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Published: September 2nd 2009
Sailing to Bunaken at Midnight.
it was only the flash from the camera that gave us any light!
We have just spent the last 8 days on the island of Bunaken off the coast of Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Our flight to Manado was delayed by two and a half hours meaning instead of arriving at 7.50 it was 9.30pm. By the time we’d bought our visa and cleared customs it was approaching 10.30pm.
We’d arranged to be picked up by Vasko, from Lorenzo’s, and taken to the port for the boat we’d charted to the island of Bunaken. We didn’t imagine he’d still be there waiting as we were so late but luckily he was. Malcolm and Sue, a couple from New Zealand, wanted to go to Bunaken but had no arrangements in place so Vasko phoned through to arrange a room for them and we all set off together.
By the time we got to the port, however, our boat had left without us. Vasko negotiated a lift for us on the only small boat left. As we sailed out of port the engine cut out, the boat had no lights whatsoever so the driver struggled to fix it in the total darkness but eventually we were off again. As we got into open sea I looked up at the sky, there was no moon so the stars were a fantastic sight twinkling in the inky black sky. I glanced over the side of the boat and was amazed at the bright green phosphorous that danced in the bow waves as the boat cut through the water. I’ve seen phosphorous at the water’s edge before but this was something else. Magical!
I was relieved when we got close to the island as I was not convinced the boat would last out, it was sounding dodgier by the minute and it had already cut out a second time in open sea. The boatman struggled to steer us through the mangroves which had to be negotiated before getting to Lorenzo’s Resort. I don’t think he was even sure we were at Lorenzo’s!
A light appeared and we were guided into shore. Hapna, who seemed to be in charge was surprised to see two couples and said there was no room. Despite us booking two months earlier, she had had to make a bed up in the Reception/ office/ library for Stan and Myself. Sue and Malcolm ended up in Ali’s bungalow ( Ali worked next door at the Dive Centre but slept at Lorenzo’s) and Ali was demoted to the hammock on the veranda!! Oh well, at least we all had a bed for the night! Many thanks to our friendly guide Vasko who sorted it all out and made sure no-one had to sleep on the beach! And thanks to Ali too!
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