Trip Start Nov 15, 2006
227Trip End Jul 15, 2008
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Feb. 4, 2007
In Labuan Bajo we chartered a boat (Rp500,000) to Rinca Island in the Komodo National Park to see the Komodo Dragons. We had planned to take the Perama boat to Komodo and on to Lombak. But everyone we'd talked to said Rinca was where you can see the most dragons and also other animals. Rinca is also closer than Komodo and we can go over in the morning and return in the afternoon. Anyway, we had come to town too late to catch the Perama boat and would have to wait a week for the next one.
We left Labuan Bajo for Rinca at about 7 AM and arrived about 10 AM
When we returned to Labuan Bajo we had to make some decisions about where to go from here. We are at the western end of the island of Flores and had planned to go on to Lombok on the Perama boat, but it had left the day we arrived. We could take a ferry to Sape, and cross Sumbawa by bus; then take the ferry to Lombok and maybe take in the Gilli Islands before going on by boat to Bali. But Sumbawa had nothing we wanted to see and other than some reportedly great beaches Lombok and the Gillis had nothing to match Flores. Arvid is willing to carry on with surface transport just for the sake of keeping some stoic continuity to the trip. But another consideration is that after sleeping in our hotel rooms for six days the young Ryan has gotten a crush on Irina and is talking about traveling on with us at his own expense. Irina has gotten tired of his fawning, which was flattering early on but has grown wearisome to her lately. So we make a quick decision take the plane from here directly to Bali. It's been two weeks of hard travel since we left Dili and we're looking forward to staying in civilized comforts again, which we hear Bali has.