Monthly Archives: January 2013

Sunset on the shore

It was the second day I stayed in Labuan Bajo, Flores. After visiting Komodo Island in the morning, I spent the late afternoon in my hotel room to avoid the heat and humid weather which made me uncomfortable.

At 4.30 PM, after a quick shower, I decided to stroll along the beach which located at the back of the hotel. So . . . off I went, passed the swimming pool where some of my friends spent their afternoon there, directly to the shore. I’d like to wait for and enjoy the sunset from there.

As the beach heads to the west, I got a perfect place to enjoy the sunset. And . . below are the pictures I got at that time, here I share them with you  🙂

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An angel on the sea

a part of the angel island's beach

a part of the angel island’s beach

Angel is always associated with beauty. I think everybody agree with it, since we haven’t’ heard nor seen an ugly angel. So everything that bears the name of angel must be pretty  🙂

Off the shore of Labuan Bajo, Flores, Indonesia, there is a small island that bears the name of angel. The island is known as Pulau Bidadari, which can be translated literally as the Angel Island. The island is within the Komodo National Park area. Traveler can reach the island in 20 minutes boat trip embarked from Labuan Bajo.

The island has beautiful sandy beach with calm and clear water which is good for swimming. The sands on the beach are unique, because it has pinkish color. Some part of the beach has decorated with corals.

Unfortunately most of the 15 hectares island is privately managed by a resort operator, and opened only for them who spend their days in the resort. Only a small part of the island that is opened for public. Because of that, the small part is always crowded by travelers who just want to spend a short time on the beach on their way to or from Komodo Island.

At that time, on my way back from Komodo Island, I was also stopped by at that free-small-part of the island. I admit that the beach where I stopped by was quite pretty. Can you imagine how pretty it was on the other side of the island which is said more beautiful than the public part?

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Visiting the dragon’s lair

Well of course it is not the dragon that can spit fire or even fly as known through many fairy tales. It is only a giant lizard that can grow to more than 2 meters long from its head to the tip of its tail. People believe that the creature is a living dinosaur, because of its appearance. The unique creature is known as the Komodo Dragon (varanus komodoensis), an endangered species which can only be found in the Komodo National Park, which is located in East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia.

The National Park consists of three main islands namely Komodo, Rinca and Padar, as well as many small islands and islets around those three islands. Last November, I got the opportunity to visit Komodo Island, one of the main islands in the National Park.

Komodo Island is located between Sumbawa and Flores. Travelers usually use Labuan Bajo in Flores as their base, if they want to visit Komodo Island. For them, who have more adventurous spirit; they can try to live on board while visiting Komodo Island.

When I visited the island, I found that Komodo Island was quite dry. Almost every plant has yellowish color of dry leaves. It was a perfect setting for an island that is inhabited by dragons. The beaches, however, are beautiful. The sands are white and the water is crystal clear.

On my hike on the island, I was accompanied by ranger who brought a long stick that can be used to prevent a dragon attacking travelers. Usually, a ranger will accompany up to five visitors. They who want to see the komodo dragons can choose a short, medium, or long track through the forest and savannah on the island. But since the dragons live in the wild, it is not guaranteed that travelers can always found ones. At that time I chose the short track, and fortunately not long since I started my track, a komodo dragon came out from the bushes and crossed my path. It was around 2 meters long. Wow, it was amazing to see the wild creatures up close in their natural habitat.

According to the ranger, even though the creature has a threatening appearance, they are not active hunters. They usually stalk their victims, usually wild boars, deer, or also monkeys, that can be easily found on the island. The komodo dragon will bite it, and then release the injured victim. Then the dragon will follow its victim patiently and let it dying, sometimes up to several days. If the victim has already very weak, komodo dragon will devour it whole, includes its bones and fur.

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