Currently in Menado Sulawesi Indonesia
We left Brisbane
1 year ago, cruising up the QLD coast to Thursday Island. Our first overseas port was Merauke, Irian Jaya. It is possible to check in there but not recommended.
We cruised along the southern coast of West Papua, water
was very shallow, mud and little or no wind
. Natives are OK but not very friendly.
We got held up by West Papuans and they demanded 400 million ruphiah, I settled for 40 million (pirates?)
At Kaimana the water
was clearer, blue and the coastline beautiful limestone.
Nobody speaks any English
here, so communication is difficult. Internet
is also very poor.
Everthing is very cheap
but there is very little to buy.
After leaving Sorong we entered Indonesia
proper, which was better, people are very friendly, ( it helps to give them some alcohol.) Even the Muslims ask for alcohol, I said to one "but you are Muslim" who do not drink, his answer was "but I am only a little bit Muslim" no meat is available other than chicken but plenty of fish
,to buy and buying fuel
We got as far as Bitung/Menado and were informed that my Pension was suspended because the Australian government
had changed the rules and now required that we live permantly in Australia
We decided to come home so we put the boat into a 40 ft container ( which the boat was designed to do from the beginning) we have sent it to Brisbane
(cost US $4,000) see attachments.
This is not the place for a monohull
are not accurate, the water is shallow and there is no wind
I will supply more information over the next few weeks, any questions please ask.
All though it was an experience I would not recommend it or do it again.