Monday, April 22, 2019

Indonesia - The Lesser Sunda Islands

Indonesia is an island nation, with over 8,000 inhabited islands. The Lesser Sunda Islands are a chain of volcanic islands on the southern reaches of the country. These islands include Bali, Flores and Komodo

Our group gathered in Bali and then flew to the city of Labuan Bajo on the island of Flores as our base for our visit to this part of the country.

Due to a change in flight schedules we spent parts of two days touring Flores and relaxing. The photo at the top of this post is the beach at our hotel.

We found this man preparing his field for planting rice. The hand tractor was what we saw the farmers using in the fields

Motorbikes and scooters are the preferred method of transportation on all the islands. Some riders are just cooler than others...

Labuan Bajo was our port of departure for a three day cruise that took us around the Lesser Sunda islands in search of great light and the Komodo Dragons.

The Felicia was our vessel. She is a Phinisi, a traditional Indonesian two-masted sailing ship. Also known as a Sulawesi schooner. She is a beautiful live-aboard ship that easily accommodated our party of nine.

Komodo National Park is the home of the Komodo Dragon. The Dragons live on several of the islands. We stopped at Rinca and Komodo islands to see the Dragons. We were exceptionally lucky to see the Dragons on Rinca actively hunting, and a Dragon on the beach at Komodo

Large Dragon on Rinca Island

Close Up

Baby Dragon

Dragon on the Beach

Padar Island

We spent one night anchored off Padar Island so that we could photograph the sunrise. Padar is one of the very photogenic locations in the Sundas.

Padar Early Light

Padar Sunrise

- Bali
- Village Life
- Borneo and the Old Men of the Forest
- Indonesia - Land of Volcanoes

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