bay and could not be safely accessed in any sort of a wind with a strong westerly component in it.
On the south western corner of the harbour there is an altogether more substantial and extensive breakwater system extending northwards into the bay with at least one wharf lying behind it. It is only partially shown on the chart, but is built on the long drying spit that is fully charted . Time constraints and weather conditions precluded us from exploring this development in more detail but it clearly offers more shelter and better protected access than the public wharf, although it appears to be primarily intended for commercial use and is located some distance from the town centre.
Rocky Harbour is regarded as the hub for the land based tourist industry in the Gros Morne National Park area wth all the facilities that go with that. However for a visiting yachtsman wanting to explore the area more fully, the harbours further further into Bonne Bay are probably safer options.