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Komodo via Sumatra West to Aceh

Komodo National Park

Gili Lawa Laut in Komodo
Sunset time in Gili Lawa Laut, Komodo

On Sunday morining we finally leave Labuanbajo. We decided against a visit of the Komodo Warans, as I already saw them 25 years ago and Reto feels its to much touristic bustle. Therefore we engine straight over to Gili Lawa Laut in the Komodo National Park, there the diving is supposed to be the best. Once there the park rager help us so we can attach to another boat which leaves an hour later and we get our own mooring. Continue reading Komodo via Sumatra West to Aceh

From Sorong to Ambon


Check in preparation in Doom

Arriving in Sorong we have 15 to 20 knots winds from the south so we happily duck behind Doom Island, a place recommended within the sailing community.
Doom island kids
Friendly kids on Doom island…
Doom Sorong
… Village road in Doom…
Tahu and Tempeh
…and we buy our first fried Tahu (Tofu) and Tempeh (Tofu with whole soy beans) – really tasty and for sure healthy too!!
Jhons house
In front of Jhon’s house

Until a few years ago the check in process in Sorong was known for long waiting times and bribing was common but we read that this has changed completely nowadays.

After talking to three other cruisers who were both happy using Jhon from Doom Island as a translator we go over to talk to Jhon.

Having figured out the distances between the different offices we don’t understand why we would need to take a rental car for RUP 100’000.- (USD 7.-) an hour, so after a bit of discussion we agree with Jhon that he comes with us, but we go by local transport.

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Against the wind from Davao to Sorong



The town of Tibanban next to Sigaboy island is a pleasant surprise for us.
In Tibanban in the golf of Davao…
…we are spontaneously surrounded by a huge group of kids,…

As soon as we arrive on the beach with our dinghy children appear from everywhere, interested and curious, but still most of them too shy to try out their school English. Since our Visaya is still 0 we are grateful that Roy and his wife Rannen Lin join them, both speaking English very well.

We agree to come by later and explore the town first. One street behind the beach everything is full with little shops, a market, money changers, gas station, and the people are enormously friendly to foreigners. The town seems a bit bigger than Babak on Samal, but probably a lot less visited by tourists/white people. Continue reading Against the wind from Davao to Sorong