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Stuck in Maumere Waiting for Visa Extensions

September 5, 2015

We are anchored off Sea World Resort near Maumere on the island of Flores, Indonesia. Nearly all 50 rally boats are here as we wait for our visa extensions. For over a week we have been experiencing firsthand the bureaucracy that Indonesia is famous for as the renewal process is changed daily. We are still waiting for our passports to be returned to us so we can continue west.

We have taken advantage of the layover to do some boat projects and touring. We hired a car and driver for a day starting at 4:30AM and traveled three and a half hours to see the Three Colored Lakes of Kelimutu formed in the calderas of a volcano. Each lake is colored differently and the colors can change overnight. The drive was as enjoyable as the lakes as we passed tiered rice paddies and white sand beaches. We stopped at a mountain village with a large open market and saw the live animals bound and ready for butchering (yuk!).

A hired driver is a must since it would be suicide for us to try and negotiate the windy mountain roads on our own. Driving is on the left side of the road and the white line is more of a suggestion than a rule as scooters and trucks often use the right lane to pass slower vehicles. Drivers beep their horns as they approach curves in hopes that oncoming traffic will return to their proper lane.

There are no taxis in Maumere but there are a million scooters that will take you anywhere for $1USD. If there are two of you the scooter driver will flag down a fellow transportation specialist and off you go. Alternatively there are bemos; public transportation vans similar to buses that cost only 50 cents. However, they will not go anywhere until they are full which means people hanging out the door.

Sea World Resort has a wonderful happy hour (actually two hours) where a cold 1 liter beer costs $3USD. Most cruisers meet at the beach bar to talk about the day’s activities and enjoy the sunset. One night the resort had a buffet on the beach with a delightful selection of food and an arak chaser. The first sip of arak tastes like turpentine, but it grows on you.

Our last post was from Wakatobi. From there we sailed 150 nm due south to Kroco Island in light winds and ended up motoring a third of the way. Kroco Island is little more than an uninhabited sand spit surrounded by four smoldering volcanos and featuring clear water and great snorkeling. From there we motored to Tanjung Gedong and then to Maumere.

We have some exciting diving ahead of us as we move west and we are very much looking forward to seeing the Komodo dragons before we meet up in Bali with our daughter Jennifer. She will join us in some land touring and our sail north to see the orangutans.

Local fisherman commuting to work

Local fisherman commuting to work

Sunset on Kroco Is.

Sunset on Kroco Is.

Smoking volcano as seen from Kroco Is.

Smoking volcano as seen from Kroco Is.

Sand spit a Kroco Is.

Sand spit a Kroco Is.

Snorkeling Kroco Is; Sandie towing the dinghy

Snorkeling Kroco Is; Sandie towing the dinghy

Snorkeling Kroco Is; school of vertical razor fish

Snorkeling Kroco Is; school of vertical razor fish

Snorkeling Kroco Is.

Snorkeling Kroco Is.

Snorkeling Kroco Is.

Snorkeling Kroco Is.

Snorkeling Kroco Is.

Snorkeling Kroco Is.

Snorkeling Kroco Is; false clown fish

Snorkeling Kroco Is; false clown fish

Snorkeling Kroco Is; puffer fish hiding in the coral

Snorkeling Kroco Is; puffer fish hiding in the coral

Snorkeling Kroco Is.

Snorkeling Kroco Is.

Snorkeling Kroco Is; sea urchins

Snorkeling Kroco Is; sea urchins

Snorkeling Kroco Is.

Snorkeling Kroco Is.

Snorkeling Kroco Is.

Snorkeling Kroco Is.

Kids visiting us at Tanjung Gedong

Kids visiting us at Tanjung Gedong

Watching for the "green flash"

Watching for the “green flash”

Fisherman heads out at sunset; Tanjung Gedong

Fisherman heads out at sunset; Tanjung Gedong

Fisherman at Sea World Resort

Fisherman at Sea World Resort

Fisherman at Sea World Resort

Fisherman at Sea World Resort

Sardines headed for market

Sardines headed for market

Meat "on the hoof" at the mountain village open market

Meat “on the hoof” at the mountain village open market

Water buffalo on the way to Kelimutu

Water buffalo on the way to Kelimutu

Three colored lakes at Kelimutu

Three colored lakes at Kelimutu

Three colored lakes at Kelimutu

Three colored lakes at Kelimutu

Three colored lakes at Kelimutu

Three colored lakes at Kelimutu

Rice paddies on the way to Kelimutu

Rice paddies on the way to Kelimutu

Rice paddies on the way to Kelimutu

Rice paddies on the way to Kelimutu

Koka Beach on trip to Kelimutu

Koka Beach on trip to Kelimutu

Heavily loaded scooter

Heavily loaded scooter

Filling our gas jug one liter at a time

Filling our gas jug one liter at a time

Happy hour at Sea World Resort

Happy hour at Sea World Resort

View at happy hour

View at happy hour

Buffet at Sea World

Buffet at Sea World

Fish BBQ for the Sea World buffet

Fish BBQ for the Sea World buffet

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