Blog 42. Wednesday 31 July. Banda. 04.17.21S 128.40.41E
Fri 9 Aug 2019 03:16
After that, no problems and a very pleasant night sail with the sea an eerie milky blue, apparently with plankton. Bill, who is definitely our best look out spotted 2 Whales and we had the company of other rally yachts all night and next morning. Getting into the anchorage at Banda was very easy and we anchored in 20 meters with plenty of swinging space in the channel between Banda Naira and Banda Besar.
The main anchorage at Bandar, with the yachts all off Bandar Besar.
The alternative to the channel between the islands, stern to Med style in the lagoon between Pulau Gunungapi and Pulau Naira. Much calmer but very deep, hotter and more mosquitoes!
We arrived the day before the official welcome and had an explore of the town and an impromptu supper at Cilu Bitang Estate, hotel and restaurant. A really good 3 course meal meal with lots of Indonesian dishes for RP150,00 per head or approximately £8.60. Boat cooks very happy!
The next few days were the usual busy schedule of official welcome, including a canoe race for the three village canoes that agreed to take rally participants for a very wet row. Skipper and wife and Ship’s boy were all on a neighbouring village canoe which, with a small head start, definitely won. Diplomacy to the for, all three were considered winners and prizes given accordingly.
The local drummers who opened the welcome ceremony.
The Banda Naira racing canoe with it’s proper crew.
It rained most of the opening ceremony morning and as we were going to spend the afternoon visiting a spice farm, we elected to buy local T shirts to keep warm. After another excellent meal we went on the Spice Farm tour. This was really worth doing, with a boat ride to Bandar Besar, then a pillion motor bike ride, a first for the Skipper’s Wife and Ship’s Boy who were somewhat nervous. Rather like riding a horse for the first time when you have no idea how to stay balanced and have no control.
Our transport up the hill to the spice village
Nutmeg on a tree in the village.
Nutmeg being dried on the village street.
As usual, too many photographs to send in one blog, so to be continued.
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