For everybody who does not understand the title, Vanuatu is beautiful, like a rough untempered diamond.
It is incredible.
I feel like i have been transported to jurassic park or lord of the rings. The rough beauty of this place is breath taking!
We arrived in Espiritu Santo on the 4. of november and visisted the Blue Hole, a lagoon in midst of the mangroves. The ride through the forest, i am afraid my vocabulary of complete awe is limited, was incredible. It looks so untouched, you expect dinosaurs to appear around the corner. At the blue hole, we had loads of fun with a rope swing that was connected to one of the trees from Avatar.
From E. Santo we went to see pentecost, where we anchored next to some dugongs, beautiful creatures. We had a long walk through a paradisical island, little villages, crystal clear streams, coconut trees (i just love them 🙂 ) and lava rocks. (please forgive me, i just list this stuff as if it was nothing, but its just so many cool things that happen here) We picked up some hermit crabs which we raced in the evening.
After that we had a short crossing to the next island, Ambrym with two active volcanos.
We climbed one of them.
The trip that was expected t take 8h took us 12 instead…11h of straight walking. I voluteered to carry the camaera eqippment of our filmmaker…lets just say it was quite a workout 🙂 but the view was unique, we saw plants which should be extinct and a vulcano, sadly it was very foggy while we were up there, so no lava, instead we had “lord of the rings”- atmosphere… but we could see the glow of the boiling rocks from our boat.
We also went to see the Custom Kastom dancing, which turned out to be a tourist trap, but who cares the dancing itself was quite cool. The dancers stomped so heavy the floor was vibrating.
Yesterday we had a short stop in a bay with fantastic coral, the most alive we have seen in a while.
It is quite scary to see all this coral dying everywhere. The whole aquatic ecosystem is based on them. Without corals there are no breeding grounds for fish, without fish there is major trouble.
It is 12o’clock, we now suffer the effects of the global warming made in the 60ies, the worst is still to come. (excuse my pessimistic worldview, i can’t help it)
We had a big ocean passage.
One week not seeing land, a rolling boat, seasickness (which also comes in headache and lethargy, for all of you who think dizzyness is not enough 🙂 ), Dolphins and a big storm…like big big (our sail ripped while going 10 knots)
The internet here is really bad and limited so you have to be satisfied with many smaller pictures and a lot of less text 😉
I really enjoy being on a sailboat, it is a little commune with its own microcosmos, children and everything you can imagine.
Selfmade bread and granola for the win!
We are on the way, away from the sloppedy slob of the dry dock, towards cleaner clearer waters.
So far we haven’t had a chance to sail but that is surely to come.
Even though it has only been 6 days we already had a small storm, saw luminescent dolphins (at night time they leave a trail of activated algae which looks amazing..also it was the first time that i saw dolphins this close), went free-diving ( i saw a manta ray and the shadow of a thresher shark…it was so exiting) had nice jam sessions, changed my sleeping pattern to 3 naps a day, was pulled on a rope at 5-6 knots through the water and had my first time breathing underwater in a SCUBA gear.
I am having a great time.
ruben goes down
steering time at the helm
good music = good moods
our name and logo
our boat cat
sherif at the helm
floaty the traveler crab equipped with a new sail and fresh food
my first little storm
just chillin at the anchor chain
suddenly a load of fisher boats popped up everywhere
marbles our boat cat
i should become a windows background photograph
saving floaty the traveler crab
to infinity and…. below
a mahagony pipe i build…the S/V infinity
one half of the food shopping…23 people for 6 month..only fruit are bought fresh
Tomorrow we will go to Surgao and i will try to go surfing for the first time in my life, and then we make a six day passage to the diving heaven of Palau…to see big manta rays.
I feel like i am caught in a dream.
Why is not everybody doing this?
p.s. I feel so healthy, yoga in the morning, push-ups during the day, standing and sitting straight, vegetarian food, warm weather…great
p.p.s. now i just need my instruments back that somebody forgot in a bus and everything would be perfect…but maybe its good that they are not there, because if so something else would probably have been messed up 🙂
i kept telling me that i should write something again, but as always in moments like this, watching an episode of “Game of Thrones” is way more relaxing than writing a blog entry 😉
Ok quick update: I left Vietnam.
I am in the Philippines now, on the Island of Cebu. ‘
Doing a refit on a boat called Infinity.
I met Clemens, our captain, in Phuket for the first time, we decided to meet again here.
Some Pictures of the recent past:
Mr. Sikh is on his way to the philippines
The S/V Infinity
and the messy fore deck, our space to store everything that we don’t need on the construction sites
our big neighbors
and the small neighbors
baking time…fresh home made bread, thats my capitan by the way
an Rhian one of the boat-babys
we set aground one day…the low tide was quicker and stronger than expected…the power of full moon
I will stay on this boat till New Zealand (yeehaa!) and I will learn how to dive and do open ocean sailing (double or maybe even a triple yeehaa)
Obviously we stop in all the small little island in the middle 🙂
I feel super good here.
After the long period of idleness, i feel so good to work and create something. Also after the whole “3-week-maximum” of knowing people having a relatively constant crew for the next few month feels very relaxing. Its almost like having a family, because the 3 children (1, 2 and 13) of Clemens are also aboard.
I am very looking forward to the trip to Palau.
In a few days we will make a short break of the whole messy ship (construction sites everywhere) and do a trip to the whale sharks in the south of the island. I am exited!!
p.s. i am very sorry for this basic, short blog post, but after working every day (our Filipino workers come at 7am) i am quite tired, and happy i wrote this little piece 😉
So my dear readers,
i made it. I am officially a pirate.
Well ok almost, i am a ships cook.
My ship is called “Naga Pelangi” which means Rainbow Dragon in Malay. It is the only “Perahu Besar” (mal.: big boat) based on the ancient cargo boat design but finished to modern yacht standards.
I have to cook lunch and dinner for the guests and us (Christoph the Skipper and Capt’n, Stefan who is another deckhand and me)
The deck: both pctures are shot from the front
In the back there are some solar panels for providing power.
Stefan and me
This is Christoph at work.
I think the coming time will be amazing.
The next 6 days we have 2 guests onboard.
A chinese couple who are good friends of Christoph.
So we are going to sail around Lankawi, thats cool, so i can see some views of the island as well.
I don’t know how my phone will work the networking.
I am not really able to upload pictures (all of these exept the pic of me and stephen are links 😉 ) so i might have to wait until i have wifi somewhere.
but i will write some stuff.