Komodo National Park - 9th to 14th September
brought his girlfriend Jennifer back from
That evening, we decided to move out of the mangrove channel to avoid the mosquito’s that would have plagued us throughout the night if we had chosen to stay. We tied up to a mooring buoy around the corner, had dinner aboard Astra and played cards that evening.
following morning, we motored through some very strong and unpredictable
currents to a bay off the
During the morning of the 11th, we sailed approximately 20Nm back to the isle of Rinca in a channel by Cannonball Rock. We anchored relatively close to the shore so decided to deploy a stern anchor which was dropped further out into the channel. We took a couple of diving/snorkelling trips that day to the stunning dive site around the rock where we saw turtles and amazing coral and marine life. Jennifer and Liam swam ashore where they were confronted by two Komodo Dragons at either end of the beach. One of them started walking after them and forced Jennifer and Liam to swim into the sea. We later learned that a few dragons had recently chased a deer into the sea where they drowned it (not good to know that they can swim fast). That evening, it was a very long game of scrabble followed by an excellent pork dinner prepared by Charlie.
up relatively early on the morning of the 12th to drag the stern
anchor back aboard and sail to
On their way back to Astra, the four of them went on a short cruise along the coastline and saw deer, goats and pigs along the beaches and hills. When we returned, Sally and Jennifer were trying their luck at fishing off the back of Astra. The girls made us curry that evening which was followed by a film.
crept out of the pass on the morning of the 13th and continued our
motor up the east coast of Komodo to search for some Manta Rays which proved
impossible to find. We ended up
floating by Batu Bolong rock with Jeremy on Astra and Liam and Jenny in the dinghy
whilst Sally and the boys took a dive on the leeward side of the rock (the
currents were rapid either side of the rock). We then motored around the corner north
of Komodo to number 40 anchorage in the “101 Anchorages in
We spent most of the afternoon aboard Astra and towards sunset, Sally, Oliver, Jennifer and Liam took a fishing/snorkelling trip to Cystal Rock roughly half a mile offshore. They caught a fish trawling around the rock but decided it was too small to eat. They also reported back that the snorkelling around the rock looked impressive and recommended a dive trip to the site the following day. That night, the anchorage was very rough and everyone was kept awake with the rolling when Astra swung sideward to the swell.
After a very rough nights sleep, Sally woke Oliver, Liam and Jennifer to take a diving trip to Crystal Rock. Sally and Oliver dived around the rock while Liam and Jennifer looked after the dinghy and snorkelled. Both parties had an excellent time with the divers seeing numerous sharks and good quality coral whilst the snorkelers saw sharks and pod of dolphins which swam to within 20 feet! Sally and the boys then free-dived down to 20 metres next to Astra and saw 7 devil rays whilst snorkelling. Oliver and Jeremy carried out jobs on Astra whilst the other four went snorkelling to the pass in between Komodo and Gili Lawa Laut-Rinca. On the way to the pass, they came across a large Manta Ray with a wingspan of around 8 feet. On the way back to Astra, they took a rather large de-tour and went snorkelling around Castle Rock some way out to sea.
Shortly after that, Jeremy, Oliver and Liam went diving
with Keith from Baccus to Crystal
Rock where they came very close to a couple of sharks and a turtle. All four really enjoyed the dive, with
Keith extremely happy to go diving with someone else. Around sunset, Sally and Jeremy went
ashore for ‘sun-downers’ with the other yachts in the anchorage. Upon their return to Astra, the dinghy came aboard and we
prepared for the sail west towards
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