Southern Raja Ampat to
re-assembling or tested. We were livid!!
For 4 hours we had to motor through a deep 4nm wide passage that was filled with unlit fishing boats and squid shacks on floating pontoons.
Sadly our diving happiness subsided when we got home and jumped on the net to find out about Typhoon Maysak.
Two days later we were thankful to find out that there was no loss of life in Ulithi and Fais. However some very scary stories were starting to emerge.
There is no way in the world anything like that would ever happen in Australia over such a populated area.
As usual the local market was always a blast.
The waterside markets in Ambon were the largest and most packed we have seen in Indo. Having said that, the people were always very friendly.
On the last day we had the customs officials come and inspect Lorelei before we left the country. Its the only country we've ever heard of that does one on the way out... protecting national treasures and artefacts apparently.
Anyway they were fantastic, spoke great English and even helped us around town.
We also enlisted the help of our local boat driver friend Ankie to help us get some diesel fuel. As we were in the cockpit sorting money Ankie spied our binoculars sitting on the table. We think he knew what they were but didn't know how to use them. His expression of awe when he looked through them was priceless. It was just one of those golden moments and he stood on the deck for several minutes doing 360's looking into the distance.