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Up for 8am and a rather reluctant Jimmy gave us a lift to Café Del Mar to pick up our snorkelling gear and nasi goreng lunchbox then drop us off at the harbour to meet Captain Bobby. The weather was beaut and the tide was low so conditions were great for visibility and getting closer to the coral. Our boat was much better than the one we had around Komodo Island and Captain Bobby was very chilled out, but all the same, we opted to hire lifejackets even though ...
Last night's sleep was very comfortable as Bajawa sits at 1100m and has a much more Owenson-friendly climate than the lowlands, so we were feeling particularly chipper as we hoed into the free breakfast put on at the hotel. The hill town is surrounded by forested volcanoes and the imposing Gunung Inerie (2245m) looms over it which could be seen from our balcony as we finished off the rest of our toast. We had come to Bajawa to see the traditional villages that are home to the Ngada people ...
... them in Indonesian and they gave it to my guide. The gecko had a cut on it and the driver wanted to doctor it and release it when it was healed.
The hot springs were unusual in that from one direction the hot water came from volcanic rock. From the other direction cold water from the mountains spring met up with the hot spring water and they both emptied into the pool in the stream where we sat. You could move one direction or the other to adjust the water ...
... anything we have seen in Indonesia so far. In some ways, it reminded us a bit of the Flintstones! Once we entered Beno, Alfons directed us to the guest sign in book and told us we need to make a small donation. After this, we were free to walk around and take pictures.
Beno, and the other traditional villages we learned later, is based on the binary opposites of male and female. They have symbolic structures to represent males and different ones to ...
On the 7th we said goodbye to Kuta and Lombok, I think we were both quite sad to leave. Two flights later we landed at Komodo Airport, Labuan Bajo, Flores. On the way in we tried to spot Komodo Island, we could see lots of coral reefs which looked amazing and lots of green islands too. Komodo airport has got to be the smallest airport we have ever been to. There is a big international airport being built behind to cater for the current boom in tourism, but currently ...