Komodo Above Water; Dragons, Eagles and More

Posted by on May 23, 2011

 

This is a beautiful area. The sunrises and sunsets are great. Huge cumulous clouds turn pink and orange. The ocean varies in color from deep blue to a brilliant aqua in the shallows. I did do some snorkeling (when I forgot my dive belt and again when I attempted some over-under shots) and really enjoyed cruising over the reef with brightly colored fish and healthy coral. I would have liked to do more but there was the danger of komodo dragons coming into the water. And the currents could be dangerous to snorkelers also.

The hills are a bit like the California coastline, around the central coast. Grass with shrubs. Steep hills coming down into the ocean with lots of rock. I wanted to take a rock home with me from the dragon walk at the interpretation center but my luggage was overweight already. There was a full moon while we were on the boat and I took lots of both moon rise and moon set images.

We’ve seen wild pigs, water buffalo, komodo dragons, sea eagles, deer and monkeys. There are also wild goats I’m told, but we didn’t see any. Rung (who wears many hats in the company including dive guide) told us that if someone killed a goat then tradition says that you must repay in kind. I’m not going to kill one. :-)

More to come!