Visit to the Flower Island: Part 2
Flores, Indonesia, 2009-03-22 12:00 by Laerke
Labuan Bajo is one of the bigger cities in Flores, but that doesn’t mean it is very big. It is a harbor city with quite a lot of water traffic coming and going, from the water the land rise steeply which means that many of the houses have fantastic views out over the harbor, the water and the many small islands which are situated just off-shore. Luckily our hotel enjoyed the same incredible views, waking up in the morning and looking out of the window was a real joy. We also saw some beautiful sunsets while staying in Labuan Bajo.

One of the days, while Martin went diving, the rest of us decided to head out to one of the small islands for a day in the sun. We bought lunch boxes with delicious fried chicken and headed to the harbor to find a boat, after a while we succeed in finding a skipper willing to take us for a fair price.

It took about 45 minutes to get to Bidadari Island, where we were met by a beautiful white sand beach. The water was so clear and clean, just off the beach was a coral reef stretching out over a large area before disappearing down a steep drop off. I saw big parrot fish and trigger fish, plus a lot of smaller fish, there was a group who looked just like little Nemos but only with black and white stripes instead of the usual orange and white. There was also a big lion fish gliding elegantly through the waters.

We spend the whole day swimming and playing around, only when the sun started to set did we return.