Linda swimming in the cone of a volcano on Satonde Island in Sumbawa
We departed Medana Bay in Lombok on 15 March, ignoring the warning about the 'Ides of March' except that we settled our debts before leaving.
Donetes and Stars End 2 departing Gili Lawang
Finding ourselves still at the tail end of the north west monsoons we had decided to head north east to Raja Ampat.
From Medana Bay our journey took us to:
Gili Lawang (Lombok) 15 Mar 39 NM
Badas Harbour (Sumbawa) 16 Mar 47 NM
Kananga (Sumbawa) 18 Mar 37 NM
Kilo (Sumbawa) 19 Mar 43 NM
Gili Banta (Komodo) 20 Mar 66 NM
Gili Lawa Darat (Komodo) 22 Mar 16 NM
Labuan Bajo (Flores) 23 Mar 22 NM
Bari Bay (Flores) 26 Mar 28 NM
Lingeh Bay (Flores) 27 Mar 32 NM
Bone Rate (Sulawesi) 28 Mar 68 NM
Wanci (Wakatobi) 30 Mar 195 NM
This post brings us up to date on the first phase of our amazing cruise so far. Apologies to those who have been relying on this blog to follow our progress. A combination of internet access and laptop charging issues have meant that blog posts have been not as current as we would have hoped. We have now fixed the charging issue so hopefully good internet access will allow us to keep this up to date when we restart our cruise in February. We also post regularly to my Facebook page so you can seek us out on Facebook.
Having departed Moyo Island at 6:20am and travelled 54 NM we arrived at Gili Lawang at 4pm. The light was fading and the heavy cloud coverage didn't help so we could not see the reef that circled our preferred anchorage. After several attempts and nearly striking the reef we headed across the passage and anchored in a slightly rolly anchorage on the northern shore of Lombok Island.
After a relatively comfortable night we awoke to a stunning view with the sun risin…