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Asia » Indonesia » Flores » Labuanbajo December 31st 2022

It has always been my dream to see komodo dragons, and also to swim up close with manta rays. Bizarrely, I got to cross off two from the bucket list on the same day while visiting the Komodo islands, never mind the fact this once in a lifetime tour also included spectacular elevated scenery of the magnificent islands, and an idyllic visit to pink beach. What a day, what an island, what an experience! Flores is just an hour or so flight time out of Denpasar airport, and travellers quickly discover they have arrived in another world. There seems to be some kind of obsession (on Flores in particular) for locals, both male and female, to want to be photographed with a foreigner. Well, I'm not young and I ain't no rockstar, but in Flores all ... read more
Komodo Islands
Komodo dragon
Lovely ocean

Asia » Indonesia » Flores » Labuanbajo January 9th 2020

Our main aim was not different from all the other tourists - of course we came to Flores to see the Komodo Dragons. How lucky we were that we also saw many turtles, mantas and a fascinating underwater world! That was already more than we had hoped for. Before planning our trip we thought of spending much more time on flores. I mean, this island is really still in its development and naturally it seemed to be incredible. But when we further planned we realised that the risk of getting dengue AND malaria is really high especially in rainy season. With dengue, you have the problem everywhere in Southeast Asia. But a high risk of malaria is a bit too much. Since 7 years we do not take any chemical medicine and completely rely on homoeopathics. ... read more
legendary sunset in Labuanbajo
jungle trekking
beach in Labuanbajo at the Puri Sands Hotel

Asia » Indonesia » Flores » Labuanbajo January 1st 2020

Two weeks diving in Komodo National Park. Wonderful to see healthy coral again, many beautiful dives. Didn't realise that December was the end of the dive season from labuan Bajo, but we had good dives on all days. Did a day trip to Padar Island (3 beaches of different colours, great views - and Timor Deer on the beach!), Pink Beach (it really was pink!), Komodo Island - to see the dragons and Manta Point (yes to see manta rays and snorkel). Padar Island is beautiful and that made the trip worthwhile. It was a full day from 5:30am to 5pm. During our diving days we went one day to Rinca Island rather than do the 3rd dive and this was a much better experience than Komdo Island for seeing the dragons. We were lucky and ... read more
Timor deer on Padar Island
Padar Island view point, pink, black and white beaches
Manta ray, Manta Point

Asia » Indonesia » Flores » Labuanbajo May 1st 2018

Just got back from 3 days at sea and I do look a bit like a drunk trying to walk straight! Can’t seem to find my land legs and it’s making me laugh out loud which makes me look even more so drunk ! ??? I won’t bore you with a dive by dive account of the trip but suffice to say it was BRILLIANT ??. In a nutshell it was: Dive - Eat - Chill/Sleep/Sunbathe - Repeat! And this was 4 times per day so now I’m exhausted! (definitely going to write to my boss for an extension on the trip so I can relax a bit as well Lol)? Straight off, about 10 mins into the boat trip I spotted a pod of dolphins ? (& the dive shop said it wasn’t possible to ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Flores » Labuanbajo March 7th 2018

Dnes som si pospal o hodinu dlhsie, no pospal. Vypadla elektrika, takze klima dost dlho nesla. Na ranajky ma cakal donuts, sladka tycinka a caj. V uber dive som bol prvy. Nelenim a hned posielam foto. Dobra sprava, v kupangu mam dohodnute cs na dve noci a ak chcem tak na noc aj v atambua. Zrejme teda trosku zmenim plany. Potapat sa budem s dvoma svedmi, nastarost nas ma domaci divemaster. Pesi presun k pristavu, tu nahadzanie topanok do plastoveho kybla. Lod oproti vcerajsku vacsia, na poschodi odpocivaren, dole vzadu nachystane flase spolu s jacketmi,,v strede kuchynka a vpredu briefing plac. Potapaci zvacsa vsetko skusny borci mimo nasej skupiny. Na ranajky kolaciky, banany, kava, caj a voda. Banany boli zelene nie zlte, chutili dobre ale zlte su chutnejsie. Plavba na siaba besar Ubehla rychlo, bo som ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Flores » Labuanbajo March 6th 2018

Budicek o 4.30, ranajky este samozrejme neboli, v dedine tez este nic otvorene tak dnes bude hladovka. Pred agenturov ma vyzdvihuje moj predajca, nezabuda dodat aby som cenu nikomu neprezradil. Zacina zhananie snorchla a plutiev. V prvom nemali, v druhom sme uspesny. Predajca ich vyplaca, zda sa mi, ze mu daval 5k ale neni som si isty. V pristave sa nalodujem na malu kocapku. Postupne prichadzaju dalsi ucastnici zajazdu. Nakoniec nas tu je 11. Z toho 4 domaci (starsi par a 2 zahalenkyne. V igelitke dostavam dnesny obed. Taky maly obedar. Dnu ziadna slava, kura je fakt mini, na ranajky si z neho davam male tofu. Fasujem aj 1.5l vodu. Skupinka chilanov dostala aj ranajky. Ti su na mensom tripe, odtialto letia cez jakartu a kl do laosu a potom domov. Na lodi je francuz co ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Flores » Labuanbajo March 5th 2018

V noci som sa 2x zobudil na teplo, stropny ventilator sa tocil dost pomali. Po sprche a ociste behnutie na ranajky. Zapeceny toat s cokoladou a balijska kava. Normalna zalievana kava to bola, fuj. Presun na postu, podla googla mali otvarat o 8.30 ale realita je o 10.00. V ulicke domaci davaju obete bohom. V kosiku neake kvety a zapalene tycinky, popri tom neake to pozehnanie. Navrat na izbu a smer pesi letisko. V restikach uz kopa ludi na ranajkach. Opat otravny mototaxi a maserky ale v usiach mp3. To tez volako zacina haprovat. Neislo vobec zapat, nastasti v jednom stanku mali spinku tak reset a uz funguje. Hned sa ma chalan pytal ci som z ruska. A povedal mi spasiba. Kesku nelovim, bo opat umiestnenie v hoteli, taketo skryte marketingove uz ignorujem. V bocnej ulicke ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Flores » Labuanbajo February 23rd 2018

It‘s Not Always Easy Getting To Where You’re Going . . . I have alluded to the fact that travel is a commitment fueled by passion: by a desire to experience; to discover; to learn; to grow. I have also mentioned several times in various blog entries that travel is not always easy, as evidenced again by our recent excursion to Labuan Bajo, on the Indonesian island province of Flores. Our journey begins at 7 a.m. on the island of Gili Trawangan, Lombok. Our scheduled itinerary will have us being transported by water taxi for fifteen minutes to mainland Lombok, where we will pick up another taxi that will deliver us to the airport in Mataram an hour and a half later. From there, we will fly to Denpasar, Bali, where we will pick up another ... read more
Bali’s Mount Agung
Flying to Flores Through Tumultuous Skies
Heading into Wild Waters in Komodo

Asia » Indonesia » Flores » Labuanbajo November 30th 2017

You know that feeling when you are travelling and you realise that somehow time has slipped away like sand through your fingers? You have all these plans, but suddenly they seem unfeasible because what you thought was a lot of time, turned out to be outrageously inadequate? Well, that moment arrived for me when I returned to Kupang from my little visa-run to Timor Leste. Thirty days seemed like a lot on paper, but when I looked at what I still wanted to do, those same thirty days shriveled to nothing. Reality kicked in. Flores, Sumba and Sumbawa in thirty days? No way!! You would think, three islands, ten days each, what’s the problem? Well, ten days for each only works in theory, in reality, you end up with much less, especially when you have to ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Flores » Labuanbajo November 19th 2017

So here I was, on the last little leg, the last week of my journey that started just over two years ago as I boarded a flight from Barcelona to São Paulo. When you're exhausted after so long on the road and you literally can't wait for the end - when the much anticipated relief of getting home overrides the excitement of exploring somewhere new and seeing some amazing sights - this is when you know that it is time to stop. I now just had one week to go. With my cash budget almost exhausted and my body too, this therefore explains why I had chosen to fly in and out of Flores rather than taking a four-day boat from Lombok or what would have been the longest bus ride of my entire trip. I ... read more
Sunrise Over Mt Kelimutu
Manta Ray
Another Stunning Sunset

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