23 – 29 July 2009
We have been planning this part of our expedition since before we left Australia for Asia four months ago. When we found out that WWF Indonesia had a project site for leatherback turtles, we zeroed in on what we needed to do and plan. Malaria was something we were over -prepared for – we had Doxycline, two types of Cloroquin, Chinese malaria medicine, the works! Yogi had malaria once from PNG and we didn’t need another attack. Our permits too had to be organized ahead of time, and Lely from the head office of WWF Jakarta was on top of all our permit requirements, from our multiple entry visas to our travel permits down to national park permits. We thought there wouldn’t be electricity in base camp so we ordered a solar panel to charge our camera batteries and a small 12 volt PC. We needn’t have worried, as the guys from WWF Sorong had it all sorted. There was a brand new generator on site! Hallelujah.
Our WWF companions for the trip were Bas Wurlianty, Project Leader of WWF Sorong, and Franki Waroby, his Turtle Monitoring Coordinator. We were also accompanied by the head of Fisheries Mr. Linder Rouw. We always joked that Mr. Linder was our personal permit.