6th January 2013
After a wonderful three weeks in Melbourne we returned to Rebak Marina and Moonfleet on 6th January 2013, with just a week before my brother, David, and his wife, Jane were due to arrive to spend 3 weeks onboard Moonfleet with us.
We spent this week finishing outstanding jobs on Moonfleet and sorting out new ones as they arose. Alan had lots of jobs to do up the mast and I must have hauled him up and down at least 6 times! Thank goodness for an electric winch.
|Alan fitting the spreader caps|
14th January 2013
|Fast ferry to Rebak from Langkasuka|
For the first few days they enjoyed unwinding around the resort – on the beach,
|Dave and Jane|
by the pool
|Alan and Di|
|Dave and Jane|
One morning we enjoyed a very leisurely breakfast at the resort.
|Breakfast at the Taj Hotel Resort on Rebak Island|
17th January 2013
With a planned itinerary to show Dave and Jane some of the 99 islands of Langkawi with left Rebak Marina. However when we got out we realised that the best made plans and all that ………………… The wind was over 20kts and blowing straight through the anchorage off Puala Beras Basah, which is a favourite of mine, so not suitable for a lunchtime stop and a swim.
|Puala Beras Basah taken on a previous visit in perfect|
So it was on to the next planned stop to see the white bellied sea eagles and red kites swoop down to be fed by the tourist boats, but again the conditions to anchor were not good.
|Red Kites and White Bellied Eagles seen on a previous|
Eventually we anchored at Puala Dayang Bunting and, although the sea was calm, the wind came down off the high cliffs in bullets, swinging us violently through 180 deg. However we knew the holding here was good but it was a disappointing day for Dave and Jane. After the tour boats had made their last trips to take people to the legendary Tasik Dayang Bunting – the Pregnant Maidens Lake, which got its name after Kedah princess, forbidden to marry her lover, fell pregnant after swimming in the lake. The angry king banished her to this island where she drowned herself and became a rock. The lake is fresh water and said to aid conception – too late for me!
|The jetty to the fresh water lake at Dayang Bunting|
|Dave and Jane at the Pregnant Maiden's Lake|
On our way to the lake we saw a number of Macaque monkeys.
|Please don't take my photo - I'm very shy|
19th January 2013
It was a difficult start to the day as the car we ordered from Mr Din didn’t materialise and an hour later when one did arrive it was a clapped out piece of junk with non-opening windows and no air-con. He agreed to drive us to the airport where we managed to get a suitable modern car.
We had a very enjoyable day driving all round Langkawi, our first stop was to visit Atma Alam Batik Art Village at Matsirat, where you can watch the artists painting the batik designs on silk or cotton fabric. (Unfortunately no photos allowed) We bought a few gifts here but could have spent much more! Our next stop was at Tanjung Rhu, on the north of the island, where we had lunch close to the beautiful beach.
|Jane and Di and Tanjung Rhu - upmarket resort behind|
|Dave enjoying a green coconut drink|
Our last stop of the day was at Kuah ferry port to check out of Malaysia in preparation for leaving for Thailand the following day.