Our Silversea Expedition Wraps up in West Sumba, Indonesia
Today is our last full day aboard Silversea’s Silver Discoverer,which is rather incredible when you stop to consider that we’ve explored so much in just 12 short days. We’ve come from one of the most remote and beautiful locations in Australia – the Kimberley – to the heavily-populated islands of Indonesia. It’s a contrast that hasn’t escaped anyone onboard Silversea’s newest expedition vessel in the past few days.
Today, Silver Discoverer anchored off West Sumba Island just after 5:00a.m, with the first Zodiac groups heading ashore at 7:00a.m. But large rolling swells rocked the ship about, making loading the Zodiacs something of an exercise in good timing. The guests might have thought twice about getting into a little floating raft that was rising and falling beneath the stern of the ship, but to the Expedition Team onboard, this morning’s weather was nothing compared to what the Antarctic can throw at them.
My group – Group 2 – was called first, and I jumped down (literally) into one of the first Zodiacs to head ashore, battling heavy swells as we went along that left many of us wet. Not that anyone really cares: the temperature this morning was already a blistering 34°C by the time we’d finished breakfast.