Trip Start Nov 01, 2007
Trip End Jun 28, 2008

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Seraya Island Guesthouse

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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Okay, so every time we go to a new beach destination I say its perfect, and that its like heaven on earth. Well, this time I really really mean it! Seraya Island is absolutely wonderful. Its a tiny island about an hour away from Labuanbajo. There is only one "hotel" - really its about ten huts along the beach, with no running water. You have to order your dinner sometimes the day before so they can go out and catch (or buy) whatever it is you want.

The best bit was definitely the snorkeling. No need for a boat, we were able to just walk out a few meters from the beach to see amazing things. There was lots of soft and hard corals, with HEAPS of lovely fishies. We saw a loggerhead turtle most days, and one day it was in the shallows (only about 5 feet of water) sitting on some coral. I swam about 3 feet away from it for a little while which was really lovely. We also saw a cuttlefish once - about a foot long, and watched it change colors and textures several times. One day we were also lucky enough to see four Spotted Eagle rays - the largest was nearly six feet across - after I got over the shock of seeing something that large underwater, it was spectacular! They were so graceful.

The only thing that I found a bit unnerving was one night while getting into bed, I noticed something out of the corner of my eye on the mosquito net next to my head. Upon closer inspection - it was a scorpion. On the inside of the net. Only a foot away from me. YIKES! Now, Malcolm will interrupt here and point out that it was a small scorpion. Obviously, I did the most appropriate thing at the time - I leaped out of bed, screeching, and stood on a chair. Hey, if it works for mice, why not scorpions?!? Of course, then the next night I woke up to Malcolm tickling my arm. Then I realized that he was tickling the arm that was facing away from could he reach so far, I wondered? Then I looked down at said arm and realized that it was actually a very large cockroach crawling on me. BLECH! I believe I might've used the chair in that scenario as well. :o)

Otherwise though, we had heaps of fun feeding the local goat population, and playing with the zillion cats that were about. No leftovers from dinner here!

We are really sad to have to leave this little piece of paradise, but if the opportunity ever arises, we will be back!

Hugh - if you are reading this, and you are planning to go to Indonesia, then DEFINITELY you should come here!

All our love,
K & M
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