Seeing a Dragon
Trip Start Aug 28, 2012
112Trip End Aug 09, 2013
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The tour that we organised whilst on Gili T didn't get off to the best start considering Laura and I had had about an hours sleep each ... oops. With looming tiredness and hangovers we attempted to eat some breakfast before embarking on our 4 day 4 night tour around the Indonesian islands with a promise of snorkelling, fishing, seeing Komodo Dragons! and sleeping on deck (this part we were apprehensive about!).
Most of the first day consisted of travel; to Lombok, across Lombok and to the boat at 3:30ish. Because we’d arrived late we didn’t do anything on the first day other than ride to our location ready for the next day...
Across the remaining 3 days we saw some amazing sights, the best being: on day 2 we went to a waterfall on Moyo Island, where we would have our only fresh water shower for the entire trip – yuk, I know! We all suggested that this should be in the middle or at the end of the trip instead, as we predicted (correctly) that we would all be a bit stinky by the end of the 4 days! But the waterfall was stunning, with a plunge pool at the top, meaning a treacherous climb up and more so back down to get to and from it. But it was worth the fresh, cool water and the sights. On day 3 at 7 in the morning we went for a walk – or more so a climb – up Varanus Komodoensis to see some breathtaking views of the bay. I was unreliably dehydrated on this walk having been sea-sick for a 17hour journey, and not having dinner the previous night and almost fainting at the top, but after 1.5L of water was able to enjoy the stunning views.
The same day, we finally went to Komodo Island and saw, of course, Komodo dragons...3 of them, sitting as solid as rock. At first they are a complete shock: they are MASSIVE! I knew they were big, but not that big, but by the end of the walk we were all egging them on to move as their stone-like appearance was a tad annoying. The next day though we did visit Rinca Island, which ironically had more komodo dragons than komodo island, AND ONE OF THEM MOVED – about 3cm
The highlight of the trip was Kelor Island – this was the most beautiful beach I have seen in my life. It had unbelievably clear blue water, perfect for snorkelling and had a spit of sand that went out into the coral that we were all sunbathing on before the end of the tour. BEST BEACH SO FAR.
For the first time on the trip, I was able to properly use my waterproof camera – and this time it is actually waterproof!!! (Thanks v.much to Shef <3 for the recommendation). I spent most of the time snorkelling with it at my side, and spent a lot of time trying to get interesting photos of Laura and myself! It also proved well as most of the time, ALL our stuff was pretty damp! This was the biggest issue whilst on the boat – being damp and never really completely dry. Our clothes were damp, our "beds" were damp, evening the pillows were damp :( The beds in themself were interesting – thin, sorta deckchair cushions that were all squashed together on an upper deck – 14 of them for 17... when I initially mentioned this to the staff on board, the first just said “yes” to every Q (he soon became known as “yes man”) and the next just laughed and walked away! The remainder ended up literally sleeping on deck! But considering we only had paid £100 for this trip/£25 per day this was acceptable accommodation and considering this price as well, the food was amazing. We did only have noodles and rice dishes, but each night was fish, except for the 3rd when they killed the chickens on board (which we didn’t even know they had hidden away!)
We were unbelievably lucky with the people on our trip – there was 17 of us altogether, all mainly from around Eurpore, but with some Canadian and American as well. All but 2 were in their 20s and no one was “one of those people” – everyone was lovely and we had such a good trip with everyone. A lot of the girls are travelling up north SE.Asia, so who knows, we may bump into them again (it also turned out 3 of them were in the Irish bar on Gili T the night before we left and also suffered the “no sleep” aspect on the first day! Haha).
All in all the trip was brilliant – great food, great people and AMAZING things to see, things you definitely wouldn’t see if you didn’t do the trip. Big smiles all round!