In this episode, we are deep in the Mentawai islands living out our dreams. Because of the state of the world these days, this area is so quite and removed from any outside tourism. The islands are scarce, the beaches are quite and the waves are pumping and empty. Places that used to have charter boats and surf camp guests are now non existent and Max and I are enjoying these waves all to ourselves. Then another sailboat arrives. More young crew and more fun to be had! When two sailboats are travelling in the same direction, you are not racing, but really you are!!!!
In this episode, we continue our exploration deep into the Southern Mentawai Islands. With our crew member Max from the Youtube channel Max & Occy onboard, the froth levels are high as we score one of the best waves in the area all to ourselves. Sailing to us is about the discovery of new places and we like to seek out as many of those as we can! Non stop sailing and surfing, then the need to hide away from weather regularly means we are on the move A LOT. After a couple weeks of living the dream., it is time to do some maintenance to bring Nandji back up to speed. Nothing like teachiing crew about sailing then scrubbing the decks!!
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, it is all about life as a liveaboard in remote Indonesia. Living on a sailboat means we need to be 100% self sufficient as we are travelling extremely remote areas of the far west islands of Indonesia where help is a very long way away. We go through the struggles of keeping Nandji in top shape, what we do to find fresh food to eat and then continue on our way sailing through the islands. We have been in the southern islands of the Mentawai archipelago for the last couple of months and it is time to make our way back north en route to Thailand. We enter into the stunning Telos Islands after being away from any kind of developed civilisation for weeks, hopefully here we can replenish our cupboards as they are very empty. We take Flubber the tender on our longest mission yet to visit the local village in search of food! We head back to sea only to be confronted at night by a bigger vessel charging straight at us. We are on edge as this is the closest and scariest call we have had on the sea...
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we decide we want to challenge our selves as our sailing plans have changed. So Bonita leaves Nandji on a solo mission into the jungle to live with the remote Mentawai Tribe who live and follow their traditional ways. She leaves Yosh all alone on Nandji who in the next episode performs his first ever offshore overnight solo sail. Bonita heads deep into the jungle on Siberut island to watch and learn how the traditional tribe live. She stays with the Shaman Cookie, who invites her into his home and shows Bonita some of the daily tasks of living in the Jungle. Cookie teaches the ways of collecting and eating insects, how to make poison arrows to kill animals and goes fishing in the stream with a local lady. This is an experience of a life time as she is the first girl to travel solo to the remote tribe and live amongst them. What a brave lady!
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