Day of the Dragon

Trip Start Oct 07, 2010
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Trip End Nov 12, 2010


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Angel Island

Flag of Indonesia  , East Nusa Tenggara,
Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Today is the big day well Ted is going to be reunited with his family, im going on a boat but not diving L so we shall see how it goes…

For once im not moaning about early starts im used to it now apparently its hot as hell on Rinja Island home of the dragons so its best to go early so 7am and we climb aboard our boat for the day.

On the two hour journey to Rinja island we pass by lots of mountainous uninhabited islands this place feels totally prehistoric , the boatman has one of them sticks with a v shape at the end perfect for fending off them pesky dragons if the need arises see I knew we would be safe really.

We eventually arrive in the part of Komodo National park where the dragons leave at just after 9am phew its hot already , a ten minute walk through some swampy jungle brings us to the rangers huts and our first sighting of the famous man eating Komodo Dragon.

After paying for tickets and a two hour jungle trek to hunt for dragons we set off with Ardi our guide for the day complete with Dragon defending stick, before we go into the jungle we stop at the staff canteen and theres several dragons outside apparently they can smell food from about 10kms away, the ranger explains they don't feed the dragons but they still congregate there.

Now I thought It was bad growing up in London however baby Komodo dragons seem to have an exceptionally hard time if they are not hatched out of their eggs in time then the parents eat them and if they don’t make a quick scarper up the highest tree available when they are born they get eaten as well.

Apparently there are about 1,100 dragons left on the island and the species is declining I guess that’s what you get when you eat each other, ok on with the trek we are shown some dragon nests and a watering hole where wild buffalo cool down, sure enough there is a buffalo waiting to great us apparently the dragons when they can be bothered chow down on Buffalo yum yum.

Its really getting hot now and if you’re a dragon or sensible really you’d be under a nice tree chilling out and that is exactly where we find us some dragons, all this talk about how fast they can run, how they eat people etc etc is a bit of overkill in my opinion, today I have met probably the laziest creatures in the world.

After a few photo shots with the dragons it was time to get back on the boat for the journey back to Angel island.

We took a different route back through stunning areas of Komodo National Park this place really makes you feel that your away from everything great, we arrive back on Angel island early afternoon and im missing diving so its out with the snorkeling kit and I spend the afternoon on the beach and snorkeling, time to reflect on my last day at Angel Island im defiantly coming back here great diving beautiful scenery quiet island life this place has it all.

Tomorrow it’s back to Stinking hot cities well not quite but compared to Angel Island Sunny Sanur in Bali is a sprawling metropolis
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