Disaster averted – relaxation and recharge 

We have just had the most amazing week of swimming, snorkelling, eating, drinking and generally relaxing, anchored off tiny Hoga Island in the Wakatobi Group. 

Birds on our approach to Hoga Island

After a near disastrous entry into this rather tricky-to-get-into island we made up for the stressful moments by staying for almost a week and relaxing totally.

  

Looks innocuous but getting over to those boats wasnt easy!
Boats in the Hoga Island anchorage

The snorkelling on the Hoga Island reef is spectacular. Even people who have dived on reefs all over the world were impressed with the vast variety of corals and the hordes of fish of every colour and pattern imaginable.

 

Crystal clear water
 
  
Apart from a couple of walks and some delicious lunches and sundowner drinks at the low-key dive resort, we only made one trip to land – to the much larger sland on the other side of the bay – to buy some food. 

 

The women on the bridge are buying fish from the ladies in the boats below
 
  
 
Shopping!
 
 
View from the dive resort. Life is tough.
 
 
 
Sundowners!
 
 

More sundowners
 
  
  
We also had a wonderful trip to the nearby Stilt Village which could only be reached by boat. A dive instructor from the resort was a resident of the stilt village and he took us round, introduced us to his very large extended family and answered all our questions.

  
  
  
  

  
It was great to have some time to relax and recharge although we were sorry to miss the festivities in Wanci due to the very shallow entrance there. As our keel is deeper than nearly all the boats on the rally, we weren’t willing to take the risk of running aground. It was a great excuse to stay put!

  

  
  

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Salty tales from Bali Hai

In 2015, after a break from cruising of almost 30 years, my husband and I sailed off into the sunset - this time to the wonderful Islands of Indonesia and beyond. Three years passed and we swapped sails for wheels driving through Scandinavia and Europe in a motor home. Now we are on the brink of another adventure - buying a Lagoon 420 Catamaran in Athens. This is our story.

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