After watching those beautiful group of Manta rays, we sailed for 18 hours to a new destination. It was a nonstop 18 hours of sailing, although I’ve done this kind of long hours of travel in the ocean years ago, I still felt this was new to me, I was ecstatic as was doing it again, especially that it was in a foreign land.
While on the boat, we thought of what better ways to kill the boredom of 18 hours sailing? I noticed that some of the adventurers in our boat brought with them books, played more music installed on their phones, while the family who was with us brought massive of play games for they have 2 amazing kids joining the tour. Others were busy chatting with one another, looking at exciting photos we took that day and some had moments elsewhere. As the night came, our weariness shut down when we were able to witness a beautiful sunset from afar, for me it was such a magical moment of this journey. This time, I am not chasing the sun, instead, it was just right in front of where I was.
Our dinner, as usual, was delicious, I love the balance of the food that Wanua Adventures served, from vegetables to meat and fruits. After dinner, the smooth sailing of the boat sways nicely as the ocean was so clear and my very full stomach made me sleep early.
Since I went to bed so early the night before, I also woke up very early the next day. It was 2:45 am when my eyes suddenly opened and had me fully awake after that. So I decided to gather myself to the front of the boat.
I vividly remember how I embraced that moment while lying myself in front of the boat, the quiet place serenaded my beautiful time while watching the stars and the moon. I could not believe why I was there, I could not believe why I was experiencing such wonderful life. I embraced that pace with full happiness in my heart. I slowly close my eyes and fell asleep right there. When I woke up the next day, the sun came out and few of us had an early breakfast, with no noise from one another observing the quiet time as others were still asleep. We calmly waited for us to arrive at the next destination.
We embarked at Gili Lawadarat near Lombok around 8 am in the morning after that long hiatus of the boat ride, there is actually a particular name of this island but I kind of forgot to note about it. It is a bit the same view in Padar island, if you weren’t able to visit Padar (which is really famous in Flores) but you got the chance for a boat adventure, the view is the same as Padar island only fewer people. Although, I didn’t go all through out the highest point of the island because my head was freaking painful, yet, I was happy to rest and have my own relaxation in the island. I love it for we were the only people enjoying the entire island. Since we had an hour and a half to indulge ourselves in the area, snorkeling was also of another activity to keep us busy.
After that amazing quiet experience, it took us 2 hours to cast off to Satonda Island, where fresh water lake and massive of sea creatures were found. We stayed for an hour in the area and walked for about 800m to reach the lake. I didn’t plunge in the fresh water for I roam along where I noticed few locals offer some prayers to the different location. There are locals living on this island and few rooms available for rent fronting the main beach. I am as well glad I didn’t miss to dive into the different snorkeling spot of this island just at the main beach, it was spectacular, massive kinds of fish were found plus some coral reefs, not the best of all islands we visited on this trip but definitely a must visit.
The last island we stepped in was Moyo Island. We were the only group who arrived on this island about 2 pm in the afternoon. Three of the cabin crew took us to the waterfalls situated inside the island. When we arrived at the waterfalls, there was some “Tarzan” kind of activity where one can jump to the mini falls by the rope hang in the area. It was refreshing to swim and dipped into the water for all of us as we have been soaked in the salt water for more than two days prior to this last destination. We left from the waterfalls with a smile on my face. We then headed to the main beach where we were given a good amount of time to do what we want to do. The color of the water is sky blue with some lively corals too that made me swoop down.
It was past 5 pm when we left Moyo Island. We were told it will take us 9-10 hours to arrive in Lombok. Some of the group including me and Jelyn immersed ourselves at the front of the boat. Took the beers from the icebox that we purchased for the trip (I had soda water) and enjoyed our conversation of mostly anything as we sailed to our final journey of this adventure.
On our last night, we experienced the stormy and bumpy exploration. The boat was racking, destructed a bit by the strong wave, felt the forceful lightning that came from everywhere which struck to different direction in the ocean. The massive and immense amount of water that entered at the first deck were moving in and out to different direction. Fortunately, the men were quick and fast to work things out at the first deck regardless of the heavy-duty mess they saw, they were able to manage everyone’s needs and safety. Kudos to the hard work that Wanua Team did, they did everything so everyone will be on it’s safety net. That tough route of the night continued for more than 40 minutes which until now I still could not remember how long it lasted. To our surprised, there were couple of dolphins who guarded our way from the stormy path to the clear water they were there. We watched them clearly when the storm went off to nowhere. The moon came out which gave a beautiful light to the dolphins as they swam slowly at the front of the boat. That experienced was one of a reminder for myself that there will always be a shining light after a stormy life.
Nine hours later, we arrived at the port in Lombok island. We wrapped up all our things, endured ourselves for a quick breakfast since it was around 5-6am. There were two vans that waited for us too. The crew from Wanua were kind enough to assist everyone they organized our bags transferring them to the assigned van and they made sure that each of us were in our right van base on our individual destination.
I credit Wanua crew for they never left us, they guided and drove with us in the van, making sure that we all have taken care our next trip. We drove two hours, arrived at a place near the port of Lombok so it would be easy for us to travel the next day to Bali.
That amazing Indonesia boat adventure is unforgettable. If one have the chance to do this, you should do it.
Have you done this kind of boat adventure? How was it?
Author: Ferna Mae
Ferna is a Filipino who is independent in her own skin. Enjoys traveling solo yet loves to travel with friends and family too. She first traveled her country the Philippines before she embarked to other countries. She believes that by traveling, her undying crave for learning excites her in a more profound way. Her flexibility had proven her that time is genuine. She supports Eco Tourism, thus, she believes her generosity to share her tour guiding and travel experiences will give value to the aspiring travelers. Connect with her at firstname.lastname@example.org,