Komodo Island, 2008

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one of my favourite ever memories. taken by aci's camera, set on timer.

Komodo is another favourite dive destination of mine. Beautiful pritine waters, rich with marine life. The main underwater attraction was of course the Manta Point, but there's soooo much more. The first time I saw dolphins underwater. Unfortunately, I lost my underwater camera a week before the trip so that was a bummer. Still, it was still amazing. Most things I saw, I've seen before but yet the jacks were bigger, the were more sharks (black tips, white tips) around than I've ever seen... it was so rich with marine life and corals.

It was a budget LOB (live-on-board) trip. We found a local operator, Pak Chondo to take us around on his nice, comfy, quaint little boat.

My highlights for this trip would be:

1) The Bats Flight : Our boat seeked shelter near one island for the night.

BATMAN calling!
At dusk, hundreds of bats came flying out of the islands, heading i-don't-know-where, all in one direction. Hundreds of bats littered the sky for almost half an hour. It was one of the most mesmerizing sight I've ever seen. There were just so many, it was unbelievable. All 9 of us and Pak Chondo just sat on the decks and absorbed the sight.

2) Komodo Island : Of course the obvious, the Komodo dragons. Magnificent, scary creatures. Their extremely slow movement belies their deadly ability, I've no doubt they can kill me in a sprint. Slow, quiet but menacing. Apart from the dragons, this island harbours magnificent sights. There's a guided trek worth taking. Walking on the island made me forget I was in Indonesia, different from the tropical sights I'm used to, it's like being in another climate. A grassland, with little trees, surrounded by the sea.

3)  The Marine Life : as I've stated above.

4) The small surrounding islands : It's easy to ignore these islands as they looked quite the same. But when our boat took shelter nearby one of them, 4 of us decided to go for a trekking trip up one island. The view was amazing. Hope my amateur photos are good enough to show you what I meant.

 

inikeke says:
your shots are great! like a pro. you captured it amazingly! ;) I keep telling to my friends that Komodo National Park is really really beautiful; no need to think, just shoot and you'll still get very beautiful picture :D isn't it true?
Posted on: Sep 04, 2009
azuresky12 says:
bernard, terima kasih.
Posted on: Jun 15, 2009
bernard69 says:
u took amazing pics,some like postcards,bagus:)
Posted on: Jun 12, 2009
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one of my favourite ever memories.…
one of my favourite ever memories…
BATMAN calling!
BATMAN calling!
Bats littering the sky at dusk
Bats littering the sky at dusk
Dawn
Dawn
Pak Chondo (in cap). Hes a really…
Pak Chondo (in cap). He's a reall…
Our budget LOB.
Our budget LOB.
love, love, love the clear water. …
love, love, love the clear water.…
the rooms below deck.
the rooms below deck.
kitchen with a view
kitchen with a view
the kitchen, the crew cooking
the kitchen, the crew cooking
fishing and taking photos.
fishing and taking photos.
top deck
top deck
the size of the beast, magnificent!
the size of the beast, magnificent!
the SPLIT.
the SPLIT.
on Komodo Island
on Komodo Island
on Komodo island
on Komodo island
on Komodo island
on Komodo island
on Komodo island
on Komodo island
going to one of the many small isl…
going to one of the many small is…
komodo island trip at west flores.…
komodo island trip at west flores…
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