Wednesday, 30 August 2006

Labuan Bajo to Banta Island

“Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventures” – Lovelle Drachman

There are so few adjectives to describe our time in this truly amazing area so statements and photos will have to suffice: ghosting, going in reverse in strong currents, beach BBQs, Komodo Dragons, exquisite anchorages, nautical shells, and rolling hills.
Stunning view from the top (Tientos in yellow)
A convenient anchorage to see the Dragons
Approach with caution
The safest view
Our Ranger

Sad to think this magnificent beasts are Dragon food

Collective noun for Komodo Dragon is Komodo Dragons!
The Sea Gypsies controlled the Dragons for a long time but have now been moved on as the Rangers take over.
With the Dragons, the beach BBQs and stunning anchorages form the prime focus of this area.
Just another day

Pink Beach moorings
At Gilli Lawa we shared an anchorage with the magnificent British Yacht "Lionwind". 
The exit looks large
But pick the centre and hold your breath!
Banta Island has a number of anchorages and we picked a small inlet on the south side. Privacy and seclusion offered us the chance to refresh our batteries but it was saddening to see the plastic rubbish piled high on a sandy beach. But what shells were to be found!  We ignored the clothes that turned up buried bringing forth images of bodies hidden away. The shells joined others in the specific head area.
A place for the shells

May all your bars be wooden and well-stocked!

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