17 Islands National Park, Flores,Indonesia

There are several National Parks in Indonesia. They are sort of poorly managed…but some agreement has come between the government and the local fisherman that has set boundaries where fishing can be done. The locals literally survive on the fishing industry…so making fishing totally illegal in the parks would be catastrophic for them…but whatever limits they have set seem to be working as the coral; once damaged by fish bombing and cyanide fishing; is thriving and the fish are coming back.

As we entered the park boundaries, on Palarran, a huge manta ray ray jumped out of the water giving us a great welcome. We spent the next day puttering around the numerous islands in stanky the dinghy. The snorkeling was great and the marine life was abundant.

Local boats taking tourists out to the islands are abundant

Local boats taking tourists out to the islands are abundant


Hole in the rock

Hole in the rock

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OMG…New posts to the website

OK…gonna make a real effort to start up the website again since so many people like my posts on Facebook. We pay for this site…so might as well use it.

Not EVEN going to try and catch up the past two years…so just act like they didn’t happen😀

Also, please share this site with anyone you may think would like to follow. I am trying to increase the traffic on our blog!!

So sit back and enjoy…Palarran is in Indo and there are lots of awesome things to blog about.


The crew of Palarran

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Drone Footage from Mele Bay, Vanuatu.

Edited and uploaded some drone footage we took while we were anchored off Mele Beach in Vanuatu.

We are finally out of the boatyard and back in the water. Spent a few days on a mooring ball in Port Vila, restocking the boat and putting her back together.

We are gonna hang out here in Mele for a couple days, then start working our way north through Vanuatu’s islands on our way up to the Solomon Islands.

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An update to the website….can you believe it?

Other than this sentence, I will not address just how long it has been since our last website update. Which was in October of 2016. I mostly blame Tawn.

Enough of that, on to the update.

It’s a quick one.

I got a new drone on my last trip back to the States. Fly it is fairly easy, getting good/cool looking footage is gonna take some practice as you will see in the video below.

We are currently in the Port Vila Boatyard in Port Vila, Vanuatu. Google it. Hopefully will be back in the water in the next day or two.

Here is the drone footage. Also, I need to get better at editing video.

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