Dragons and Flying Foxes
Trip Start Aug 01, 2010
92Trip End Apr 30, 2011
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Kuta is a party town full of pizza, beer and young people from all over the world - many of them Australian as it was Australia Day. Me, I spent most of the time at the pool.
As we were staying for 4 nights, 14 of us had opted to take a side trip to the Komodo Island to visit the dragons. The trip include a return flight, visit to the National Park, snorkeling and a night on the boat.
The flight took us over the South Seas dotted with volcanic islands.
The Komodo Islands are all National Park and very well organised, after a short boat trip we arrived at the park where we were taken by a ranger on a 2 hour, very hot, hike through the island. We saw dragons almost immediately as we arrived because they have a set of (lazily) dragons which hang about the rangers kitchen looking for easy food. It was a good picture opportunity.
We saw 12 dragons in all on the walk as well as water buffalo.
We retired to the boat for lunch - great sea food. Once recovered from the hot hike and lunch we anchored in a cluster of islands for snorkling and a bit of South Sea Isalnd beachcombing - oh what a life!
The suprise of the day came at sunset - the seemingly deserted mangrove infested island suddenly came alive with streams of fruit bats heading away from the roost site looking for supper. There were thousands of them - amazing!
Another great seafood banquet for supper and a few beers on the roof of the boat rounded off one of the best days on the trip and that is certainly saying something...
It was extremely hot a stuffy in the bunks so I got up at about 4 - and went and sat on the roof - where I managed to locate the Southern Cross for the first time. After doozing for a bit - I was able to watch the bats come back home as the sun came up - they left enmasse but they staggled home like any bunch of late night party goers.
(This entry has just been finished - a bit late I know!)