Beauty and the breeze
Trip Start Sep 25, 2013
121Trip End May 13, 2015
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Landing we were met with some cool Komodo statues and we hung out in a room waiting for our luggage (first airport we've been to with no luggage conveyor belt) the taxi drivers and touts were pressed up against the glass until they were let in and we were asked at least 50 times if we needed a taxi. Once the luggage arrived we were walking on a dirt track round the 'terminal' - it really was the most unusual airport! Once outside we see they're building a very slick new futuristic airport next door (maybe thats why this one was a building site?)
We do the haggle for a taxi and only overpay by 25p so not bad. The town is 1 main road and a harbor and reminds us of the basic villages we visited in northern Laos. T finds us a room at gardena hotel which after seeing alternatives trumps the competition for our budget. It's basic with no flush or sink but it's large and clean and 100 steps up has the most amazing views over the harbour and out to the national park.
Flores has to be the hottest most humid place we've visited so far Terry exclaims 'it's hotter than hell' and we're both dripping with sweat after carrying the bags up all the steps.
After the most satisfying cold shower we begin the epic search for snorkelling trips and trekking to see the dragons as labuanbajo is the launch point for trips to see the dragons and there's at least 20 shops here all offering more or less the same tours. Most places combine snorkelling with a trek, as Komodo national park encompasses many islands which have some of the worlds best dive sights. The dragons live on Komodo and Rinca (pronounced Rin-cha) islands but Rinca is closer and smaller so you have a better chance of sightings. However all this talk of diving really tempts me to do an open water course. I've always been interested and they had some amazing offers in Thailand but I was put off going alone and spending a fair amount of money just on myself
That night we watch the sunset high up in treehouse bar and eat and listen to some live music at the lounge, we've actually managed to hear live music almost every night in the last 10 days, quite a treat. Sleeping here is quite a task as it's so noisy, gecko's talk, boats motor across the sea and honk their horns plus the mosque starts the morning prayer call over loud speaks at 4am. We sleep better on our 2nd night with ear plugs but decide to head out to kanawa island an hour off the coast for the next 2 nights.