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

Day to Day Life in Serangan Harbour

06 May 2010 | Serangan Harbour, Bali, Indonesia
The days pass by easily here and each day we see something different. We are coming to know the people in the different areas though not always by name. In the harbour we watch the fishermen being ferried to and from the fishing platforms that are located near the Makani Kai. They pay their 1,500 rupiah for a ride there and back although we rarely see them returning to shore with fish. We can tell when someone has caught something by the raucous cheering that erupts from that area every once in a while but still they continue to come across in droves, anytime of the day or night. Those that choose not to fish from the platforms wade out into the murky water until they are standing chest height in the water flicking their rods back and forth. They wade out fully clothed and often wearing motorbike helmets to protect them from the sun. The most disconcerting though would have to be the ones in the balaclavas, especially when you walk into the cockpit of the Makani Kai and they are standing not that far away looking particularly menacing. As with most Indonesians though as soon as you wave their faces break into enormous smiles and they madly wave back.

There is also old Ibu in Sanur who walks up and down the streets every day carrying a huge pile of plastic, cardboard and palm fronds that she has collected on her head. She hobbles around with her cane and always stops to say hello in hesitant English. It's hard to guess an Indonesians age but I would put her at somewhere in her seventies and she collects her things and walks the same strip every day.

Then there is Rita in Kuta. We met Rita on Kuta Beach after an afternoon of shopping. Rita runs a makeshift bar on the beach, it basically consists of plastic chairs, coca cola crates as footrests and a big esky from which ice cold Bintang magically appears. She sat down and entertained us with stories of a love triangle she was involved in between a father and son from a European country. The father was married and the son was too young but they both tried to get her into bed. She showed us photos and emails and then told us she was coming to Australia. She had met some people from Western Australia who were going to sponsor her and she was very excited. She kept us very amused for an hour or so regaling us with the stories of her soap opera style love life (the father and son weren't the only ones in the picture), and we promised to go back and see her again.

Last night we were sitting on a large yacht called Catalyst enjoying a beautiful dinner of tuna steaks and salad when the weather suddenly turned bad. The dark clouds racing towards us were certain to mean rain and we had left all the windows on the Makani Kai open. Jay looked out to sea and could see the lights of a fishing boat coming towards the harbour. He said that if the fishing boats were heading in it must be a bad storm and abruptly our night was over. This morning we could see a fishing boat sitting on the reef, it turns out that they weren't heading in to seek shelter but that the Captain had fallen asleep at the wheel and had run up onto the reef. We went out for a closer look, lucky for them there wasn't a big swell. There were several local boats out there trying to help them off but it seemed it would be a waiting game until the tide came in hoping that they didn't get smashed to pieces by waves first. We returned to the boat where a friend, Afa and another local boy were madly trying to finish polishing her before midday. We are meeting friends from Australia and having some land time for a couple of weeks. As we watched a police boat race out of the harbour we were told that they were heading out to the fishing boat to get the fine from the Captain for running on to the reef. Got to love Indonesia!
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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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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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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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Visiting the Chiang Dao caves before moving on to a pretty village called Tha Ton.
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The non-surfing photos taken at the Bay of Plenty in June!
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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 motorbike for the day Jay and Jodie headed up the mountain for a day of exploring.
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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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Who: Jay and Jodie Stroud
Port: Gold Coast, Queensland