Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Bany Wedang Bay

Bali Barat National Park

We are taking a break from Lovina and sailed west 30 miles to lovely Bany Wedang Bay near Pemuteran.

This is a beautiful area with good snorkeling and diving. The park is the only National Park in Bali and is over 60 years old.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Comfortably anchored at Lovina beach Bali

We arrived after two overnight sails.  It is the dry season and nothing but sun, sun and night.
Boats with the Sail Indonesia Rally are here now including friends Jon and Sue of SV Ocelot.

Friday, September 11, 2015

The Home of the Komodo Dragons

We have just anchored in a bay on the west side of Rinca Island. This island and it's neighbor, Komodo are populated by giant lizards, up to 3 meters long! Rinca is a national park and also the home to many monkeys, deer and Brahminy Kites.
This area of Indonesia is a nature Mecca both on land and sea. Some of the world's best diving is found around these islands. I am watching monkeys playing on the beach just now.
There are flights from Bali to nearby Labuhanbajo, so it is easy to get to.
The SE trade winds are very strong now, so we will relax a few days here until things calm a bit.  Susan's baked fresh bread yesterday and black beans and rice for dinner tonight.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Anchored near Batu Boga, Flores Island

Beautiful small bay on the stunning yet barren island of Flores, Buda Tenggara, ID.

Very quite. The small village has no electricity and few boats. Kids paddled out to visit this morning and brought bananas and rose apples to barter for coffee and sugar. 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Pulau Lembata, volcanoes everywhere

We cruised up Boling strait at 5am but were too late. The current began rushing towards us and one to two knots was the best we could make even with Villa G's big engine. Fortunately there is a provincial town with a good area to anchor in Leba Leba Bay off the strait.

We have huge volcano mountains in all directions and a couple continue to pour out white smoke.  The anchorage was very windy in the middle of the day, but fortunately for us it was calmed.

The water is only 25 C as it flows in from the Indian ocean.

We plan to depart at 4am to get the right current forward the sea to the north and look for a nice comfortable anchorage.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Entered Indonesia at Port of Kupang

We anchored in Kupang harbour at sunset Sunday evening. We engaged Mr. Napa Rachman as an agent to do our formal paperwork. He got the ball rolling at 7am yesterday and brought back everything for us to sign at noon today, Tuesday. We signed, got our documents and extra copies and chatted a bit then did a round of photos.  So much easier than running around all over town to the different offices, Immigration, customs, harbour master and quarantine.

We will depart for Adonara island tomorrow. We plan to cruise along the coasts of Flores, Rinca, Komodo, Lombok and then to Bali for the next month or so.

In the photo is Napa, Umberto his skiff driver with me, Dana