SV Sänna

Blogs from our sailing vessel Sänna. Eastwards from England to New Zealand... & sailing circumnavigation.

23 April 2020 | Vista Mar, Panama
17 February 2020 | Bahiá Ballena, Costa Rica
17 January 2020 | Marina Papagayo, Costa Rica
16 December 2019 | Playa Del Coco, Costa Rica
11 December 2019 | San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua
28 November 2019 | Puesta Del Sol, Nicaragua
08 November 2019 | Amapala, Honduras
28 October 2019 | Bahiá Del Sol, El Salvador
02 October 2019
29 September 2019 | Bahiá Del Sol, El Salvador
23 April 2019 | Bahía Del Sol, El Salvador
11 February 2019 | The Bahiá Del Sol, El Salvador
30 December 2018 | Bahiá Del Sol, El Salvadore
10 November 2018 | Bahiá Del Sol, El Salvador. Posted from the UK
09 August 2018 | Paradise Village, Banderos Bay, Mexico
08 June 2018 | La Paz to San Carlos, The Sea of Cortez, Mexico
30 May 2018 | Ensenada to La Paz, The Sea of Cortez, Mexico
04 May 2018 | Ensenada, Mexico.
16 April 2018 | Ensenada, Mexico

Indonesia...

09 November 2010 | Bitung, Sulawesi, Indonesia
Dave
Photo: Bitung Harbour

Heading south at last. We left Tawau in Borneo calling at the dive resort of Mabul along the way. After departing Mabul we headed for Bitung on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi expecting the infamous hard time from the Indonesian immigration and customs officials. Armed with our new CAIT (cruising permit for Indonesia) we entered Bitung harbour in the dead of night and nosed around for two hours before we found a suitable depth to anchor. This was hard going. We then had a dinghy treck of over a mile to the nearest landing point to find Immigration...

We had a fantastic reception. They simply could not do enough for us. These guys arranged our Visas, stuck me on the back of a motorcycle to take me to Quarantine, Customs and to the Harbourmaster. They then arranged our diesel re-fueling and to collect my daughter Lauren with her boyfriend Dan from the airport the next day. And when Lauren and Dan's luggage never arrived.... they sorted that too!

The best place to land ashore with the dinghy was the local bum boat dock which was a colourful and noisy maze of small boats and shouting boatmen. We paid one of the boat guys a few Indonesian coins and left the dinghy to his mercy. When we returned a few hours later it was neatly and safely tied between the bum boats. We knew we were perfectly safe in this busy and bussling harbour and the friendliness of these people was simply overwhelming. We departed Bitung a few days later, now with a crew of four and headed south towards the equator. We were sorry to leave.

Bitung and Sulawesi is third world bliss.....
Vessel Name: Sänna
Vessel Make/Model: Ocean 50 (Bavaria)
Hailing Port: Poole UK
Crew: Dave & Marie Ungless
About:
We have sailed together for over ten years now, leaving the Mediterranean to head eastwards. Our destination was Australia and New Zealand which we achieved in 2012 before attempting a full round-the-world circumnavigation across the pacific and back to the UK. [...]
Extra: Sänna is a hybrid Bavaria Ocean 50, custom built for deep bue water ocean cruising. The build and re-fit specification is high and to date boasts over 56,000 miles of ocean cruising. For more information visit our main website at www.sanna-uk.com.
Home Page: http://www.sanna-uk.com
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