Postcards from Raja Ampat

I finally made it to Raja Ampat, the “four kings” of Indonesia! And it totally lives up to the hype. There aren’t enough superlatives to adequately describe this place, so here are a few postcard pics from our adventures through beautiful Raja Ampat so far: The magic began right away:  as we sailed into Raja…

Lunar-cy in Kudat

The sky has been putting on some pretty cool shows in the last week. We had the full moon lunar eclipse which lasted five hours and turned the moon ruby-red, the delta aquarids meteor shower throwing out some big shooting stars, and the sun that refused to be left out by setting in spectacular fashion….

On passage to Borneo

We are currently in the Anambas Islands in Indonesia and internet coverage is terrible (apparently someone stole the fibre optic cable!) Anyway a longer update will have to wait til we get somewhere with better coverage. Our overnight passage from mainland Malaysia was a mixed bag. We were farewelled by a huge storm, and just…

A big dose of vitamin sea

After the murky waters of the Malacca Strait, and shore excursions to Myanmar and around mainland Malaysia, we were overdue for some vitamin sea. Fortunately the Johor Islands along Malaysia’s east coast obliged. Actually the Johor Islands were a pleasant surprise. A little cluster of islands ringed with great beaches and fringing reefs, with welcoming…

Sunset with a twist!

The sun has set on our time in Thailand. Too quickly our visas ran out and it was time to head back to Malaysia. But as we were enjoying our final Thai sunset, parked by ourselves on a mooring ball at Koh Adang, we were treated to a last bit of Thai magic: a small…

One year cruising!

Happy cruising anniversary to us. We cast off the lines and left Scarborough Marina at 4am one year ago! In that year, we’ve covered more than 6000 nautical miles across several seas and four countries. How do you distil a whole year into one post? It’s a bit tough, with all the awesome adventures we’ve had;…

Safe as houses in the Malacca Strait

“A century ago, and for more than half a century before that, piracy was rife in the Malayan seas. … The Archipelago was split up into countless petty kingdoms and each rajah was the commander-in-chief of a pirate fleet. … A thousand rivers gave them hiding-places whence the swift warboats could dash out … and…

A change of pace in Johor

Puteri Harbour (our first stop in Malaysia) was a big change of pace! After three months in Indonesia, it was both strange and refreshing to be parked (at anchor) in a marina beside high rise buildings and shops and stuff. We hadn’t been in a marina since we left Cairns in July! We didn’t waste…

Gee, 90 days go quick!

It feels like just yesterday that we were arriving into the little Indonesian port town of Debut after five days sailing across the Arafura Sea. But 90 days, 2200 NM and 30+ islands later, we are anchored in Tanjungpinang, and with the rally wrapped up and our port clearances done, we are preparing to sail…

Ring of Fire

SUMBAWA – LOMBOK – GILI ISLANDS – BALI It’s pretty cool to be able to park your boat next to a volcano… “Precariously located above the grinding and mashing of tectonic plates, and ringed by a chain of fire-breathing volcanoes,”* Indonesia is located along part of the “ring of fire”, one of the most volatile…

Dear (passage) diary

Here’s a short journal of our recent 210NM, 32 hour passage from Namrole, Buru to Wanci, Wakatobi. The alarm goes off at 0145. The calculations we have made of wind, tide and distance have dictated an early start to ensure we arrive at Wanci when there is enough tide to cross the little pass in…

500 miles … Cairns to TI!

CAIRNS – LOW ISLES – COOKTOWN – LIZARD ISLAND – CAPE MELVILLE – MARGARET BAY – ESCAPE RIVER – CAPE YORK – HORN ISLAND/THURSDAY ISLAND After nearly two weeks in Cairns finishing off the big boat jobs and doing final preparation, we set sail to complete the final leg of the Queensland coast: 500 nautical…