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Two Layovers in Japan: Traditional and Modern

While flying between the United States and Indonesia we had few good flight options.  We were leaving Starry Horizons at Medana Bay Marina on the island of Lombok, a short flight away from Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali’s international airport.  We finally settled on the cheapest two-layover option we could find, opting not to take a…

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Visiting the Emergency Room in Labuan Bajo

Indonesia seems to be hitting the cruisers rather hard.  While many have come down with occasional cases of “Bali belly”, others have had more serious issues.  I woke up one morning in Pasarwajo with some troubling symptoms – not debilitating, but concerning. The first thing we did was WebMD the symptoms, and I was feeling…

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7 Days with Komodo Dragons & Manta Rays in Indonesia

One of the highlights of our entire time in Indonesia was coming to Komodo National Park to see the wildlife.  This park is much more prestine than other places we’ve been and we enjoyed it so much. About Flores and Komodo National Park Located west of Flores Island and east of Sumbawa Island, the Komodo…

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Festival Pesona Indonesia Budaya Tua Buton

The highlight of our rally so far has been attending the Festival Pesona Indonesia Budaya Tua Buton (Buton’s Festival of Traditional Culture) in Pasarwajo in the Buton Regency.  Pesona Indonesia, the Indonesian tourism board, holds the Pesona Indonesia festivals around the country every year to promote the traditional culture and tourism.  Lucky for us, the…

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Hoga Island, Wakatobi National Park

After spending 5 nights in Banda exploring the Spice Islands and diving we took off for a 375 nm sail to Hoga Island, a small island in the Wakatobi National Park in South Sulawesi, Indonesia.  Wakatobi is a portmanteau (a new word for me!) of the four main islands in the group: Wangi-wangi, Kaledupa, Tomia, and Binongko.  Hoga is…

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Banda Neira, Indonesia – the Spice Islands

After a leisurely time in Walir, we made our way over to Banda Neira, the second stop for the rally. We’d spent so long in Walir that most of the rally boats had left. That was just fine with us. Docking in Banda Neira Slow Flight was still in Banda Neira and they greeted us…

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Walir, Indonesia in Pictures

After the business of clearing into Debut, Indonesia with the Wonderful Sail 2 Indonesia Rally, we were ready for a break.  Several cruising boats opted to stop at Walir Island, in between Debut and Banda, the next rally stop.   Watch the Video: Sea Cucumber in Walir Watch the Video: Quiet Time in Walir Pin…