Hornbill trip


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What we say: 3.5 stars

A trip to Tumbulawa on Batudaka at around dusk is usually tied in with seeing the sea gypsy village.

Here, at around 17:30 or 18:00, dozens of hornbills glide home to sleep in the trees. The day we went there would have been close to 200 swooping over our heads to land.

Most of the village turned out too, it seemed -- to watch us! So it wasn't quiet enough to hear the whoosh of the great birds' wings, but this didn't detract from their graceful arrival. Be warned that the trip home on the boat will be in the near dark and dark; not good if you're a nervous passenger.

Given the location, this is really only practical if you are staying at Poya Lisa or Island Retreat.

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Tumbulawa, Batudaka
Last updated: 26th May, 2014

About the author:
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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