Sumba and Indonesia Report

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Monday, January 28, 2008

Hello friends around the globe. First off I would like to say Happy New Year to everyone out there. I wish you and your families a great 2008. Well as planned we are back in Bali. And the weather is just like Hawaii when we arrived. Rainy and windy, but not very cold. Adventure Sumba, south east of Bali. Is my most recent addition to the trips on offer with Adventure Indo. Recently we were offered a prime location to set up a home stay fishing lodge. So starting in April we should be offering the following additional options for an adventure to the beautiful remote Island of Sumba:
Opening April 2008 we open new exclusive beach front home stay on the NE coast catering to spearfishing, and fishing guests with option available for cultural tours and sightseeing.  This is a unique adventure opportunity.  The area has no village in the vicinity and 80% of the time the beautiful beach out front is completely empty.    For the opening year we will be using comfortable 4 man tents as a sleeping area and will take up to 8 guests at a time.  Each guest can have there own or share if you want. With the comfortable sea breezes that exist in Sumba nothing is more comfortable than these 4 sided tight screen mesh tents to keep out the critters and keep the air flow.  There will be a comfortable common area in front of the kitchen, plus a common shower area, and toilet off to the side.  Electricity is from a generator.  Satellite T.V. should be available.     We have an excellent cook.  Meals will be included and will consist of a mixed bag of fresh fish from our daily catch, fresh local veggies, rice, pancakes, cereals, cheeses, crackers, juice, and snacks with other surprises.  Cold beer will be available for purchase.   The price for this Sumba trip breaks down like this: 
Accommodations $25 per day (meals, juice, return airport transport included) 

Additional guiding rates:
Rates for boat charter max 3 people at a time plus captain:
$295.00 USD per day of boat use.
Boat use starts at 7am and ends at sunset weather conditions permitting.   
Daily rate for land based fishing options:
$10 and hour for guided land based fishing or diving options.

Our boat in Sumba is a 4 man, 13 foot, Aluminum Quintrex powered by a 15hp outboard.  She goes good and is the perfect diving/ fishing boat for the area.  We also have a large paddle board.  So daily we have options to accommodate up to 8 guests.  In short we will can split larger groups into a dive at a near spot, guided by a large paddle board for the 7 - 11:30 session, and a 3 man team on the boat to a farther location.  Then these can switch roles for the later day session 1 - 4:30 weather and feelings considered.  Personalized times and options open to consideration.

What Did You Catch It On?:

Fish Species Size Rod Reel Line Lure Location Ulua 90lbs + Spearing Rail Gun Reel NA Sumba, Indonesia shot by Cameron Nillson

Fishing Tips:
Spearfishing, Eye contact..
Avoid eye contact as much as possible on your decent. Visualize the direction and location your target fish will be in before you start your dive. Look away or keep your head down as you descend. Then slowly hide and move your head up to find the fish and take your shot.
My goal is to make this a community newsletter. Go to Adventure Indo and fill in the form as stated above. A section will be available for Fishing Tips input.

Hanapa'a! Hook-up stories from around the globe:
Ahole Hole remote control boat Hanapa'a, by Cyrus Boyum:

My 5 year old son got a remote control boat for his X-mas present this year. We took it camping with us to the east side of Maui. Well it didn't take long to get the imagination rolling and rig up a line to the boat to try our luck with the school of silver perch, called "Ahole Hole" in Hawaiian, that were schooling in the fresh water river mouth beside camp. First we tried with bread and kept getting it ripped off. So we switched to some shrimp we had. "Bang" our first fish was on as my son handled the remote, his 5 year old skill successfully brought it back to the bank and into the fry pan. The next few had us rolling as these little fish were strong enough to flip the boat a few times as they tugged! It was the funniest part of the camping trip and really got my kid hooked on fishing.

Hope to see you in Sumba soon!!!

CB 
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