Trip Start Mar 12, 2007
90Trip End Mar 12, 2008
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I can't remember when I first heard of Flores, I had never met anyone who had been there, I just knew that it had always been on my itinery from the very start. It was one of those places I wanted to go without knowing the reasons why. Flores is located roughly between Timor and Lombok and still remains relatively unaffected by tourism. It is not easy to get to as flights are unreliable and boat journeys are long and have been known to sink. It was therefore filled with a combination of thankfulness and anxiety as the little 18 deater plane trundled along the runway and took off. The flight took me over the islands of Lombok, Sumbawa, Rinca, and Komodo
Flores turned out to be a pretty magical island. Made up of stunning valleys, mountains and volcanos. Flores' most famous 'sight' is Mt Kelimatu, with its multicoloured crater lakes. Supposedly, minerals in the water of these craters account for the everchanging colours. My journey to Kelimatu was a long one and would not have happened had it not been for 2 people. To cut a VERY long story short, I set off on a motorbike and lasted about 2hrs before the bonejarring hillsides and crumbling roads proved too much. About to turn around and head back, the 'guide/random' I was with flagged down a car and asked (I found out later that he had begged) for me to join the couple who were inside. They said yes and I spent the next 4 days exploring and laughing in the company of the gorgeous Alex and Derbi. If your reaction is the sames as mine then you will need to for this next bit. It was a little comment that Alex made about his wedding ring that prompted me to ask how long they had been married. With a brief glance at each other they both told me with a huge grin that they had been married ONE WEEK. I have never been so mortified in my life as in that moment when I realised that I had gathcrashed their honeymoon. As it turned out, I seemed to be far more bothered about it than they were and I could not have met a more lovely, friendly couple. Thank you to you both.
After 4 days travelling I decided that it was high time for some more diving. The seas around Flores and Komodo are protected and turned out to be pretty spectacular. I was by far the least experienced person there and the diving was pretty challenging with some v strong currents but it was worth it and I was lucky with the group too, who turn out to be another random combination of people that somehow clicked.