Lembata island doesnt exist according to the chapter PDF guide
Replies: 19 - Last Post: Aug 13, 2013 10:59 AM Last Post By: dc1
Jul 24, 2013 5:51 PM
Jul 29, 2013 10:58 PM
Larantuka - nice town - Hotel Rulies a good choice with the character front room and veranda, shame about the noisy road.
Two slow boats departed at 8 am, one for Waiwerang and another for Lewoleba. The fast boat went at 8:30.
At Waiwerang (Adonara) the Hotel Ile Boleng is closed (reportedly since five years), at the Taufiq Losman I was offered a dismal room for 50K and a larger but still gloomy room for 100K - not good, so decided to take the 2 pm boat to Lewoleba.
At the Hotel Rejeki in Lewoleba (Lembata) I got a new condition room with fan for 100K and ate well at the nearby corner Rumah Makan Bandung.
There is a new bus (not a truck) from Lewoleba (bus terminal) departing at about 12:15 to Lamalera, the same bus returns to Lewoleba from Lamalera at 4 pm.
If coming from Larantuka with the 8 am slow boat it would be possible with a quick transfer (ojek) from the harbour to the bus terminal to catch the 12:15 bus.
Up the hill at Lamalera the ‘Guru Ben’ homestay is popular.
Also Abel Beding (the sign says Felmina) has the most rooms with the upstairs back rooms being bright and breezy (sometimes not finishing the windows has advantages ! ) for 65K which included basic meals.
The large nearby village of Wulandoni has a nice bay location, the Saturday market started slowly at 9 am, at 10 am it was busiest with pieces of whale being exchanged for vegetables and at 11 am the crowds were leaving.
On the night of 13/14 July a large 15 metre sperm whale was landed, this whale had performed a ‘dying flip’ which capsized the hunting boat and sent the harpooner to hospital with broken ribs.
Just before the ‘butchering’ was to begin on 15 July I saw a blue whale pass very close to Lamalera beach.
The week earlier during one hunting day five sperm whales were killed - as recorded by ‘jeff’ >> http://jefftravels.com/2013/07/08/hunting-whales-in-lamalera/ and http://jefftravels.com/2013/07/09/butchering-whales-in-lamalera/
An interesting report here >> http://www.photovoicesinternational.org/indonesia/en/stories/lamalera_bali_meeting_report.pdf
and another here >> http://travel-junkie.com/the-whale-hunters-of-lamalera/
Yep, the latest LP publication has indeed disappeared the islands of Lembata, Adonara and Solar.
Jul 29, 2013 11:34 PM
Aug 9, 2013 7:14 PM
18The drive from Maumere to Larantuka is 3 hours (beautifull view). Arrive before 1:00 pm and go by fast ferry (1,5 hour trip) from Larantuka to Lembata island. Arrive in Lewolebo stay in Hotel Palm Indah (25 euro per night). Go to Lemalera traditional whaling village by private car (75 euro per day/ 3 hours drive) or bus/truck. Stay in homestay Abel Beding in Lemalera. Next travel back to Lewoleba. Stay 1 or 2 nights.
Was there last year for a week.
Aug 13, 2013 10:59 AM
19Do you know if Jim at Lile Ili Homestay is still operating
merantau - wile passing through last year I spent a few hours with Jim; he'd closed down his rooms and intended on doing a refurbishment on them. If I remember correctly he hoped to have them open for business the following year (if all went well he may have them open now).... he did mention that if anyone one was stuck for accommodation )and they had to be true backpackers!!) then they were welcome to use his floor.
He'd also stopped his dvd collection which was mentioned within 2010 LP.
He was acting as a tour guide for a Dutch based agency at the time of our chat. A real nice guy full of knowledge.
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