A nasty roll and now for Something (Completely) Different

Inglis Island was a paradise but on the second day a nasty roll had set in around sunset. 

Beauty can be uncomfortable!

Quite apart from the uncomfortable rocking, we also had the waves banging loudly against the bow of the boat. This potentially could have kept us awake during the night but we all slept so well after the plethora of seafood (and accompanying beverages) we had consumed that day. 

This feast helped us through the night

 

We decided to leave quite early for Havelock Island the following morning as being in a rolly anchorage is really no fun at all. 

A tourist boat as we approach Havelock Island
The trip was uneventful but as we approached Havelock Island we did notice signs of tourism that we hadn’t seen at all over the previous days – passenger ferries, dive boats, a couple of kayakers.  

One of the large ferry boats that ply between Port Blair and Havelock Island
We anchored in Laccum Harbour very close to the “Completely Different” restaurant that Quintessa and Beach House had discovered previously. 

Something Different’s menu

The tide was out and there was quite a lot of dead coral and rocks in the shallows and on the beach so landing our dinghies was a little fraught but we managed. 

The Quintessa crew negotiated a lift in the small tourist bus at Completely Different into the local village (known as village No. 5) where we stocked up on fruit and veg, some of which was grown on the island. There was also a great little supermarket that sold tonic water (by Sch you know who) and some reasonably priced nuts. 

The market place
Lovely fresh fruit and vegetables!
Just over the road from the store was a stall which was selling powder paint and water pistols for use during the Holi (Spring festival) when it is the custom to “play” with family and friends by throwing bright coloured paints over each other and then soaking the colours with water!

Holi paint-amazing colours!

So we all bought some in preparation for celebrations on 13 March. 

We then all piled into a truck and drove to a beach (No 2 Beach) which was quite OK but not exceptional (perhaps we had just been too spoilt over the past week). 

Walking down to No. 2 Beach

No.2 Beach

We wandered back down the road and what should catch our our eyes but a sign saying “Bar” – open 11.30 am to 11.30 pm. 

We all trooped in and cheerfully asked “do you have beer?”. “No sorry no beer”. “Oh, Ok how about wine?” Same reply. 

The Red Snapper restaurant near No.2 Beach
We sat down anyway as the place had a good ambiance – thatched roof, open sided, checked tablecloths etc. 

“How about a gin and tonic” someone said. “Ooh yes good idea!” “Oh sorry no tonic”. “No problem, we have just bought tonic at the supermarket!” – “Sorry no gin” was the reply. 

Trying to get a drink was a bit of a mission!
Meanwhile someone else has a go. ‘”Is there any way you can get some beer?” “We have beer but only in small bottles Sir.”

Triumphant smiles!
Then the beers arrive and we even manage to get a vodka for our no beer drinking companion. Ah well, TII (This Is India)!
Cheers
Cheers!
We enjoyed a very good fish curry between us and the others also had a light lunch as we were reconvening for an early dinner dinner in a short time. We took tuk tuks back to our anchorage and went back to our yachts for a siesta before dinner. 

We had a magnificent meal at a Beachside Cafe called Something Different. Although the ambiance wasn’t brilliant (barn like, lots of tables) the service and the food were magnificent. 

And now for something completely different (apologies to Monty Python)
We were especially impressed with the staff who were cheerful, friendly, well trained and served our food unobtrusively and with skill. 

Best of all, the food all came together so that the ten people there were able to all eat together which is something so many places just don’t get! The best service we have come across in SE Asia – and certainly better than in many places we went to in Delhi recently which claim to be “top notch” restaurants. 

Affagato – delicious!

Although the ambiance of the main restaurant was nothing to get excited about there were some very special tables on the beach – two tables dressed with white and pink table linen, beautifully lit with candles and lamps – perfect for a romantic dinner for two. 

There were also a couple of tents where the diners sat on cushions at a low table with a view of waving palms and the ocean, and ate to the sound of waves breaking gently on the beach. Very romantic!
Our evening ended perfectly with that sensational Italian confection – Affogata – ice cream drowned in strong expresso coffee and frangellico (AKA “special tea”). 

Disappearing act!

A perfect end to another perfect day. 
  

If you would like to read more about our adventures in the Andaman Islands go to:

https://dotsailing.wordpress.com/2017/05/01/3587/

Or read my previous blog update at:
https://dotsailing.wordpress.com/2017/04/24/total-tranquility-fishing-bare-handed-and-living-like-kings/

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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.

4 thoughts on “A nasty roll and now for Something (Completely) Different”

  1. The ‘no beer’ bar reminds me of the Monty Pythin cheese sketch…just the right partner to the ‘Something Different’ restaurant!

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