Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Flores: Komodo Dragon!

We woke up early in the morning to climb atop the hill on Gili Lawa to see the sunrise, it was quite a struggle when we made the climb as it was pitch dark that time; favorable condition when you want to shoot milky ways although not so good condition for trekking, but the climb was worth the effort.

The sunrise was indeed, glorious.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Flores: Blue Sea and White Beaches

There are 29 islands scattered around Komodo National Park; Rinca, Padar, and Komodo are the three main islands. Due to the limited time available, we couldn't visit all the islands therefore a decision has to be made and we've visited some of the most popular destinations: Kanawa, Gili Lawa, Rinca, Komodo, and Kelor island. On the first day, we've visited Kenawa, Manta Point, and Gili Lawa. Our island hopping trip began with Kenawa which we didn't spend an awful lot of time, we just snorkeled for one hour then we continue our trip to Manta Point where we encountered Manta rays! And lots of it. It is a joyous occasion when you swim with the Mantas dancing around you with their gracious moves, it is as seemed the mantas are welcoming us. After a delightful afternoon with Manta Rays, we moved on to Gili Lawa to see the sunset and then rest for the night. It is worth noting that there are no settlements or building or whatsoever in Gili Lawa, we spent the night on board our boats docked at Gili Lawa beach.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Flores: Welcome To Labuanbajo

Flores is one of the gem located in the eastern part of Indonesia, to be precise it is located in East Nusa Tenggara province. White beaches and ancient villages are scattered across the island, you may find many diving and snorkelling hotspots around Flores. One of the most notable spot is in Komodo National Park (more on that later) where also the world's biggest lizard lives.

Our journey in and around the island took one week which consisted of sea and overland trip. We spent three days on a boat to visit several islands and then continue our journey by car to Wae Rebo, Bena Village, and finally Mt Kelimutu, it took four days by car to reach Kelimutu from Labuanbajo including one night stop at Wae Rebo and Bajawa. There are multiple ways to get to Flores, some of my friends decidedly took the more adventurous method which consisted of a train ride from Jakarta to Jogja then several bus and ferry rides before they reach Labuanbajo, it took them several days. I took direct flight to Bali from Jakarta and then continue on another flight to Labuanbanjo.

There will be several posts for this series due to the large number photos involved, please do come back!

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Labuanbajo Harbor

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