Ligaya in Adonara, Indonesia

From Kupang we headed north, to a small island called Adonara, off the eastern end of the big island of Flores.


All the islands are of volcanic origin. There are some 130 active volcanoes in Indonesia, and we passed several that were smoking.
We passed boats of all shapes and sizes. Indonesia is a land of boats.

As soon as we anchored, we were visited by a veritable procession of boats.

There were groups of fishermen......

.... single fishermen .......

..... and families.
Without exception, the people were very friendly and very curious. Especially the young kids. We had the feeling that few, if any, yachts had stopped in this particular anchorage before.

Soon after dawn, while I was on anchor watch, a very strange craft came to visit us. I had seen it anchored near the outer reef all night, with bright lights shining into the water from the ends of the outriggers. Obviously the lights were used to attract the fish and they must have had some kind of net that they used beneath the hull.

All night, a small group of fishing boats huddled around our stern, catching fish that were attracted to the lights from Ligaya.

We took the tender around the corner of the island, so a very small village that we had seen on the way in.

When we got ashore, there was nobody to be seen. Maybe they were all out fishing, or maybe they were just hiding from us. We did not look inside any of the houses, but we made plenty of noise, so they would have known we were there if they wanted to meet us.

There were several boats pulled up on the shore, including this dugout canoe. I really liked the stone anchor.


Obviously there was no refrigeration, as there was no electricity. There were wooden racks where the fishermen could dry their catch, before eventually taking it to the market.

Here is your intrepid explorer on the beach, camera bag in hand.
What would a hotel give for a beach like this?
The only footprints on the beach were ours. If the inhabitants had gone fishing, they must have left at high tide.

In addition to the boats pulled up on the shore, there were three boats anchored off the beach.

Many of the boats here are narrow and have at least one outrigger, in some cases two, to give them stability.



We decided that this was a very nice spot to visit, but not a place that we could cope with living in. A very hard life for the fishermen, despite the idyllic surroundings.

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