Laccadive Sea

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  • Day88

    At sea in the Indian Ocean

    March 15, 2015, 🌊 Laccadive Sea

    Pirate on board!

    This title is false and true as you will soon see. We are now in the midst of a High Risk Area for piracy that encompasses a large part of the Indian Ocean. Shortly after we left Sri Lanka we entered the zone, which is so large because the pirates have taken to using hijacked “mother ships” from which to launch their small attack boats with boarding ladders. The use of mother ships allows them to go over 1000 miles from their old haunts along the Somalia coast.

    We were briefed by our captain before entering the zone and a number of precautions are being taken. Our ships crew now includes some French security guards to assist our security crew with the 24/7 watches, we are prohibited from certain decks at night and we have been informed about alarms, procedures, etc.

    Our ship can generate quite a speed (21 knots) so we can actually outrun some of the mother ships, but if they get close they can launch the fast boarding craft. If the situation arises we will do a zig zag route, not to evade but to create large waves to disrupt the boarding craft.

    One advantage of our ship is we have a high freeboard, meaning that the ship sides have no balconies or other means of boarding for about 18 feet above the water line. A defensively weak area is the aft section where working decks are closer to the waterline. This is addressed with about 16 fire hose nozzles spraying continuously to hinder boarding in this area. The amount of water they put out doesn’t seem to be very intimidating, however, as you can see from the photo.

    At night we try to be less conspicuous by keeping heavy drapes in our rooms drawn and dousing all deck lighting to run almost dark. We do use running lights although there were times in the past when ships were completely dark in transit.

    Pirate activity has dropped considerably in the last two years with increasing military patrols. The pirates typically board freighters and average about $10 million in ransom per ship, which is higher yield than the fishing activities they used to do before they were displaced by large commercial fishing companies. One trick the pirates use is to threaten to blow up tankers with rocket propelled grenades unless the tanker allows them to board. I suppose all the alcohol on this ship could be quite explosive as well.

    We say that any pirate would rapidly give up holding us for ransom due to the demands for specialty cocktails, menu requests and insistence on that particular sunny spot on the pool deck for our steamer chair. It turns out that we are already captives in a way since our Captain Corsaro’s name, when translated, is “pirate”!
    The photo is of the fire hoses that run recycled water constantly to keep the water pressure up, so if they are needed to ward off a boarding pirate, they will be ready for a full pressure spray.
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  • Day123

    Beach hopping up the west coast

    March 5, 2017, 🌊 Laccadive Sea

    After our two became a three, we decided to take in the beach life and make our way up the west coast of India. Tammy and I hadn't been on a beach since Cambodia at Christmas and it was time. With the intense heat of India constantly on my skin, I yearned for air to lift away the pollution, grime and sweat of the days before.

    Varkala cliffs was our first stop on the beach mission, a cluster of eateries, shops and yoga retreats perched above the blustery Arabian sea crashing into the rocks below.

    We celebrated young Flick's birthday here and endured the hangover. Me and Tam thought we would try out a traditional Indian massage... One word. PAINFUL. But hilarious looking over at Tam, with her polite impassive smile as the masseuse dragged her hands through her 'fro.

    We left Varkala after five days, and embarked on a 28 hour journey to Gorkana, a temple town surrounded by hidden coves. We had a slight hiccup when my elbow was sliced open at the beginning of our epic journey. Looking back now... It was hilarious. You would never had known we were three health care professionals!!! I was screaming, claret everywhere, skin flapping and the other two handed me paper stitches and a antiseptic wipe. Hahaha! And old t shirt came in handy to stop the bleeding. The mortified rickshaw (more like RIPshaw!) driver took me to the nearest hospital, and I was stitched up within the hour. It was painful and a little scary but overall the service was amazing.

    With my three stitches in place we headed for our afternoon/night bus that would take us to a train that connected us Gorkana. It is true that travelling is a mixture of ups and downs, this night bus was definitely a down! The driving was SO atrocious that Tam evacuated from both ends and I re-opened my freshly stitched wound. Not fun. However, the next leg of journey completely made for it when we met a wonderful Indian family. We chatted about the U.K., the daughter's job prospects, Indian weddings, and all the things we could fit in, over steaming chai and spicy samosas. It was a highlight of our week. Tam gave the daughter a shiny one pound coin, and Flick magically made a necklace out of it using her macramé kit. A small crowd gathered around to watch as she plaited and knotted away, clapping and cheering as the finished item was produced. We hugged and kissed all the family before waving farewell and embarking on the final leg.

    Om beach greeted us with a sweltering heat but beautiful sunset. We found a lovely cottage for three just off the beach in a tropical garden. We spent our days hiking over cliffs to the neighbouring Kudle and Half Moon beaches, exploring coves, and breaking bread with some newly found friends.

    For the second birthday of the month, we headed to Palolem to celebrate Tam's 35th. A beautifully expansive beach with refreshing waves and a hint of luxury. The birthday morning was lovely; we took a boat out at sunrise hoping to spot dolphins. We were not disappointed! There were so many, gracefully breaking through the waves and frolicking in the morning light. Truly magical.
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  • Day4

    Duikdag 2

    October 16, 2017, 🌊 Laccadive Sea

    Opstaan om 6:00u geeft niet direct een vakantie gevoel maar dat hoort erbij zeker. De bedjes zijn hard maar goed, al beter geslapen dan gisteren.
    Eerst briefing waar je ondertussen een kleinigheid kan eten en dan direct het water in.
    Prachtige duik met veel haaien, barracuda en op de top van het rif miljoenen vissen die als een sneltrein passeren.
    Direct na de duik ontbijt en dan een uurtje rusten tot de volgende.
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  • Day2

    Airbus A380

    September 18, 2018, 🌊 Laccadive Sea ⋅ ☁️ 28 °C

    17h Anreise, in denen 24h vergangen sind!
    Um ca. 22:30 ging es am MUC in Deutschland los und am 18.09. um ca. 22:30 bin ich am DPS in Bali gelandet. Der Zwischenstopp in Dubai war lediglich 2 Stunden lang. Die Sonne ging auf und die Sonne ging unter und ich hab die meiste Zeit geschlafen oder Filme geschaut.Read more

  • Day15


    February 26, 2016, 🌊 Laccadive Sea

    Megérkeztünk, több mint két órás késés után. Dani nagyon jó kedvu volt egesz nap, orom volt latni.
    Minden repuloternek megvan a sajatos hangulata, foldrajzi elhelyezkedesetol fuggoen. A colomboi repteren jellegzetesen keverednek az ocean menti nepek es az arab vilag. Szomszedos kapunal Szaud-arabiaba utaztak az emberek, lathatoan zarandoklatra (hadzs), talpig feherben. A repulogepunk Mihinlanka-helyi fapados tarsasag-tele volt vendegmunkasokkal. Nem is volt ezzel semmi gond, de lathatoan a legiutaskiseroknek nem volt egyszeru a helyzete, mivel a legtobben nem a szamukra kijelolt helyekre ultek. Es itt tudtam meg, hogy a repulotarsasag a sri lankai kosarlabda csapatbol szerzodteti alkalmazottait, mert ezek a fiuk olyan magasak(es szepek es erosek) voltak, amilyeneket en 11 nap alatt egyet sem lattam.
    Szallasunk bo felorara van gyorshajoval a fovarostol. Nagyon szuper volt hajozni, meg akkor is, ha nem lattunk semmit, mivel sotet volt, csak erezni lehetett, hogy mennyire mas videken vagyunk. Ahogy elhaladt a motorcsonak a fovaros szigete mellett, tavolbol latszottak elfatyolozott asszonyok, az oriasi cargo hajok, a kivilagitott mecsetek es irodahazak. Furcsa lehet egy ilyen apro szigeten elni, ahol nincs egy talpalatnyi szabad terulet. Lehet csak en erzem igy, de van valami hatborzongatoan titokzatos ebben a muzulman vilagban...
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  • Day15

    The beach

    February 26, 2016, 🌊 Laccadive Sea

    Nehéz az élet :-)! ... Ma azért ledöbbentem. Csak álltam a parton, lábam a vízben, és nehezen hittem a szememnek. Engem lenyugoz ez a szinvilag, pedig evekkel ezelott nem szerettem a keket. Aztan osszeszedtem minden eromet es megmartoztam a türkisz-vízben. Hadd ne mondjam, csodalatosan selymes es oleloen meleg a tenger errefelé... Ami a Maldivot illeti, fontos megjegyezni, hogy par evvel ezelottig csak resort szallodakban lehetett megszallni, viszont 2009 utan engedelyeztek, hogy a lakott szigeteken vendeghazakat/hoteleket mukodtessenek, igy gyakorlatilag megfizetheto aron lehet itt nyaralni. Maafushi az uttoroje ennek, itt van a legtobb vendeghaz, es ahogy a pelda is mutatja, folyamatosak a tovabbi epitkezesek. A szigeten ugyanakkor be kell tartani helyi oltozkodesi szabalyokat es alkoholt sem lehet fogyasztani. Persze kivetelek mindig vannak, itt is all a part mellett egy etterem hajo, ahol mereg dragan lehet fogyasztani barmit, amire a kedves vendeg megszomjazik. Ami pedig a ruhazkodast illeti, bikiniben csak az arra kijelolt strandon lehet lenni, egyebkent pedig keretik nem kihivoan oltozkodni... persze nemelyik orosz kolleginanak ez itt sem jon ossze. A sziget alapvetoen azert egyszeru es szegenyes, helyenkent komolyan szemetes is, de sajnos ez a problema a legtobb forro eghajlatovi paradicsomra jellemzo. Azert kivancsi lennek, hogy a szemet hany szazalekat okozzuk mi, turistak es mennyit a helyiek. Ami a a programlehetosegeket illeti, par oras vagy egesz napos sznorizasra, halaszasra, buvarkodasra, resort latogatasra el lehet kirandulni, tok jo arakon. Talan mi is elemgyunk uszkalni a capakkal holnap.
    A parti uton van egy nagy vizisport bazis. A helyi arcok hatalmas hangfalakbol nyomatjak a modern elektronikus zeneket, megjelenesukben pedig leginkabb Bob Marleyt idezik... erdekes keveredes ez is. A nok itt tenyleg fejkendot viselnek, de tobbseguk csinos, ekszert hord es okos telefonnal jarkal. Tobb izben lattunk ferfit- feltehetoen- tobb feleseg tarsasagaban... en ezt nem ertem, de ha nekik jo!... Szoval nem ugy tunnek, mint akinek nagyon rossz lenne, vagy arra vagynanak, hogy minden aron emancipalodjanak.
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  • Day13

    Turtels Point @ Maldives

    November 1, 2018, 🌊 Laccadive Sea ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Wir sind leider wieder auf dem Rückweg Richtung Male. Der zweite Schnorchelstop führt uns zum Turtel Place. Unweit entfernt von unserem Platz der zweiten Nacht. Immerhin haben wir zwei Schildkröten gesehen.

  • Day10

    South Male' Atoll @ Maldives

    October 29, 2018, 🌊 Laccadive Sea ⋅ ☁️ 27 °C

    Seid 6 Uhr morgens ist unser Boot schon zu unserem ersten Schnorchel-Stopp unterwegs. Nach einer kurzen Schnorchel Erklärung geht auf eine unbewohnte Insel und von dort zu einer kleinen Übung im.seiten Wasser. Danach geht es hinaus zum Riff und wir schnorcheln zum Boot zurück. Der weiße Sand der Insel besteht aus abgestorbenen Korallen. Dieser bleichen an der Sonne aus und bilden den weißen Sand.Read more

  • Day11

    Snorkel @ Kudiboll

    October 30, 2018, 🌊 Laccadive Sea ⋅ 🌧 28 °C

    Der heutige Tag empfängt und mit starkem Regen und der Warnstufe "gelb". Dennoch kann man aber schnorcheln gehen. Das tun wir dann auch nach einem Frühstück auf einer anderen Seite unseres Riffes.

    Leider bleibt das Wetter heute nicht wirklich gut und die Crew entscheidet sich erstmal hier liegen zu bleiben und nicht weiter zu fahren. Das liegt daran, dass wir hier geschützt und sehr Wellenarm liegen und wohl jeder andere Liegeplatz schlimmer wäre. Als wird es ein sehr ruhiger und entspannter Tag auf Deck unterbrochen mit einem kleinen zweiten Schnorchelgang am Mittag.Read more

  • Day13

    Ruhhurihuraa @ Maldives

    November 1, 2018, 🌊 Laccadive Sea ⋅ ☁️ 28 °C

    Bei unserem ersten Schnorchelgang heute wollen wir Riffheie sehen. Eine kleine unbewohnte Insel mit vorgelagerten Riff sollte den Riffheien doch gefallen. Heute aber wohl nicht, denn wir sehen keinen einzigen. Also genauer gesagt, wir sehen nur Fische die wir schon kennen.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Laccadive Sea, Lakshadweep Sea, Laquedives Mer des, Лаккадивское море, Лаккадівське море

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