Travel Blogs from East Indonesia, Indonesia

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Bajawa, Indonesia: See ya Later Dutchies, East Manggarai, Indonesia travel blog

Bajawa, Indonesia: See ya Later Dutchies

A travel blog entry by samber

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Of course the one time we decide not to be ready bang on time the bloody bus arrives 15 minutes early. With Sam in the shower, my bag unpacked and goodbyes needed with our Dutch friends what should have been a relaxed morning rapidly turned into a mad ...

Kalabahi madness, Kalabahi, Indonesia travel blog

Kalabahi madness

A travel blog entry by technotrekker

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... , so at least a hangover isn't magnifying the whole sound issue. Why so considering this is a pretty remote and sleepy part of Indonesia? Well, the 4th Alor Expo is happening right now so the population has swelled and a bunch of band and club music has ...

Another Overnighter, Ruteng,  Indonesia travel blog

Another Overnighter

A travel blog entry by faff

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Just another overnighter here. We stayed at the one after LP's best pick which was a dump and expensive. We wanted to stay at Sante Marie which is a convent but all their rooms were occupied for the night. The nuns were really nice and organized a guy to ...

At the Ende of the Earth, Ende, Indonesia travel blog

At the Ende of the Earth

A travel blog entry by youngtravellers

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After our amazingly exciting (and painful) bus ride the day before, we were understandably a little skittish about boarding another bus the next morning.  But after a early banana pancake and coffee, we were ready to face whatever the day threw at ...

Booming bemos and Bintangs on board, Kupang, Indonesia travel blog

Booming bemos and Bintangs on board

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Greetings from across the sea in Kupang, capital of West Timor in the Nusa Tenggara (the 'South East Islands'). The Portuguese and Dutch have had both had bases of governance here as evidenced by the crumbling fortress wall along the waterfront, and even ...

Three lakes, three conversations, Moni, Indonesia travel blog

Three lakes, three conversations

A travel blog entry by youngtravellers

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... , if I would be interested in looking at some ikat.  She told me she had travelled to Malaysia, and across a good part of Indonesia as well.  A liter of petrol was 6,000 rupiah, or about 65 cents.  She was afraid it would go up to 7,000 or ...

Saltwater islands and a deserted beach, The boat, Indonesia travel blog

Saltwater islands and a deserted beach

A travel blog entry by youngtravellers

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The crew placed big rubber mats across the floor, then provided pillows.  The rubber mats, I believe, were actually harder than the solid wood floor.  But the rocking of the ship let me sleep a little.  There was some grumbling the next ...

"Oh my!" OR A bus full of shallots

A travel blog entry by youngtravellers

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... the bus continued.  Then the Indonesians started vomiting.  In China we met a couple who had started in Indonesia and they mentioned that Indonesians are not the greatest bus travellers and plastic bags are always provided on ...

Riung, Indonesia: Squelch of Poo Between Toes, Ngada, Indonesia travel blog

Riung, Indonesia: Squelch of Poo Between Toes

A travel blog entry by samber

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... , Sam returned triumphant and we were soon settling into a much nicer hotel run by quite possibly the nicest man in all of Indonesia, Leo. Being a very small town we walked the streets in search of life but came up empty handed. After a few wrong turns ...

Sape, Indonesia: Town With No Beer, Bima, Indonesia travel blog

Sape, Indonesia: Town With No Beer

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Golly what a day. Hell, would be a good way to describe it. Made bearable only by music and good company. To start with the alarm went off at 0530. Then the taxi arrived 15 minutes late at 0615 leaving us all stressing that we would miss the one and ...

Nihiwatu: more than just surfing, Sumba, Indonesia travel blog

Nihiwatu: more than just surfing

A travel blog entry by wickens

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Whilst Brad's main focus for the week was on getting to grips with the basics of surfing, we all did do some other fun activities.  The staff of the hotel laid on a couple of really fun events:  one night was a horse-racing night, with horses ...

Surf and Turf, Flores, Indonesia travel blog

Surf and Turf

A travel blog entry by shyoungstr

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Our final day of diving was to Haji's Wall which was quite beautiful, followed by an excursion to Moyo Waterfall. Upon arrival to the humble seaside Muslim town, Jeremy disappeared to a second level bungalow to negotiate with the locals before we were ...

Nihiwatu: heaven is a place on earth, Sumba, Indonesia travel blog

Nihiwatu: heaven is a place on earth

A travel blog entry by wickens

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... water buffalo wandering in the fields.  They quickly realised that Sumba is incredibly poor - one of the poorest islands in Indonesia - and made direct comparisons to their own lives.   Then we arrived at Nihiwatu.  Beautiful, incredible, ...

Labuan Bajo, Indonesia: Dragons & Manta Rays, West Manggarai, Indonesia travel blog

Labuan Bajo, Indonesia: Dragons & Manta Rays

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Waking up to the sound of our jolly hotel manager knocking on the door to tell us the taxi had arrived half an hour early wasn't the best start to the day but at least it wasn't a sign of things to come. As to be expected Bima's airport wasn't anything ...

Excellent Journey to Kuta, Tulumben, Indonesia travel blog

Excellent Journey to Kuta

A travel blog entry by hildreth75

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Lovina isn't that much of an exciting place so after our great dive we headed South to Kuta, but stopping in at Tulumben on the way. The drawcard of this place is the wreck of the US cargo ship 'Liberty' and reef that has grown on it. We decided to get ...

Heaven has a conscience, Sumba, Indonesia travel blog

Heaven has a conscience

A travel blog entry by wickens

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A big part of Nihiwatu's philosophy is ensuring that the hotel is fully eco-friendly and sustainable and that money is ploughed back into the local community. This is done partly by employing local staff (97 %are locals) and partly through the Sumba ...

Labujuan Bajo, Flores, Indonesia travel blog

Labujuan Bajo

A travel blog entry by shyoungstr

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Another early morning rise and diving by 7:07AM today we started with a site called The Passage. This was a straight off the boat entry into a fairly shallow dive of 12m the majority of the hour that we were down. Crossing paths with a turtle, at least ...

Welcom to Komodo, Flores, Indonesia travel blog

Welcom to Komodo

A travel blog entry by shyoungstr

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Today was a full packed day starting at 7:00AM we took a dingy over to the park entrance for an hour stroll to see the Komodo dragons. Upon arrival we were greeted by the monkeys and our guides. These young kids were going to be our protectors against ...

The Guide That Wouldn't Leave, Ende/Moni, Indonesia travel blog

The Guide That Wouldn't Leave

A travel blog entry by hildreth75

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... about how small the plane would be, but it was actually a small jet - a focker and we were served cake. We skipped over Indonesia and bounced around over the clouds. The clouds were massive and hurtling up in the sky above us. How do you fly a plane ...

Bali at Last, Bali, Indonesia travel blog

Bali at Last

A travel blog entry by hildreth75

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Finally back to Bali. I had no plans for this leg of the trip only to soak up the sun, relax on the beach and try go get better at surfing. Dave had never been to Bali before, but I was done being ambitious when it came to traveling so we did not sway ...

Here be dragons, Komodo Island, Indonesia travel blog

Here be dragons

A travel blog entry by youngtravellers

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When I was planning this trip, Komodo Island and its dragons represented the ends of the earth to me.  I wasn't even sure we would be able to make it out here, it was so far away figuratively and literally from the US.  But, as the sun rose ...

The long, dirt road, Labuanbajo, Indonesia travel blog

The long, dirt road

A travel blog entry by youngtravellers

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Labuanbajo is not a particularly exciting town.  It is, more or less, a long dirt road fronting the harbour.  There are a few hotels and even fewer restaurants.  Everyone stares at you as you walk past.  Flores doesn't get that many ...

First Holy Communion, Bajawa, Indonesia travel blog

First Holy Communion

A travel blog entry by hildreth75

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Once we got to Flores we stayed one night in the port town and headed out for an 11 hour jaunt on a bemo the next morning. Bemos are suped up mini vans. They like to squeeze as many people in as possible - even on the roof. We didn't get b'fst that ...

In Search  of Strong Current, Flores, Indonesia travel blog

In Search of Strong Current

A travel blog entry by shyoungstr

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... like a little mountain which the peak sticks out of the water. We circled around it until we reached the shaft where the current pulls east and can carry you over the top. To avoid drifting with it, we were required to hold on to the rock for quite some ...

Komodo Adventure, Misadventure, Indonesia travel blog

Komodo Adventure

A travel blog entry by hildreth75

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From the very beginning the tour company (Wisata Lombok) made their incompetency obvious. All of us on the boat had been told different things about what we'd get on the tour & how many people there would be, but pretty much none of it was delivered. ...

Party Island, Gilli Trawagan, Indonesia travel blog

Party Island

A travel blog entry by hildreth75

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We left for the port before 6am and had to wait a while for the ferry. In this time we spoke to a man about doing a 4 day 4 night tour to Komodo Island on a boat. We'd been looking into it and the only other company doing it charged a fortune. We booked ...

Surf's up in Heaven, Sumba, Indonesia travel blog

Surf's up in Heaven

A travel blog entry by wickens

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The ocean is the main focus at Nihiwatu, and especially the main wave. A classic indonesian reef break. The place is phenomenally proffessionaly managed as there is little doubt the sea is dangerous here. They only let 10 surfers out on to the wave at ...

And Then There Was An Octopus, Flores, Indonesia travel blog

And Then There Was An Octopus

A travel blog entry by shyoungstr

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Once I could check off Turtle, Shark and Manta Rays from my checklist, I said to Lauren that the list would be complete if I saw an Octopus. Well sure enough on our first dive this morning we did just that. It was cool to see him slivering along the ...

Hey Moni, Moni!, Moni, Indonesia travel blog

Hey Moni, Moni!

A travel blog entry by dawn_smedley

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The scenery on the way to Moni is the most stunning we've seen in the whole of SE Asia..and thats saying something! It's so green and unpopulated...it's literally green as far as you can see! The road to Moni is the windiest yet and I'm really surprised ...

Please see the Pics & just for the pin!!!!, Labuanbajo, Indonesia travel blog

Please see the Pics & just for the pin!!!!

A travel blog entry by fouritchyfeet

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Day 250 ; The photos from yesterday are on ...

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