YES TO FLORES II
As promised, the post continues!
From Manta Point, we travelled onwards to the sandbank island called Taka Makassar.
It is a perfect spot for snorkeling with its shallow waters and surrounding reef bed and of course for us to take some Mermaid Shots! We brought our Mermaid Tails with us (@mermaid.inc) for a splash and got some great shots done.
As the sandbank disappears at high tide, make sure to check with the crew when a good time is to go. I would highly advise to not go at midday sun as we did as the island offers one tiny little tree for shade (bring umbrellas and floaties for a perfect daze by the white beach).
Next Stop: Komodo National Park!
The Komodo Island is a huge island and all of it is a national park, where you can see the Komodos in their habitat. There are many entry points to the park and we docked at the Loh Liang entrance. As we walked down the jetty, we were immediately greeted by a Komodo Dragon upon arrival. No cages, no fences, just chilling out there having a little food coma as the ranger told us.
We were briefed to not stare at a Komodo in the eyes and how to behave during our trek through the forest.
The rangers do not guarantee that we will see some Komodos throughout the trek. We opted for the short trek (there are medium, long and adventurous ones if you have the time). We walked along and saw wild pigs and deers which are the prey of Komodos. During our trek through the forest we did not see any Komodos, but as we arrived back at the beach we saw some just hanging out getting tan.
The Komodos are amazing animals, very impressive in their size and to see them so up close is worth the trip!
The Komodo Village is just close by and you can go for a visit, too, for some local souvenirs.
We docked close by the Komodo Village for the night and ended our second day with little bonfire at a secluded beach, whilst the crew was grilling seafood for us.
A fellow traveller serenaded us with some tunes whilst we saw the supermoon. Though the high tide was coming in, we finished the evening back on the boat with more tunes, wine and even more laughter.