Amazing but hot and humid

Trip Start Jan 04, 2013
Trip End Apr 27, 2013

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Flag of Indonesia  , East Nusa Tenggara,
Monday, March 11, 2013

Today I was in the first group to go to Komodo island. There're we're about twenty in the group with two keepers and one English speaking guide. We walked for about twenty minutes to the water hole, kept wet by the rangers, and there were three full size male dragons just lying there. There were plenty of rangers armed with long sticks and you could walk around the water hole but not inside the line of rangers. This still gave an excellent view. We spent about twenty minutes photographing them before making our way back past a retail opportunity of course. I bought TW carved dragons, one for me and one for Dominic.
Getting back onto the tender was like limbo dancing as the tide was coming in at the same time as the wooden structure was getting more and more difficult. There was a strong wooden structure around the pier to make it decorative but this meant that there was about two feet clearance. I could do it but a lot of the people had e tremendous difficulty getting back on board.
We are now in the observation lounge having a coffee. I got to the island at 09.00 and was back on the ship at 10.45! I wanted to get the photos downloaded so I could do this blog.
Komodo is a seriously beautiful island that has long unspoilt beaches and rolling green hills and mountains.
From the time we arrived until we left there were a number of small leaking craft around the ship selling beads and other homemade items as well as begging for fruit and money. Twice the cruise director asked passengers to stop throwing the kids food and just before we left the captain also asked passengers to stop.
In the next bay there was the small fishing village of Komodo, all tin roofs and all built over the water on stilts. There seemed to be a large church with a dome in the centre. There does not seem to be any roads. The land is green and the sea and sky blue. I am so pleased that we came here. When I was small in the 1950's David Attenborough did a black and white film about the dragons. I think he was about the first to film them. This film has stuck in my mind all these years, and the minds of many other passengers, and after all this time I have seen them. I consider myself fortunate.
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Jenny on

We watched a programme about the dragons last night!!! Just as you were seeing them for real!

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