Du… What?

In our one diving free day, we made a half day trip to see a Dugong. We heard about this already on the ferry where the other tourists asked us if we will go to see the dugong. Papa Oneh is a fisherman living in Kalabahi, close to the airport. One of his friends is a male big real swimming Dugong! When you arrive at his place you either have to drive yourself or get an Ojek around the airport to get to the beach and his boat. From the beach – just a 5 minutes boat ride – Papa Oneh starts calling the Dugong and after a couple of minutes he shows up!!!!

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Our most eastern destination in Indonesia

The island of Alor is the most eastern of all the Islends of the Nusa Tengara archipelago and is one of the islands in Indonesia that do not see too many tourists. We spend a little more than a week here, mostly diving and enjoying the peacefulness and beauty of this place – above and under water!

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Visiting the last indigenous whale hunters

This is one of the neighbor islands east of Flores, between Flores and Lembata is Solor, which we skipped. Lembata is a dry island in comparison with Flores, the greenest of the eastern islands. There are not many tourists here, so people will look at you and greet you, sometimes giggle and simply enjoy it, when you eat in their Warung… We only met friendly and nice people and did a motorbike trip from Lewoleba to Lemalera, one of the last remaining villages that still does indigenous sperm whale hunting.

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First a hazzle and then the most quiet beaches

The city of Maumere itself is nothing special and can be described as a “normal”, but nice Indonesian town. We were able to buy a lot of supplies here. What is actually far more impressive is the beaches east of Maumere, which are really beautiful and remote. You can find a few cute cottage places, which are basic but clean and really quiet! We met a few people that got stuck here, because they liked it so much! We went diving here and relaxed for a few days at the beach…

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A beautiful mountain village at the foot of mount Kelimutu

After staying in Ende, we made our way to Moni. That´s a small village that was recently taken over by tourism, because it is the gate to the famous Kelimutu mountain and lies on the Flores highway. It´s a quiet and peaceful place, which is characterized by two things: on the one hand the traditional way of life as rice farmers and on the other hand by the short stop-over tourists that visit the sacred mountain and it´s three colored lakes.

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A day in Ende

Ende is the biggest town in Flores and a normal, not really touristy city. It has a busy and very interesting market, where we as blond and light skinned Europeans were an attraction. Everyone kept smiling at us and saying “Hello Mister” or “Hello Misses”! Sometimes they say Mister, but mean Misses or simply both of us, but clearly they want to say “Hi”….

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The gate to the Komodo National Park

Labuan Bajo is the western point of Flores, one of the bigger southern islands of Indonesia. Next to it, in the west lies the famous Komodo National Park which is known as one of the world´s best diving spots. Once upon a time the village lived from fishing, but nowadays the main source for money is tourism. Since this place is mainly known for diving, every second house on main road is a dive shop. In between you´ll find restaurants, little shops and some hotels and homestays. Most hotels are a little outside of town at the hill, which is good, since the city center is neither beautiful nor nice. People, are not really nice, but used to tourists spending only one or two nights here and mainly want to make money. The view over the bay of Labuan Bajo over the sea and to the national Park is really beautiful though and invites for taking many, many pictures.

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Some thoughts…

Today exactly, we spent six weeks in Indonesia. Here some thoughts:

First of all: We still like the Indonesians and to be here. People are very friendly and help whenever they can. Of cause in some tourist centers there are people getting more and more into making business and forget to be nice, but in general they welcome you on every corner. Wherever we go, we are welcomed by a lot of “ Hello Mister”, “Hello Misses”, “How are you?”, “Where from?” and it of cause gets more like this as more east and as more remote you go. To be honest sometimes it really becomes a challenge not to show how annoyed you are, because after the 100. times in 30 minutes it really is hard to stay cool. But we always try to be nice and answer with a nice “Salamat Pagi/Sore/Malam” or “Baik Baik”, which sometimes leads to “conversations” where everybody tires out all his words in the other language. We asked people, who are living there for a while, why everybody is greeting you wherever you go. And they say, Indonesians are really just happy to use their English and to be nice. Which is true, that´s at least what we think about it. On the market in Ende, where not many tourists are walking around, we also got touched at the arms a couple of times from older woman. Either because they like our bright skin or to make sure, that we are real…?

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