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,…

Don’t mess with Melaka!

Here’s a photo diary of our one-day flying visit to the cool and historic town of Melaka (Malacca): Once a Sultanate, Melaka was first colonised by the Portuguese in the early 1500s; was lost to the Dutch in 1641; and it was ceded to the British in 1824. Now, tourists visiting Melaka troop around the…

Everyone needs to put Myanmar on their travel bucket list!

After three fabulous months in Thailand, we had a few spare weeks before we commenced our rally back to the east, so we tossed up a few options to fill the gap. We considered sailing to the Andaman Islands, but the bureaucracy got the better of us, so we decided to fly to Myanmar instead!…

Dancing goats and dragonboats in Penang

Amanda: Hey guys, wanna meet at the Penang Botanic Gardens? Wayne (SV Irie): We are dancing with goats at the moment. See you there at 12 o’clock. Amanda: And then you can tell us about the dancing goats…! It turns out The Dancing Goat is a coffee shop in Penang. A really average one actually:…

A missing girl in Ipoh

About 90 minutes drive from Pangkor is the city of Ipoh. Once a small village, then a wealthy tin-mining town, and now the regional capital of Perak, we were enticed by its reputation for awesome street food, cool cave temples, and overall good vibe. So we grabbed a hire car and hit highway 5 for…

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…

Sailing to the Spice Islands

The fleet sailed out of Debut, destined for the second rally stop, the famous Spice Islands of Banda! The Banda Sea, which we were traversing for approximately 175 NM, is extremely deep (more than 5000m) in places and is inky black. It’s hard to catch a fish in so much water, so we didn’t have…

Something for Everyone

Forget the wet windy Whitsundays! If you are looking for tropical island paradise, you’ll find it and plenty more at Magnetic Island. There’s something for everyone on Maggie. For the sailors, there’s a very calm anchorage in Horseshoe Bay which offers good holding and great protection from the SE trade winds. There’s no sign of…

On the trail of the ‘vanishing people’

WHITSUNDAY NGARO SEA TRAIL Long ago, in the dreamtime, before the land and people, there was only the vast blue of the sea and a huge snake, the rainbow serpent. One day, the rainbow serpent passed through the water laying her eggs as she went, which created the islands. The islands were rich with seafood:…

I saw a dugong!

I finally saw a freakin’ dugong! Despite being a bit fanatical about marine critters, I had previously never been in the right place and time to see a sea-cow. But my luck finally changed during an early morning paddle across to Round Island. I was paddling back to Urangan when I spotted what I first…