Portuguese traders and missionaries definitely chose a nice place to settle for a bit back in the days. The flight from Bali to Labuan Bajo has one of the nicest window seat in a region. The whole Nusa Tengarra area is like a world has deleted all the filth. But soon as you step out of the small plane, pick up the bags from a tiny airport, hit the road with a taxi driver with different eye-shaped expression to the one and only street (with couple of back roads), you imediately step out of your daydreaming back to Indo reality. The majority of people here are Christian Chatolics and the rest of Indonesians are Muslims. It seems they go hand in hand pretty well, but probably because of a harbour’s wealth coming in from all around the world. Mr. Flores is different from Mr. Komang that is for sure.
After two days of cruising around Labuan Bajo and seeking for medicine that would keep my Chron’s flare down for a notch, Taja and i found a group of divers going to Karang Makkasar aka. Manta point and Batu Bolong for a ‘swim’ with sea monsters and to Rinca island, the home of the dragon. The cheapest way to free dive and visit Rinca at the same time. You just got to be smooth with decisions for day trips here, because often people don’t get enough value for their money. Well, we payed 30dollars each for the whole trip with 2 dives and to see the dragon with a nice boat lunch too. A bargain of my life and a view for miles.
Batu Bolong’s free dives made me the happiest person that day. So many huge fish, corals and other ‘neverseenbefore’ creations of the nature. However, we came to Flores because Taja craved to see Komodo dragons. And the Rinca was a right choice to check them out. After a long day of a boat and sea life, small group of us just did a short 40min trekking around the stash area and check the view from the nearest hill. The animal is mystical in her whole act. The guide with only a 2m long stick (for a defense) explained that animals are unpredictable. Ofcourse they are. They are dragons!!! They can kill anything in a one bite move. Their toxic saliva does the job. Guides on the island are happy and friendly despite almost 2000 dragons behind their backs every day. Worthy place for a short stay, but not the most comfortable one to stay for longer.
Unfortunately was our 4 day trip to Flores limited to Labuan bajo and it’s harbour. We visited a nice place to chill and swim also, but the beach here is just…well, not so impressive as you could imagine. Best restaurants are Italian which felt like home for a second. But soon as we ordered tortellini in a very nice fish sauce with olives and almonds and got 5 tortellini each, we knew exactly where we were. Indo life is good but a funny one. Check back next week for one more Indocation. This time with some action photos too.