Today was our third day in Labuan Bajo. On Saturday evening we had a meal ashore near the anchorage, yesterday we did our reprovisioning and today we took a tour by boat to Rinca Island in Komodo National Park.
The meal ashore was at the Atlantis restaurant which is built in and around the hull of a ship. The bar is set into the lower deck at ground level, and two upper "decks" hold dining tables. Around the "ship" there is a pool and an open area with bean bags to sit on. All very civilised, plus the food was really excellent. We had two courses and drinks for less than A$20 per person.
In town we walked to one of the markets and bought some good fruit and veg. We continued walking around town and Graham (from Kakadu) and I had our hair cut. Interesting experience complete with cut, hair wash and scalp massage for A$2.50 each. We visited the local supermarkets which stock some western-style food. Then we met up with everyone again at the Mediterano restaurant where we had an excellent lunch.
Back aboard Zen Again we took delivery of diesel and water supplies so we're topped up and ready to go.
Today about 11 of us met on the catamaran Leu Cat from where we boarded the tour boat at about 0730. The boat was about 60' - 70' long with a covered upper deck aft. We motored from the anchorage to Rinca Island which is one of several islands in Komodo National Park. The trip was quite scenic and the currents quite strong. 'Twas nice not to be navigating for a change!
|Nice scenery enroute to Rinca Island|
|Our tour boat alongside at Rinca Island|
At Rinca we were met by rangers who escorted us to their station and later on a walking tour. At the ranger station we saw about 6 komodo dragons, most lazing in the shade near one of the buildings. They are quite big, and somewhat menacing. When they eat their prey they eat all of it. About all they don't eat is buffalo and deer horn. Back in the 70's a tourist was eaten by dragons. All they found was his sunglasses and camera!
|Komodo Dragon at the Ranger Station|
|Dragon alongside the walking track|
|Another Komodo Dragon|
|Juvenile Komodo Dragon|
We returned to the Sail Indonesia anchorage at about 1700 after a really good day "out".