|Posted by Tim Henning on September 10, 2010 at 4:42 AM|
From Maumere aka Sea World Club resort, we traveled along the northern coast of Flores to an anchorage at the village of Moku Saki (AUG 12th), which was a small bay where we had to dodge several uncharted reefs to get into. On the 13th, we left and anchored at Lingeh, where we were greeted by all the children in the village in small boats. There must have been 20 to 30 children, girls and boys, coming to say hello and ask us about our boat and America. They spoke basic English, but knew that Obama was the President of America. They asked for pens and books, which was a common gift from past cruisers. We gave them all the extra pens we had, then gave them a few extra hats. The next morning only a couple of boats showed up to ask questions, except this one boy who wanted another pen and other stuff. After we tried to ignore him, he started circling our boat singing the Indonesian National Anthem. On August 15th, we arrived in the city of Labuhan Bajo where we anchored away from the city down by the resort area. Had an interesting visit to the fresh food market where we stalked up on fresh stuff. The next night we had dinner at the Eco resort restaurant with our friends from La Palapa. The next day we went to town and had an awesome wood fire pizza and cheap beer and an awesome view. Tim got a haircut for $20,000 Rp ($2 US) and I got a pedicure for $40,000 Rp ($4 US). On the 17th , we arrived on Rinja (or Rincah) Island in hope of seeing the infamous Komodo Dragons in the wild. Well we didn’t see any dragons, but Tim did see dragon and monkey tracks, however the we did snorkel and saw different types coral than we had seen before. On the 18th we moved to a mooring off of Bat Island. We had wondered why it was called Bat Island and then as sunset got closer more and more tourist boats started showing up and anchored just about 100 yards from us. As the sun was setting, giant bats, as large as eagles, started flying around the trees and screeching. It was truly amazing (see video). On the 19th we went to Komodo Island and had a personal tour guide to take us on a walk into the park. We saw many, many deer, chickens, goats, but were not promised to see any dragons because they only hunt and move early in the morning and late afternoon. We had a lucky day, at the top of the hill in the shade we found about a 15 year old female that was probably about 200 pounds. Then as we were arriving at the lookout peak was a young male hogging the trail. As I was trying to walk around him, I took my eyes off the ground and slipped. I landed hard on my bottom and scraped my palms and elbows and bruised my bottom. Was it worth it?? Hell yes!!!!.. When we got to the end of the tour we say a medium size female, a small male and a giant male and female couple. Had to be there to believe it. See the video and pictures.