The anchorage in W Belitung was behind a couple of reefs. It was a harrowing task to bring YOLO in around the reefs, but luckily we had good light to do it. Other yachts hailed us on the radio and gave us directions to work our way around the reefs, too. We got there early enough to get behind the inner reef and lots of boats came in after us, making the anchorage crowded. Some boats dragged or anchored too close to each other and when the wind changed and got stronger, boats started to touch and tempers flared. Glad we weren't one of them!
We went ashore our first full day and were met by large orange tubs of turtles that the local folks had raised and wanted us to set them back into the ocean. These turtle babies were bigger than the ones we'd paid to let loose, and these were free! We each let many of them go and guided them into the ocean again. They are so cute!
We took a tour to a batik factory near Manggar and got to watch them make some batik, then got to try our hand at it. This lady is dying my 2nd attempt at making a decent design on a scrap of cotton cloth.
The vat they throw the fabric in to boil off the wax of the design.
The ladies were dying the bigger pieces of cloth that they made. Not a high-tech work area, eh?
The lady who helped me make a design. She didn't speak English.
Manggar is the town with 1000 coffee shops and they supposedly hold the record for over 17,000 people drinking coffee at the same time. They even had a monument of a coffee pot in the center of a roundabout. We bought some coffee here to take with us, too. Coffee here is powdered, not rough grinds. The locals throw the coffee into the cup of hot water and when the grounds sink, its ready to drink. You just have to remember there are grounds on the bottom of the cup before you take that last big gulp!! "White coffee" here is 1/2 sweetened condensed milk and the other half black coffee that has been squeezed through a filter. Too bad I didn't get photos of the monument in Manggar, but we're still drinking the coffee--we put it through our coffee maker, though. How civilized....