This is my ultimate favorite episode of the Wonderful Indonesia serie, what the heck, my favorite episode ever!! I had to pinch myself a lot of times while we were here. What can I say, Komodo Island has stolen my heart! A true Bucket list destination. Why haven’t I heard about this destination before? It’s only an hour flight from Bali and you will land into a paradise of a tropical island full of unique culture and nature experiences to explore. To give you a few reasons to book this flight:
1. Komodo dragons (you won’t find them anywhere else in the world then here)
2. Pink beach (I swear it’s really pink!)
3. Volunteering at Taman Bacaan Pelangi
4. Visiting Melo Vilage
5. Epic sunsets
Not convinced yet? Read the full article and let me know by the end of this post if you will put this on your bucket list or not?
• Flying from Bali to Labuan Bajo
• Visiting Melo Village
• Volunteering at Taman Bacaan Pelangi
• Free time
• Dinner at Tree Top Restaurant
A visit at Melo village for a distinct Manggaraian cultural experience. We spent the afternoon here, watching their art dance performances (we even danced along) and having a delicious lunch here.
Taman Bacaan Pelangi
This is one of my favorite memories in my life. I always wanted to do something like this, so I was looking forward to participate in this charity since I saw it on the itinerary. Taman Bacaan Pelangi (Rainbow reading gardens) is a non-profit foundation that builds libraries in remote villages in Indonesia where kids don’t have access to books, initiated by power woman Nila Tanzil, who travelled along with us.
We were given the opportunity to stand in front of a class and tell these kids about the world we come from via a translator. Share visions so they can dream big. Next to this we sang, danced and read a book with them. Such an incredible experience, how happy you can make them with these simple things. Knowing that I could contribute by playing with them and donate money is the most rewarding and emotional feeling.
Note: This foundation is also nominated for a great reward recently. It would mean the world to the kids and Nila if you help them raise $10,000 to provide books for the children of Rinca Island, just by giving out your vote –> Vote here.
Before dinner we had some free time to enjoy the hotel pool at the beach. With a stunning sun set.
• Trekking on Rinca Island
• Lunch at Loh Liang
• Explore Pink beach
• Dinner at Phi Lemon restaurant
On the water with these kinds of views is such wonderful feeling of freedom. Moreover, I have never seen such calm water in my life. Sometimes it looked like we were floating over a lake.
Another high light of this trip was witnessing the (dangerous) Komodo dragons in their natural habitat. A komodo dragon is the largest living species of lizard, growing to a maximum length of 3 meters. You will only find these fascinating creatures in Indonesia, on the Komodo islands, where they are protected under Indonesian law.
I will be lying if I say that I wasn’t scared of them, but at the same time I was excited for this (1 hour) trekking on Rinca Island with a ranger who kept us safe. He showed us the den and told us plenty sensational stories about the dragons.
The hike up on the hill was rewarded with the most spectacular view, that looks like a dream. I really couldn’t believe this insane breath taking view was real. I am the luckiest girl in the world.
Loh Liang Island
After Rinca Island we hopped to another island, Loh Liang, to have our lunch. I was standing on the platform that you see below to pose for a photo, until a dragon decided to walk my way. Everyone had to step away and I was trapped up there. While everyone was laughing, I felt my legs shaking.
Our lunch was served on the big platform. These dragons can’t really jump, so we were quite safe up there. This way we could be close to the dragons in a safe way. At some point a dragon was standing right underneath my feet. I saw THE opportunity to make the sickest #fromwhereistand (see below).
From one high light to another we hopped to Pink beach. It was hard to capture this because of the lighting, but I swear this beach is really pink!!!! PINK sand!! The sand appears pink because it is a mixture of white sand combined with red sand. The water is incredible clear, the under water world is a really nice one to snorkle. Wish we could have spent a whole day here.
Note: Check out the little shoot we did, click here.
It’s no secret that sunset is my favorite part of the day. I have witnessed quite a lot in my life by now, but these ones at Komodo Island are the most spectacular ones.
A quick photoshoot in the morning with Juan Jerez at the hotel, before we left Labuan Bajo to fly to Bali.