On a Bali high – a wonders of Indonesia, from Komodo Dragons in a jungle to fanciful beaches

There was no sound other than a engine of a speedboat, and was no one else around as we done a approach by hundreds of pleasing islands.


Sitting during a nose of a vessel as it raced opposite a water, it was tough to trust so many people revisit Indonesia though exploring a lesser-known spots.

I was travelling from Labuan Bajo in easterly Indonesia to Komodo Island to accommodate a 1,500 inhabitants – a famous 10ft antiquated ‘dragons’.

The two-hour vessel float alone was value a trip, though a island itself was incredible.

We nervously stepped off a vessel onto a wooden jetty and saw deer on a silt (aka Komodo Dragon food).

Within seconds of commencement a two-hour trek we saw a initial dragon. Slow, with squat legs and hardly moving, it was a cranky between a tasty lizard and a crocodile.

Laura meets a Komodo Dragon

But it was huge. They distortion still, punch when we slightest design it, afterwards petiole we until we die 3 hours after from a toxins in their lethal saliva.

“Has a traveller ever been killed by a dragon?”, we ask. “Not really,” a beam replies. Right.

Luckily, my organisation of 6 had 3 guides, any with a hang for protection. Walking by thick immature forest, abounding with wildlife from boar to snakes and weird fluorescent snails, we knew we were off a beaten lane because, startle horror, we didn’t have a phone signal.

Crunching along a dry marks in a pleasing heat, we met 6 some-more dragons, though we done it behind to a vessel in once piece.

After 20 mins we reached another enchanting spot, Pink Beach. It unequivocally has pinkish silt and calm, transparent waters. I’d never been snorkelling, that became apparent as we waded out inelegantly in my flippers.

Bobbing around face down in a sea, we non-stop my eyes and was blown away. Hundreds of shimmering fish, so many colours, raced around tighten adequate to touch. There were outrageous blue starfish, eels and Nemos in a coral. There was a whole new universe underwater, and now I’m hooked. I’ve even bought my possess snorkel.

With 18,110 islands, 67,500 miles of beaches and sensuous rainforests, Indonesia’s landscape varies wildly. And Borobudur in executive Java was a whole new experience.

We stayed during a Plataran, and it’s a good pursuit a area is breathtaking, differently I’d never have left my forever pool, nestled in a hillside, surrounded by outlandish trees.

As we lolloped in a water, it began to sleet and a object went down. we listened to a sounds of a teak timberland – birds, bugs, rustling leaves – as a comfortable sleet lashed down on me, afterwards a Muslim call to request began, with low chants echoing by a hills.

The Plataran, that does a good Nasi Goreng (fried rice) for breakfast, is a 10-minute expostulate down papaya-lined marks to a 8th century Borobudur temple, a world’s biggest Buddhist relic and a good mark for a sunrise.

The 115ft high church is lonesome in stupa – mill domes for meditation.

Once I’d navigated a steps, we arrived to a breathtaking perspective of plateau and billowing volcanoes. Guide Ekko tells us Mount Merapi is “very active” and erupts roughly each 6 years. With a laugh he adds “the final time was 2010”. The object came adult during 5.20am, and amid their selfie sticks, everybody dignified a stage in silence.

In a red… a church during Borobudur
(Photo: Perspectives)

It’s easy to island bound with Indonesian inhabitant airline Garuda and a discerning moody from Borobudur’s nearest airfield during Jogjakarta, takes we to Bali.

With lustrous H2O and halcyon beaches, it’s sky if we wish to flog behind after a brush with a dragon.

Nusa Dua in a south has pleasing resorts and a pacific vibe. we stayed during a fanciful Sadara. For something a bit some-more lively, Seminyak, 40 mins away, can’t be beaten.

New hotel a Katamama is unequivocally cool, with dim wood, mood lighting, design and books, and golf carts to take we around a grounds. Breakfast is smashing too – with soothing bombard crab on toast a star of a show.

Next to a hotel is Potato Head Beach Club. A absurd name, though it’s a place to be, with loungers by a sea and coconut cocktails. There’s a pool looking onto a long, pleasing beach, with a bar in a H2O and song blustering out.

Up a beach is a Alila, where we ate a overwhelming dish of noodles, rice, grilled fish, butter boiled prawns, fry lamb, beef and crab, cleared down with coffee ice cream and wine. Seminyak is also good for haggling. Maybe not during a posh boutiques, though Oberoi marketplace is full of good stuff, once you’ve figured out a baffling currency.

At a finish of my week, I’d gifted only a litle of a smashing accumulation Indonesia has to offer.

But there’s so many left to try here. we consternation where I’ll use my snorkel next…

Meeting a locals

To knowledge internal life, we visited Candirejo village, 15 mins from Borobudur in executive Java.

On a equine and transport we done a approach by a streets – dodging chickens using giveaway – as kids dashed out of their charming homes to call during us.

Across Indonesia, we hear a normal song of gamelan, featuring an instrument called a metallophone. We assimilated a internal doctrine and we suspicion we did well, nonetheless a distressed demeanour on a face of a small child subsequent to me suggested otherwise.

Laura samples cat poo coffee

I visited some illusory aged ladies creation cassava crisps, and had tea during a encampment café. Heading behind to Borobudur we stopped for Kopi Luwak – coffee done from, trust it or not, furious cat poo.

The luwak cat can’t digest coffee beans so they come out in a droppings. They are washed, dusty and roasted to make a world’s many costly coffee, with a surprisingly pleasing ambience and aroma.

Choose wisely – collect an reliable café that unequivocally gets a beans from a wild, not from a farm. It was an eye-opening visit, and during a finish of it we was pooped. To book a guided debate revisit panorama-destination.com and hit a team.

Getting there

  • Garuda Indonesia airline has lapse fares from Heathrow to Jakarta from £423. Domestic island hopping packages start from £228 inc transport from Jakarta-Jogjakarta, Jogjakarta-Bali, Bali-Labuan Bajo, Labuan Bajo-Bali. Fares are current until a finish of Mar 2017.
    garuda-indonesia.com
  • Panorama Destination offer tailor-made debate packages to Indonesia’s islands from
    $1,250pp not inc flights.
    panorama-destination.com

TIME ZONE UK +7/+8hrs

CURRENCY Rupiah £1 = 16,756

BEST TIME TO GO Start of Oct – no schoolkids, good weather, only before stormy season

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