A monsoon at sea

Trip Start Jan 27, 2013
Trip End Feb 26, 2013

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Another early start and we had another amazing meal on the boat, always freshly caught fish, tuna and squid on day one, a banana crepe now. The food is overwhelming and huge amounts for this small group, I feel bad not finishing everything.

We landed on Komodo and again met our guide for the journey. During the walk we saw bald eagles, water buffalo, deer and a few more komodos in their environment. Never any real threat, until we arrived at the kitchen in camp. There were more than we could count, walking around, some running, some hissing, some well over ten feet. Pictures and videos to come once I get better Internet speeds to post them. At one point we were surrounded by a few, many guides were there so we were ok. I think most rangers here have been bitten over their careers...no danger pay here.

It was amazing seeing then like this, much bigger, menacing and faster than the documentaries showed. I really enjoyed this once in a lifetime experience. I am returning next year for a second in a lifetime opportunity.

We left the island and headed to pink beach, one of the best natural reefs in the world, and was it ever. I was much better and comforter with the flippers and snorkel this time around and was able to swim around for very long time without sealing salt water. I stayed way too long and ended up severely burning my back, calves and he'd without realizing it. Oh we'll, five days later and it is still red and sore. I saw so many fish I recognize from documentaries...the one that eats coral and poops it our, little nemo's, dorie's and much more. Now when I go to aquarium stores, I will be able to say I've seen many of those in Indonesia. I stayed out until the
tide started coming in, and for every stoke I took towards the boat, the
tide pushed me half a stroke back to the beach, it took me a while to
get back and I was exhausted

We boarded the boat and headed towards our final destination, to swim with giant mantas. We were also heading towards two merging storms. We arrived in heavy rain and anchored ourselves beside five other boats. We thought we could wait this out and still swim...not going to happen.

We waited for two hours and had to close the canopy since we were getting soaked. We decided to venture in and it was slow and very choppy waters. It took us three hours with some waves higher than the boat. I kept a close eye on my flippers for fear of overturning since we were getting pushed around a great deal.

We made it in finally and got a ride back to our hotel. Pretty soaked it was still afternoon so I showered in cold water and we headed into town for a well earned drink or four. We headed back that evening.

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