'Good times + crazy friends = amazing memories' - Author UnknownWe departed Lombok at 1630 on the 16th September for a 98nm overnight passage to the Kangean Islands. Like us, Rob and Anne had a t-shirt from Bali and new exploration was the order of the day. Much as our passage from Bali to Raas in 2006, we again faced confused seas and erratic wind predominately on the nose. Hmmm, seems that yellow sacrificial strip is working again; indicating the direction from which the wind will come.
The Kangean Islands is another archipelago of 60 islands, with the largest known as Kangean, rated as the third best snorkelling spot in Indonesia. However we saw no sign of tourists. Arriving at first light, we motored slowly around these quiet islands finally anchoring at Saebus, an island of white sand and coral reefs, in 17m. Swim and snorkel time with pizza dinner along with Gin and Tonics to enjoy the view.
Another foray saw us anchored on Kangean at the western end where we were to stay 2 days until the winds eased. Keith caught up on the ice-cream supplies, mixing another batch with his drill.
|The fishing boats are an amazing array of design and colour|
|Car carrier islander style|
|It would be interesting to know why the different styles|
|Lots of rigs along this coast|
We had some lovely sailing along this coastline marveling at the differences, and enjoying the day sails with the knowledge of anchoring late afternoon to enjoy a good meal and sleep. One can anchor anywhere along these coasts watching for oil rig restrictions on the charts. We anchored in the port of Kurimunjawa on 27th after a 12 day meander.
|Entering the Port|
|Rob as the Explorer of the day|
Unfortunately for this National Park, along with crystal waters, vibrant coral and white beaches was the ubiquitous rubbish. But it was heavenly to relax and swim followed by a BBQ on the patio.
|A little piece of paradise|
|BBQ on the patio|
|Keith's bread was reduced to crumbs|
|Rob making pancakes|
This island is known for its pure granite boulders, fine sand and sparkling water. The anchorage however can be a lee shore in north-westerlies and becomes very uncomfortable. The lighthouse we passed on Pulau Lengkuas is over 120 years old. Shipped from England, under Dutch rule it was used as a prison for captive Indonesians.
|The lighthouse island is a hit with tourists|
We left Kelayang heading for the Riau Islands on 17th October; our visas were running out of time. Squalls and storms were coming in with the change of season and as we sailed past a number of islands, we also picked up hitchhikers. These birds showed no fear and even sat on Keith's hand.
|This stowaway was aboard for a couple of days|
|Rob ready for the Equator dip|
|Jellyfish in there - no swimming here|
May all your bars be wooden and well-stocked!