Front row seats πŸŒ‹πŸŒ‹πŸŒ‹

We spent the last few days in the Gili Islands, Lombok. It meant we’ve had front row seats to watch Mount Agung erupt from a safe distance. But … we need to head west and get past that smoking giant. So, today we bit the bullet and sailed towards it. Don’t worry, we’re safe (we think) and still outside the 12 km exclusion zone, in Amed, north Bali.

The short hop from Lombok to the north of Bali was busy to say the least: tankers left and right, a huge approaching squall and an erupting volcano right ahead of us. Now the weather has calmed down and we’re safely at anchor. Hopefully get some good shots of Mount Agung tonight. It’s very exciting and also a little bit scary.

The Gili Islands were super cool. They call it the “Ibiza of Indonesia” and I can see why. There are plenty of stylish restaurants and cool bars, the atmosphere is very relaxed and it’s heaving with young trendy people. You can circumnavigate the island by bike or by foot easily and there are no motorized vehicles, only bikes and horses with carts.

Yesterday, we took a day-trip by car into Mataram, Lombok to renew our visas. The usual monthly bureaucratic hit. Forms, stamps, Β more stamps, queues, etc. We were told we could pick up our passports in 3 days and nearly choked. After much begging and pleading, explaining our dependency on the weather and our need to continue west asap, we were allowed a brief meeting with the immigration chief who authorised a same day delivery. Everything is possible in this country as long as you keep smiling, have patience and follow the rules.

Now what about that volcano? We will see what tonight brings, if it erupts, we will just lift anchor and keep sailing west and if it doesn’t we’ll have a good night’s sleep and hopefully some great photos to share! Right now we feel very privileged to be here.

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Mount Agung this evening

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Gili Air

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the colourful jetty at Gili Air

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bikes and horses on Gili Air

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off on a 3-hour tour (RIP Gilligan)

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trendy restaurants everywhere

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Mount Agung, seen from our cockpit in Gili Air

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at the immigration office in Mataram, Lombok

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the huge mosque in Mataram

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The mosque can hold 5,000 men and 3,000 women

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view from the observatory on the 9th floor

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view over Lombok this morning

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Lombok

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Mount Agung this morning

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tanker and approaching squall

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tanker on one side, nasty approaching squall on the other and a volcano right ahead

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anchored in Amed, Bali under Mount Agung

2 thoughts on “Front row seats πŸŒ‹πŸŒ‹πŸŒ‹

  1. As long as you have fuel and your motor is working enjoy the experience of the volcano from a safe distance. If it erupts go go go!!,

    • Fully fuelled up this morning and ready to leave at the drop of a hat if it came to it ! We’re also well outside the exclusion zone. The town here in Amed is still full of people. Tourists have been evacuated but locals ate still here. X

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