Mosquito nets Banda Islands, Kei Islands, Raja Ampat
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Feb 25, 2013 9:07 PM Last Post By: Laszlo
Nov 23, 2012 7:43 AM
Mosquito nets Banda Islands, Kei Islands, Raja AmpatSince many years I never travelled without my own mosquito tent (just in case.....). I used my own tent very seldom. Normaly I found nets over the bed in most of the accommodations.. This time I have luggage problems. The weight of my mosquito tent is 1,3 km. When I would not have to carry this tent I will have space for other things.
In Raja Ampat I saw that even small bungalows had mosquito nets over the bed (shown photograph for the web). How is the situation in Banda, Ai, Run, Kei?
I travel all together 3 month.
Thank you for your help
Nov 23, 2012 8:11 AM
Nov 23, 2012 5:39 PM
Nov 23, 2012 7:07 PM
Nov 24, 2012 2:27 AM
4I carried a net for 12 months and used it only 3 times -
as previously mentioned, most places have mossie nets and fans. A 3 week stay on Pasir Panjang (Kei) had mossies appear between 4pm and 7pm, then off they went!!!! The supplied mossie net was never used the supplied table fan was always on throughout the night though.
Lonthoir (Bandas) I stayed in a homestay for around three weeks, no fan; no net, Only time I was bitten was on the way to work in the plantation or while I was there, even some of the locals refused to do that walk!
Good mossie cream/spray and a supply of coils were always in my bag.... the best mossie deterrant I came across was a small piece of cardboard that you burn in your room; light it; extinguish the flame and it burns for around 30 seconds. They drop out of the air, this was a nightly chore for me but only worked if the room was "sealed" ie no holes in windows etc.
I would have dumped my mossie net at the start of the trip, but previous problems with an infected mossie bite which turned gangrenous always stopped me from doing so (even although it was hardly used!!).
Nov 24, 2012 3:24 AM
Nov 25, 2012 11:56 PM
6I never travel without my mosquito net, it only weighs 3 or 4 hundred grams, and I was always happy to have it at hand in many cheap GH without mosquito nets, or in places where they have these split type mosquito nets (or mosquito nets with holes into them) i.e. non-existent protection against mosquitoes!! I never take any malaria medication, but always have long shirts/light trousers and.. my own mosquito net!! I also found that sleeping in the breeze of fans just offered limited protection against mosquitoes and rather gave me repeated colds....
In Hatta island in the Bandas I stayed for 1 week in a homestay, and no mosquito net there...
Edited by: duchoux
Feb 25, 2013 5:19 AM
Feb 25, 2013 9:07 PM
8I'd recommend taking them.
I have a friend who caught malaria during a 5 days visit there.
He had just arrived from Europe, Raja Ampat was the first place he could possibly catch it, and he was sick by the time we got back to Sorong after 5 days in the islands.
(4 star Hotel)
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