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Lingga and Riau

Penuba, Lingga, Equator, Benan, Bintan – Tanjung Pinang 25th October to 5th November These islands are all within Riau Province, Lingga Islands and Riau Islands being two groups within the Province. The former are little visited: to quote from the … Continue reading

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Belitung to Bangka

Belitung, Gelasa, Bangka 18th to 24th October Before leaving the island of Belitung and its remarkable islets of massive granite boulders, we visit a newly opened butterfly farm – so new that we visit on its very first day. Alex, … Continue reading

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Kalimantan to Belitung

Kumai, Kalimantan, and Belitung 6th to 17th October The sail from Bawean to Kumai in Central Kalimantan was marred by running aground near high tide on a lee shore near the river’s bar. Even with very capable help from fellow … Continue reading

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Bali to Bawean

Bali, Menjangan, Raas, Bawean 19th September to 5th OctoberThe days pass very quickly, as we meander our fabulous route across central and now western Indonesia. The staggering variety, colour, diversity and beauty of these islands coupled with the warmth and … Continue reading

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Nusa Tenggara

Flores, Sumbawa, Komodo, Lombok 1st to 18th September Nusa Tenggara (Southeast Islands) forms part of the lesser Sunda Islands. It’s one of the world’s most geologically active areas, the recent Lombok earthquake and backdrop of volcanos a reminder of that. … Continue reading

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Southeast Sulawesi

Wakatobi and Buton and Bonerate Wangi-Wangi (Wanci), Hoga and Buton (Pasar Wajo), Kalaotoa and Bonerate 12th to 31st August (Above place names may be meaningless to you. We’ve not even touched the main island of Sulawesi, the world’s 11th largest … Continue reading

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Central Molucca

Central Maluku Banda Islands (Neira, Gunung Api, Banda Besar, Run, Ai), Saparua, Molana 1st to 11th August (A note on the names above: Maluku is the Indonesian word for Moluccas; the Banda Islands (the core of the Spice Islands) are … Continue reading

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Indonesia – SE Mollucca

  Kai Islands, S E Maluku (Kai Kecil, Utir, Tayandu) 17th to 31st July  From Horn Island at the very top of Queensland, Australia, we sailed fast enough with genoa alone for the 700 odd miles to reach Indonesia five … Continue reading

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Australia

Cairns to Thursday Island 27th June to 16th July Australia is of course vast, utterly gigantic. After three weeks I’ve seen next to nothing, just a tiny slither of coastal far North Queensland, about 500 miles of it. Not a … Continue reading

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Chesterfield Reef

Noumea to Cairns 8th to 26th June Horrid weather in Noumea doesn’t last long and soon became fine dry sunny weather. And so, with departure paperwork done and a couple of fresh baguettes, I left for Australia. Alas! The wind … Continue reading

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