Curiouser and curiouser

“If we look at a globe or a map of the Eastern hemisphere, we shall perceive between Asia and Australia a number of large and small islands. Situated upon the Equator, and bathed by the tepid water of the great tropical oceans, this region … teems with natural productions which are elsewhere unknown.” In 1860,…

Ode to FAD

Cruising through Indonesia In search of paradise Beware the floating piles of junk The dreaded fish-attracting-device! The FADs are lurking everywhere With bamboo to mark their spots Running into one at 5 knot speed Would cause damage to our yachts Deep or shallow it doesn’t matter They put them everywhere To entice the fish swimming…

Hairballs!

Bali is famous for its surf beaches, Jogjakarta is famous for its ancient temple, but the Lembeh Strait, in North Sulawesi where we anchored for the past week, is famous for hairy marine critters! And so divers from all over the world come to “muck dive” across the volcanic black sand to see all sorts…

MCM: Electroma Zebra

It’s marine critter Monday!! I spotted this week’s subject critter, the Electroma zebra (AKA delicate winged oyster), while snorkelling at Pulau Panjung in the Natuna Islands in Indonesia. They were tiny little blobs attached to some feather hydroids: They were approximately 1 cm in size, and the hydroids were flopping around in the current, so it took…

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…

Sawasdee Surins and Similans!

Sawasdee carp, greetings from the Surin and Similan Islands! Little islands dotted around the Andaman Sea that are rich with abundant marine life and amazing water clarity. As a marine-biologist-wannabe, I was in heaven! Surin Island tranquility As we arrived into Tranquil Bay in the Surin Islands [bold] we picked up one of the numerous Government…

Langkawi: where eagles (and sails!) soar

Lang is the (shortened) bahasa word for eagle and kawi means brown stone, so Langkawi, our current location, is named after the sea-eagles that are ubiquitous around these islands. As we sailed into the Langkawi island group, we spotted lots and lots of sea-eagles circling the limestone pinnacles that jut out of the sea. Brahminy…

Diving, snorkelling (and motoring) our way along Flores

We have spent the past 18 days transiting across the north coast of Flores, and without much wind, we’ve had to motor most of the time. In addition to the on-shore adventures we’ve been having like the village visits in Pulau Besar and the trip to Kelimutu volcano, one of the biggest highlights of Flores…

Hello Wakatobi!

“If you find that the heavenly beauty is in sight, all the potential was waiting and opened its heart, what are you waiting, we wait your presence in Wakatobi, the top ten tourism destination in Indonesia!” (Wakatobi tourism booklet) The Wakatobi region is actually four little islands in South Sulawesi: Wangi-Wangi, Kaledupa, Tomia, and Binongko….

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…

No, my name isn’t Nemo…

Marine Biology 101: Harlequin Sweetlip I was snorkelling at Orpheus Island (best snorkelling of the trip so far), when a bit of colour and movement caught my eye. A little clown-like fish was dancing around the coral. At first glance I thought it was an anemone fish (nemo), but on closer inspection, I realised it…

New crew in FNQ

After nearly 1200 nautical miles, we arrived in Cairns – our last big pitstop before commencing the rally to Indonesia. From Mourilyan Harbour, we spent a couple of rolly nights on mooring balls at Russell Island and Fitzroy Island (but got some snorkelling in at both) and then headed into Cairns. We berthed in the…