I have a vivid memory of me as a little kid watching a TV program of some Komodo dragons devouring deer. I don’t remember the details, but undoubtedly that nature show was filmed in Komodo National Park. I was so disturbed by the images shown that I remember crying for quite some time for the poor little deer. At the time, I couldn’t have imagined visiting such a distant land and seeing these fierce creatures for myself, but here I am.
Lastly, a short video of Tim singing the Jurassic Park theme song as the dragon strolled along.
(Also, in case it wasn’t clear –ahem, David— this blog is named “In the Land of Dragons” because of these nearly mythical creatures found only in Indonesia.)
Though encountering Komodo dragons in Komodo Island was cool, the several hours we spent on a boat getting there and back were equally memorable. The sea glowed in varying shades of blues and aquamarines. The mountains towered over the sea on each side of us, framing the silhouettes of dolphins in the distance. The water was calm and crystal clear and when we could snorkel, we swam through school after school of fish entwined among colorful coral. Most memorably, I caught a glimpse of a wandering sea turtle alongside stunning manta rays soaring majestically with their 3-meter wingspan near the ocean’s floor.
All this concluded with the most beautiful sunset of all the days in Flores.
* for more logistical details about traveling to Flores check out this blog post.