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My Trip to Dragon Islands

To see Komodo dragons and dive into a national park, we took a boat trip crossing between Lombok and Flores, with multiple stops along the way.

Geographically, the Komodo National Park consists of 100% of the islands of Komodo and Rinca. These two islands are situated between Sumbawa and Flores. Sumbawa is on east of Lombok.

During four days and five nights with fellow adventurers, in a nut shell barely bigger than the old boat Ron. These boats have not really nice reputation. All travel guides advise to avoid. We had two live chickens in a cage at the bottom of the boat, near the toilet. A fish, a little tofu. A cooler full of beer and water. Eighteen foam mattress, three-quarters of an inch thick. No shower. Not enough toilet paper. A 30 horsepower motor to push it.

Our companions were vast majority British and Irish, and of course the boat has become a great big party. Beer, Irish songs, quotes from the movie Snatch, we were treated to all the clichés.

If the Irish were not sufficient to the task, we had a latino couple whose wife is a professional dancer who brewed his ass like a gallon of paint, a Finnish able to open a beer with anything, and an American who drinks all wrong. So all wrong it was absolutely drunk in his visit to the island of Komodo, and has repeatedly tried to pull the tail of a dragon by challenging the park rangers. I think they will remember us.

The snorkeling was great, awesome dragons and our lack of sleep, amazing.

The last night we rebuilt our reserves in the city and made a huge barbeque on a deserted island. We were very lucky to be dropped on people as friendly.

Once in Flores, we stayed and made a day of diving. On our first dive, a giant manta ray rose a foot above me. I shed a tear in my mask. Second dive much more difficult, especially with the strong currents in the area, but we met turtles, moray eels, and a ton of fish. Corals form veritable underwater gardens.

The beautiful diving, but difficult for beginners. Mary worked hard to keep control. The Dutch in our group had to air our divemaster both times. My regulator broke on every dive, I had to drive on my spare regulator. Not great.

We have thirty hours of ferry and bus back to Bali. Nice.


Get to The Heaven – Gili Trawangan

After buzzing in Ubud, we decided to go down to Candidasa beachfront, just to be closer to where you just take a boat and go to the Gili Islands. In fact, east of Bali is Lombok, another island of similar size in Bali. And northwest of the island you can find the Gili (Gili Trawangan – Gili Meno – Gili Air), a chain of three islands that are strongly advised us to discover.

So we rented a cab to Padangbai, place of departure of Fast boat (1:30 trip) towards Gili Trawangan, the largest of three islands (and only with an ATM ^ ^). We also have the opportunity to take boats with longer and less expensive but good trip, with a little afraid of feeling ill, ease is chosen. So a cross made on the roof of the boat, with luggage and some other reckless. But hey, we could see the island of Bali in a different way, cross huge barges and saw dolphins … It was worth it!

Laying in Lombok and 15/20 minutes later, landing on Gili Trawangan. No dock, feet in the water. No cars or scooters, only small carts pulled by small horses decorated and bicycle rental. A real change! No hotel booked, we start playing adventurers. There is a place in a homestay, a sort of small family hotel, close to 15 € per night with breakfast for two. Thereafter, we meet two French advises us to Edy Homestay, even cheaper (11 € for 2 with breakfast and 2 queen beds, small bright terrace), with supposedly a family atmosphere. It therefore changes the next day. And there, a very good discovery) Every evening, the hotel manager, Norman and his friends play music for hours, tubes and elsewhere singing, and we at even ended up singing “Aicha”, the only tube “French” they know:) So a meeting with local super friendly, outgoing, always smiling and offering you food, ask you where you come from, how long you stay … The hotel is not large (8 bungalows), we could befriend two Finnish, one English, one English and one American, with whom we spent our days on the island . And to wash clothes, €1 for 2kg:)

We do not know how long we would stay but in the end, it was so peaceful and relaxing as we finished our week there. No brainer to know what you are doing, what time .. A real holiday! We have come across young people like us, older people, families … Everyone can find his place. And we just stay in a hostel or in a superb beachfront bungalow, everything is possible! It should be 1:30 for a tour of the island on foot, but there is still plenty to do: learn to dive, get Padi (degree in dive) in 4 days, snorkeling (mask, snorkel, fins), lazing on the beach, making day trips to Lombok for example, or from 4 days and 3 nights towards the Komodo, surfing, get a massage …. An island with dirt roads that certainly get a little muddy when it rains, but so authentic. Small shops, local know that eventually you and ask your news every time you crossed them, the restaurant, spa, a shisha bar … everything is possible! And here is the free wifi everywhere)

For us, it was a day of snorkeling (€9 each for 4 hours by boat on 3 different dive sites). We saw a variety of fish, turtles .. Small lunch break on Gili Air, quiet, nothing to turn lunch in bamboo huts with lounge music in the background ..). A very good experience except that I got a little seasick, even during dives. But it was worth it! We also tested the “fish pedicare” i.e. they put their feet in tanks filled with water and small fish that you are removing dead skin lol. Well it’s surprising, but it works! And if not, walk on the beach, nap on the beach in the shade of a tree, reading books while listening to music. And finally, we discover that you can live without a laptop and shows enough!

For outputs, it fucking worth it, there is always something held each night in a different bar. Tourists and locals on the island come together: the Irish Bar, Sama sama reggae bar The rooftop of Gili Hostel, Rudy’s Bar, the Blue Marlin and pool … So we had a chance to go out a little after listening to our friends play the guitar and sang in the patio of the hotel.

And food issue, it takes between 4 and 7 € for fresh fish on the grill spent with a portion of rice, cooked vegetables and a drink … :) Same, I stayed on my tea and a banana pancake or pineapple in the morning)

Personally, this is the place I chose for calm but also for the things we could do during the day and evening for meetings that are to do, and the kindness of people. Never harassed to sell us something, just reply with a smile.

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