Togians, at last!

Trip Start Aug 09, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, October 1, 2006

Arriving back on Kadidiri after just over one year was like coming back home. Even though we were only there for one month last year it was like coming back to old friends this time. We'd had the usual hassle of ferries not going when we thought they were, hair-raising bentor rides across dusty towns and the most circuitous routes ever imagined to get to these beautiful islands but, as everyone says when they arrive in the Togians, "it was worth it".

(I have to be honest here though - there is a nice new car ferry that is a million times more comfortable than our old nemesis the "KM Puspita" (the 18 hour overnight wooden boat ferry that stank of petrol, had the hottest, noisiest engine ever designed and was overloaded to the point of disaster) so at least the ferry part of our journey was in relative comfort)

We promptly started and completed our Rescue Diver course and got straight on with the Divemasters. We've both done almost 100 dives now and it's an absolute treat to get up in the morning and go diving every day. Really wakes you up! It has been eat, sleep, dive for the past month and if you have any spare time there's books about diving to be studied. To bed at about 11 (that's a late night now for me!) and up at 7. That's what happens when you've only got electricity from 6pm until 11pm, no phone, no internet and TV in a language you don't understand! It's full-on and brilliant.

So far we've seen eagle and sting rays, all manner of colourful tropical fish, octopus, squid, cuttlefish, bob-tail squid (about the size of your fingernail), all sorts of crabs and shrimps, hundreds of nudibranch (sea slugs of the most bizarre colours and shapes), pygmy sea horses, flatfish....the list goes on, and that doesn't even include the corals! We're being really spoiled by the diving here - world class.

We've also both spent our birthdays on Kadidiri this year. Rice cakes, bintang and bonfires! It was really nice that everyone got together and made the parties special. The hangovers were horrifying though, there's something about the tropics that really punishes you the next day!
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