Mar 25 2013
We’re exploring the Indonesian islands of Flores, Komodo, Rinca and a few others over the next two weeks and our initial reaction was along the lines of, “Why didn’t we get off our bums and come here earlier?” And we’ve only been on Flores for a night…
The waters surrounding the western end of Flores proper, where it abuts Komodo National Park, are littered with islands, some of which are home to small-scale bungalow operations. We decided, after a recommendation on Twitter, to stick to the mainland for the first night — it wasn’t a bad idea and we extended to a second night within a few hours.
We spent the first afternoon canoeing (yes, canoeing) across the waters to a supposedly good snorkelling spot, but, well, it was either very mediocre or we were too exhausted from the paddle to appreciate it. While this wasn’t what we had hoped for, the sunset compensated.
The next morning I took a stroll out to the western tip of the peninsula we’re staying on. It was about 1.5 hours each way and the views were simply magnificent. With a landscape dotted with sugar palms, it was eerily reminiscent of a hilly Cambodia.
But the beaches, well, they’re pretty good.
Around the back of the peninsula was a large hotel, which appeared to be closed for low season (if not closed, business was very, very, very slow) but they had a ridiculously long wooden pier from where you could view schools of fish dancing underneath.
The afternoon we filled out with a snorkelling trip to Bidadari Island, 20 minutes from where we were staying. Sharing it with just a couple of other boats, perhaps eight people in all, we enjoyed drifting along the drop-off — Lyla was thrilled to see Nemo and a sea snake — I was less impressed with the latter.
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