After Saumlaki, Banda Naira Island was our next stop. It is a very steep anchorage and only one boat managed to find a place to anchor out. We got within a boat length of shore and it was still 100' deep! So we backed YOLO into the seawall and tied the bow off to a large ship buoy. Yachts were snug and had to make room for the local boats to squeeze in and tie to their floats and the shore, too. Luckily, a local boat moved out of our way so we could fit into a slot to get tied up.
Abba, our local guide and owner of a guesthouse on the island, acted as our interpreter, guide, and rally point man since the local government here hadn't put out any funds to deal with the rally. Not like Saumlaki where the government sponsored food, drink, and activities and festivities as well as repairing the dingy dock and providing security for our dinghies while we were ashore.
Below, Abba is showing us the wall of an old Dutch fort from the 1600's. The Dutch and British fought bloody wars over this tiny island as it is one of the few places that grows nutmeg and cloves and cinnamon. The nutmeg, known as the golden fruit, was the cause of so much warlike activity when Europe was desperate for spices.
Abba explaining to Helane off of Velella III about the cinnamon bark on the tree.
If you look closely or zoom this, you'll see a kid/baby goat lazing on the head of this grave.