Field Trip

Field Trip

Tue May 1 11:30 2018 NZST
Run: 144.9nm (262.3km)
08 45.807S 115 55.813E
Weather: 10% clouds, 28C, 1008.2 baro, 0- 5kts SE

We arrived safely to Lombok after a quick stop at Gili Air. We are on a mooring at the 'marina' - and will be leaving to Kuala Lumpur in two days. There are 12 other yachts here on moorings, and all is well.

Sat Apr 28 14:45 2018 NZST
Speed: 3.4knts
Run: 101.3nm (183.4km)
Avg: 3.5knts
24hr: 84.1nm
07 59.423S 117 54.008E
Weather: 10% clouds, 28C, 1008.2 baro, 0- 5kts SE

Our first 24hrs of sailing have been generally OK. We've had a number of patches of no wind so we've had to motor more than we would like. The biggest pain has been opposing current of 1.5-2kts. We knew this was in the forecast, but still painful to be hammering into that much current on the nose. The skies are sunny and the seas are calm so the crew is very happy. We plan to arrive Monday morning or possibly Sunday evening if we get more wind later today.

Fri Apr 27 9:51 2018 NZST
Run: 6nm (10.9km)
08 24.511S 119 19.170E
Weather: 2% clouds, 28C, 1006.2 baro, 0- 5kts SE

This has been one of our favorite anchorages in the Flores Islands. Clear water, sandy bottom, and beautiful diving. We're anchored in 8m of water, and have really enjoyed the snorkeling and diving over the past couple of days. We're doing one more dive early this morning before we pull up the anchor and sail to Lombok. It will be a 245NM sail. In light winds we expect this to take 2.5-3 days. The weather here continue to be excellent with sunny days and clear skies. it's hot, but the water keeps us cool.

Wed Apr 25 13:21 2018 NZST
Speed: 4.7knts
Run: 11.2nm (20.3km)
08 24.938S 119 24.449E
Weather: 60% clouds, 30C, 1006.6 baro, calm seas, 5kts SE

We are underway heading out of Komodo National Park. It's sad to leave Komodo as we've really enjoyed the beauty and serenity. Our first stop is a small island just outside the park that has some excellent diving. We'll do some more diving there over the next couple of days before we head out for Lombok later this week. All is well aboard.

Mon Apr 23 22:03 2018 NZST
Run: 15.6nm (28.2km)
08 26.842S 119 34.076E
Weather: 30% clouds, 30C, 1005.1 baro, no wind.

We've had a very eventful several days. In short we are in our favorite spot so far in Komodo. The diving in this area is outstanding, and the water is warm! We frankly got tired of the cold (23C) water with poor visibility in central and southern Komodo. It was just 'OK' diving and in our opinion not worth the full wetsuit, hoodie and still freezing cold. The diving up here is warm (29C) and the water is crystal clear...and the fish life is excellent. We did two dives yesterday and three today. We've extended our stay another day at this anchorage to dive our favorite spot one more time before we move to another area. All is well aboard.

Tue Apr 17 16:42 2018 NZST
Run: 354nm (640.7km)
Avg: 7.3knts
24hr: 174.1nm
08 40.355S 119 33.506E
Weather: 30% clouds, 30C, 1005.1 baro, no wind.

We logged two dives early in the morning yesterday so we could make the tide change and sail up to the next stop for more diving and exploring ashore. We did a 6am hike this morning to the top of the 'mountain' and had beautiful views as the sun rose over the bay. I was able to even fly the drone for a bit for some photos. It's beautiful here....but BUSY with tons of boats delivering tourists. We'll dive three sisters divesite this afternoon. All well.

Sun Apr 15 15:54 2018 NZST
Run: 365.6nm (661.7km)
Avg: 6.9knts
24hr: 165.9nm
08 347.581S 119 39.621E
Weather: 10% clouds, 30C, 1006.1 baro, no wind.

We were told by the park rangers that this island we are anchored next to is 'dangerous' as the Komodo Dragons will swim after your boat. So far we've not see a Komodo yet down here, only a monkey onshore. Evidently some operators used to feed the Komodos down here, and the sound of a boat engine prompts them to swim offshore towards the boat. Regardless, we had a great dive this morning at Cannibal Rock, and plan on another dive this afternoon after lunch. All well aboard. THANKS P&H for your info as well about Komodo! :)

Fri Apr 13 11:00 2018 NZST
Run: 49.2nm (89.1km)
08 30.221S 119 42.630E
Weather: 10% clouds, 29C, 1006.1 baro, no wind.

We arrived safely to Komodo yesterday morning around 6am. We averaged 77NM/day on the slow but very comfortable trip. No complaints from crew as everyone enjoyed the calm sailing. We are anchored in a nice place, and is very reminiscent of a dryer version of the Bay of Islands...at least from this anchorage. We did a dive yesterday afternoon and will do some more diving today before moving to Rinca to check in with the Rangers and do a Komodo Dragon walk. All well.

This is where we saw most Komodo Dragons. Around 6 on the beach here. (-8.5703450,119.4991346) P&H
Wed Apr 11 16:03 2018 NZST
Speed: 1.7knts
Run: 90.8nm (164.3km)
Avg: 3.6knts
24hr: 86nm
07 56.993S 120 09.759E
Weather: 20% clouds, 31C, 1007.6 baro, 3-6kts E, calm seas

We're still 'sailing', but very slowly as we have 1-1.5kts against us in light winds. However, we are only 40NM from Komodo, so going slow at this point is fine as we don't want to arrive at night. The kids have been researching Komodo, and are now scrared to go ashore. No because of the dragons, but because of the 3 species of deadly snakes that live there, including the Javan Spitting Cobra. :) We'll work through the trepidation I'm sure, but funny to hear the kids reading aloud about how dangerous the animals are on the islands of Komodo.

We were on Komodo 6 weeks ago, although in considerably less luxury than you guys! However a real David Attenborough experience not to be missed- saw around 6 Dragons on the beach. Went to Rinca as well, but saw less. If you get chance then climb on Padar gives stunning views. Common Crossing sold in Oz last Oct. Teal bought in Med in Dec! We were in Indo staying with our daughter and family in Bali who are there whilst our son in law was working was heading up a huge internationally funded project to rid the Indo seas of plastic (huge issue - as you will see). Keep safe, love to all, and really look forward to your postings. P&H
Tue Apr 10 14:42 2018 NZST
Speed: 3.7knts
Run: 82.7nm (149.7km)
Avg: 3.7knts
24hr: 88.2nm
07 06.823S 121 11.055E
Weather: 20% clouds, 30C, 1007.6 baro, 5-8kts E, calm seas

It's been a slow but comfortable 24 hours. We caught a barracuda at 6am, and let him go...otherwise no more fish just yet. It's another beautiful day with lots of sunshine and calm seas.

Mon Apr 9 16:12 2018 NZST
Speed: 3knts
Run: 101.9nm (184.4km)
Avg: 4knts
24hr: 96.5nm
06 32.000S 122 14.238E
Weather: 30% clouds, 30C, 1007.1 baro, 4-6 kts ENE, calm seas

We've had a very good 24 hours. Slow sailing, but comfortable and beautiful weather. We caught a 1.2m wahoo this morning to top off a good night watch. Kids were very happy to see fresh fish as well. We still plan on a direct route to Komodo, but....if we still have decent winds the rest of the week we may stop at a remote atoll for some snorkeling and diving in the middle of the Flores sea...so we'll see how things progress.

Sun Apr 8 14:51 2018 NZST
Speed: 4.4knts
Run: 38.5nm (69.7km)
06 01.147S 123 37.688E
Weather: 20% clouds, 29C, 1006.0 baro, 8-10 kts ESE, calm seas

We decided to leave this morning for a direct sail to Komodo as the winds are good (8-10kts) for this 2.5-3 day passage. We did a nice dive yesterday before leaving this morning. The coral was pristine and there were lots of fish...but it wasn't anything better than we've seen in other ares of PNG and eastern Indonesia.

Sat Apr 7 9:21 2018 NZST
Run: 159.1nm (288km)
Avg: 3.3knts
24hr: 78.6nm
05 28.777S 123 45.919E
Weather: 20% clouds, 29C, 1006.0 baro, 3-6kts E

We arrived yesterday around 9.30am after a comfortable passage. This is a nice location, but we decided to move about 25NM farther SW to an atoll that is secluded and has good diving, so we'll be anchors up in about 30min for that short trip. There are about 40 students from Essex University UK here studying marine biology for two weeks. The local dive shop is crammed as well, another reason for us to move to another spot since we'll be diving sans guide.

Thu Apr 5 8:48 2018 NZST
Speed: 4.1knts
Run: 177.6nm (321.5km)
Avg: 3.8knts
24hr: 91.6nm
04 38.789S 125 55.156E
Weather: 20% clouds, 29C, 1007.0 baro, 3-6kts NW

We are currently making slow but comfortable progress. We have about 1.5kts of favorable current that is keeping us going nicely even in very light winds. We expect to arrive in about 30-36 hours at this rate with about 110NM left on our sail.

Wed Apr 4 12:36 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.1knts
Weather: 20% clouds, 29C, 1007.0 baro, 3-4kts NW

We've had an uneventful calm sail/motor after leaving Ambon yesterday morning. Last night was about 50% sailing, on the beam so it made for a fast sail while we had wind. The winds have died down as forecasted, so we are now motoring.

Tue Apr 3 10:15 2018 NZST
03 37.572S 128 17.069E
Weather: 40% cloud, 28C, 1004.9 baro, dead calm

We leave in about two hours for Wakatobe. We're doing some last minute provisioning, and will be underway by about 10am. We expect this light sail to take 3 days, maybe a bit more, and should have calm seas with light winds. We're looking forward to our next destination.

Mon Apr 2 11:33 2018 NZST
03 37.572S 128 17.069E
Weather: 10% cloud, 28C, 1005.9 baro, dead calm

We're still here! We had a good Easter with a bunch of expats here in Ambon. It was fun meeting other people living here in Ambon, some have been here for 30years, and understand the culture, issues, etc. that has occurred over the years. We're learning a lot about Indonesia, and have been enjoying our time here. We'll be leaving tomorrow(ish) and heading for a three day passage to Wakatobe Marine Park. It's only 280NM, but the winds are very light (or will be later this week) so we expect a slow sail/motor most of the way. Sad to leave good friends here behind but very excited about the new locations we have to visit. All well onboard!

Sat Mar 31 10:45 2018 NZDT
03 37.572S 128 17.069E
Weather: 10% cloud, 28C, 1005.9 baro, dead calm

The kids have made fast friends with this other family. We are going to explore more of the island with the family today and go to a hot springs. The diving is still good, and we plan on moving around the corner Monday for some diving on the outside. We'll leave Tuesday heading for Wakatobe National Park - about 300NM from here SW.

Tue Mar 27 12:09 2018 NZDT
03 37.572S 128 17.069E
Weather: 10% cloud, 28C, 1005.9 baro, 5-7kts WSW wind

We've been doing more diving while here and it continues to be very good. The dive we did yesterday was not 'great' as it was on a seamount and there was about 2kts of current so we could not stop much and search for the small critters. We've had very good weather, but still westerlies...so we continue to wait for the winds to die down. We also met a very nice American family with four kids that have lived in Ambon for 7 years. We'll be spending more time with them while we are here in Ambon.

Fri Mar 23 12:36 2018 NZDT
03 37.572S 128 17.069E
Weather: 80% cloud, 28C, 1004.9 baro, 5-7kts WSW wind

Sarah and Elizabeth logged three dives yesterday with Dive in Ambon dive shop. All three were muck diving, and they saw some great things, including the mimick octopus (use google to check this guy out). While they were diving, I was in immigration working on visa renewals. Fortunately it went well, and had no issues. I'll be going back today to pick up the visas. So far we really like Ambon, and in particular this dive shop in the north bay. It's owned by an English guy and an Australian gal who are very nice and helpful. The bonus is there is a pool here at the resort so the kids are happy!

Wed Mar 21 11:51 2018 NZDT
Run: 116.2nm (210.3km)
Avg: 2.6knts
24hr: 62nm
03 37.572S 128 17.069E
Weather: 40% cloud, 28C, 1004.9 baro, 5-7kts WSW wind

We arrived to Ambon yesterday around 4.30pm after a great trip from Banda. We really miss Banda, as it was a great place to stay with good diving and crystal clear water. However, we had to move on due to weather and get farther west. We'll work on visa renewals this well along with some provisioning before we head out to our next stop.

Mon Mar 19 14:54 2018 NZDT
Speed: 3.3knts
Run: 11.6nm (21km)
04 27.795S 129 44.758E
Weather: 20% cloud, 29C, 1007.5 baro, 5-7kts WSW wind

We left Banda this morning and are sailing to Ambon. We have very calm seas, with light winds, but are making decent progress. We plan on arrving tomorrow late in the day at this rate, but all is well and we are happy we're not having to bash into 20kts to get our visa's renewed.

Wed Mar 14 16:57 2018 NZDT
Run: 139.9nm (253.2km)
Avg: 2.8knts
24hr: 67.2nm
04 32.096S 129 53.929E
Weather: 70% cloud, 29C, 1005.5 baro, 10-15kts WNW wind

We arrived this morning at 6.30am to Banda. It was a generally good motor/sail despite making very slow progress as we had 1-1.5kts of current against us most of the way along with the wind so it was a slow slog, but surprising comfortable and we made a lot of westward progress. We'll be here for about a week before taking the next weather window to Ambon for passort visa renewals and then a 600nm journey to Komodo. All well aboard.

Mon Mar 12 15:00 2018 NZDT
Speed: 4.2knts
Run: 11.7nm (21.2km)
05 04.265S 131 51.448E
Weather: 20% cloud, 29C, 1006.5 baro, 6-9kts WNW wind

We decided to head out straight to the Banda islands as the winds are still low and it will be a beat later this week as the winds pick up...so we are off for a 24hr motor/sail to Banda. It should be just fine and at least now it is very comfortable as we head farther west.

Sun Mar 11 14:36 2018 NZDT
Run: 60.6nm (109.7km)
05 07.519S 132 01.089E
Weather: 20% cloud, 29C, 1005.5 baro, 0-5kts W wind

We took an opportunity in the weather to leave last night in calm winds (5-7kts NW) and head NW from Tual working our way towards Banda and Ambon. It was a slow but comfortable motor all night to get here to our first stop on the way. We will be here for a couple of days and when the winds subside again we'll work our way NW and then SW in a very large tack covering 750NM. We have 7 weeks left in Indonesia before we have to fly out for visa renewals. All is well and we are looking forward to exploring this area.

Mon Mar 5 11:51 2018 NZDT
Run: 151.1nm (273.5km)
05 37.961S 132 44.174E
Weather: 20% cloud, 27C, 1005.5 baro, 0-5kts W wind

We had a good sail Saturday/Sunday back to Tual. We are now at anchor and heading ashore to renew our visas this morning before we wait for weather to sail towards the Banda islands and then towards Ambon and Komodo. The clock is ticking for us as we have 60 days before we fly to Kuala Lumpur to visit our friends on Lumbaz and then renew our visas for Indonesia. It's hard to believe we have been here almost six months (two unofficially as we worked our way to Sorong). There is so much to see in Indonesia and the country is so vast that it would take years to get a good sampling of the different areas. So far Triton Bay is our overall favorite location.

Mon Feb 26 11:27 2018 NZDT
Run: 2.2nm (4km)
03 56.267S 134 07.270E
Weather: 20% cloud, 27C, 1007.5 baro, 0-5kts W wind

We are back now at Triton Bay Divers as we wanted to log some dives here with a guide to see the small stuff. We're glad we did, as our dive yesterday was awesome for macro. We saw five species of pygmy seahorses in one dive..along with a rare small octopus. It was great and Elizabeth in particular had a blast as she loves seeing the small macro animals. We are off today for a two tank dive with the resort far south on what is supposed to be one of the best dives in the area...so we'll see how it goes. All is well and the weather is still great.

Fri Feb 23 11:21 2018 NZDT
Run: 18nm (32.6km)
03 54.341S 134 07.335E
Weather: 20% cloud, 27C, 1007.5 baro, 0-5kts W wind

We arrived back to Sarah's favorite spot here in Triton. We did a good dive in the afternoon - Bo's Rainbow, and will be doing a couple of dives this weekend with the resort before we head back to Tual for visa renewals. Sarah and I were saying this morning just how amazing the weather has been the past three weeks. While we can always use rain, we've only had one day that was cloudy most of the day with some rain. Otherwise, it has been very much like the western side of Fiji, sunny days, light breeze and just beautiful.

Thu Feb 22 11:00 2018 NZDT
03 44.782S 133 55.001E
Weather: 20% cloud, 27C, 1007.5 baro, 0-5kts W wind

We are underway heading about 20NM farther SE back towards Triton Bay Divers. There are some more dives we want to do, and a couple with TBD that are far away and hard to dive with the dinghy. The weather continues to be outstanding, and has been now for over three weeks. I'm not sure if this is normal, but if it is, this is really a great place to spend a lot of time. Sunny every day, and cool at night with the mountain breeze coming off from the east at night.

Wed Feb 21 14:24 2018 NZDT
Run: 12.6nm (22.8km)
03 44.782S 133 55.001E
Weather: 20% cloud, 27C, 1007.5 baro, 0-5kts W wind

WOW. We just finished swimming with three whale sharks and a pod of dolphins here in Triton Bay. This was our second time swimming with whale sharks here in Indonesia, and by far the best experience as we had relatively clear water and three sharks, one very large (about 10m+) with dolphins that were literally swarming around us as they at the fish being dropped in by the bagans. The dive shop that is about 20 miles south of here came up after we were there for about 30 min and dropped off seven divers who were also thrilled. It was a lot of fun and we were glad to be there alone initially without all the scuba bubbles.

Mon Feb 19 20:30 2018 NZDT
Run: 31.6nm (57.2km)
03 39.571S 133 45.413E
Weather: 20% cloud, 27C, 1007.5 baro, 0-5kts W wind

We've missed several days due to a busy and frustrating time. We are now in Kaimana as we picked a good window to get up here and motored overnight. The frustrating part is my underwater camera leaked when elizabeth did a drive with the resort for the flasher wrasses. So, we presently have two cameras that bit the dust. I was able to sort our a replacement camera being express shipped from Bali to Kaimana. It should be here in several days and that will be a major relief as I thought there for a while I was going to be without any uderwater camera for the next couple of months. The amazing part is the price was very good, they gave me an additional 20% off on the camera and the express air shipping was only $6 USD to Kaimana. So, I'm relieved and happy.... :)

Wed Feb 14 11:09 2018 NZDT
Run: 2.2nm (4km)
03 56.266S 134 07.266E
Weather: 30% cloud, 276C, 1006.5 baro, 0-5kts W wind

We've been here at Triton Bay Divers for two nights, and are having a great time getting to know the people at the resort. We had dinner last night ashore and made some new friends. There is a group here from the BBC that shot the BBC series The Blue Planet and several other BBC series. It was fun talking to them about how they found the locations and shot the footage. I was surprised to find out that most of the footage was shot with 100% natural lighting and the primary videographer had a specially built setup that he made himself to electronically adjust the colors on the fly underwater for each lighting situation, as they did very little post production color editing. No small feat and why I supposed they were saying he was the best underwater videographer in the world. Fascinating people with amazing stories to tell.

Mon Feb 12 10:42 2018 NZDT
03 54.373S 134 07.409E
Weather: 250% cloud, 27C, 1006.5 baro, 0-5kts W wind

We are going to move over to Triton Bay Divers this afternoon after school. We'll spend a couple of days there at the resort. The weather continues to be beautiful, with a shower or two at night.

Sat Feb 10 11:30 2018 NZDT
03 54.373S 134 07.409E
Weather: 20% cloud, 27C, 1006.3 baro, 0-5kts W wind

Sarah has declared this is her favorite anchorage in Indonesia. We are completely in the lee, and the water is 4m deep at low tide with a sandy bottom. The kids love swimming here and the diving is easily accesible. We'll be here for a bit longer before we start to explore other areas. We have abbreviated school today and then we'll try to log a couple of dives since we know we'll be leaving this area soon.

Fri Feb 9 10:48 2018 NZDT
03 54.373S 134 07.409E
Weather: 40% cloud, 27C, 1006.8 baro, 0-5kts W wind

The weather continues to be very good. The birds here are abundant and we had dinner last night outside watching lots of hornbills fly over the boat along with parrots. We have found the people here to be very nice and they remind us of PNG and the Solomons. In this area virtually all the people are native Papuan vs. Indonesian so it has a similar feel to the Melanesian culture we've been living in for the past 18 months. We also did our first family scuba dive and it was fun to have all four of us diving. Michael is doing great on the scuba and he is almost ready for more advanced dives, but we still need to work on his buoyancy control a bit.

Thu Feb 8 11:18 2018 NZDT
03 54.373S 134 07.409E
Weather: 20% cloud, 27C, 1006.5 baro, 5kts W wind

We moved into the bay that was 2m deep at mid tide and put Field Trip on the hard for a day. We got the bottom cleaned and dried out for a day before moving back here for the evening. Today we'll do some diving and enjoy this weather.

Wed Feb 7 11:24 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0 aknts
03 54.373S 134 07.409E
Weather: 20% cloud, 27C, 1006.5 baro, 5kts W wind

We've been lucky as the weather has been outstanding. Nice breeze in the afternoon and sunny days. We actually need some rain, but will be content with the sun. We did two dives yesterday. Sarah and I dove Aquarium and it was just 'OK'. I am sure it was partly due to the water vis not being that great so we will keep trying during different tide cycles. It was the first day I had both kids diving on scuba yesterday. Michael is still learning so we are doing shallow dives but the both had a blast. We'll beach Field Trip this morning for cleaning the bottom. All is well.

Tue Feb 6 10:54 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
03 54.373S 134 07.409E
Weather: 40% cloud, 27C, 1006.2 baro, 5kts W wind

It was a beautiful day and our first formal lesson with Michale went great for diving. Another cat showed up from Australia. They've been cruising for 20 years and are heading back to Cains from the Phillipines. A nice family and they seemed very passionate about sailing with kids as they raised their three kids aboard from a very early age. We plan on beaching FT today so we can do a good job on cleaning the bottom of the boat and let it dry out a bit. Seems to help the coppercoat if we can get it out of the water a year or two. All well.

Mon Feb 5 13:06 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Run: 152.9nm (276.7km)
03 54.373S 134 07.409E
Weather: 20% cloud, 27C, 1006.7 baro, 5kts W wind

We had a great sail to Triton Bay. It's been nice to sail to places vs. motor. No doubt the winds have kicked in full force from the W, NW monsoon so it will make some of our travels tricky as we work our way towards Bali in another month or two. Our anchorage here in Triton is dead calm and beautiful. There is a lot of diving in this area, and we plan on getting started this afternoon. Michael is going to get full lessons from me and begin doing some of his first scuba dives here. He's excited.

Thu Feb 1 11:39 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Run: 127.2nm (230.2km)
05 38.009S 132 44.199E
Weather: 10% cloud, 27C, 1005 baro, 0-5kts NW wind

I just realized we never logged our arrival in YIT. We arrived safely to Tual, and really enjoy this town. It's clean, the people are great and immigration was very easy. It's been windy here until today, but overall nice weather. We'll be here for another day, and then leave tomorrow for Triton Bay. There is one other boat here - s/v Adamaster, friends of ours that crossed the pacific at the same time we did in 2014. It's been fun to catch up with them while we were here.

Fri Jan 26 14:39 2018 NZDT
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 103.5nm (187.3km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 144.4nm
04 07.485S 131 40.796E
Weather: 60% cloud, 26.5C, 1003.3 baro, 26-30kts NW wind, 2m+ following seas

Wow. We just went from 12-14kts of wind to 40kts of wind in about an instant. What is odd is we have partly cloudy skies, and no squalls anywhere with no majore pressure drop and we just hit a wall of wind...and still have high 20's low 30's almost an hour after the 40kts. I'll have to read more about the weather patterns to figure this one out as we had no visual indication from the clouds, etc that this was on the way. Fortunately Sarah was calm and collected (I was taking a nap) and we were only running our Genoa since it was almost a dead run and we are not in a rush to arrive tomorrow. She was able to start reefing as I came running up on deck to help get the sail triple reefed. No harm no damage, just a quick rise in adrenaline for sure. We plan on arriving early AM tomorrow to Tual.

Hmmm. Glad Gulf Harbour Radio does not cover this area. Sounds like you are still having an incredible journey. Patricia and David with a big hi to you all. We are having an incredibly wonderful summer . Long overdue.
Thu Jan 25 21:27 2018 NZDT
Speed: 5.8knts
Run: 54.9nm (99.4km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 121.4nm
02 52.419S 130 51.258E
Weather: 20% cloud, 27C, 1001 baro, 10-13kts NW wind, .5-1m following seas

We've been having a great sail today, and I wanted to update our position. We have mostly sunny skies, and just outstanding weather. It's rare for us to have this kind of wind so we took the window and headed out for Tual. We plan on arriving early morning on Saturday with about 200 miles to sail.

Thu Jan 25 10:36 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
02 12.502S 130 25.146E
Weather: 20% cloud, 27C, 1005 baro, 0-5kts W wind

It's a sad day toady for Field Trip. We are leaving Raja Ampat after almost three months of exploring and diving this outstanding area. Of all of our travels over the past six years, this has been our favorite location for diving and raw beauty. We did our last dive yesterday on another beautiful site, and will be leaving here for our 270NM sail around 8am. The weather should be good for a sail almost the entire way assuming forecasts are correct.

Mon Jan 22 12:00 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Run: 0.3nm (0.5km)
02 12.502S 130 25.146E
Weather: 20% cloud, 27C, 1005 baro, 0-5kts W wind

Our nice spot was vacated for an even nicer spot around the corner. This is a GREAT location, dead calm flat in the prevailing westerlies, no current and beautiful. We'll be here we think until late this week when we head out for a direct 'sail' to Tual. All is well, and we hope to log a dive or two today.

Sun Jan 21 12:24 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Run: 9.2nm (16.7km)
02 12.354S 130 24.942E
Weather: 20% cloud, 27C, 1005 baro, 0-5kts W wind

We found a fairly nice spot to tie up on port and sb side of the boat to rock walls. We are in 45m of water with 80m of width between islands and reefs so it is tight. However, it's a lot more comfortable than the previous spot. We are surrounded by more dive sites and will start exploring those for the next 4-5 days as we wait in this area for wind to head SE to Tual. The big news is we had our high pressure valve fail in the Bauer. Fortunately our friend Daryl in Brisbane who we purchased the unit from included a rebuild kit for this valve, and I was able to rebuilt today and it's working great. If we didn't have a kit, we turn into snorkelers for the next 3 months...UGH!.... :-) :-)

Sat Jan 20 11:36 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
02 13.132S 130 32.903E
Weather: 20% cloud, 27C, 1005 baro, 0-5kts W wind

We are leaving today for another location here in Misool. Our dive yesterday was perhaps the best dive yet. It was just outstanding with excellent wide angle photography. Some of my best shots yet. Sad to be leaving here for another location but we must continue to move as we have to be in Tual in a week for immigration. Hard to believe we've been almost three months in Raja Ampat!

Thu Jan 18 11:21 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
02 13.132S 130 32.903E
Weather: 60% cloud, 28C, 1005.5 baro, 0-5kts W wind

The diving continues to be excellent. We did two dives in the morning at Boo Windows and Boo Point. Both were excellent. We are going to be here for another couple of days and then start working our way south(ish) towards Tual and then Triton Bay.

Tue Jan 16 11:27 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
02 13.132S 130 32.903E
Weather: 80% cloud, 28C, 1005.3 baro, 0-5kts W wind

We logged our first dives here at Whale Rock. Let's just say it was the best single wide angle dive we've ever done. We got some amazing photos and the fish AND sharks are abundant...which is rare in Indonesia. We'll be here until this weekend at least, and will then start moving around some more in Misool. No joke, the diving is 'that' good!

Mon Jan 15 11:12 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Run: 15.9nm (28.8km)
02 13.132S 130 32.903E
Weather: 30% cloud, 28C, 1005.3 baro, 0-5kts W wind

We are in the land of Misool Eco Resort Reserve, which basically means this area is a 'No Take' zone, and preserved for diving. It's supposed to be spectacular, and we are eager to get diving today. Kids are still a little sick, Sarah has a bit of a cold, and hopefully they will all get better soon. Elizabeth was in tears thinking she may not be able to dive some of these areas. We assured he we would stay in the area until she gets better to dive some of the premier sites here. We are tied up between two rock walls, as the area is 50m deep...so not possible to anchor. We've gotten used to tying up to rock walls the past couple of weeks as this seems to be the best method to secure vessels in these bays. It takes a lot more work than anchoring for sure, and you don't always swing into the wind, but it's the only answer to be able to dive in some of the areas and not anchor in 50m+!

Fri Jan 12 10:54 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
02 01.527S 130 40.456E
Weather: 80% cloud, 28C, 1006.3 baro, 0-5kts W wind

I was finally able to get back in the water and do a couple of dives. The dives are OK, but not as good as the diving north of here near Martha's Garden. We are looking forward to further exploring the area, and will leave in the next day or two. Both kids are sick with a cold and mild fever. Not fun, and we hope they will get better soon.

Thu Jan 11 11:18 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
02 01.527S 130 40.456E
Weather: 20% cloud, 28C, 1005.3 baro, 0-5kts W wind

The day was beautiful. We unfortunately have three sick people onboard with colds, so Sarah was the only diver today. We hope to be able to get rid of the colds soon as this is the first time we had a sick boat since NZ. Today I'll get in the water and try to dive. We'll be here for another couple of days before heading over to our next spot. We have three more weeks left in Misool before we have to head to Tual. All is well.

Wed Jan 10 10:18 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
02 01.527S 130 40.456E
Weather: 20% cloud, 28C, 1005.3 baro, 0-5kts W wind

It was a bit rainy yesterday, and I was still a little sick. Sarah was able to get in another couple of dives and Elizabeth went as well. Hopefully today I'll be able to jump in and get in a dive or two. It looks like a beautiful day, and I'm excited to get into the water. There are three dive boats that arrived this morning, so this must be a busy dive location for the diveboats.

Tue Jan 9 12:00 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
02 01.527S 130 40.456E
Weather: 100% cloud, 29C, 1006.3 baro, 0-5kts W wind

We had a good day diving. Sarah logged two dives, but I was not able to do much with my cold, so I'll have to wait another day before diving. We had a strong storm last night that really slammed us with rain, lighting and wind. We are in a sheltered area, but we still had 17-20kts on the beam and that put a lot of strain on the lines we have run on bow and stern. No issues, but still kept us awake just in case something went amiss. Today looks a little dark, the rainiest we've seen in weeks, so we'll have to see how it pans out for diving today.

Mon Jan 8 13:54 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Run: 107.1nm (193.9km)
02 01.527S 130 40.456E
Weather: 30% cloud, 209C, 1007.3 baro, 0-5kts W wind

We finally made it to Misool, Raja Ampat. We are here in a beautiful location tied bow and stern to shore. It is 45m deep, so we can't feasibly anchor when the bay is only 100m across. I've been fighting a cold and small fever that last couple of days so I won't be able to do any diving for another day or two. Sarah is diving with our friends on Perry who are here with us. The weather has been just fantastic the past week.

Tue Jan 2 13:30 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Run: 8.2nm (14.8km)
00 28.545S 130 41.738E
Weather: 30% cloud, 28C, 1005.3 baro, 0-5kts W wind

We left the marina after one night so we can get back in the water with some diving and snorkeling. Sarah and I went for a snokel after arrving to the anchorage to find ourselves swimming with a dugong! The dugong was not skittish and stayed with us for about 15min. It was a beautiful creature and we've never swam with one before. We are going to dive today with our new gear that santa delivered from Bali, and hope to see the dugong again. All is well.

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