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Komodo Island to the Island of BALI

Posted by Tim Henning on September 10, 2010 at 4:47 AM

On Aug. 20, we anchored at Gili Lawa, where we also snorkeled in extremely clear water with amazing coral and a ton of fish. Then, it was an overnighter to anchorage # 52 in the 101 anchorage book. Upon approach to the anchorage we came up behind a small two manned fishing boat where one of the men was doing his morning business off the back of the boat. Yep. (Note from Tim: Ruth was less then impressed, but I laughed about it all day). Late in the day, we met up with Kathleen Love, La Palapa and Air Stream. On the 22nd, we arrived in Gili Air. An awesome small resort island that was low key and a lot of night life right on the beach. We stayed there until the 24th,where we went across the small bay to the island of Lombok to fuel up and then off to Bali early the next morning. On Aug. 25th, we arrived at the anchorage in the town of Serengan on the Island of Bali. Our friends from Salsa and Happy Ours were already there. Salsa had done a non stop from Darwin and Happy Ours from New Zealand, both are single handlers. Amazing, but something I would not want to do. Salsa and Happy Ours did team up to travel to Thailand together on Happy Ours. We are keeping in touch with them via HF. The Bali area had been fully checked out and we had a personal tour guide, except Kirk rode his motor scooter ahead of us in the Taxi and almost hit a cow while en route to Sunur. The next day or so we went on a tour with Air Stream in an air conditioned SUV complete with driver. We traveled all the way to the center of Bali to a dormant volcano and lunch at a Asian Buffett with a hill side panoramic view. The harbor was filthy, but the people in the small town were awesome. I got about 10 loads of laundry professional cleaned for about $20 US, which in Tahiti cost us about 100 dollars. All of our friends arrived and the party was on. There was Heartsong, Salsa, Happy Ours, Airstream, Scott Free, Bally Whoo and La Palapa. Son of the Sun was at the marina in the next town. On the 31st we had a going away party for Salsa and Happy Ours. Kirk was leaving Salsa at the moorings and traveling with Phillip on Happy Ours to Thailand. Their goal was to leave on September 1st but they left on the 2nd. On the 1st of Sept. we had a going away party for Franz and Kerry on Son of the Sun as they left for South Africa on the 4th of September. We left Serengan on Sept. 6th and went to the Southwest side of Bali and anchored in front of our friends B&B, where Julia Roberts stayed while she was filming “ Eat, Pray, Love “. The only down side to the stay was that about 1 AM Tim heard a light banging on the boat and got up to find that two fishing boats had gotten their fishing net stuck under our boat and for the next hour we were helping them to get it free from under Victory Cat. The next day, we went over to Java just to anchor near a fishing village. Well were we totally surprised to see several fishing shacks on bamboo stilts in the middle of the anchorage (20+ shacks), extremely awesome. Looks like the shacks had large nets suspended below them and used the tide level change to capture fish. On the 8th of September, we arrived here in Lovina Beach, which has been my favorite place in Indonesia, I guess it was the best for last. Our first night here we had awesome Thai food, yesterday we had wood fire pizza, Shrimp salad and onion rings then I got my hair all chopped off while Tim got a one hour full body massage at the same place. Total price including tip was $15 US and tonight we are having Thai again. Hopefully we leave here tomorrow or the next day bound for Batam Island and Singapore. The trip should take about two weeks for there will be several stops along the way, but none are expected to have internet

Categories: Indonesia

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