They weren’t all dressed up for the tourists in traditional costume, but just knocked about in the usual t-shirts and shorts. One guy was fascinated by Jamie’s arm tattoo, and took no persuading to show us his own tribal tattoo.
In a nutshell, for you it’s the same as arriving by air or road, but like everything to do with sailing, it takes a little longer and can be more complicated checking your boat in and out.
We had been watching the beach from SY Esper, all alone and safely at anchor in a reasonably calm bay in the Indian Ocean. There appeared to be a resort behind the palm trees, but it looked quiet.
She had fallen over the side at anchor once chasing a butterfly, and Jamie immediately dived over to pick her up. It was a wise cruiser, and fellow cat slave, who told us to put a rope ladder off the stern for her to climb up if it happened again.
It’s not unusual to see your track going across land in these rock and reef-strewn areas. Satellite images allow you to see details of reefs, rocks and bommies.
In the remote islands of Batu, we discovered just how faulty our charts are as we navigated between narrow channels and rocks, passing over land and across reefs.