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Jul 17, 2005 - Day 3 Komodo Island

We had sailed through the night to Komodo Island. I watched the sun rise from the mat on my floor; we ate breakfast and then went to the Island to hunt Komodo dragons (with camera)! We saw 2, first a baby who ran away and then an adult about 40 years old which had been tagged by American scientists from San Diego to monitor its life. In total the trek was for 2 1/2 hours and 4 kms. We were taken by Rangers on a track as there are about 1300 dragons on the Island and they do like the taste of humans given half the chance. When they bite the...

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May 17, 2005 - catching up!

Boy, way out of date here. After my last entry decided after much agonizing to forgo an inexpensive trip to G-Land, a surf resort near Bali, for the little visited and rather untamed island of Sumba, some 400 miles SE of Bali. After aot of hassle arranging a flight and booking at Mr Davids surf resort, some where on the south coast of Sumba, II left my uneeded gear with the kind and helpfull Katut from Dayu Bch Inn, and boarded my Pelita airways jet to Sumba. Ill leave out alot at this point but 3 hour drive later in vitual silence (the...

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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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May 5, 2005 - Ruteng, Indonesia

We got to Ruteng in the middle of the afternoon and checked into the Rima Hotel with its large painting of two Komodo dragons having lunch that hung above the reception desk. My $4 room had a nice large bed, plenty of space and the typical 'mandi' style of bath that is common in Flores. There is no sink or flush toilet. You ladle cold water over yourself dipped from a large tiled tub, wash, and then ladle yourself again to rinse. The shock wears off after about the fourth scoop. The squat toilet is flushed by dumping water into it also from...

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May 3, 2005 - Bajawa, Indonesia

We got to Bajawa just after dark after hours of twisting roads and knockout scenery. We had to split up again and check into separate hotels to get everyone a room. The next day we drove a couple of hours to the traditional villages of Luba and Bena. The Gunung Inerie volcano was a constant sight as we made our way around its base. At Luba we were briefed by Dino on the customs of the people of the villages. They practice a combination of Christian and animist beliefs. They might pray to the Virgin Mary, but will sacrifice an animal before...

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May 2, 2005 - Moni, Indonesia

In Moni, near the larger town of Ende, we stayed in picturesque bungalows that look out across the road to a large green valley surrounded by high ridges. The rooms, though, we very basic and not so comfortable. Andy and I took a walk at dusk down to where the road flattens out in the valley floor. We were looking for photo possibilities, but we just missed the light. At 4:30 am. we drove about 30 min. to the parking lot at the Kelimutu Volcano. There we parked and walked about 20 min. in the dark with a couple other small groups up to the...

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Apr 29, 2005 - Maumere, Indonesia

I talked with the guy who gave me the ride from the airport about taking me across the island to Lubuanbajo on the western shore. I had to either take the buses, which have a poor reputation even among the locals, or hire a car and take a tour of about 5 days. I checked with a couple of other guys about this and got an idea of the prices. The tour sounded great. We would drive to several locations of various interest-traditional villages, crafts, volcanos, lakes, rice terraces-and check into a hotel each night. This came to about $300 plus...

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Apr 23, 2005 - Dili East Timor

19/23 April Dili East Timor Arrived in Kupang (West Timor) very early and decided to drive straight to Dili (East Timor). When we were 50kms from the border when we asked the way to East Timor and motorcyclist seemed to understand and indicated for us to follow him. We expected him to goes a few hundred metres and show us the main road but he led us off down some a maze of roads getting smaller and rougner. What to do? We clearly weren't on the main road but we won't be able to find our back so there was no alternative but to continue...

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Apr 19, 2005 - Flying though Flores

April 16th Kelimutu It is 700kms of winding, rough and steep roads to the other end of the island and the the ferry which might be leaving in 2 days. We made good progress today and are over halfway staying near Kelimutu. Just as it was getting dark we came to a roadblock (landslide) and as usual couldn't find out how long we would be waiting but just as we were about to turn round and go back (to what we were later told was an awful (Muslim - most of Flores is Catholic) town) things started moving and after an hour in the dark we got...

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Apr 15, 2005 - Flores

13-15 April Labuhanbajo Flores We did get here at midnight and even found a hotel (suggested by our new NZ friends) which took us in. Very nice with great views over the bay. After our headlong dash across Lombok and Sumbawa we decided to spend a few days here and try to find out about the next ferry to West Timor (the longest one at 15 hours). Jacqui and Trent left this morning in search of ferries and promised to txt us the info. There doesn't seem to be any working internet in Flores! With help from the Dutch lady who owns the hotel...

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Apr 13, 2005 - Bali, Lombok, Sambawa

April 5/6 Lovina Beach Bali Made it to Bali yesterday with no problems, the ferry left a few minutes after we arrived and was very short. The next day we set off for the volcano and were going though a town having got a little bit lost when we were stopped by 2 policemen on motorbikes. Karen was driving and it seems we went straight from a turning left lane, to make things worse we hadn't got any of our documents with us. So first we followed him back to his police box and then back to the police station. There we talked to someone who...

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Jan 30, 2005 - Flores, Indonesia

JG Flight to Flores. 5 days of true back-packing, cold water (even no water) and sleeping on the deck of a boat for a night. Really good fun. Saw the crater lakes of Kilimutu - beautiful ...blue, brown and black lakes, stunning views. Then 2 day drive through the island, amazing rice fields, rainforest and beaches. Finally in a dodgy little village, which the Lonely Planet said was beautiful but ws actually far from it. Rented a boat to go and see the Komodo Dragons. Teamed up with a Canadian girl Suzanne and American guy, Steve for the...

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