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Dec 1, 2016 - Samur Beach, Bali

IDR50,000 £3 for car to airport. Flew to Denpasar, Bali. Cab to Hotel IDR170,000 £10 Nice traditional place although a bit stinky (smells like our house!) Lovely door & window though. Took washing to a lady on the beach just under 2kg IDR18,000 per kg £1.06 Also took my Borneo skirt which is way too long to a tailor with my Bali skirt to use as a guide. IDR50,000 £3 Taxi driver told us it rains every day in Bali now as wet season so decided to move on in 2 days, We were thinking Penang but Tim found flights to Perth for £99 so we can pick...

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Nov 30, 2016 - Rinca Island - Komodo Dragons

Soooooooooo Bloody HOT during the night just in the pirate hut surrounded by mozzy nets. I don't think I've ever been that hot! WOWZER Day! Great snorkelling with Manta Rays at at Manta Point. The sea was filthy though. Went on to Pink Beach where sea was much cleaner, lovely coral and saw some more Rays. On to Rinca Island, Komodo National Park. IDR257,000 £15.10 each to get in. Had 2 guides with a big forked stick who took us on 1.5 hour hike. Saw around 8 dragon's mainly under the rangers room as they can smell the cooking. Back on boat...

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Nov 29, 2016 - Pirate Island

Flores XP Tours picked us up 7.30am. Got on our boat Salacia with two German ladies and a Spanish Couple from Major a. Went to two awesome snorkelling sites the off to Pirate Island forbarbecued fish and a few Bintangs watching the sun go down with our new friends. LOVE the tiny Hut wee'really staying in.

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Nov 27, 2016 - Chilling by infinity pool

Spent ages Tring to sort Komodo Dragon tour (still). Mise at reception was hilariously useless due to language barrier (maybe)! He handed Tim the phone in the end and we've booked a IDR5,000,000 £300 2 day one night tour with Flores XP as they are the only ones which you can sleep in a Hut rather than boat. Went downtown with 60p lifts again to stock up on Bintangs Swimming in pool again...wonderful. Trying to work out where to go after trip. Our big lizard came out again, Tim wafted a giant moth in his direction and he pounced on...

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Nov 26, 2016 - Bay View Gardens Hotel

Slept well with earplugs as 3 mosques in near vicinity. Breakfast was delivered to our room, you know, the one with fabulous view! Stood on the road waiting for a lift, a mini bus full of Indonesians gave us a lift into town squished on the front seat for IDR10,000 60p Got some Bintangs to replace the ones in fridge for 17,000 £1.08 rather than pay 35,000 £2.08 and another 60p lift to get back up the hill. Another lovely swim in infinity pool getting pics of Tim doing 'Wish You Were Here' album sleeve with his feet in the air. Wonderful...

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Jan 7, 2016 - Bajawa

Bajawa has been a welcome respite from the high humidity nearer the coast, with hot days but cooler evenings. Overlooking the town is the perfect cone shaped 2,445 metre volcano Inerie, often topped in cloud. The town is small enough to walk around and as always I am drawn to the markets to absorb the colours, the smells and to people watch. There are very few tourists there so friendly people are eager to "talk" and use their English. Where you go? What your name? Where you from? Pancakes and fruit (papaya, pineapple, banana) seems to be...

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Dec 31, 2015 - Lombok to Flores

Happy New Year to you all! We are in Bajawa on the island of Flores, a smallish town 1200 metres up in the mountains surrounded by volcanoes. Very lush and green and away from the high humidity on the coast. There is a Catholic church and a mosque in the town so not sure yet how New Year's Eve will be. The shops are doing a roaring trade in fireworks and we are hearing and seeing some of these being let off already. We enjoyed our "cruise" to Flores Island from Lombok. We booked "deck class" (as opposed to cabin class) and joined 13 others...

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Jun 17, 2014 - Climb every mountain

So, what's the title of this entry all about? Well, I've visited three places here in the stunningly beautiful island of Flores; in the first, Ruteng, I stayed in an actual functioning convent, in Bajawa my hotel was called Edelweiss, while in the last place in Moni I climbed up Kelimutu volcano, or more precisely rode up on the back of a motorbike. Flores means flowers in Portuguese and was named by the first Portuguese explorers who landed here. There are indeed many colourful flowers, but there are also soaring verdant mountains,...

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Jun 14, 2014 - A Dance With Dragons

The boat trip didn't begin very promisingly, but it turned out it be a great adventure. The website for Kencana Tours promises a maximum of 20 people on the trip, but there were close to 50 milling around the office on the day of departure. Not to worry, I thought, as I'd read that they divide large groups up and use two vessels. After waiting around for an hour and a half we finally set off for a 3 hour cramped bus ride across the island of Lombok to the port on the eastern side. We were not even given a mediocre packed lunch until around...

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Mar 20, 2014 - Komodo Island

Komodo Dragons - wow! Thursday March 20th we are visiting Komodo Island. This was due to a change of schedule because of a tropical storm approaching Bali. Hopefully we will still make it there in 2 days time after the storm. Komodo Island is, of course, home of the famous Komodo Dragons. There are 2000 that live here and there are some on other islands but this is the one to visit. We had a guide, a forest ranger and a local man from the island village escorting us on our 90 minute hike, armed with stout sticks to fend off any dragons that...

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Feb 13, 2014 - Larantuka, Flores Island, Indonesia

Flores Island has intrigued me ever since I read in "Lone Survivors," by Chris Stringer, about the hominid discovered there in 2004, popularly named "The Hobbit" because of its small stature and chimp-sized brain. This hominid could have lived as recently as 12,000 years ago, long after the Neanderthals and Denisovas died out 35,000 years ago. Flores Man stood a little over three feet tall, had stone tools, and probably used fire. It's likely he would be descended from a species of homo erectus found in Java, but it remains a mystery how...

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Dec 5, 2012 - Komodo Dragon hunters

Hi friends, today we went to an island in Indonesia called Komodo Island. I saw some Komodo dragons and deer in the wild. We went on a hike around the island. You have to stay with a guide that carries a big stick to protect the visitors from the dragons. They are huge, like 300 pounds. The island is very hot & dry like a desert. All the trees were losing their leaves & looked dried up. Bella fell on a tree and scraped up her arm:-( She will be ok. Your friend, Phillip

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