Welcome to Lombok
16 September 2011 | Lombok
michael and jackie
We arrived on the Eastern coast of Lombok anchoring between the mainland and two long thin islands called Gili Lawang. The anchorage is a tiny pool about 4.5 metres deep surrounded by reef and mangroves. Blissfuly calm though, particularly after our fast crossing across with good winds, we averaged about 7.5 knots. Three European boats, ourselves and Atlantia squeezed into the small space. Luckily no one was over anyone's anchor. We deployed the crab pot. The crab pot has been deployed at various locations with notable lack of success since our Australian success with cat food as bait. A rather unpleasant smell from the anchor locker(where crab pots are kept) indicated that it was time to dispose of the current lure - a partly open tin of Vanuatan tuna. Even the pungent odours of this tin did not seem to attract the crabs so with heavy hearts we headed on to the next anchorage - still no crabs.
Gili Lawang is a flat area overlooked by large volcanos and we found out later is the garlic growing centre of Lombok.