26 September 2009


Medana Bay on the NW corner of Lombok Island is an 'official' stop in the Sail Indonesia Rally. There is good and easy anchoring in the bay, there is a fantastic dinghy dock and under the palms is a pleasant meeting place where you also find the very helpful staff of Medana marina with info about tours and interesting sights in the area. The village next to the marina is well involved with the activities of the Rally: there is help with getting fresh water and diesel on board, there is a laundry service, there are meals cooked every day and there are small shops with local souvenirs.

An other project of the village is the replant of a reef in the bay. Everyone can plant a small piece of coral on a block of concrete and write on it the name of your boat (or wife or grandchild) and bring the block to the designated area so that in 2, 5 or 10 years there will be a healthy reef in the bay again that also will attract fish and other sea creatures. There is a lot of interest from the sailors in the Rally to participate is this initiative.

During the welcoming ceremony we are well surprised by the many beautiful costumes and traditional music. The performance is very professional and a fascinating show. The dinner for the participants and the local representatives and guests is vegetarian with fresh cooked fish and fantastic fish-sate's. Also the various vegetables are tastefully prepared. A real moslim band with head covered moslima dancers give a good swing with every now and then some Arabic accents.

Slideshow Lombok