Trip Start Aug 17, 2008
87Trip End Aug 16, 2009
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So we set off on a b*s across Lombok island to catch our boat, picking up provisions along the way such as pineapples, rice, noodles, eggs, vegetables and 2 live chickens strapped to the front of the bus. When we arrived at the harbour there were two boats, both with a capacity of 20 but luckily there were only 11 people on each, which was plenty
The trip turned out to be amazing with 4 days of unbelievable snorkeling along the way and meeting lots of Komodo dragons on the last 2 days. The food was surprisingly good and the chickens disappeared at some stage. We played cards when we could with our fellow passengers who were all really sound. There was one horribly rough night at sea though, worse than a Saturday night out in Ballinasloe during the fair. The waves were massive and neverending but Yoyo and the lads got us through OK even though we found out the next day it was touch and go for a while. Nobody got any sleep and there was some projectile vomiting into the sea (not us luckily but our beer supplies were wasted). It was all quickly forgotten the next day though with the best snorkeling any of us had ever seen. Stingrays, lion fish, blue starfish, trumpet fish, clown fish, clams, box fish, massive shoals of huge fish, and brilliantly coloured coral.
As if that wasn't enough excitement for one day, the next stop was Komodo island to meet the dragons. The Komodo dragon is the biggest lizard in the world and can only be found on a small group of islands in Indonesia, the largest of which is Komodo island
On our last night, with the anchors down and nothing better to do, our boat decided to send an elite 3 man team, armed with peanuts, on a dangerous mission swimming silently in the moonlight to scare the bejeesus out of the other boat. They were pleasantly surprised to see us - mission failed. We finished up on Flores island, smelly and tired but went out for dinner, drinks and goodbyes with the gang. We went our separate ways the next day - our way was the poor mans way, a 2 day b*s and ferry hike back to Bali. Definitely worth it though.