Feeling like film stars!

Our first morning in Sambas, in West Kalimantan on the Indonesian side of the island of Borneo, we woke up to grey skies and a little rain but that didn’t dampen the spirits of the local people or the welcome we received. 

But of a grey old morning

From early morning onwards we had people passing by the boat in tiny ferries which were groaning with motorbikes and passengers, heading for the other side of the river. Everyone waved and yelled greetings as they went passed and the ferries came ever closer so everyone could get a better look!

The early morning ferry goes by

Just after nine am four members of the Water Police arrived in their bright blue uniforms to check on us, look at our paperwork and have a peek at the boat. 

Out comes the boat stamp and all the paperwork!

In actual fact we had cleared immigration, customs etc at Nongsa Point Marina on Batam Island and had already received Port clearance from the Harbour Master. However, having yachts arrive in Sambas was obviously quite a novelty and everyone but everyone was curious. And of course, everyone wanted photos – including the Water Police!

Good photo opportunity!
The men in blue. Onwards and upwards.

The ferries kept coming and in fact seemed to make a slight diversion from their usual route just so everyone could have a sticky beak at us!

The ferries started from near to where we were anchored

A little later, Muriman, the Harbour Master arrived at the boat – this time very smartly dressed in his official uniform. 

Muriman the Harbour Master in full dress uniform
The Harbour Master desperately wanted a sailing boat

Muriman very kindly offered to organise a car for us to go to the market in Sambas town. By the time we got there however, most of the vegetable stalls were closed but we were able to get a few fresh items to keep scurvy at bay!

In the market

More people wanting photos. They don’t see many tourists in Sambas.

We also tried to find a laundry but the only one we could find appeared to be closed. 

Plenty of washing machines but no one to operate them.

After shopping and an early dinner with the crews of S/V Matilda and S/V Yantara, our driver was very keen to take us home to meet his family. 

At the home of our driver- more photos!

Again, there were many, many photos taken. Photos sitting down, photos standing up, photos in the kitchen, photos in front of the “hello kitty” cupboard, photos in the living room, photos outside the front door!

The Hello Kitty cupboard
Experiencing the local tipple. Mmmmm.

Feeling well and truly like film stars we were finally allowed to leave and get back to our boats for a much needed sleep!

Lots of goodies on offer to celebrate Eid – the end of Ramadan

Yet more photos!

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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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