Mr Postman, where is our parcel? It should have arrived in Labuan Bajo a week ago ... For some reason it was sent to Kupang instead. Many phone calls later and, yes!, it finally made its way here this morning. The parcel contains some essential replacement parts for our broken down watermaker, without it we … Continue reading Waiting for the Postman…
We have been day-hopping along the coast of Flores. The reason we don't sail at night? Fishing nets! They are everywhere and hardly visible, even in daylight. Small fishing vessels are dotted along the coastline until quite a long way offshore and their miles-long nets are set up between tiny invisible buoys. It meant extra … Continue reading Bad things always happen in threes!
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 … Continue reading Volcanoes and FADs
When ARE they coming back? It's a question my parents are being asked frequently these days. The short answer is ... not yet! We're still having way too much fun out here. If we could, we would keep sailing around the world indefinitely. Unfortunately we don't have unlimited funds. However, life in South East Asia … Continue reading When ARE they coming back?
Our visa allows us to stay in Indonesia for six months, but every month we have to find an immigration office to extend our visa and stamp our passports. Not so hard? Well ... that depends on the office. Wanci, on Wangi Wangi is not a port of entry but they do have an immigration … Continue reading Another month, another visa extension
For four days and three nights we sailed across the Banda Sea. We were all happy to set sail again after what had been a delightful stop in the Banda Islands. Even in the best of places we tend to get itchy feet after a while. So we sailed out of Zonnegat bay early morning, … Continue reading Across the Banda Sea
Ah... boat life. I love it, really. Even when my husband wakes me up in the middle of the night to come and help remove the stern lines and lift the anchor. We were in a bit of a pickle. Strong gusts had dragged us sideways and a one-metre swell on the beam made the … Continue reading Midnight Escape
Want to swap Manhattan for a tiny desert island in the Banda Sea? That's what the Dutch did in 1667, exactly 350 years ago. They traded the small island of Run, which is less than 3 km long and 1 km wide, for Manhattan, New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania. Really? Central Park alone is larger … Continue reading Want to swap?
A cruising friend once told me she felt safer at sea than at anchor. I must agree. Especially after our last two nights in Misool. Suitable anchorages are scarce in Raja Ampat, especially around Misool. Too deep, no protection, too close to a reef, the bottom to hard to drag the anchor in, … These … Continue reading Gone with the wind
Raja Ampat has been one of our cruising highlights but there was one more area to discover before heading south. Misool... One of the four main islands that make up Raja Ampat and stunning in its own right. We split the roughly 100 miles sail into easy-to-manage day hops, anchoring in the river 30 miles … Continue reading Another paradise found