More Komodo dragons!

Trip Start Oct 03, 2011
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Flag of Indonesia  , East Nusa Tenggara,
Thursday, June 28, 2012

We didn’t sail overnight but we did leave around 6am to get over to Rinca Island, which is another place where Komodo dragons are found. These ones are said to be slightly smaller than their cousins on Komodo Island but apparently they’re a bit more feisty. As soon as we got on the island and close to where we picked up our trekking guide, we saw three or four dragons … in front of the kitchen of course. Then we headed out for a walk in the woods and within a few minutes came upon another one sun baking on the path. Everyone took photos of course until the dragon decided he had had enough and got up to walk off. He was heading in the same direction we were going, so we stalked him for a bit until he headed off into the bush. It was turning into a good day and it was already a lot better than what we had seen back on Komodo. We didn’t see any more until we got back to the guide’s HQ, where of course they were all hanging out having a party.

We left the island and sailed for the rest of the day until late afternoon, when we stopped for a bit of snorkelling and swimming before setting sail again for the night. I had been reading on the back deck of the boat up until it got dark, when I then gave up and went below deck to where we would be having dinner. The boat crew were chilling out watching a movie, which basically had a double headed shark smashing into boats so it could sink them and give him a nice meal in the process. Not the best movie to be watching in front of a load of nervous sea travellers, but I guess that is why they were watching it!
 
Just as we went to sleep, the sea decided to have a bit of fun to see if it could make us throw up. I spent most of the night with my fingernails dug into the deck, whilst trying not to slip off the edge of the boat in my sleeping bag. I hardly slept a wink and neither did the snoring tank. This of course meant that Donna slept like a baby, apart from the odd moment when the movement to one side or the other was too much and she physically slid across the boat!

To be continued …
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