If you’re traveling to any of the islands off of the coast of Indonesia, or really, anywhere in the world that requires you to traverse a large body of water, then you’ll probably find yourself on a ferry. Depending on where you are, there are two main types of ferries. Both work like buses without wheels. One type carries both people and their cars, as long as there are roads on the island that you’re traveling to. The other type just takes people from one point to another. No matter which kind of ferry you’re on, you can enjoy your ferry ride to the core.
1) Check out the scenery.
Most trips via water involve crossing a very clear, blue lake, river, or even sea. It can be tempting just to sit and stare at the water meditatively during the trip. Many people do this for the entire length of the ferry ride. While looking down at the water, you can also keep an eye out for sea life. Depending on where you’re traveling to, you might see turtles, fish, dolphins, whales, sharks, manatee, or any other type of sea-dwelling creature. On top of this, watching the water can have an incredibly peaceful effect on you, especially if you get lost in the waves and begin to daydream.
2) Bird watch from the deck of the ferry.
One of coolest things about traveling by ferry is the birds that fly overhead. There are so many different types of seafaring birds that it can be tough to identify them all. Some examples include seagulls, ducks, geese, herons, and much more. If you’re in a more exotic locale, such as Indonesia, you’ll see even more colorful specimens. You don’t even need to know what the birds are to enjoy watching swoop down into the water and catch a meal. Just be sure to have your camera ready!
3) Watch people fish.
Some travelers enjoy people watching. There is no better way to do this on a ferry than by keeping an eye on the other boaters. There are two different types of fishermen that you might see – commercial ones and recreational ones. Depending on which body of water you’re in (and the protected wildlife nearby) you might not see any commercial fishing people. You will see plenty of recreational ones though. These boats are used by companies that take tourists out for fishing excursions. They may not keep what they catch, depending on the guidelines in place, but they have fun. That’s the entire point of recreational fishing. Keep an eye out for these fishing boats while you’re out on the water. You might have as much fun watching them as they are out on the water.
4) Socialize with your fellow travelers.
Traveling by ferry gives you the chance to get to know the people around you. After all, you’re all in the same boat for a specific length of time, so why not reach out and make a new acquaintance? You might meet tourists from all over the world or even some locals. They might be able to give you some tips on what to do, what to see, and even where to go once you reach your island destination. You might even find some new people to hang out with once you get there. Life is all about making new friends, right?
5) Look for the coral reefs and marine parks.
Again, this varies depending on where you’re at. If you’re in an area, known for coral reefs and protected waters (marine parks) you want to keep an eye out for unique underwater ecosystems. We’re not talking about fish and other marine life. Instead, we mean plants and other things. Although these forms of sea life, including reefs, are underwater, you might be able to see parts of them from the ferry. The water is that clear! Keep an eye out and stare down into the water to check. If you don’t like to scuba dive or snorkel, then this might be your only chance to see the reefs. You don’t want to miss them!
As you can see, there are several interesting ways to enjoy your ferry ride to the core. You can spend your time gazing out at the water or even staring deeply into it, just to catch a glimpse of the life growing underneath. If it’s not too sunny (or you have your sunglasses handy), looking up at the birds overhead is another fun way to pass the time. People-watching from the ferry usually involves staring at people fishing. They have plenty of fun, especially when they catch something. On top of this, you can also socialize with your fellow travelers. All of these pastimes can turn a boring ferry ride into a fun journey.
Author Bio: This guest post is written by Paul Lee in support of www.baliferry.com