The island of Banda - 30th July to 3rd August
The island of Banda – 30th July to 3rd August
Astra arrived into Banda at 4pm on the 30th and dropped anchor in a large bay with approximately 40 other yachts. The anchorage was very scenic with a large volcano towering over the island. The island was a complete contrast to Tual. We were free to do as we wished and explore at our own leisure.
We befriended a large powerboat, Georgia II, owned by a group of Australian pub owners during our time on the island. During the first night on the island, the boys went out for dinner with the owners and crew from the boat. The boat seemed to be the centre of attention for nightly parties over the next few days. Saturday, 1st August (Sally’s pre birthday night) saw a huge party lasting right through the night onboard the powerboat. The owner was kind enough to provide alcohol to everyone onboard with Sally managing to obtain an endless supply of champagne. Sally’s 49th Birthday was celebrated in style whilst dancing and meeting dozens of other yachties from all over the world.
all partying during our time on the
We made a couple of snorkeling trips to a lava flow from the recently active volcano on the island. The lava field had made its way into the sea causing an abundant coral garden just below sea level. The snorkeling here was extremely impressive and the visibility was superb. The dinghy ride from Astra’s anchorage to this site was very scenic, however very long and with 5 of us in the dinghy; it took around 30 minutes just to reach this snorkelling site.
our time on Banda we met a bunch of people from the two yachts, Felicity (Loz and Lachy) and Layaleeta (Les, Sky, Trent, Dam, Anny
and Katie) who were following each