Sunday, 30 September 2012

Lovina Beach

Hi everyone,
Yesterday we moved on from Bunutan to Lovina Beach, a passage of about 45nm.  We departed at 0700 in company with Kakadu and Fearless.  Unfortunately we had to motor most of the way, but had a few hours of good motor-sailing before the wind died.  The passage took a bit over 10 hours with the last couple being very hot due to zero apparent wind.

We anchored off Lovina Beach at 1545, in 15m over sand, at 08 09.495S 115 01.345E, amongst about 20 other yachts.

Zen Again Track
The preceding night at anchor in Bunutan was extremely rolly and we didn't get much sleep.  We did 2 on, 2 off watches during the passage to Lovina Beach which allowed us to catch up a little.  The passage was quite uneventful apart from weaving our way through the fish traps off Bunutan and being "buzzed" by the Bali fishermen on their way back to shore.  They seem to like crossing your stern at speed and having a good "sticky beak".  Altering course to give way to them doesn't seem to be a good idea - they just turn too!
Nice scenery
Anchored at Lovina Beach
Lovina Beach is a touristy area with lots of craft stalls, bars and cafes.  Yesterday evening we went ashore with the Kakadus and had drinks at one place then a nice dinner at another.  We explored the area a little too, finding the local ATM, a bakery and several other shops of interest.

Thankfully this anchorage wasn't rolly so we got a good night's sleep last night.  After doing a few boat jobs early this morning we joined the Kakadus ashore and had visited the market, the bakery and many local craft stalls.  With the shopping done we retired to the Rambutan Hotel, where for $4pp one can use their pool and wifi.  We spent the rest of the day chilling out, swimming, reading the Weekend Australian (online), researching future cruising destinations and eating.

Tomorrow evening we expect to depart Lovina Beach towards Bawean Island.  The island is 210nm away and halfway to the Kumai River where we plan to take a tour upriver to see the Orang Utangs.

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