Day 2 of Komodo Boat Trip
The brain-jangling vibrations and the smell of coffee started day two of our boat trip to Komodo Island. We emerged from our sleeping quarters via the steep white steps and were greeted with banana pancakes and papaya.
Sitting looking out on the bright blue water with a cup of Lombok coffee in my hand and a plate of banana pancakes on my lap made the previous night’s lack of sleep fade away, as the sea breeze worked with the delicious coffee to wake me up.
After covering more distance, we stopped near a beautiful island, Moyo Island. We swam to shore and the crew took our stuff in a row boat.
Moyo Island is like a desert island, with white sand, clear water and a lush jungle beyond.
There was a freshwater pool on the beach where the river ended. The low hanging trees had white rocks hanging from the branches with rough blue twine. I couldn’t find out for sure, but they could have been Kalibuda trees, which are meant to be the tree of hope. The rocks are hung to grant wishes, or pray to the ancestors.
We followed our guides through the thick jungle. The floor was spongy and brown with fallen leaves, and the trees formed a roof over our heads, providing much appreciated respite from the sun.
After traipsing through thick bushes and across three rivers, the sound of crashing water alerted us to the waterfall’s presence.
There was a large pool with another layer of pools above. They were like little jacuzzis, with the waterfall’s water constantly pouring in to create an infinity pool effect.
Our group headed towards the waterfall, and began to climb up its extremely slippery side. After a while, it got too slippery for my unsuitable flip flips, and I had to give up. I settled for swimming in the pools as I watched the others get higher and higher. Their journey down looked really scary!
The pools were deep and their sides were so smooth they almost looked fake. Inside, the edges were much rougher and I managed to cut both my feet and my knees. We spotted spiders swimming in the water.
We made our way back though the jungle and out into the blinding light outside the cover of the trees.
We swam back to the Versace and devoured a lunch of tuna and fried noodles.
More on our Komodo Island boat trip next week, including the almost shipwreck!