Makani Kai - Postcards from an adventure

14 June 2010 | Sanur, Bali, Indonesia
26 May 2010 | Bali, Indonesia
18 May 2010 | Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
16 May 2010 | Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
14 May 2010 | Uluwatu & Jimbaran Bay, Bali, Indonesia
12 May 2010 | Serangan, Bali, Indonesia
10 May 2010 | Tanah Lot, Bali, Indonesia
09 May 2010 | Sanur, Bali, Indonesia
06 May 2010 | Serangan Harbour, Bali, Indonesia
28 April 2010 | Serangan, Bali
22 April 2010 | Serangan Harbour, Bali
19 April 2010 | Serangan Harbour, Bali
18 April 2010 | Lovina Beach, Bali
14 April 2010 | Belitung, Indonesia
13 April 2010 | Belitung, Indonesia
10 April 2010 | Nongsa Point Marina, Batam, Indonesia
07 April 2010 | Danga Bay Marina, Johor Bahru, Malaysia
01 April 2010 | Melaka, Malaysia
24 March 2010 | Pangkor Island, Malaysia

Nongsa Point Marina

10 April 2010 | Nongsa Point Marina, Batam, Indonesia
We left Danga Bay Marina at 8.30am and by 4pm we were in Batam. In less than 8 hours we had been in 3 countries, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. The trip was uneventful, lots of ships and Police, Customs and Navy patrolling the Singapore border. Despite the hundred of ships as far as the eye could see it actually seemed quieter to me than last time we came through. On arrival at Nongsa Point Marina we were guided in by a speedboat and met on the jetty by no fewer than about 8 marina staff including the Assistant Manager. They quickly tied us off and handed us the paperwork for our check in to Indonesia, a good start so far, everything seemed to be running smoothly but I was still sceptical, it's hard to judge how easy or hard a check in is going to be this early. Once we had organised the boat we headed up to the office to hand in our paperwork and check in to the marina. The facilities on offer at Nongsa Point Marina are excellent, there is a laundry, shower facilities, general store, huge pool, restaurant and free wi-fi. The staff were all friendly and helpful but the cost of the marina is a lot when compared to Malaysia.

We decided to head into Batam Town Centre to have a look around, reception organised transport for us and we were soon on our way. We had planned on getting the bikes out to ride into town but soon discovered that the landscape includes several steep hills and the marina is actually quite isolated, if we planned to do any touring of the area it would have to be by car. Our driver was a friendly little man and happily chatted away about the development in Batam and the upcoming elections. We were dropped off at a huge new shopping complex that catered to the tourists arriving from Singapore by ferry. Filled with the usual fast food outlets (McDonalds, KFC and Pizza Hut), a smattering of trendy coffee shop chains and brand name stores, the shopping centre was not exactly the local pasar (market) that we were after but we found a huge supermarket in the basement level that had everything that we needed. We left the shopping centre and began walking in a direction we thought may lead us to the local shops. Vans and taxi's whizzed by beeping their horns at us to try and get our business, people seemed confused when asking where we were going and we responded that we were just walking. After passing numerous boarded up buildings we gave up our search, we passed a huge Mosque just as hundreds of Muslim men were leaving after prayer. We were caught up in the wave of people and walked with the crowd back to the shopping centre.

Soon we were back in the car on our way to the marina, we asked our driver to take us somewhere to buy an Indonesian flag for the Makani Kai. He said no problem and drove us to the airport, it took a while for us to work out why. The word for flag in Indonesian is bendera, the name of the airport at Batam is Bandarra. In the end, despite the fact that every single boat in Indonesia fly's one if not two Indonesian flags, we could not find one anywhere. As there was not much to see around Batam and we were keen to get to Bali we decided to leave the marina. We went to the marina office to pick up our paperwork and discovered why clearing Customs through the marina in Batam is not an issue, they simply don't do Customs! We had already cleared the port and were told that we had to leave and because we were heading to Bali we had to do Customs there. So anyone coming through to Indonesia be aware, if you are paying Nongsa Point Marina to clear you in to the country it is not a FULL clear in.
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Vessel Name: Makani Kai
Vessel Make/Model: Stroud 44
Hailing Port: Gold Coast, Queensland
Crew: Jay and Jodie Stroud
Makani Kai's Photos - (Main)
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Created 21 February 2010
Using Mai Sai as a base, Jodie and Jay head up the mountain Doi Tung, where Jay almost gets into trouble with the Burmese, they go to a temple and find a little treasure beside the road.
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Created 8 December 2009
Basing ourselves in Mai Sai looking directly across the river at Burma. We spent the day exploring the markets and temples of Mai Sai.
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Checking out of the Garden Home, Jay and Jodie took a boat ride to the Burmese border and travelled to Chiang Rai.
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Patch joined the crew of the Makani Kai for a couple of weeks in The Banyaks for a catch up and some good waves!
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Created 6 December 2009
Visiting the Chiang Dao caves before moving on to a pretty village called Tha Ton.
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Created 3 December 2009
The non-surfing photos taken at the Bay of Plenty in June!
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A collection of shots taken at The Bay of Plenty, The Banyaks.
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Jay and Jodie head into Sibolga to renew their visa's. Not a place we want to spend a lot of time in but the sunsets were awesome!
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Hiring a car, Jay and Jodie set out for Chiang Dao with Ian and Michelle from Raku. They visited a monastic centre there.
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Hiring a motorbike for the day Jay and Jodie headed up the mountain for a day of exploring.
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Our brief trip to Afulu Lagoon on Nias and to Asu
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Taking a day off the tours we walked around Chiang Mai taking in what it had to offer.
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Our first weeks in the place that would become our surrogate home for the next 6 months.
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Created 30 November 2009
Jay and Jodie venture outside the city to visit some hill tribes and hang with the tigers.
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Our first experience at Pulau Simeulue, a place that would become our base for most of our 6 months in Sumatera.
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Created 26 November 2009
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Created 25 November 2009
Leaving Pulau Weh behind we headed to Luk Seudu on mainland Sumatera, Pulau Raya and Pulau Lakon where the boys got their first surfs in Sumatera.
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Created 25 November 2009
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Photos from our relaxing time at Nembrala.
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Photos of our 5 days in Kupang.
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Our trip through the Northern Territory to Darwin for the beginning of our rally.
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Pictures of our journey to the top of Australia.
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Documents our magical 10 day stay at Lizard Island.
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A photographic journal of our trip from Port Douglas to Cooktown.
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This is a photo journal of our trip from Dunk Island to Cairns.
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This album shows our journey through the Hinchinbrook Channel to Cardwell.
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A photographic journal of our trip from Townsville to Orpheus Island.
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This album documents the journey from Airlie Beach to Townsville.
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A photographic journal of our journey beyond Brampton Island.
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This is a photographic journey through the Islands of North Queensland.
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A photographic record of the boys surfing regardless of how bad it is...
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This album shows photos of our travels from the beginning at Peel Island to Pancake Creek.
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This album contains photographic evidence of our fishing exploits! Yes, we really are catching them!
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These are the photos from the first Island paradise we have encountered.
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N.A.S.A. (not to be confused with the American one) is a group of people with a series of events or occurances that bind then to one another in a way that non-NASA members cannot understand, unless it happens to them. Affectionately known as N.A.S.A. (not a sailors a'hole)a group of men, Tony, Tony, Ken and Athol, will be held up as role models to those that come after them. Jay and I having had our application for membership denied have taken it upon ourselves to find other would-be members from around the globe. This is the pictorial account of our efforts.
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These are the weird and wonderful fish we have caught on our journey so far!
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These are the photos from our trip to Australia Zoo. If you have the chance, make sure you go there!
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Who: Jay and Jodie Stroud
Port: Gold Coast, Queensland