Chasing the komodo dragons

Trip Start Feb 07, 2014
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Trip End Jun 19, 2014


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Flag of Indonesia  , East Nusa Tenggara,
Friday, May 16, 2014

for whatever reason i booked an early flight (doh!) and that's why we had to wake up again ridiculously early at 3.40 am and although we went to bed very early we felt exhausted. We even managed to get to the airport so early it was closed but we accounted for delays and it was still better then being late :)

before 9am we were already sitting at the reception of our hotel checking out our options for the trip to Komodo to see the dragons. We still had plenty of time and we didn't want to was a day as the departures are in the morning so we decided to go for the 10 am departure and we were hoping we will be not too tired to go snorkelling on the way back. we left our bags in the room, changed, rented the snorkelling gear and were ready to try our luck.

we decided to go to the smaller of the 2 main islands in the Komodo National Park - the island of Rinca as it was closer and we heard that we have better chances there to see the dragons. after an hour boat ride we docked at the small boat and excited we were heading to the park's HQ to pay for the tickets and get a ranger to accompany us but before we were able to do that we spotted the first dragon lying in a shade of a tree - an incredible start of the day :)

we paid for the tickets, got a briefing from our guide/ranger and we picked a medium trek (purple) that would take us to a view point overlooking the bay. the ranger picked up a long forked stick to fight of the dragons (not kidding) but before we started the trek when passing by the local canteen we saw another 5 adult dragons and while we were taking photos another 2 baby dragons came to join the party. our ranger told us that it was the smell of the food what attracted the dragons and did not forget to mention that we were lucky to see as many as 5 adults together and that in past days people did not see so many animals, at all. well, lucky us...

the trek was a little bit more challenging then expected not because of the terrain but because of the scorching sun and lack of shade. Fortunately there was a breeze cooling is off a little bit and the view was stunning. Though we did not see any dragons during the trek we saw a buffalo - a typical pray. on the way back we took more pics of the dragons and we saw another 2 baby ones so the total count of the day was 10 dragons - 6 adults and 4 babies. We could not believe how lucky we were.

on the way back to Labuan Bajo we stopped at a small island to snorkel and this stop was another highlight of our trip to the island of Flores. If you will ever go to Indonesia and you like diving/snorkelling try to visit the Flores. It was incredible and we saw so many different species of fish and corals even my wife stayed in the water for several hours.

next - Labuan Bajo

   
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