Gili Banta - Komodo, Indonesia - Macro and Micro
The tradewinds were in full tilt, blowing a steady 18-20 knots from the east, which would make our sail eastward from Lombok to Gili Banta a bit of a beat, or so we thought. In actuality, the trip was an easy one. Hugging the coastlines and dodging floating FADs (fish attraction devices), we used breezes off the high, jagged islands to propel us along our track.
As we neared Gili Banta, a continuous line of private sailboats passed by us, likely on their way to Bali or Lombok. We marveled at the shear number of them popping up on our radar - more than we’d seen during our entire 7 months previously in Indonesian waters. Again, it was the organized rallies that created such a cluster of cruisers. Several rallies, in fact, were intersecting in the waters of Komodo before heading west.
|s/v Starry Horizons|
s/v Starry Horizons came in a few days after we anchored for a sweet, long- overdue reunion. David and Amy had come aboard Field Trip while we were in the Caribbean, excited to meet our family about whom they’d religiously read blogs and watched every video Mark had ever made. Back then, they shared with us their dream of some day owning their own boat and circumnavigating. Five years later, it seemed surreal to be stepping aboard their catamaran, with them hosting us now! Mark and I were so proud to see the young couple pursuing and attaining such a lofty goal. Now, they were the ones posting blogs and videos, and we were the smitten fans!
|Getting ready for a dive|
|Mark searching for macro 'stuff' :)|
|Amy diving "GPS Point" during slack current|
|Sarah taking photos|
|Orangutan Shrimp found new our anchorage|
|Small swimming cone shell (about 2cm in length)|
|Undescribed flatworm (yes, the book calls it undescribed...)|
|Rare Halloween Hermit Crab|
|Ocellated Phyllidia Nudibranch|
|Two Tooth Guard Crab|
|Rare Miracle Triplefin (1-2cm, very small)|
|Flabellina - Unknown Name|
|Indian Caloria Flabellina|
|Rust-Spotted Guard Crab|
A short video of our anchorage