If you want to conquer the world, you best have dragons.
-GEORGE R. R. MARTIN, A Dance With Dragons

DSC_0024Komodo National Park lies just east of Flores island. Within the park there are 3 major islands (Komodo, Rinca & Padar) and 26 islets and atolls. The Komodo dragon is only found in this small region and Komodo National Park is now a world heritage site.

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The Komodo dragon is the largest species of lizard. They are cannibals, loners and bad parents. The eat their young and each other if times get hard…or not. They lay in wait and attack by surprise. They can take down a water buffalo and will scavage it down to nothing in a blink of an eye. So pretty much they are the badasses.

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We are at Rinca Island…within the National Park. Oddly enough, you are more likely to see dragons here than their name sake…Komodo Island. There are also deer, water buffalo, monkeys and numerous bird species. 

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We went into the park early AM, as we heard they were most vicious then…I am not sure about the vicious bit…but we saw a boat load of them…both hanging around the cook tent and in the wild.

Here are some photos:

We took the “long” hike…which was only 1.5 hours. It started in the forets and peak out on a ridge then back into the forest. We saw tons of wild life. All in all, a great experience!

That is all...

That is all…

The end...

The end…

This photo is taken by AllWinner's v3-sdv

Every region, if not island group, in Indonesia is different. The people look different from each other, they have different customs, different beliefs and different food styles. It is the most wonderful part of this huge island archipelago. So why wouldn’t their reefs and underwater features be the same?

The diving in north eastern Indonesia was so lovely. It was remote, untouched and wonderful in its simplicity. We dove in the Banda or Spice islands and found the reefs full of huge cones and giant fern corals. The fish were plentiful with huge specimens of Potato Grouper, Napolian Wrasse and Giant Trevally. There was so much to look at ones head would nearly snap from looking back and forh. Here, the waters are calm, the fish are not scared and the over fishing problem that plagues so much of Indonesia is almost non existent.

The Wakatobi archipelago, which lies 400 miles a bit south and east of the Spice islands, features pristine reefs with micro corals and delicate fan corals. The fish were plentiful and small feeder fish swarmed on the edges of the reef. The waters here were so crystal clear one could see for ever. The Wakatobi islands are in a National Park. Fishing is allowed, but not on certain reefs and only for private consumption or local market sales. 

I made a really poorly edited video combining the diving and snorkeling. The first part of the video is Banda Spice Islands and the later Wakatobi.

Diving and Snorkeling in Banda and Wakatobi Islands

Up next is diving in he rather different environment of Komodo National Park.

 

There are several National Parks in Indonesia. They are sort of poorly managed…but some agreement has come between the government and the local fisherman that has set boundaries where fishing can be done. The locals literally survive on the fishing industry…so making fishing totally illegal in the parks would be catastrophic for them…but whatever limits they have set seem to be working as the coral; once damaged by fish bombing and cyanide fishing; is thriving and the fish are coming back.

As we entered the park boundaries, on Palarran, a huge manta ray ray jumped out of the water giving us a great welcome. We spent the next day puttering around the numerous islands in stanky the dinghy. The snorkeling was great and the marine life was abundant.

Local boats taking tourists out to the islands are abundant

Local boats taking tourists out to the islands are abundant

 

Hole in the rock

Hole in the rock

OK…gonna make a real effort to start up the website again since so many people like my posts on Facebook. We pay for this site…so might as well use it.

Not EVEN going to try and catch up the past two years…so just act like they didn’t happen😀

Also, please share this site with anyone you may think would like to follow. I am trying to increase the traffic on our blog!!

So sit back and enjoy…Palarran is in Indo and there are lots of awesome things to blog about.

Cheers,

The crew of Palarran