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Oct 11, 2012 - Labuan Bajo

Wiki Info Labuan Bajo 10/11 After our breakfast at Gardena Hotel9incl.in price) we went down to the Komodo Park office, not really helpful, only prices. Fellow said we must arrange our own boat! Bon was hoping there would be a regular boat over to Rinca but no such deal. Checking more and finding all boats leaving to Rinca go before 8am - now half past - and include snorkeling, not just a hike on the island. Also, none of the agencies put together groups so we tourists must put our own group together. We go to hang out at 'The Lounge' where...

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May 28, 2010 - Sumbawa

Most people pass through Sumbawa on their way to/from Flores so that was reason enough for me to pay a visit. I took the bus to Bima where I stayed the night - there's not much there but the local inhabitants seems friendly enough, I think I was the only Westerner in town. Next up was a trip on a local bus whose suspension had long since been shot to pieces for the 8 hour trip to a resort close to Sumbawa Besar. I spent 6 Days on the resort and I never did get round to taking any photos, in fact I did very little at all there.

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Where's Malcolm?

May 22, 2010 - Labuhanbajo and Komodo

I do everything I can to avoid overnight bus trips - I just hate them because I never get any sleep and I'm always too big for the seats but there was no way of avoiding the 24 hour bus/ferry trip from Mataram (worst bus station on this trip - annoyingly aggressive touts!) across the island of Sumbawa to the town of Lubuhanbajo in Flores. I used this town as a base to see the dragons on the nearby islands of Rinca and Komodo and to do some diving of which I had heard many good reports. I was fortunate and met a Dutch and Spanish guys who...

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Where's Malcolm?

Apr 19, 2010 - Labuon Bajo, Flores

Happily, we caught our flight to Flores without a hitch. We were relieved when it turned out our plane was a rather new jet instead of the old, propeller plane we'd feared. Though, it must be noted, we had our doubts about our safety as each passenger and their baggage was carefully weighed and we noticed several passengers hiding their carry-on bags to avoid being charged excess baggage fees. When the plane began to land and we couldn't see a runway anywhere, we feared the worst. Eventually, the runway was found, but was nearly too short...

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Oct 8, 2006 - Komodo and Rinka Islands, Indonesia

Originally set up to protect the Komodo Dragon (world's largest monitor lizard) the park was extended to protect the surrounding marine environment. The land mass of all the islands represent only one third of the area of the Komodo National Park. Lying between Sumbawa to the west and Flores, this place is a divers paradise. Location is everything for the Komodos; positioned between two contrasting bodies of water--the cold updwellings of the Indian Ocean and the warm water of the Flores Sea, just south of the South China Sea. 300-600 foot...

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Itchy Feet

Jun 15, 2006 - 4 jours de croisiere de Lombok a Flores.

Une chose essentielle sur laquelle nous nous sommes mises d'accord avant notre arrivee en Indonesie: on s'offre un peu de confort! Depuis 8 mois, nous trainons nos sacs dans des guesthouses pas toujours proprinettes et confort plus que sommaire. Etant donne que l'Indonesie offre des prix parfaitement en accord avec notre budget de backpackers mais pour des hotels plus luxueux... on fonce! En plus, d'ici 1 mois, nous allons devoir ranger bikini, trikini et bain de soleil car la Chine, la Mongolie et la Russie ne sont pas vraiement propices...

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May 22, 2006 - Pulau Seraya (Flores)

Von Denpasar fliegen wir mit einer relativ grossen Propellermaschine nach Labuanbajo an der Westspitze von Flores. Wir haben gutes Wetter und koennen auch aus der Luft sehen, wie sich die Landschaft allmaehlich veraendert, wie das tropische Gruen und die dichten Regenwaelder braunen Huegeln mit kurzem Gras, vereinzelten Baeumen und niedrigem Buschwerk weichen. Zwischen Bali und Lombok verlaeuft ja die Wallace Line, benannt nach dem britischen Naturforscher Alfred Wallace, der im 19. Jhdt. diese Trennlinie erstmals beschrieben hat. Oestlich...

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Apr 2, 2006 - Komodo Island

After a night of not much sleep and soaking wet, Helen and Danny arrived at Komodo Island in the baking sun. A quick jump from the boat and they were off on their second hunt for Dragons, but with Danny's bleeding hand safely wrapped in bandages, gloves and a plastic bag! Having successfully spotted a few large Dragons within a matter of minutes, a wild pig surprised them by running around them a few times before realizing the tourists were not as interesting as some moss growing in a tree. Considering Helen and Danny were operating on only...

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Apr 1, 2006 - Rinca - Komodo Dragons

Rinca is one of the only three places on the planet it is possible to see Komodo Dragons in the wild. These things are 10 feet long and weigh in at over 16 stone. Upon arrival at Rinca Danny and Helen got off the boat and were warned - "do not go too close", "they move very fast", "Dragons very dangerous this time of month", "Be careful"!... Be careful!!!? All of a sudden the idea of trecking through the pre-historic island of Rinca seemed a very bad idea indeed... "Has anyone ever been hurt?" asked Helen as Danny cringed knowing he did not...

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Mar 31, 2006 - Flores - Llabonbajo, Bintang and Bribery

Having flown to Flores, it was straight to the port to take a small boat from the harbour out towards the island of Rinca. All of their meals for the next 2 days were to be served on this boat and Danny was delighted that this regularly included curry - often also for breakfast! The three hour trip out to Rinca was a chance to prepare to see the Komodo Dragons. Sitting on the boat, bottlenose dolphins were spotted by Danny who performed tricks around the boat as the boat made its way through the attolls of the Indonesian sea (the Dolphins...

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Jul 18, 2005 - Day 4 on the boat travelling back west

I was woken by Sepul's phone alarm. He had to take the small boat and pick up the other passengers; it took me until 5.20 am to wake him. We left Labuan Bajo at 6.00 am, I watched the sunrise and we sailed to Rinca Island for another 4 kms trek. With my sunburn I decided to stay on the boat and read, from there we went to Gili Laba for snorkelling, again I stayed on the boat. After which we set sail to Moyo Island where we laid anchor for dinner for an hour. I really can't handle the food on the boat and have now given up. Today I have...

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May 6, 2005 - Labuanbajo, Indonesia

Our hotel had a great view above the harbor, but only so-so rooms. The Hotel Chez Felix was perched high on a hillside and overlooked the strait between Flores Island and Sumbawa Island. Between these two large islands a thousand smaller ones, including Komodo and Rinca (pronounced rin-cha) crowd together making a spectacular prehistoric-looking sight. We passed by volcanic peaks, rock cliffs, palm-dotted ridges and shallow coral reefs (which showed up as a lighter aqua-blue than the surrounding sea) on our way to Rinca Island the next...

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