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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 January 7th 2020

Many, many years ago, in a very difficult phase of my life I was reading the book "Last chance to see" written by Douglas Adams.For those who know this book: Douglas Adam is travelling together with Marc Carwadine to see animals around the globe who are critically endangered. One of his destinations was the Komodo National Parc with the Komodo dragons. It was such a fascinating, funny and exotic story - I had the feeling that I must go there some day. I was so curious to see these animals that look like being from another time or another planet. They live very remote (well, at least when you come from Europe), it is not that easy to get there and it is a superexotic place. Well, nearly. Things have changed in recent years and going ... read more
a dream coming true - us and a Komodo Dragon!
stunning  Padar Island
view from our guesthouse

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 ! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜†πŸ€£ I won’t bore you with a dive by dive account of the trip but suffice to say it was BRILLIANT πŸ‘πŸ˜ƒ. 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)πŸ˜‰ 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 March 20th 2018

Dnes na ranajky nabieham az 7.30. Davam si fried rice (najlepsia volba). Po jedle vybieham na hlavnu cestu. Mojim smerom ide prvykrat nieco az cca za 15.min. To som uz daleko a preto bemo nestopujem ale pekne si to vyslapem na egon az odtialto. Konecne obchod, kupujem neaku malu poziven turu. Vodu som si dal nacapovat v ubytku za 5k r (klasicka balena v obchodoch stoji tolko ale tu clovek nema moc na vyber). Slnko pece celu cestu. Dostavam sa ku krizovatke na egon. Ojek sa mi ponuka za 45k. No to isto, ked z ubytka som to mohol mat za 40k. Furt asfaltka, najskor mierne stupanie, neskor uz kopec. Okolo domceky odkial pocut hello mister. Policka boli len na zaciatku a aj to kukuricne. Je strasne dusno, zle sa mi dycha. Ale ako idem vyssie ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Flores March 19th 2018

Na ranajky som chcel fried rice ale ta sa takto skoro (6.25) este nepodava, tak opat omeleta. Po plazi smer happy dive. Tu platba kartou vratane 4percentneho poplatku. Rupia posilnela, sice o chlp ale posilnela. Docapovanie vody a smer mala rybarska lodka. Dvaja namornici, instruktorka a traja potapaci. Instruktorka a ziaci vo firemnych bielych trickach. Mohli aj mne dat. No ziaci su to uz neni, uz maju certofikat padi. Som zvedavy kedy dojde aj mne. Francuzi dnes potapaju z brehu k potopenej lodi. Prichadzame na miesto fishsoup. Tu nam zacina vraviet sefka vtip o francuzoch, vcera sa bala. Pri jednom ponore vravi potapacom, dame si fishsoup, nato sa jeden vazne ozval, ja som ale vegetarian. Samozrejme pri tom myslela toto potapacske miesto. Vsetko ide rychlo, ziadna kontrola z jej strany. Nasadit a skocit. Okuliare mi namazali ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Flores March 18th 2018

Budicek o 6.00 a po vychystani smer ranajky. Opat si davam do iste co vcera, caj, omeletu a ovocny tanier. Teraz tam pridali aj papayu. Prichadza kanadan, ten ide dnes snorchlovat. On si dava palacinku. Jedna palacinka trochu hrubsia ako u nas ale slabota, aspon viem, ze si to nemam davat. Na vyber mam este chleba a fried rice. Ryzu si dam zajtra, som zvedavy. 7.00 a francuzi nikde. Kanadan uz chcel ist pre nich ale prave dorazaju. 7.30 mame byt v dive centre, cesta tam cca 10.min Maju v pici, v pohodicke si popijaju cajik a cakaju na ranajky (caka sa cca 15.min, vsetko rucna vyroba) 7.15 im hovorim, ze treba ist ale nie s nima to ani nepohlo. Vraj pockaju. No nist ja idem. Prichadzam nacas, veduci je nasrany na francuzov. Vravi, ze ideme ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Flores March 17th 2018

Konecne poradna postel, ziadny dotieravy hmyz. V noci som sa musel zakrit, sa trosku schladilo. Pusteny som mal aj mini fan a citronovu vonacku (tu som ale neskor vypol bo to fakt uz smrdelo) Na ranajky si davam caj, omeletu a avokadovobananovy tanier. Velke skoda, ze nebol aj chleba k tej omelete. Prelistovany holandsky casopis o indonezii. Knihy na vymenu holandsko danske, ang a svk uz toboz nic. Mini pokec s kanadanom s quebecu. Dal mi par rad ohladom potapania. Nakonec tu ostava este dve noci a pak smer ende a let do labuan bajo. Odduchovat na plaz som sa vybral doprava. Po par desiatkoch metroch rozkladam pod strom plachtu a pustam sa do poslednych stran sary. Postupne prichadzaju deti co tu holimi rukami chytaju male ryby. Toto robili prakticky az do mojho odchodu t.j. cca ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Flores March 16th 2018

Rano sa budim na neaky krik (5.00) Kovboj mi neskor vysvetluje situaciu. Opity manzel sa vracal z party, zena ho nechcela pustit domov. Na ranajky tentoraz vysmazane banany. Dost velka kopa, zjest som to nezjedol tak ich fasujem na cestu. Kovboj ide so mnou na hlavnu cestu, po asi polhodine prichadza bus. Mavame nho, zaatavuje az po 20m. Kovboj vravi vyberacovi duapulah rybu (20k r). Ok, neprotestuje. Mala by to byt normalna cena. Inak vraj soferi zacinaju na 50k pri turistoch a dost im to aj zaplati. Batoh mi vyhadzuju na strechu a moze sa vyrazit smer maumere. Cesta klasicky zatackovita, fajn vyhlady. Uplne vazne uvazujem, ze sa sem vratim v oktobri a pozicam si motorku a prejdem celu trasu. Bus zastavuje na zapadnom terminali, este ani nestojime a uz sa dnu (mini bus,zadny velky ako ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Flores March 15th 2018

Arak zaposobil a spal som celu noc. Vcera som spominal, ze budem na plazi cely den a na obed skocim do restiky na plazi. Kovboj hned na to reagoval a dnes mi zacal chystat kokosove kolaciky aby som mal jedlo a nenastevoval konkurenciu. Zobral stary kokos ( tie co sa u nas predavaju na vianoce a ludia si myslia, ze je dnu tekutina), rozsekol ho macetou, na specialnom pripravku zacala struhat, pridal muku a sup ho na olej. Samozrejme olej bol zohrievany prirodnym ohnom t.j. klasika na dreve. Ludia pridavaju do kokosoveho kolaca aj margarin a vajco ale on nie, bo to kazi chut. Ranajky teda cajove a kolacikove. Na stole ma cakala kniha hosti, zaujimavostou bolo, ze tam kazdy napisal odkaz vo svojom jazyku. Cechie (alebo jak sa to cul volaju) sa tu velice lubilo, ... read more

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