Farewells and reunions – it’s life

Life is full of sad farewells but also many – and often unexpected – happy reunions. It was with a tinge of sadness that we spent our last few days with the crew of Yantara after four months of travelling together before they headed to Rebak Island Marina to prepare their boat for a few weeks break in Sydney, Australia. But then we were surprised and delighted to hear that my former work colleague and great friend was joining the crew of Bali Hai for a week.

drawn breaks over Langkawi
Loving this hilly view of Langkawi

Back in one of our favourite places – Telaga Harbour

We had been sailing with Yantara as a buddy boat for exactly four months and enjoyed too many wonderful moments to count, had several dramas and boat repairs, seen some magnificent sights, visited many deserted islands, delighted in meeting islanders who had rarely experienced visiting yachts, witnessed breathtaking sunsets and sunrises and relished many a convivial meal and of course, sundowners galore.

Telaga sunsets are hard to beat

Been past Kapal Layar Seafood restaurant with a boat on its roof many times and finally got to have a meal there.

A lovely meal with the crew of Yantara at Kapal Layar
Yantara at anchor in the fisherman’ anchorage not far from Cenang Beach

Farewell Yantara

But then fate sent our lovely friend from Brisbane and we had a perfect week together. The weather – which had been decidedly off the previous week with rain, high winds and choppy seas – was brilliant for the whole of her stay.

The weather before our friend from Brisbane arrived

The weather for the entire week our friend stayed

We stopped in some of the prettiest anchorages in Langkawi, visited deserted beaches and nearly had our bag stolen by a clever monkey, swam off the back of the boat, ate delicious meals in Telaga Harbour and other restaurants, had acupuncture treatments and massages, were serenaded by an Australian band on jet skis, and had lots of long chats over a wine or two.

Welcome breakfast at the Smiling Buffalo near Ceneng Ferry

A visit to the acupuncturist set us up for the week

Our own private beach but beware of naughty monkeys!

Happy to see each other!

We like putting our guests to work!

But we let them to relax too

One of our favourite anchorages near Pulau Dayang Bunting

The view is even better with Bali Hai in front of it

Spot the monkey

Early morning round the corner from the Lake of the Pregnant Maiden
The Lake of the Pregnant Maiden

Dusky leaf langurs climbing up a sheer rock face at the Lake of the Pregnant Maiden

We had to wade through flooded water at some points on the board walk

Being serenaded by Aussie band Sam, Sam but different

Stunning sunset on last night at anchor

We finished up the week in Rebak Marina where we enjoyed the beautiful pool and swim up bar, a special Diwali dinner and just relaxing in the resort.

The beautiful pool at the resort on Rebak Island
Chefs in discussion before the Diwali dinner at the Rebak Island resort

Gourmet Indian food at the Diwali celebrations
On Rebak Island
At Chenang Jetty near the ferry

Waiting for the ferry just watching the sun go down
Coming into land over Rebak Island
Last drinks at Mangoes before the flight home

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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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