07 October 2012 | Somewhere in the Java
Bawean was 158NM and a 29 hour passage from Raas, Raas being our overnight anchorage out of Lovina Beach. We motored sailed for the majority of the way, which is what we have done for the majority of our time in Indonesia. We did have almost a full moon which made the night sailing easier as we could see the fishing boats, platforms etc before running into them. A lot of the time, it is like an obstacle course out there, you have to be extremely vigilant.
Here the locals seemed to be even more friendly and helpful, if that was possible. Everywhere we have been throughout Indonesia the locals have been the same. We walked into town (quite some distance), and we were able to buy a few provisions. The boys were once again on the hunt for Magnums, to no avail. Many of the villages throughout Indonesia only have electricity supply from 6.00pm till 6.00am, consequently ice creams, cold beer etc are hard to come by. Many Warangs (restaurants) give you ice for your beer and you can guess how that goes down with the Aussies, the Poms don't complain though....
We stayed at Bawean for 3 nights as Ruth had hurt her back and she needed to rest it. From here it was onto Karimunjawa.