We took a 1 hour flight from Bali to Laban Bajo on the west coast of Flores. The views from the plane were amazing, blue seas and loads of islands to explore. The airport was one of the smallest we've landed into and we were met by some locals who gave us a ride into town. The vibe was very chilled in this harbour town and we quickly organised a plan for our few days. The next day was Kim's birthday so we went diving in the Komodo Marine park. The diving here was spectatcular, massive tuna, white tip sharks, turtles, rays, octupus to name a few. It was however the first time we'd went diving with currents which made the dive a bit more tricky, but a real highlight.
The next day we began a 4 day 3 night boat trip towards Bali. We had met 2 English girls the day before in a bar and they joined us, along with 2 French guys and a crazy, crazy Austrian lady. The trip started off on the wrong foot, with the crew bypassing our first sight to save money or something, but we got them back on track. We visited Rinca Island and went on a 2 hour hike, spotting the deadly Komodo Dragons. We found 4, and learned about these endangered reptiles. They have killed people in recent years, but fortunately if you can get to Bali hospital in time after an attack, they can dose you with antibiotics! When we were there the dragons were pretty dosile, they'd just eaten a wild buffalo, so we didn't look that tasty. The first warning that the Austrian lady was a little nuts, was when she threw stones at a sleeping dragon! Twice. The next couple of days we snorkelled in some beautiful spots and treked on Komodo Island and Satunda. We swam in a volcanic lake and went to a waterfall on Moyo Island. Unfortunately here Greg split his toe on a rock and I think the screams were heard in Bali! The mood on the boat with the crazy lady were pretty bad. The outburts from her were soo random I find it hard to type them for you. Lets just say she's a few bricks sort and the group and crew decided it best to end our boat trip a day early!
The 6 of us are now in the Gili Islands, which are 30km from Bali. The atmosphere her is very relaxing (which may have something to do with the ample supply of Magic Mushrooms!), we've just been snorkling and swam with a couple of green turtles.
The last week has been the only time we've really had to manage our time well, so we can end up back in Bali for our connecting flight to Singapore and then onto Sydney. The end of this part of the trip is very close.
Hope you are all well. Love Brian and Kim