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Pictures of our Borneo-Sulawesi-Moluccas-Papua Trip -  in August 2017-May 2018

- Sixth part: On the Moluccas Part 1 Seram and afterwards continuing by ferries to Ambon and the province of Papua

West Papua Part 1 – on the western Bird's Head Peninsula from Sorong, ‚Trans Papua Road’ and onwards by ferry to Seram in Moluccas (Central)
North Moluccas Part 2 – Halmahera and onwards by ferry to Sorong in West Papua Part 1 (Irian Jaya) on western Bird's Head Peninsula
North Moluccas Part 1 – Ternate and Tidore and onwards by ferry to  Sofifi on Halmahera on North Moluccas
North Sulawesi Part 2 – Tomohon and surroundings to Tangkoko NP and onwards to Bitung with ferry to Ternate on North Moluccas
Sarawak-Kalimantan-North Sulawesi Part 1 – Miri via Kuching in Sarawak/Malaysia to Balikpapan in Kalimantan and continuing by ferry to Sulawesi
3rd Rejuvenation of our LandCruiser FJ60/1982 in Miri/Sarawak/East Malaysia from 2/6/2017
Myanmar (Burma) Part 3 – from Nyaungshwe at Inle Lake to Mandalay and Goteik viaduct
Myanmar (Burma) Part 2 – Bago (Pegu) - Shwenyaung at Inle Lake
Myanmar (Burma) Part 1 – from Yangon (Rangoon) to the 'Golden Rock' of Kyaiktiyo
Ukraine Part 3 – from Russia border at Kyaterinіvka to port city Odessa (29th container to Bintulu/Sarawak/East Malaysia)
Russia – from Kazakhstan (at Mikhaylovka) to Mongolia border (at Tashanta) and Ukraine border at Krupets August 21st to November 11th, 2016
Kazakhstan –  from Kyrgyzstan border at Korday to Russia border at Shemonaika – August 9th to 21st, 2016
Kyrgyzstan from Tajikistan border in Pamir to Kazakhstan border at Karkara June 27th to August 9th, 2016
Tajikistan Part 2 from Dushanbe to the Kyrgyzstan border June 19th to 27th, 2016
Tajikistan Part 1 from Uzbekistan border to Dushanbe May 31st to June 18th, 2016
Uzbekistan from Turkmenistan border in Dashoguz to Tajikistan border near Oybeck May 10th to 31st, 2016
Turkmenistan from Iran border at Bajgiran to Uzbekistan border near Khiva May 6th to 10th, 2016
Iran from the ferry port Bandar Abbas to Turkmenistan border near Ashgabat April 11th to May 6th, 2016
United Arab Emirates from Saudi Arabia border to Sharjah and the ferry to Iran January 12th to April 10th, 2016
Saudi Arabia from the ferry port Jeddah in transit to United Arab Emirates border January 9th to 12th, 2016
Sudan – from Ethiopia border to Suakin and the ferry to Saudi Arabia December 9th, 2015 to January 8th, 2016
Moluccas (Central) Part 2 – Ambon and onwards by ferry to Serui on Yapen in Papua
Papua Part 1 – Yapen and onwards by ferry to Biak in Papua
Papua Part 2 – Biak and onwards by ferry to Manokwari in West Papua Part 2 (Irian Jaya) on eastern Bird's Head Peninsula
West Papua (Irian Jaya) Part 2 – on the eastern Bird's Head Peninsula from Manokwari, ‚Trans Papua Road’ and onwards by ferry to Makassar in South Sulawesi
South Sulawesi-Kalimantan-Sarawak Part 2 – Makassar in South Sulawesi by ferry to Batulicin in South Kalimantan and continuing via Kuching to Miri in Sarawak
Continuation of the 3rd Rejuvenation of our LandCruiser FJ60/1982 in Miri/Sarawak/East Malaysia from 2/6/2017 and again from 7/16/2018
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1172  2/14/2018: Emil leaves in the port of Wahai
in the North of the island of Seram after a totally
34 hours' boat trip with our LandCruiser the
“KMP Kalabia” ferry. The 400 miles [640km]
long ride from Sorong via Fakfak in West-Papua
to Seram in the Central Moluccas cost
6’139’000 Rupias (US$489)
1173  The first yards on Seram’s narrow
island streets already evoke a kind
of jungle feeling
1174  Houses on stilts (here at low tide) line
the harbor shore of the sleepy coastal village
of Wahai in the North of the island
along the Seram Sea
1175  At the small market at Wahai’s seashore
fresh vegetables of every kind are sold
1176  The aroma of grilled fish is filling the air.
Fish, rice, vegetables and bananas are the
main diet in Indonesia
1177  T-break for the vendor
at the market of Wahai
1178  Our LandCruiser and a little dog are
the only users of Wahai’s village road
1179  Also in the little village of Wahai there
is a Pancasila monument (the 5 principles of
the Indonesian national philosophy and
1180  As in many places, the mosque Al-
Muhajirin in Wahai is also a showpiece of
the village. Slightly more than half of Seram's
population of 450'000 is Moslem
1181  Like in the good old days: The (currently)
traffic free main street of Wahai. Where else
can this still be found today?
1182  In company it makes more fun.
Three village ladies return home from work
1183  Boat racks made of simple wooden poles
line the West coast. Is it also a boat builders site?
1184  The small island road along the northwest
coast leads through one of the many impressive
jungle appearances
1185  This red ginger flower (Alpinia
purpurata) with its white blossom
grows abundantly in the tropics
1186  The mystical brown jungle river
emerges from the thickness of the forest
1187  An easy passage for our LandCruiser:
A broken branch from the recent storm
barred the street
1188  A modest fisher’s hut made from
wooden laths and straw roof. The fishing
net is resting at the colorful washing line
1189  Reflecting palm ponds in calm
waters make for a special tropical picture


1190  The wild growing delicate lilac flower
belongs to the aster family and is called
"Ironweed" (Vernonia gigantea)
1191  What especially attracts the attention
of this strange tropical flower are its snow-
white leaves. It's interesting that we found
already in West Papua the same plant but
with yellow blossoms (Pic. #1128)
1192  A delicate white terrestrial orchid
(Spathoglottis plicata) grows
between ferns and scrub
1193  Our LandCruiser winds itself through the
thickly forested Manusela National Park to the
4'183 ft. [1275m] high pass. Due to the still
unsolved overheating and pressure problem
in the carburetor, it comes to a standstill.
Emil must suck in fuel once more
1194  A short lunch break amidst the refreshing
green of the Manusela National Park. It consists
of crackers, cheese and an ice cold Bintang
beer from our Engel refrigerator
1195  A crystal clear little mountain
creek is hiding behind the undergrowth
of the Manusela National Park
1196  Surrounded by the lush jungle green
of the Manusela National Park, the flowering
yellow trees are standing out particularly
beautiful (see below pic. # 1247 in red)
1197  An impressive Blyth's hornbill (Rhyticeros
plicatus), also called Papuan hornbill, makes a
short rest on a tree branch and gives us the
opportunity to admire and to picture it
1198  After the descent of the Manusela
National Park pass, estuaries surrounded
by untouched nature come into view;
here south of the Campedak Island
1199  The pier across the village of Wailulu
on the island of Campedak, about 15 miles
[24km] north of Saleman in the Sawai Bay, is
the playground for people, goats and chicken
1200  The blue “Nural Iman” mosque in
Wailulu on Campedak dominates in front of the
impressive ridges of the Manusela National Park
1201  A couple of houses are nestling on the
narrow tropical shore at the end of the village
1202  View to the estuary near the island of
Campedak with its beautiful mountain backdrop
1203  Nature at its best on the way to
Pasanea with our accommodation
1204  Our LandCruiser is rolling along the
palm-lined shore of the Sawai Bay,
part of the Seram Sea
1205  The color matching is perfect: Our Land-
Cruiser at the “Muzdalifah” guesthouse in the
village of Pasanea in the northern part of the
Sawai Bay with the offshore islet Sa'u, where
we lodge for three nights in a modest room
1206  The 36 years old rear door lock of
our LandCruiser blocked. Emil tries in vain to
deblock it. Igor from the Ukraine who flew with
friends for spear fishing on the island Sa'u to
Ambon and arrived here afterwards with ferry
and taxi, is now trying to help …..
1207  ….. curious spectators are soon
popping up. There is not much entertainment
in this part of the island of Seram
1208  One of the main tasks of the islanders
is to barrel coconuts to the copra processing site.
The boy is allowed to take a ride on top
1209  At the hairdresser: Is there a more
beautiful place to have his hair cut than
under palm trees?
1210  A boy is enjoying himself with a bicycle tire
– a still often used toy on these islands
1211  A deep morning glow shining through
the palm trees announces the new day at our
“Muzdalifah” guesthouse
1212  It is amazing how clever this guy climbs
up to the 100 ft. [30m] high palm tree,
to harvest coconuts
1213  Liliana is enjoying a freshly harvested
coconut containing between 10 and 25 fl.oz.
[3 - 7dl] of water
1214  Coastline northwards from our
“Muzdalifah” guesthouse. A sandy
beach stretches along the bay
1215  One can also rest on a trunk of a palm
tree – however be careful about falling coconuts!
They might weigh up to 3.3 lbs. [1˝kg]
1216  Coastal view southwards from our
guest house “Muzdalifah” – in the background
the ridges of the Manusela mountains
1217  The drone of the Ukrainians flies over the
small offshore island Sa'u near our guesthouse –
the daily fishing grounds of the spear fishing guys
1218  The cleaning of the Ukrainian’s large
diving gear equipment at the draw well of our
“Muzdalifah” guesthouse attracts the village
children from Pasanea
1219  Farewell party with the Ukrainian
spear fishers. From left to right: Igor,
Sergei, Slava, Jeka, Igor und Alex
1220  The deep peace at sunrise at our
“Muzdalifah” guesthouse is almost
touchable on our farewell day
1221  View over the beautiful wide Sawai Bay
in northern Seram, framed by forested steep
mountain slopes of the Manusela National Park
1222  View over the guesthouse “Pasir Putih”,
built on stilts, and the mosque Raya Salemang
with its silver dome at Sawai Bay
1223  A tempting tourist bungalow of the
Belariski Resort at the idyllic Sawai Bay,
protected by mountain ranges
1224  The Ora Beach Resort at the foot of the
green mountains is the most expensive hotel
at Sawai-Bay and accessible only by boat
1225  The rising sun catches the “Pasir
Putih” guesthouse at the Sawai Bay
1226  Life without hustle and bustle: The sleepy
main road of the picturesque village of Saleman
at Sawai Bay with about 700 people. The name
“Saleman” refers to a language from Seram that
is still spoken in this village
1227  The long wooden pier in the middle
of the Saleman village leads to our accommodation
– the overwater guesthouse “Pasir Putih”. Our
LandCruiser finds a parking place right in
front of the jetty …..
1228  ….. the village at the foot of forested
mountain walls continues further along the
peaceful bay towards the north
1229  At the end of the village of Saleman
there is a small white sandy beach where
children enjoy a simple swing under shady
trees on their way home from school
1230  A fisherman is smoking a cigarette on
his boat in the shade of trees waiting for better
times to come! Indonesians are the
world's number 1 regarding smoking
1231  Sunshine, palm trees and the sea –
what more can one wish?
1232  This coastal scenery in the Sawai Bay is
so peaceful. The overwater bungalow on the
right hand side is a new guest house
1233  For the people of Saleman and
surroundings the fishing boat is often used as mean
of transport, but otherwise mainly for fishing
1234  Children are wading through the crystal
clear water dotted with sandbars. In the back-
ground the overwater bungalows at Saleman
1235  Sunrise from our terrace at the
“Pasir Putih” guesthouse with the vastness
of the calm Seram sea in front of us
1236  Emil is enjoying his “European adjusted”
breakfast with view to the open sea on our
terrace of the “Pasir Putih” guesthouse
1237  Ingenious: The table on our terrace is
made of a sidewall of a “Good Year” tire.
Also the chairs are woven of tires
The population of the village of Saleman is mainly Muslim. Its mosque Raya Salemang with its silver dome, the deeply forested hills of the
Manusela National Park and the crystal clear blue sea conjure forth again and again new pictures in different moods, be it by day,
at a passing storm or at dusk. We are sitting on our terrace fully enjoying the beauty of this remote spot
1241  In the morning we watch from our terrace
of the “Pasir Putih” guesthouse the group of fishes
which continue to swim around our bungalow.
Unfortunately there was fishing by dynamite
so that the coral colonies got destroyed .....
1242  ..... at dusk we follow the flocks of
bat-like Lusiala birds which fly from their caves
in beautiful formations into the evening sky …..
1243  ….. and at sunset the puffy red cloud
formations, floodlighted by the setting sun,
make our day
1244  Our LandCruiser explores the peaceful
village road of Saleman at the Sawai Bay
1245  Boys in school uniforms take a rest
under the shade of a tree. It amazes us again
and again how they manage to keep their
white shirts so immaculately clean
1246  A modest wooden house under palm
trees at the white sandy beach of the Saleman
village. The boats are ready for fishing
1247  Leaving the village of Saleman and
climbing up the steep hill to the 4˝ miles [7˝km]
distant main road, we experience again a spot
of natural beauty – the red version of the
above picture #1196 in yellow
1248  The crosses along the road show that
in this otherwise Muslim country we are driving
now through a Christian section. This happens
especially on eastern islands of the
Moluccas and in Papua
1249  At the port of Masohi resp. Amahai,
Emil is sitting already at 6.30am in front of his
cup of “Kopi Susu”, the sweet Indonesian
coffee, and waits for the ferry boat
1250  Emil maneuvers our LandCruiser back-
wards into the hull of “KMP Dolosi”. It will carry
us for 415’000 rupees (about US$30) in 4˝ hours
from Seram to our next, 45 miles [72km] distant
island of Ambon in the Central Moluccas
1251  Two of the vendors, who are selling
food and drinks to ship passengers before
departure, pose happily for a farewell picture
1252  At 8am on 2/22/2018, we leave behind
the port of Masohi resp. Amahai with the
attractive tall mountain backdrop
(Mount Binaiya, 9'931 ft. [3'027m]) and
set sail on 'our' 310th ship towards Ambon
More websites from the "Borneo-Sulawesi-Moluccas-Papua" trip:
Part 1: Pictures from Sarawak-Kalimantan-North Sulawesi – Miri/Malaysia via Kuching and Balikpapan to North Sulawesi from Aug. to Oct. 2017
Part 2: Pictures from the second part of North Sulawesi – Tomohon and surroundings, Tangkoko NP in October 2017
Part 3: Pictures from the North Moluccas Part 1 – Ternate and Tidore in November/December 2017
Part 4: Pictures from the North Moluccas Part 2 – Halmahera in November/December 2017
Part 5: Pictures from West Papua Part 1 (Irian Jaya) – Sorong and westerly ‘Trans Papua Road’ in December 2017-February 2018
Part 7: Pictures from the Moluccas Part 2 (Central) – Ambon in February/March 2018
Part 8: Pictures from Papua Part 1Yapen in March 2018
Part 9: Pictures from Papua Part 2 – Biak in April 2018
Part 10: Pictures from West Papua Part 2 (Irian Jaya) – Manokwari and easterly ‘Trans Papua Road’ in April 2018
Part 11: Pictures from South Sulawesi-Kalimantan-Sarawak Part 2 South Sulawesi via Kalimantan to Kuching and Miri/Malaysia from May to July 2018
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