Friday, 28 March 2014
28.03.2014 - 28.03.2014
An early breakfast after a delightful sunrise as we approached the island of Komodo in Indonesia. The tenders were launched on a flat calm sea and we assembled in the Cabaret Lounge for our shore excursion. Only individuals booked on authorised tours were permitted ashore. We were issued with the obligatory sticker and then escorted to the pontoon to board the tender. A quick trip into the pier where we were assigned to our guides. After an appropriated lecture on the need to stay with the guides and within the group we were lead off.
I suspect the warnings of danger are at least partly hype but then again they wouldn't anyone to get hurt. Although it was early morning the temperature and humidity were already extremely high. The guides stopped in shaded places to answer questions and explain various aspects of the natural features of the park. The path varied from fairly wide with crushed coral to more narrow and strewn with roots and wash-aways.
Eventually we were lead to a clearing where two of the monsters were asleep in the sun. The guides ensured that we didn't wander into the possible danger zone. We were fortunate to be there when another dragon decided to join the party and I was fortunate to capture him in motion. I managed to also capture some up close images courtesy of the zoom lens.
After a while and to make room of new groups arriving we set off on the track back to the pier. We'd been supplied with complementary water before we set off and were provided with more welcome refreshment on our return. There was an extensive horde of hawkers promoting their wares and Jenny relented and bought a Tee Shirt. In short order we were aboard the tender for the smooth and uneventful trip back to the ship. The cool air-conditioned comfort of the ship was most welcome.
A quick shower and a change of clothes and we were ready for lunch on Deck 9. On return to the cabin we downloaded the photos and stretched out on the beds for a quick nanny-nap. I watched the Afternoon Movie "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"- fantastic scenery and amazing special effects. Jenny decided to stay in the cabin to read and rest.
Time for dinner - do we do anything other than eat ?? After dinner we were lured to the Cabaret Lounge for tonight's shoe "Johnny Bagpipes" (Rock and Roll Bagpipes and Comedy). Very disappointing, weak jokes and dreaded bagpipe music. Jenny walked out and I followed soon after.
So here I sit putting together these words. Four sea days ahead of us as we sail through the islands of Indonesia on our way to Vietnam.
Meanwhile if you want to see a photo of the dragon you can always follow this link which should take you to today's image on my 365 Project http://365project.org/tonydebont/runner-up/2014-03-28
Cheers .. Tony