Trip Start Nov 15, 2006
227Trip End Jul 15, 2008
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Jan 30, 2007
Ryan, our guide, has arranged for a friend of his to drive us to Riung in a private car, at the outrageous price of Rp500,000. Ryan explains that this way we can visit the megalithic beach which is also supposed to have blue stones, and also we can stop wherever we want to take photos
We arrive in Riung in the early afternoon and check into the Nirvana Bungalows owned and run by Dominic, a young Swiss lady, and Tommy, her Indonesian husband. Rp100,000/nite. [GPS 08 25.100S 121 01.765E] This evening we met a couple middle aged guys, Danny and Daniel on holiday from Belgium. Danny works as a police inspector in Antwerp. The six of us sat around Dominic and Tommy's porch drinking Bingtang Beer and having a long discussion about relative police tactics and ethics in Belgium, the USA and Indonesia. Some old war stories were told too. Ryan, who's English is not so good, stayed in the house playing cards with some locals.
Today we charter a boat out to the 17 Islands Park for snorkeling on the coral reefs, a visit to the bats in the mangrove trees, and a grilled fish lunch on an island. The boat costs Rp450,000 for the day and Rp40,000 park fee. Danny and Daniel also have chartered a boat and will join us for snorkeling and lunch. The reef is pretty good in some spots and has some coral we didn't see on the Great Barrier Reef. But in many spots the coral was dying and large areas were only broken skeletons of the coral. No one was sure whether pollution or temperature change has caused the damage. But there was still enough good spots to snorkel to make the trip worth while.