ISLAND HOPPING

CAPTAIN PHIL IS TAKING OVER THE VESSEL FROM FLORES ISLAND – HEADING WEST FROM LABUAN BAJO (FLORES) TO SPAPE (SUMBAWA ISLAND)IMG_0688

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NOT ONLY TAKING CARE OF THE SHIP..
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DOC PHIL IS ALSO FIXING WOUNDED AND INFECTED PASSENGERS

GOOD VIBES ON MY BOAT..

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SHY SLEEPY KID

AFTER ONLY 4 HOURS OF CALM OCEANS WE REACHED SUMBAWA ISLAND IN THE AFTERNOON

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MY FIRST  – NON LOCAL PASSENGER IN INDONESIA – VAIDA FROM LITHUANIA
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COASTLINE CRUISNING INTO SUNSET

WE REACHED – BIMA – THE CAPITOL OF SUMBAWA SOON AS THE ROADS IN SUMBAWA ARE OUTSTANDING CONDITION. AND THEY ARE STRAIGHT – UNLIKE MY PREVIOUS EXPERIENCES. WE DECIDED TO CONTINUE DRIVING AS I WE WANTED TO KEEP GOING TO MEET SOME AMERICAN FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ISLAND

FINDING ACCOMMODATION WITH A SHOWER WAS A BIT OF MISSION THOUGH

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SOME LOCAL FEST IN THE HEART OF SUMBAWA

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ENJOYING THE ROAD

TAKING THE FERRY FROM SUMBAWA TO LOMBOK

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FERRY TO LOMBOK ISLAND

THE FERRY WAS PRETTY STRAIGHT FORWARD – WE ARRIVED AT THE PORT AND WERE ABLE TO DRIVE ON THE FERRY STRAIGHT AWAY – THAT WAS TIMING. THE CROSSING TOOK LESS THAN 2 HOURS – ENOUGH FOR A SNOOZE THOUGH 🙂

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WELCOME TO LOMBOK

MY PASSENGER ‘VAIDA’ WANTED TO GO TO ‘CUTE’ – A LITTLE TOWN SOUTH OF LOMBOK, FAMOUS FOR SURF, SO WE DID. THE SUN WAS ABOUT TO GO DOWN, WE CHECKED INTO  ‘BANANA HOMESTAY’ AND I JUMPED STRAIGHT INTO MY RUNNERS TO DO A LITTLE EXPLORATION RUN BEFORE DUSK WILL TURN INTO DARKNESS. I BUMPED INTO SOME ‘STRANDED’ SPANISH GIRLS AT THE BEACH ASKING ME FOR DIRECTIONS. WE BEFRIENDED – OBVIOUSLY – I MEAN WHO WOULDN’T BEFRIEND THREE SPANISH GIRLS IN THEIR 20’s. WE WENT FOR DINNER AND SET A DATE TO CHECK OUT THE SURF THE NEXT MORNING.

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THE NEXT DAY – ON THE WAY TO CATCH SOME WAVES

YOU GOTTA TAKE A BOAT TO CATCH THE WAVE OFFSHORE

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LAYLA – PHIL – PAULA – AIDATHE 
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PAULA, SURFBOARDS AND THE CAPTAIN

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A LITTLE PADDLE TO THE WAVE
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A SNAP OF THE NEW QUICKSILVER AD – GETTING RELEASED MID APRIL

AFTER A GOOD MORNING OF CATCHING SOME WAVES WE WENT TO EXPLORE SOME HIDDEN BEACHES AROUND THE ISLANDScreen Shot 2016-01-29 at 8.21.22 pm

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07 IN HIS NATURAL HABITAT
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TELLING STORIES I GUESS..
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SELFIE TIME

THIS FABULOUS DAY GOT ME INTO SERIOUS TROUBLE AS LOCAL TAXI DRIVERS THOUGHT I AM A TOUR OPERATOR OR ‘UBER’ DRIVER AND A FIGHT ENDED KIND OF UGLY- THE STORY IS KIND OF COMPLICATED SO I DECIDED TO EXPLAIN IT ON A SEPARATE PAGE – CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE

THE GIRLS NEEDED A LIFT TO SANGIGI, ANOTHER TOWN ON THE WESTCOAST OF LOMBOK. I WAS GOING THAT WAY TO GET TO THE GILI ISLANDS SO THEY JUMPED IN

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HAPPY THAT I DIDN’T GET KILLED BY THE LOCAL TAXI GANG
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HAVING FUN IN THE LOCAL TRAFFIC

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I DROPPED OFF THE GIRLS AND HEADED TO A LITTLE PORT FURTHER NORTH TO CATCH A FERRY TO THE GILI’S

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WINDY WESTCOAST ROADS
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LOMBOK

I LEFT THE LANDCRUISER AT THE PORT AND TOOK A SPEEDBOAT TO THE GILI’S

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BUMPED INTO NICK – WHO I KNEW FROM CUTE

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BEACHBIKE TO TOUR AROUND THE ISLAND APPROX A 7KM LAP
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ME DOING A BEER RUN FOR SAMA SAMA REGGAE BAR
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DIVING SCHOOLS EVERYWHERE
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AS WELL AS FRESH JUICES
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THE VIEW TO GILI MENO – GILI T’S LITTLE SISTER
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CLEAR WATERS

I ONLY SPENT A COUPLE OF DAYS ON GILI T BUT MANAGED TO HAVE ME IPHONE 6S STOLEN AND MY BANKCARD TAKEN BY THE ATM. NICE WORK PHIL!

SO I LEFT GILI WITHOUT A PHONE AND BANKCARD

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THIS AIN’T KILLING NO MOOD
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BACK TO LOMBOK – MAKING NEW FRIENDS

I DROVE TO MATARAM – LOMBOK’S CAPITOL – TO FIND A COMMONWEALTH BANK BRANCH BECAUSE THEIR  ATM SWOLLOWED MY BANK CARD ON THE GILI’S – THEY ACTUALLY WENT TO THE ATM ON GILI T THE PREVIOUS DAY AND FOUND MORE THAN FOUR BANKCARDS STUCK INSIDE THE MASHINE – FOUR! BUT NOT MINE – SO I SENT THEM BACK TO HAVE A BETTER LOOK! USELESS BUNCH OF PEOPLE!

THANKS TO MY MATE JOESPH AT THIS POINT TO SORT ME OUT WITH EMERGENCY CASH OF OVER 3000 AUSTRALIAN DOLLARS WITHIN 2 DAYS. THE KIND OF FRIEND THAT YOU CAN COUNT ON IN DIFFICULT SITUATIONS! LOVE YOU

I DROVE SOUTH TO LEMBAR PORT TO CATCH THE FERRY TO BALI – AWAITING A 6 HOUR CROSSOVER

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800.000 RUPIAH FOR THE FERRY

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THANKS LOMBOK

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