Volcanoes and FADs

We’re in Flores, a long stretched-out island east of Java and northwest of Timor. It is dry and arid featuring no less than 16 active volcanoes (and plenty more dormant and extinct ones). The 3-day crossing from Wakatobi was relaxing and enjoyable with a full moon, calm seas and just enough wind to keep the boat moving sans engine. We sailed past Komba island, an impressive active volcano spewing steam and smoke as we approached. Now that we are closer to land, we will avoid night-time sailing as much as possible; the coast here is littered with FADs (Fish Aggregating Devices) which are hardly visible in the dark.

Flores is predominantly Christian (yes, one can buy pork here!) and we visited an 82-year old Flemish development worker affectionately known by the locals as ‘Mama Belgium’. After spending 5 years in Congo she arrived in Flores in 1973 and until today she continues to work for underprivileged children. She founded a boarding school for girls and runs 6 children’s homes, one for children with disabilities. An inspirational lady and I very much enjoyed chatting with her in West-Flemish 🙂.

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approaching Komba volcano

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getting closer

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it’s huge and impressive

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getting as close as we can

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rocks are sliding off into the water

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under the volcano

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Komba towers over Rehua (photo credit: S/V Rampetamper)

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the crew on Rehua admiring the volcano (photo credit: S/V Rampetamper)

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Flores

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the view from our anchorage in Maumere, Flores

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local canoe offering shells 

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what a beautiful collection!

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Rehua anchored in Maumere

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the beach, with grey volcanic sand

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in town

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at the market, plenty of onion and garlic

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a local Christmas tree, last time we saw one was in the Solomons!

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plenty of fruit and veg available

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with ‘Mama Belgium’

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selfie with the birthday boy who turned 8, his 4th birthday celebration onboard Rehua!