Monday, July 11, 2022

Release Date 7/10/2022

 I was Scuba Diving off of Belongas Bay with Wild Scuba Indonesia  at the famous Magnet dive site.

This is a great company and they offer really exciting diving in big seas and current at these very special dive sites. 

We were hoping to find the hammerhead sharks, but they weren't around. Apparently it is still a bit too warm. I dove here on the 10th and 9th. We saw lots of cool pelagic fish including Tunas and a Huge school of barracuda. 

It was very rough, waves were at least 6ft trough to crest and I got a bit seasick on the ride out and especially the ride back. I could only do 2 dives and went in early because of the sea sickness. 

We stayed on Gili Ashran which was long drive, but it was nice to stay on these mellow islands, and the drive across the southern part of Lombok is really nice.

Truth Italian Food is Good. 

Monday, July 04, 2022

Release Date 6/30/2022


Paddle North along the Lombok coast from Senggigi. I have been keeping my boat at Scuba Froggy’s dive shop. This is my second paddle since we got back to Lombok, I didn’t get around to releasing a bottle on the first paddle.

See details on the Strava post of this paddle, and the earlier paddle

There was a 10kt wind from the Southwest that increased to at least 15kts by the time I turned around.  It made for a long slow slog on the return trip, but I felt like superman on the way down.

This boat is ok, but it’s a not fast and the bulkheads and hatches leak. You get what you paid  for, and this was definitely a bargain. I did manage to roll it a few times and did a paddlefloat rescue on the previous trip, but it isn’t easy to get it to turn over.  

The northbound paddle is so much prettier I kind of only want to go this way in the future.

There are some rocks that might be fun to play on in the surf, but I don’t feel good about going into them in the surf on my own. There was one cool arch that I paddled through because it was deep and mellow even on breaking waves. 

I found a cool pocket beach for lunch, that was only accessible by the water, I’m sure I will be back there. The surf was dumping on the rocky beach, so as long as I didn’t go in or out on a big set it was fine.

I scouted out what looks like a cool place for freediving, and maybe even scuba. We want to come back by the land. Its a rocky point, but just a few hundred meters swim if I walk down the beach to the end.

Truth: Its good to keep in touch.