Cool Runnings in Bali

Published on 21 september 2017 at 0h00

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When we left Gili Air our plan had been to sail across the Lombok Strait to the NE corner of Bali, to Amed, and anchor in Ambat Bay. This would have been a relatively short sail, and we had planned to do some snorkelling there, as there are two wrecks: the USS Liberty and a Japanese shipwreck. However, the guide did state, and we could see on the charts, that the anchorage is not particularly protected, and in certain wind directions can be uncomfortable, or not even safe.  We had to dodge multiple FADs (Fish Attracting Devices) along the north coast of Bali.  We had read that there were many, but I was quite amazed at how many that actually turned out to be!  Navigating here at night would be dangerous, as these devices are not lit, and if you hit one, you’d be in trouble!  We were also amazed how the devices differed from island to island. We sailed to Lovina, where we anchored safely in a huge, calm bay. ‘Boat friends’ had given us the name of a local taxi driver in ...

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