Enter the Dragon
Trip Start Nov 08, 2012
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The next day we booked an overnight boat trip through the Komodo National Park. To my surprise it was just me and James on the boat, a Capitan and a cook. I thought that there would have been more people. To begin with I was not very happy; the boat was very old and rickety. The engine was so load me and James had to shout to hear each other and there was a strong smell of petrol. After complaining to James and giving him a headache I decided to grab a beer and get on with it.
Visiting Komodo Park ended up being one of the best adventures that we had on our trip. The surroundings were beautiful and completely unspoilt. We floated past hundreds of tiny perfect Island; anything that that is listed as a natural world wonder must be pretty amazing. Komodo is famous as being one of the only places in the world were the ancient, highly venomous and man eating Komodo dragon can be found.
On the first day of our cruise we did some amazing snorkelling, saw a beach made out of pink sand, swam with manta rays and saw sting rays and dolphins.
When swimming with Manta’s we jumped off the boat with our snorkels and a current took us quickly away from the boat. We saw two manta’s which were enormous but then I started getting stung and realised that we were both in a pool of Jelly fish! I tried to get back on the boat as quickly as possible but we both got stung.
That night we saw large bats migrate and watched the sun set in a small bay. We slept on the deck of the boat under the sky, we could see the Milky Way and counted shooting stars as we drifted to sleep
The next day was an early start as we were trekking both Komodo island and Rica. We got to see many dragons with our guild, that if we were attacked was apparently going to protect us with a large wooded stick! I thought that they may have tranquilisers to protect us but apparently not. We were told how a local man just a few weeks before had been attacked by the dragons and were in a critical condition. One Dragon was lying across our path so the guild took us through the grasses warning us to watch out for the posiniouse snakes and I was left wondering why I decided to visit a island full of things that want to kill me.
What surprised me is how much the big dragons blend in with the scenery. I was walking straight towards one and didn’t realise until our guide stopped me. In Komodo the Dragons lived under the island’s kitchen as they could smell the food. They regularly sleep under people’s houses and I couldn’t believe how close the local community live to such a dangerous animal.
We ended our cruise by being dropped off at one of the only inhabited islands in the park, Kanawa. It was a real Robinson cruso experience