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
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