08:45.63S 115:09.48E Jimbaran Bay, Bali
Tuesday September 25, 2018
Hello Lisanne friends !
As we had a couple of weeks to hang around Lombok/Bali to wait for crew changes etc. we decided to do a land tour to see a bit more of this beautiful country. It was myself and Charles and Nicky from Calliope. First we flew over to Makassar on South Sulawesi. There we went by car up to the Toraja highlands. This is a very different place from the coastal villages. Green and lush and a bit cool in the night. People seem to live a very good life here. There are traditional houses, for storage of rice.
We were invited to a traditional funeral which we attended with very mixed feelings. They sacrificed animals and as the deceased was a wealthy person they killed 24 water buffaloes and 48 pigs and all the funeral guests watched this. We didn’t appreciate it and left real soon. But the rest of the funeral was really nice and we saw when they carried the coffin to the grave chamber and shared their lunch afterwards.
We also visited a cattle market and local school and did a couple of hikes in the beautiful surroundings before we left Toraja.
Next destination was Raja Ampat in the North East of Indonesia. This is one of the world´s best dive areas. We stayed three days in Waiwo dive resort and did some really great dives. Max, our dive leader and his team did everything they could to show us the best dive sites in raja Ampat and we really appreciated it. Chrystal clear water and an abundance of fish and nice coral.
After we returned to Lisanne we have mainly been sailing around Bali. We stopped a couple of days at Gili Trawangan which is a meeting place for young people who like to party as well as dive and snorkel. It was badly destroyed by the recent earthquake. But people have returned already and it was business as usual although with less people than in the past. Lembongan Island just nearby was also a great place. The water there was extremely clear due to the south setting cold current.
We are now anchored at Jimbaran Bay in Denpasar, Bali. It´s a great anchorage and we´ll stay here a couple of days to provision and prepare the boat for the sailing north towards Borneo.
Tongkonans, traditional houses in Toraja Daughter and sister of the deceased
Sacrifice of water buffaloes Carrying the coffin
Alangs for rice storage. Water buffaloes, about 3000 $ each.
Or maybe a pig ? Nicky our schoolteacher
Let´s go diving Max our divemaster
So many schools of fish Chrystal clear water
Nice lunch break Piaynemo islands Raja Ampat
Quite a view Bintang ( star) bay
Lisanne at Gili Trawangan Rubble from the earthquake, sad !
Silence of the Oceans ceremony Fishermen racing home