We spent five days getting Spirit back together and launched at Medana Bay. There was still a lot of smaller jobs such as getting the sails back on and wiring the new solar regulators that needed to be done but we were so keen to get on the move we decided to head 30nm south to Gili Asahan where is more sheltered and a far nice spot to carry out these final jobs. Last time we were here we'd also made friends with the owners of the Eco Resort down there so it gave us time to catch up with them and do a little relaxing in between jobs.
We tied Spirit up stern to the beach down in Asahan and enjoyed the tranquil clear waters and calm conditions that the anchorage provides. There's endless things to do around the area with great walks all over the island, to snorkelling and even great dinning ashore at the Nautilus Restaurant.
Most of the jobs had been knocked off by the fifth day, which gave us a couple of days to unwind and relax after the busy schedule of getting Spirit back together and sailing again.
Spirits CAIT and our visas were due to expire by the 31st of October so unfortunately we had limited time to spend in Indonesia. Even though a new system of cruising permits has been introduced since December 2016 we came in last year under the old system and we're still bound by its rules and regulations.
For this reason we watched the weather closely trying to find a good time to run north and head up towards Thailand where we had decided to spend the Southern Hemispheres NW monsoon. Given that everyone was talking about the early arrival of this years monsoon we were a little worried about how quickly we would be able to get out of Lombok and further to the north.