Behind the Scene: Some of the Members and Crew

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Mbak, Sulis, Mbak Windhar and me. Pic taken by Ardhy, one of Komodo Band Members.

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Mbak Windhar and Mbak Sulis, getting lost at the hanging coral in Satonda Island.

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Our boat crew enjoying the perfect view of Gili Laba.

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The back of our youngest member. I felt like to push him off the cliff.

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The Enchanting Komodo Island: A Short Escape to Jurassic World

After 16 hours of sailing over Flores Sea, I had the worst sea sick. I bet everyone on board also felt the same, of course except for the captain and his crew. Albeit all that, we finally arrived to the Komodo Island.

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It was Gili Lawa or Gili Laba. In my own words, I’d rather call it The Entrance Gate of Jurassic World since it looks like one. Upon arriving the Komodo Island waters, I felt like entering a different world with very unique landscape combined with a deep blue sea as can be seen on the picture. It was strange and magical, almost surreal. Now I can agree if people said that Flores is among the most beautiful places in Indonesia, and it is definitely worth to visit.

We planned to hunt for sunrise atop of the hill where I took this picture but we came late and were slow to reach the spot so we missed it. One of my fellow heard a strange sound coming from the sea below and when I faced east I saw water burst. Some said it was a whale but if it turned out wasn’t one, well, lets pretend it was.

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I always love how the sea has contrasting shades of blue due to difference of depth.

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Your waves ride high, while mine are low. You head to sea, you’re sailing free. (Frau)

If the sun did not shine too bright, we would let ourselves to stay there longer. However, we were scheduled to visit Manta Point in Taka Makassar. Not everyone is allowed to go after the manta in the sea due to heavy current. I hesitated at first but I thought it was once in a lifetime experience. So, I decided to jump without wearing life jacket. It was fun. So many mantas were dancing and circling around us. Since I didn’t own an underwater camera, I came home empty-handed but full of the image of wild mantas in my head. Continue reading “The Enchanting Komodo Island: A Short Escape to Jurassic World”

Islands Hoping in West Nusa Tenggara

So, I was thinking of having another vacation before year end. It was in October 2015, to be precise. After doing some research from internet, I decided to sign up for an open trip  to Komodo Island and Flores arranged by Wuki Traveller. This time, I was not even bother to look for an accompany of friend to join me. I would just go no matter what. There would be a lot of people there anyway.

I departed from Labuan Lombok with 35 other people joining the trip, a captain, and 6 cabin crew. Here was the fun part. Unlike my previous trip to some islands in Java, this time, I sailed for 4 straight days. Yes, we travelled by boat from Labuan Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara to Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara. During the sailing in West Nusa Tenggara region, we stopped in 3 islands to enjoy both land and sea.

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First stop, Kenawa Island. The island mainly consist of savanna. The challenge of this island was to climb the hill behind to enjoy sunset. Too bad, I hesitated to bring both my camera and phone. So I failed to capture the beauty of this island. However, this pic was taken by Mbak Windhar, one of my travel-mate. And as we waiting for the sun to descend, we also got the chance to explore the sea. So, snorkeling time!

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Under water view was fine, but not as good as I expected. I used to go snorkel in the in deeper sea part about 3-5 meters, directly jump from the boat. Here, we started from beach so its pretty narrow and the coral was not really preserved. However, I could spot some small blue fish swimming around anemons. After sunset, we went back to boat, had our first dinner served by cabin crew, and rest. Continue reading “Islands Hoping in West Nusa Tenggara”