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  • Day176

    Hot Spring visit

    November 11 in Indonesia

    Today we visit another Air Panas (hot spring) close by. There is a nice ce little walk through forest to get there (where we get lost and luckily find some local kids who show us the way). The hot spring mixed with cool water from an adjacent waterfall, making a nice bathing pool.

    We stop and get some yummy corn from the roadside and tonight it's quite a treat to have avocado and tomato sandwiches, corn and mango for dinner. We pick up all the ingredients from little roadside stalls and picnic on our little bungalow deck, listening to the sea.Read more

  • Day175

    Snorkeling boat trip

    November 10 in Indonesia

    We head out for another snorkeling boat trip today, since the last trip we went on was so great. The water is a lot calmer today than the last time and Lila manages to stay snorkeling in the water for longer than last time. We enjoy a great day seeing lots of Nemo and Dorys. We also see some lion fish, lots of angel fish and different schools of fish. On our way back to the bungalows we are treated to some dolphins that leap alongside the boat for a while and lots of flying fish.Read more

  • Day177

    Maumere to Paga Beach

    November 12 in Indonesia

    We find it to difficult to decide where to go for the rest of our time on Flores, so we decide to take a motorbike trip to Labuan Bajo where we will have our flight in 1 weeks time. It is quite a popular motorbike trip along the trans-Flores highway, which we hear is a good road with beautiful scenery. That way we can just decide as we go, giving us a week to cover roughly 600km.

    Today we drive through bamboo forest, banana and coconut plantations and rice paddies. We end up in Paga Beach tonight (only 30km from Maumere), but the beach is nice and we find a welcoming homestay.Read more

  • Day179

    Volcano Kelimetu

    November 14 in Indonesia

    Today we stop to visit Kelimutu National Park, home of Kelimutu volcano and it's 3 different coloured crater lakes (which also change colour depending on a number of factors eg. Balance of volcanic gas vs rainfall). Today we saw mostly shades of blue green, one lighter, one deeper turquoise and the other like and emerald jade, however apparently they can become red, black, brown, white! Each lake has its own local name, 'Tiwu Ata Bupu' (lake of the old people), 'Tiwu Koo Failed Nuwa Miri (lake of the young men and maidens) and Tiwi Ata Polo (bewitched or enchanted lake).

    You can drive to the parking area which leaves an easy paved 1.5km walk to the viewing platform to see these spectacular big lakes with very vivid colours.
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  • Day178

    Paga and Koka Beach

    November 13 in Indonesia

    Lila and Jean visited nearby Koka Beach today enjoying clear waters in a double crescent bay and a clean beach (which is sometimes rare here)...probably something to do with the 2 random entry fees you pay to get to the beach.

    Otherwise we enjoyed another relaxing day at the homestay at Paga Beach.

  • Day180

    Ende to Bajawa

    November 15 in Indonesia

    We leave Ende this morning, taking the highway along the coast with nice views of the southern coast and the bay west of Ende.
    We stop by the beach for Lila and Jean to have a quick swim. The beach was known before for its blue pebbles, but now it seems they have been collected in piles along the road next to the beach, maybe used for making the road surface?

    The road leaves the coast and there is almost an instant temperature difference from hot and humid to very cool mountain air. It's nice for a moment, but then on the motorbike it gets quite cold, so we get out our wraps and sarongs to shield a bit if the cool air.
    The continuously windy roads bring more great views of surrounding volcanos, rice paddy fields, bamboo, coconut and banana trees. We pass many cows and goats grazing by the roadside and we see buffalos with the increasing number of rice paddies.
    There is both a Muslim and Christian population on Flores, and we often hear the call for pray at the mosques. Lila has been quite interested in different religions during this trip as we have been exposed to a range of different religions and have seen quite a lot of temples, mosques and churches. Tonight after dinner at a small local restaurant, Lila asks one of the ladies to wrap her scarf on her head, she is very proud of wearing her scarf like this tonight.
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  • Day17

    Der längste Tag (...so far)

    September 19 in Indonesia

    Der Tag beginnt Heute schon früh. Um 04.00 klingelt der Wecker. Nach etwas Motivationsschwierigkeiten (vorallem bei Stephan) schafften wir es pünktlich um 5 Uhr zum Treffpunkt, für unseren grossen Tag auf See (wo wir 30min auf andere Reisende warten 🤦🏼‍♂️)

    Die Fahrt ins Blaue dauert ihre Zeit: Nach 3 Stunden im "local boat" sind wir an unserem ersten Stopp. Aber das ganze ist nur halb so schlimm, den auf dem Boot gibts gratis Kaffee 😁

    Am erste Kurzstopp auf Lawang Besar (etwas vor der Insel Komodo) können wir die Aussicht über die Insellandschaft geniessen. Dann geht endlich weiter nach Komodo in den National Park

    Komodo Dragons! Ein Guide triffts perfekt:
    "Ihr seht nun ein Tier, dass ihr nur von Bildern kennt. Ab Heute seid ihr auf einem Bild mit ihm"
    Die Warane sind beeindrucken gross und trotzdem ziemlich schnell auf den Füssen. Vorsicht ist geboten (der Biss ist innert 5 Stunden tödlich)!
    Allerdings übertreiben es einige Tour-Teilnehmer etwas mit dem Respekt und entfernen sich soweit von der Gruppe um eines der Tiere, dass der Guide ihnen zurufen muss, dass sie sich nur der Gefahr aussetzten einem anderen in die Fänge zu laufen 😅. Natürlich braucht es auf der Insel auch Nahrung für die Rieseneidechsen. Die Hirsche liefen uns ebenfalls gleich Reihenweise vor die Linse.

    Nach der Tour im Park ging es mit Schnorcheln weiter. Zuerst am Pink Beach, ein kleiner Strand auf Komode, der durch seinen pinken Sand bekannt wurde. Leider so bekannt, dass alle Touris sich als Andenken etwas von dem Sand mitgenommen haben und den Strand weiss zurückliessen - Schade. Aber die Unterwasserwelt bleibt schön an diesem Ort.

    Der zweite Tauchgang startet irgendwo mitten in den kleinen Inseln zwischen Komodo und Bajo. Der Mantapoint ist bekannt für seine Mantarochenschwärme (-rudel, familien,... Wie auch immer eine Ansammlung dieser riesigen Unterwasserflugzeuge heisst). Leider konnten wir nur einen ausmachen, wurden aber dafür mit einer majestätischen Meeresschildkröte belohnt, welche gleichen neben uns tauchte.

    Der Tag war wirklich toll und sein Geld wert, auch wenn wir erst um 19.30 völlig geplättet wieder am Hafen ankommen.

    Jetzt nur noch nach Hause und ab ins Bett.
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  • Day16

    Europäischer Luxustag

    September 18 in Indonesia

    Der heutige Plan beschränkte sich auf das Buchen einer Tagestour nach Komodo für morgen.
    Mit dem Roller ging es in die "Stadt". Zwei Stunden und eine Kaffeepause (mit richtigem westlichen Icekaffee) später war die Buchung erledigt.
    Es ist heiss, die Luft steht.Da Labuan Bajo eine Hafenstadt ist, gibt es hier keine Strände.
    Ein Pool muss also her! Etwas ausserhalb werden wir fündig. Fast alleine legen wir uns auf die Liegen am Pool und machen den ganzen Nachmittag bis zum Sonnenuntergang gar nichts.
    Da es am nächsten Morgen um 5 Uhr beim Hafen losgeht besorgen wir uns in der westlichen Bäckerei noch zwei kleine Brote. Danach verköstigen wir uns beim Italiener der Insel mit einer super leckeren Pizza.

    Wärend dem Tag stellte sich heraus, dass Annatina Mückenstiche eher wie Flohbisse aussehen. Recherechen ergeben: Ich wurde wohl im Flugzeug eine Stunde lang von Flöhen attackiert.

    Und jetzt gehts ab uns Bett morgen müssen wir um 4 wieder wach sein.
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  • Day171

    More exploring Alor

    November 6 in Indonesia

    It's really nice driving through beautiful small villages which dot the coastline of the island. Lots of smiles and calls of 'mister mister' as we go past. The faces of the people of this island are an amazing mix and you can see resemblance from nearby Papua, Islander, Australian Aboriginal and even Indian and African.

    We stop a lovely mangrove beach. Lila finds an idealic swing over the sea which is currently at mid high tide. We get a nice shelter here for some monsoonal rainfalls, before continuing along the coast passing amazing turquoise waters with quaint little wooden fishing boats in sheltered bays.

    We reach beautiful 'Pantai Battu Putih' which is essentially the end of the road. The road does continue however they say it's about 1 hr for 2 km to get the the neighbouring village! We turn back for town as more rains threaten and get threatened to a gorgeous rainbow as we find some more shelter from another downpour.
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  • Day137

    East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia

    October 18 in Indonesia

    I am currently on the Indonesian island of East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia, having arrived at about 9 this morning in an ATR79-600, a prop job. My seat was on the Cut Here line. A little nerve racking. In military prop aircraft, there are dotted lines painted inside where, if they come off the engine while rotating, the props will slice through the fuselage. No person is allowed to stay other than to walk by and there I was, sitting right on the line. Yikes.

    But why did I come here, you ask? It contains the closest airport to 🦎🦎🦎 Komodo National Park, indigenous home of the prehistoric Komodo Dragon, which is where I am going tomorrow!

    Right now, I'm at my hostel, but I can't check in until 2 pm, so I've been forced to sit by the pool with a beer and a book. Terrible. 😉

    Yesterday evening I spent on Kuta Beach for sunset then went to the Hard Rock Cafe for dinner. They've been here for 25 years and have some magnificent guitars and other memorabilia. Nothing from Sting, Collins, or Henley, but still great.

    I'm all set for my dragon excursion and absolutely cannot be more excited. Yet another wildlife adventure learned about in my youth come to fruition.

    So long [for now] and thanks for all the fish. ✌️
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Provinsi Nusa Tenggara Timur, East Nusa Tenggara, Øst-Nusa Tenggara, Aust-Nusa Tenggara

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