We joined the Wonderful Sail 2 Indonesia Rally
which means that our paperwork for Indonesia is assisted with
(It has been the most difficult paperwork to deal with in all our travels!)
(There are 68 boats on this rally)
We left Hope/Thursday Island for the journey which took us 5 days,
slowing ourselves down to ensure arrival in daylight.
We were very lucky, as many boats encounted lots of problems on the way here.
There were more fishing boats and nets than we have seen anywhere - a number of boats got tangled in nets, one boat lost their rudder.
We had 3 "hitchhikers" along the way, staying for a couple of days
On arrival, customs and Immigration were brought out to Our Rose by long boat
Once cleared, the local children came out
Recollection of our passports was completed ashore...
As you can see by all the smiles, everybody is incredibly friendly.
The town of Debut do not get tourists, so we are a real novelty!
S/V Sedna, S/V Chase The Cat and us decided to go touring so we organised a driver along with a English Speaking Guide (fondly known to us now as Captain Ron).
Cost for 6 hours for taxi and Captain Ron was the equivalent of $45 total!
We went to the markets
The children so excited to see us
Had a look at boatbuilding - they use 3 tools to build a boat!
Beautiful Cave Pools...
On the way to a beautiful lookout walk, this village was completing this for a religious ceremony
Here there are two prominent religions (that live in harmony together!)
Catholic and Muslim.
On the way to the lookout the church
And these statues
A beautiful beach, where we had dozens of people run up to us and want a photograph with us
The local children were "valet parking" for our dinghys
Local boats heading out
There was a huge welcome ceremony for us...
Then off we went for a school visit
Richard speaking indonesian to the class
This was one of the english lessons they do...
(My favourite song!)
These fishing structures are our amazing - out at sea they are very hard to see, as they are not well lit
We were so thrilled this morning and went out to greet the "rudderless yacht"
finally arrived after being rescued by other cruisers