Timor to Lombok
Trip Start Apr 26, 2005
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The last 10 days we have been sailing from west Timor in far eastern Nusa Tengarra islands that are part of Indonesia's massive archipelago of 17,OOO islands. We sailed on a 35 metres long ironwood schooner called the "Katharina". There was enough room for 14 guests to have their own toilet and shower - luxury!
This area of Indonesia is pretty hard to travel around independently - so this island hopping cruise really helped us to achieve a pioneer experience whilst enjoy some luxury with a happy & efficient crew to make our journey relaxing & enjoyable.
Our journey set off. from Kupang in West Timor stopping via Flores to Lombok on a number of deserted idyllic islands & beaches as well as some inhabited ones
Our fellow passengers included one French couple (living in Hong Kong}, a Hungarian/German couple and Ruth a 75 year old American who has travelled more in the last two years than most people travel in a lifetime. She was an old hand at these trips having taken various trips around teh area and she knew many of the crew quite well. I hope I am like her when I am her age - fantastic. The crew were great fun too in particular "Eddie Murphy" who look like him and was always laughing and messing around.
An average day consisted of waking up to find ourselves at new island, the boat usually sailed overnight, then a few hours of snorkelling/swimming, visiting a local village and a few more hours swimming or snorkelling..
The villages we visited are rarely visited by anyone other than fishermen. Some have not seen a tourist for 5 years
Snorkelling on these islands took us to pristine reefs, which teamed with fishes, turtles and rays. We even went swimming in a fresh water lake that was in the centre of a volcano.
The highlight of the trip was stopping to see the Komodo dragons. The beasts get huge, the longest we saw was about 10ft long, but didn't stop it moving at a frightening speed when chasing food. We are trying to find a map so that you can see the wonderful islands we visited - well worth a trip before the crowds find them...
Indonesia has really been fantastic, the people here have the best sense of humour, if Thailand is the land of smiles then this is the land of laughter.
We now have a few days left in Bali to catch up with Phil's cousin and then we are off to Borneo.