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... coast at about 3:30pm. Riung is a very isolated seaside town surrounded by coconut palms and it only gets electricity 13 hours of the day Jimmy dropped us at our digs, (Bintang Wisata) which is just a few meters from the town’s generator which runs all night – lovely, earplugs it is then!
We are in Riung because we want to go to the 17 Islands Marine Park and do some snorkelling, so we went off for a walk to the harbour in search of a boat captain who would take ...
... and retrieve my bag. Now what?
Bajawa is a little town in Flores, Indonesia. It seems to be the halfway point when traveling from Moni to Labaunbajo. I will spend a few days here exploring the ancient hill tribes and hot springs.
But, first I have to find the place. There were a couple of guys with motorbikes when I got off the bus and they offered me a ride. I have learned not to take the first offer for transport if I don't know how far I have ...
Once again it's a very early start as we fly at 7:00 am from Ende to Labuan Bajo. We are met at arrivals by our driver who takes us to the hotel to drop off our luggage and collect a picnic breakfast. We head to the port and board our private boat to Rinca. The crew are very friendly and the scenery stunning. The trip takes 2 hours and the weather is glorious!
On arrival at Rinca Island we are met and welcomed by our Komodo ...
... transport to our next destination. No long goodbye or thank you. We think he had other things on his mind (the broken bike). We didn't like seeing him like this since he was so happy and full of smiles up until the bike stopped working. And while we would have loved to have spent more time with him and visit his school and home, we're travelling and things don't often go as planned which is part of the fun and the experience!
The gloss of finding paradise lost is starting to lose it's lustre due to the headache of travelling from place to place. The morning started off ok. We hired a motorbike and went for a drive to a traditional local village which was highlighted as a must see in the area. Nestled in a clearing in the jungle underneath the shadow of a volcano was the small village of Bena. Home to nine clans where two lines of thatched roof huts surround a central burial ...