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Paradise on Pulau Ai (Gallery)

Another of the idyllic Banda islands, Pulau Ai is a short hop from Run. A huge wedding on the island sees the public ferries overloaded with guests from Banda Neira as the island’s plantations are surrounded by traditional music.

The view from our £10 a night guesthouse. No running water but 3 meals a day and the best bath in the world just meters away.

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More fishing! We catch a tuna, beautiful bluefin trevally, barracuda and longtom. The trevally, known as ‘bubarra’ in Indonesian is rarely caught by locals handlining for tuna and makes a great dinner for everyone at the hostel.

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We fish from the pier at sunset and give our catch to young boys from the village. They run home excitedly clenching their fish whilst a man swims underneath attempting to prize a lobster from the rocks. The local goggles are made from bamboo tubes, perspex lenses sealed in place with epoxy and a piece of bike inner tube for a strap.

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1 Comment

  1. michelle wade · June 26, 2014 Reply

    a definite paradise!! beautiful.

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