Indonesia Day 15 – Deep underground Java: the caves of Jomblang

Dorky family.We are in Bali. You’d think that was great, but it’s not.  It’s 4am and it’s not where we want to be after our Komodo adventure.  All inter-island flights go through Jakarta or Bali and one ends up here frequently.  In fact, we barely made it out of the airport, opting for a hotel right at the fenced edge of the airfield in a dingy area.  It’s $40 a night and clean, so we can’t complain too hard.

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Indonesia Day 14: Komodo Dragon Safari with family

Early morning speedboat ride - headed to Komodo!

Early morning speedboat ride – headed to Komodo!

It feels weird to be in the speedboat without our scuba gear. Sadly, our Komodo diving is done. Amanda and I did 13 dives over four days, Emma and Lily a few less. We miss it already.

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Indonesia Day 11-13 – Komodo Diving: The Wunderpus is not a porn movie.

A wall of bat fish.The last three days we have been diving on the Wunderpus (which is a rare octopus – get your head out of the gutter,) and they have been among the best days we’ve ever spent anywhere doing anything. I didn’t even blog.  I just turned everything off and dove.

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Indonesia Day 10-11 – Komodo island: Land Dragons, Sea Serpents

komodo9-10-2Bye Gili Meno!  It was great to hang out after Rinjani, but we’re all ready for more adventure.  Komodo Island, I think, will deliver.  In addition to the famed Komodo dragon, it’s got some of the best scuba diving on the planet.  And we’re going to see it all from a huge private boat for four days. Read more »

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Indonesia Day 8-9 – Gili Meno: Finally we vacation on vacation

Stunning.  Good sunset too.The manager of our hotel “Adeng Adeng” on Gili Meno is a hilariously likable, big, Bavarian woman named Karina.  Adeng Adeng, which means ‘Slowly, Slowly’, kind of a local mantra, is a very highly rated hotel for the money.  It shows.  The grounds are beautiful, the AC is strong and the service is incredible.

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