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... but due to ear issues, decided an intact eardrum was probably better than diving 60 meters and then accidentally bursting it again (especially after already having 2 operations to replace it). Snorkelling was a good second best, even though I still wished I could go deeper.
We were taken to a reef with a guide and jumped off the speed boat (a different one from the one we were picked up on). There were beautiful reefs where we were and we snorkelled for over ...
... the first bit then it was light enough to see. There was thunder and lightning in the distance and big mobs of clouds around but it was clear over us and we could get a great clear view of the lakes. We followed the track right up to the highest point and huddled around with hoodies on waiting for the light to get good piccies. The lakes are quite fascinating, they change colours quite frequently and can be from white to blue to black. One of ...
... talking and for $70 NZD per day we could hire him to take us across Flores stopping at places along the way. So within minutes we had a 5 day itinerary sorted which included stops in Bajawa, Riung, Moni and Maumere.
Stoked that we had a plan in place we did some quick internet admin to book Christmas accommodation in Maumere before meeting back up with Jimmy at midday. Off we went, Jimmy’s car was comfy and had AC and was pure luxury compared to the public ...
... over the bay. Flores is 99% Catholic with only 1% Muslim, unlike most of the surrounding islands that are nearly all Muslim. The 1% all live in a harmonious fishing village nearby, being immigrant people from 100 years ago from nearby Timor island. The Portuguese moved to Flores after losing Malacca, hence the now remaining Catholicism. End of history lesson! Hiro kept pointing out all of the different fruit trees, coffee, cocoa, peanut, tobacco etc. and made ...
All the people in Bajawa belong to a tribe. They are close knit units and a person remains a member of their tribe all their life. When a man marries he goes to live in the tribe of the wife, but returns with his wife and family on holidays to his own tribe and family.
The motorbike taxi man that took me on a tour of the village tribes the next day turned out to be a good guide with good English skills. There's no wifi here and I learn Bajawa is the ...