For the first time since we joined the Sail2 Wonderful Indonesia Rally we sailed without the company of other boats on the overnight passage from Hoga Island to Lowoleba on Larantuka Island.
The passage was mostly uneventful – the seas were gloriously calm, we had a bright, almost three quarter moon and more wind than we were expecting although we did have to turn the motor on in the early hours.
The entry into Lowlebala on Larantuka was breathtaking for as you make landfall you see not one but two live and very imposing volcanos rising up on either side of the boat!
We arrived too late to go on the tour to a festival a two-hour drive away but hearing the stories of the wearing road trip on abominable roads in flat bed trucks with seats and a rudimentary cover, from those that did go, we weren’t sorry to have missed it.
While the crews of the other boats were away we walked several miles into the town along a hot, dusty road with massive holes and other hazards to surprise the unsuspecting tourist.
We bought some fishing tackle and “paket data” (credit) for our phones and then walked all the way back again. Fortunately, we arrived in one piece and there were cold beers on sale at a cafe near the dinghy park to our great relief!
In the evening we experienced the day’s transport which took us to the gala dinner in a hotel in the hills.
However, there were some excellent dancers and musicians playing instruments that we had not seen before, including a fabulous percussion orchestra composed of players hitting bamboo drums each tuned to a different note.
By 10.30 we were exhausted after our two-night sail so when one of the rally participants found a lift in a truck we gratefully hitched a ride!
We spent one more day in Lowlebala during which we organised our laundry and re provisioned with excellent fruit and veg at the local market.