June 28, 1997
In the fishing village of Labuhanbajo, I have been organizing plans for a three day
boat cruise to Lombok. The trip will leave tomorrow with a stop at Rinca and Komodo Island
for wildlife viewing. The main attraction are lizards-four metre, 130 kg lizards,
appropriately known as Kimono dragons. The dragons are carnivores. Normally they eat deer
and wild pigs which are found on the island. However, man could easily be consumed by the
dragons. The Kimono dragon is on the endangerd species list. The only place in the world
these dragons can be found is on Rinca and Komodo Islands. On Flores around Riung there is
a cousin of these dragons but they are seldom spotted. Looking forward to seeing this
massive lizards in their natural habitat.
June 30, 1997
On The Boat Trip
After visiting the island this morning we stopped at Red Beach for snorkeling,
swimming and freshening up. While having lunch we waited for our bigger boat that we were
to transfer onto. My god has the captain been drinking Bintangs or what? He rammed our
bloody boat! After transfering boats we sailed on. Later in the afternoon we came across
some dolphins who swam all around the boat, it was a beautiful sight.
Trevor Thomas of The Dive Institute, on boat at the bar.
At dinner time the waves started rolling backwards and forwards. The sky grew darker
and the faces of the passengers started to change colors in varying shades from white to
green. Dinner involved a great deal of good balance. After dinner we amused ourselves with
a game of holding coins between our buttocks and walking to a cup, the object of the game
is for all four coins to be dropped from your flexed cheeks into the cup. The score on the
white board grew as the night progressed for the number of spews and the loss of bowel
control. We awoke in the morning to beautiful sunshine and calm seas. Another day in
paradise is going to be so hard to take.
Best Regards from Kylie Mudford of Tasmania, Australia
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