Story Index:

Ao final
07/13/2014

Son in the sky
07/12/2014

Recife
06/27/2014

Impressions of Brazil
06/25/2014

Vida Dura
06/23/2014

Hawaii Fishing News - May 2013
05/01/2013

Un lugar para mi
09/09/2011

Crossed the border
08/18/2011

Quiero mas tiempo!
07/31/2011

Perched above Medellin
07/23/2011

Yay for a shower!
07/19/2011

New coast for me!
07/15/2011

The ocean calls
07/09/2011

Thick rain, freight train
06/26/2011

Tierra Dura
06/26/2011

Time to dry
06/24/2011

The next quarter century - on we go!
06/18/2011

Rolling with it
06/09/2011

Viviendo la vida
04/27/2011

You live and you learn: Adventures in Bureaucracy
04/12/2011

Snippets of Life - Part 4: La vida hermosa
04/08/2011

Snippets of Life: Part 3 - Las flores y los pájaros de Mindo
04/07/2011

Snippets of Life: Part 2 - An afternoon in Colonial Quito
03/30/2011

Snippets of Life: Part 1 - Fútbol en Argentina
03/27/2011

La diferencia principal entre Ecuador y Thailand
02/12/2011

Mi misíon por cada día
02/05/2011

Me gusta mi linea de trabajo!
01/28/2011

Mi primer fin de semana en Ecuador
01/18/2011

First off, let's catch up: Where's Whitney?
01/13/2011

Day BA
02/24/2009

What a year! 2008 in Review...
12/29/2008

Southeast Asia Superlatives (and not-so-Superlatives)
12/12/2008

One week in Cambodia
12/03/2008

Waterfalls, cliffs, and caves of beautiful Laos
11/09/2008

Beautiful, happy northern Thailand
10/31/2008

One amazing month on Koh Tao
10/24/2008

Daily mission on the islands: Enjoy life!
09/14/2008

Bangkok, Thailand
09/13/2008

Last week in France
09/05/2008

August 08 in Europe
08/24/2008

Failed Cape Melville
07/13/2008

Day trip to Bowen
06/25/2008

Part 3: Volleyball playoffs
06/15/2008

Part 2: Ultimate camping
06/15/2008

Part 1 of... many: FOLK FESTIVAL!
06/15/2008

My weekend of great vistas
06/02/2008

A glorious weekend on Magnetic Island
05/27/2008

Ugh. I'm exhausted.
05/02/2008

New Zealand... ROCKS!!!
04/30/2008

It's been awhile...
04/23/2008

Sushi night at the house
04/07/2008

Thanks for all the letters and mail!
04/01/2008

I finally got to dive the Great Barrier Reef!
03/31/2008

Blues Fest - Byron Bay
03/26/2008

The little things I realize I miss
03/18/2008

Bouldering trip
03/17/2008

Beach volleyball!
03/14/2008

I'M GOING TO THE BLUES FEST!!
03/11/2008

So many new animals!
03/08/2008

time for school
03/06/2008

Whitney saw a wallaby!!
03/02/2008

Pictures for my stories
03/02/2008

Just some observations
02/28/2008

Mailing address
02/27/2008

Rain in the tropics
02/25/2008

Townsville!
02/25/2008

We're finally in Australia!
02/23/2008

The Last Supper
02/16/2008
Day BA

Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, Nik and Whit were in Indonesia (oh yeah, if youse guys didn't know, we've been in Australia for 6 weeks). During this time in Indonesia, they met up with old friends Coleman and Mark, the first familiar faces they'd seen in months. With the world as their oyster, they decided to fly to the island of Flores, where they hoped to do some good diving.


Some of the Indonesian islands, as seen from above on the flight to Flores

In the coastal town of Labuan Bajo, the four began their search for the right dive shop. After some shopping around, they found their man, and easy-going local named Condo (Indonesianally pronounced "Chondo"). With the simple exchange of $50, Condo gave them what would be one of the most amazing, memorable days of their trip.

With luck on their side, the dive day was a beautiful, sunshiney day - a break in the constant gray rains. Early in the morning, away they went on the dive boat to the off-shore peppering of little islands. Four crew members and our four adventurers - essentially a chartered trip. After an enjoyable cruise out to the first dive site, Nik, Mark, and Whitney descended into the blue with the Divemaster, while scuba un-certified Coleman gleefully frolicked in snorkel gear at the surface.


Me, diving down to take a look at the coral

The divers drifted along in the beautiful world of coral and reef fish, taking in all the wonders, when all of a sudden, from out of the blue came 6 or 7 giant manta rays, flying elegantly over the sea floor! Our divers stopped and watched in awe and excitement as the big beautiful creatures glided around them, sifting the waters for food. In the course of the dive, the four divers came across two more groups of mantas, along with scorpion fish, colorful parrot fish, a white-tip reef shark, butterfly fish, and a wonderful array of hard corals. Our adventurists came up to the surface grinning like idiots... and hungry!


Beautiful giants gliding through the water

Much to their excitement, the four-man crew included a designated cook, who had prepared a lunch way beyond the travelers' modest expectations! Fried garlic squid, Indo mie (noodles), delicious green beans, grilled chicken, fresh tropical fruit, and a huge basket of steamed rice - all in large quantity and all delicious! Oh, and a Fanta to wash it down. The group relaxed in blissful satisfaction on the sun deck as the skipper made his way to the next stop...

One of the perks of chartering your own boat is that you get to customize your itinerary. So naturally, the group decided to make a stopover at the island of Rinca, home of the Komodo dragon, to work in a bit of terrestrial sight-seeing.


Beautiful giants on land!

Back on the boat, the divers prepared for their second dive, at a different site. The day continued to smile on them, as the second dive took them through a world of blowfish, scorpion fish, blue-spotted rays, and rockfish (which even the Divemaster had only seen a handful of times). The diving was good, the water warm, the day gorgeous, and our adventurists happy!


Swimming with the fishies!

After the dive, with a happy, exhausted group on board, the boat pointed toward home and headed off into the fading light. But the day was not quite done... when the captain asked the visitors if they were alright with a brief detour, they answered in the affirmative, excited for what else was in store on such an already-amazing day. The boat pulled around a small, tree-covered island, and with the horizon exploding in a neon display of colors and clouds, the group witnessed a remarkable sight: straight overhead, the nightly movement of thousands upon thousands of flying foxes, commuting to a nearby larger island for feeding time!


Flying foxes streaking across the Aurora Equitorius

As the sun sunk down and the light faded away to black, Nik, Mark, Coleman, and Whitney ended the day exactly how they should: lying on their back on the roof deck, watching shooting stars, satellites, and far-off lightening flashes.

The End

Nik's blog on the rest of our amazing trip in Indonesia: https://www.goodells.net/nik/blog?storyfile=200902060529
Indonesia photo album: https://s470.photobucket.com/albums/rr68/GoodellsRule/Indonesia/?albumview=slideshow

Posted by Whitney 02/24/2009, revised 02/24/2009 by Whitney
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