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do fishermen in Kupang take passengers ?

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i want to go see about this island called Pulau Nila
8 years ago, February 25th 2011 No: 1 Msg: #129839  
it's about 400 miles north-east from Kupang , i have checked everywhere there is no transportations at all, my only hope is the local fishing boat, i know they catch their fish in the Timor sea but i don't know if they would go that far or if they would, do they take passengers , i am a buget traveller but for this i'd pay a thousand if i have to. Reply to this

8 years ago, February 26th 2011 No: 2 Msg: #129927  
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I cant give you any specifics - only a question.

Suppose you do find a fishing boat captain who says okay - he will allow you to ride with him. Around 200 miles from port the crew slits your throat and feeds you to the fishes! They divvy up your money and property and no one in the entire world will ever know where you went! Did you get your money's worth for this little voyage?

Isn't this the part of the world where piracy still is common? The term "bogeyman" originated from the pirates from this area!

(From Wikipedia)
"In Southeast Asia, the term is commonly accepted to refer to Bugis or Buganese pirates, ruthless seafarers of southern Sulawesi, Indonesia's third largest island. These pirates often plagued early English or Dutch trading ships, namely those of the British East India Company or Dutch East India Company. It is popularly believed that this resulted in the European sailors bringing their fear of the "bugi men" back to their home countries." (One of the definitions for bogeyman among others!)

Or everything could work out okay and you have a nice little adventure to exaggerate about when you are old and retired! Reply to this

8 years ago, February 27th 2011 No: 3 Msg: #129990  
when everying goes wrong, that's when the adventure starts Reply to this

8 years ago, February 27th 2011 No: 4 Msg: #129998  
Hi,
It appears to be an isolated island with no one there.
http://wikimapia.org/4397323/Pulau-Nila
So will be a waste of time and there is no way you could be left there with no one on the island.
Pamela Reply to this

8 years ago, February 28th 2011 No: 5 Msg: #130038  
i know it's an isolated island , that's why i wanted to go , after i find the boat that can take there then i'll think of a way to get back. Reply to this

8 years ago, February 28th 2011 No: 6 Msg: #130043  
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Build your own boat! Reply to this

8 years ago, February 28th 2011 No: 7 Msg: #130059  
Worldcitizen9,

Are you completely mad- no probably not - just an adventurer at heart.
Been doing a bit of research for you tonight.
Here goes......

I think the only way to get there would be if you were a crew member of a boat like the Darwin boat race.
http://www.thecoastalpassage.com/darwinambon.html
and
http://www.mantleoftheexpert.com/planning/island-scientists/

and this is Laszlo's website on Eastern Indonesia where he mentions Pulau Nila.
http://www.east-indonesia.info/regions/maluku-travel-information-the-southwest.html
Maybe try to contact him for more information
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8 years ago, February 28th 2011 No: 8 Msg: #130078  
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LOL yes completely mad - ive done the darwin > ambon yacht race and all i can say is.....boats leave darwin with a crew that isnt put together on the docks for a very good reason.....no one wants to behead anyone at sea because they are unbareable to live with and theres a lot of paperwork involved in coming home with one less crew member...or the same amount of crew just one fell overboard and we found the other one on a island with nothing on it 😊

Crews on yachts that are going on ocean crossing races are almost always members of a sailing club and have travelled with the boat from their home port - i.e I crewed on a yacht out of perth that did the Perth > Geraldton race then continued up the coast for the Darwin > Ambon race. When two members of our usual weekly racing crew couldnt take the time off work to do the trip the first place we looked for other crew members was at the yacht club......other sailors known to other people at the yacht club.

Id rather not take my chances hitching a lift on a local fishing boat. Ever heard that old song..dont pay the ferry man til he gets you to the other side. Reply to this

8 years ago, March 1st 2011 No: 9 Msg: #130150  
so is not impossible ?

you know you can't talk me out of this
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8 years ago, March 1st 2011 No: 10 Msg: #130171  
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Not Impossible, just not likely ....having just checked, theres only three boats entered in the race leaving from Darwin so perhaps you need to start looking at the Darwin > Ambon way in 2020 the way things are looking, not exactly a flotilla heading that way.

Then theres all those customs rules weve already been over. Reply to this

8 years ago, March 2nd 2011 No: 11 Msg: #130198  
i have tried to crew on a yacht , i know it's unlikely to find someone whos going the same way as you, that's why i wanna try the fishing boat, i think it's just a matter of money Reply to this

8 years ago, March 2nd 2011 No: 12 Msg: #130239  
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".....that's why i wanna try the fishing boat, i think it's just a matter of money"

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And that is why you may never leave the boat alive once you are 100 miles away from port!

Fish food! Reply to this

8 years ago, March 2nd 2011 No: 13 Msg: #130241  
oh please !!!
don't be so negative
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8 years ago, March 2nd 2011 No: 14 Msg: #130251  
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Hal is not being negative, its just as with your plan to get to Australia, what you are talking about doing is going to end up with you very possibly dead. You are worth more dead than alive to fishing boat crew..do you really think they are going to leave you on an uninhabited island with your wallet and passport intact..and then theyre nice friends are going to hear about the adventurous man sitting on an island of nothing and decide to pick you up and take you home for free???

Have a look on youtube at the christmas island refugee boat disaster.....thats the sort of boat thats taking anyone anywhere for money..

I agree..start building your own boat 😊 Reply to this

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