A few days into Kupang and I feel a holiday starting...... Here with (dare I say it) the ususal suspects from the FSC Dive section and friends/family, and days have a familiar pattern. Breakfast, boat ride, dive, laze on deck and snack or lunch, dive, boat ride, Bintang........ We are staying at La Hasienda, a mexican themed hotel hand built by the proprietor, who is originally from - you guessed it - Germany. Many of the surfaces - inside and out - are mosaics of ceramic tiles and we have bullfight posters in the dining room. There is a rooftop deck which he plans to finish - it needs some mosaics, tables, and chairs - which we have adapted (ie brought the tables and chairs) for our immediate use at Bintang time. You can see the entire city, setting sun and rising moon over cold beer. Not bad.
Our dive boat is not as expected or, according to the operator, as planned. Apparently the normal boat is stricken with engine problems and we are improvising with a large fishing prahu - so we are sorting it all out between fishing nets and scales, but we seem to be getting the hang of it. On and off at the beginning of the day takes the most talent, as at this point you are trying to not get wet - we have he falling in bit down pat.
We have not had crystal clear water here, disappointing but not entirely unexpected, as we are relatively close to shore and particularly near the mainland there seems to be a lot of silt. There is a lot to be said for being well forward or on the flanks of the group in terms of seeing things. On that - plentiful reef fish, good for most critters, but nothing large. I am working on coming to grips with a new camera so taking my time and undoubtedly missing half of everything at the expense of trying for a good shot of something else. Good enough for me.
In short, all's well. A few photos in the 'Beyond La Hasienda' album in this blog.