From Komodo to Java.

Our last report was from the Medana Bay marina on Lombok. We called in at Gili Air on the way to Lovina Bay in the north of Bali. Michelle our daughter, has spent some time surfing in the Gili’s and highly recommended a visit to these islands. Ironically, she and Karen her sister, was in the heat and dust of the Burning Man festival in the USA, during our visit to these islands.

Gili Air – no motorised transport!

Gili Air anchorage.

Esprit enroute to Bali.

We arrived in Lovina Bay to renew our 3 month visas for Indonesia. Our Sydney friends, Ron and Michelle Watson, arrived the next day to join us for some sailing and R&R. The visas took five days to process, but the welcoming parties for the Lovina Bay Festival kept us fully occupied.

Annie and Michelle.

Ron, our new six pack barman.

Mr & Miss Lovina Bay Festival 2017.

Ladies, all dressed up.

Gents, also in their best.

Yachties, in their best.

Eric from Seattle, looking like a local.

Lovina Bay locals welcoming us with a dance on the beach.

Beautiful ladies on parade.

Very good kids band.

These girls were excellent twirling their flags.

Traffic jam.

Mick, Annie & Dirk at the selfie seat.

Fashionable teenagers strutting their stuff.

While these kids are making mud cakes.

Creating awareness for recycling!

Lovina Beach wall sculpture.

Buddhist/Hindu prayer posts everywhere.

After receiving our visas, we backtracked to Lombok island to show them the southern Gilis  (Gede and Asahan) and northern Gili islands and visit Medana Bay.

Gili Gede.

First customers at a pub on Gili Gede.

View from the pub.

Hoola Hoop resort on Gili Asahan.

Drinks at Gili Air.

The young lovers in front of us.

To remind us of our age – the Stones mural at a music venue.

Aji the driver took us to some spectacular waterfalls near Medana Bay and also to an Elephant and wildlife park. After this we visited Gili Air where we enjoyed some good food and music. Unfortunately, the Watson’s had to catch a ferry back to Bali after 10 days on board, but hopefully they will join us again in Thailand.

On our way to the waterfalls.

Adam and Eve.

Ron and Annie had to swim.

Walking back through the Dutch built irrigation tunnel.

Park entrance.

Annie and some birds.

Ron, the snake handler.

Less dangerous feeding an elephant.

Agile monkeys.

You call that a day bed? Annie calls this a day bed.

We are now working our way across Java up to Karimunjawa to re-join the rally. There will be a number of overnight sail legs and we will report on these in our next post.