The Unforgettable Island Hopping Cruise: Flores-Komodo Island – Day 2

Day 2 has arrived.

Good morning!

I woke up super early to catch the sunrise.
In fact, I had been up since 4 am, stargazing out my window.

The sky was pitch black, which made all the twinkle of the starlight popped out
like nothing I had ever seen before.
It was so serene. So beautiful.
That I laid there counting stars,
and fell asleep and woke up again just in time for the sunrise.

It was the perfect way for my body clock to wake up.
And since the trip, my body had been waking up super early in the morning
(like 4-5am).
Let’s see how long I can still keep this rhythm going 😀
(This is the view without the window in my way).

You could see the clouds clearing its path for our Day 2 voyage.

Splendid!

Let’s begin our journey.
Love the warm splash of sunkissed orange on these hills.
The first thing I did was put on my bikinis, grabbed my Ray Ban, and head straight for a small breakfast. >_<
I brought my breakfast up to the deck to eat there to take a morning ray of sunshine bath–to wake up myself completely.
Just look at those pastel color of the sky, the undertone silhouette of the mountains,
and the ocean current dancing languidly to the wind.
They were slowly waking up with me.
(Oh how poetic) 😛
After an hour (yes the boat was still moving), we arrived to Sebayur.
This was supposed to be our Day 1 destination
– but as mentioned –
The itinerary were subjected to weather condition.
(We had to respect mother nature).

Behind me you will notice a big lone isle rock standing in the middle of the ocean.
Even from afar, you will see the slight discoloration of the rock.
That it is green.
The rock is not a typical kind of rock.
Not only it’s green, it’s also a talc.
My creative bug started itching me.
It’s about time I started writing my novel…
So I brought out my Mac Book, adjusted my seating angle (to move out of the sunlight).

I could only write for like, 30 minuets max.
And I was not inspired to write anymore.
As it turns out, the view was far too beautiful, too distracting, for a writer’s mind.
I could not concentrate.
I mean just look at these views…
And this…
And this…
Who could blame me for not being able to concentrate?
An hr or two later, the crew started anchoring the boat and Alain came to get me to go on a little island trip.
We took the speedboat, heading to Sebayur Resort for a nice little smoothie, while the other passengers went snorkeling to the turtle point near the Siaba Besur,
known as the “Turtle City”

(I was not in the mood for snorkeling that morning,
guess I was not fully awake yet).
Spotted some starfishes by the corals. The color were orange and blue.
(Blue starfish is poisonous by the way, never touch them).
Here in Sebayur Resort… you can stay here maybe for max. 2-3 nights,
and go explore the rest of Flores. Unless you’re looking for a really really quiet getaway then I would recommend staying here as long as your budget allows you.
By the way, I love the pink flower bush they had here in the middle of their resort.
A truly tropical flower, made you think for a moment that you’re not in Indonesia, it’s as if you’re in Polynesia or something.
(You could counter me, I’ve never been to Polynesia myself but it’s on my #bucketlist)
Alain got me a Papaya smoothie, they taste really refreshing.
Come to think, next time I would like to come back here to stay for a few nights and just finish my book.
After we left Sebayur Resort, we headed to Crystal Bay beach, where I finally decided to do some snorkeling.
Jose (our friend from the boat) took some nice shots of me free diving under the water with his underwater camera. I also have to invest in some underwater camera as well on my next beach trip.

The corals here were beautiful and colorful (not at the spot where we took the photo).
But the water got a bit too cold for me.
And my sprained ankle started getting a bit painful,
(I was doing boxing and injured my ankle, too much kicking).
As I wanted to rest my ankle and heal in time for Mt. Rinjani climb,
I decided to get out of the water and headed to the beach to relax.
Oh one thing about this beach, you can’t really swim to the shore from the water here, because there were too many corals.
You’d have to get there by the speedboat.
***Don’t ever attempt to swim to the shore***
This is how clear the water is (taken from the speedboat), but as you get closer, you will see a lot of corals on the shallow part.
There was nobody…
Literally nobody on the beach ❤ Just me and my trip buddy (Beby and Lily).
This is our paradise.
On the way back to the boat, I got a nice shot of PJ kayaking back from scuba diving. (We tried to capsize him but was unsuccessful).
Back to the Tanaka for lunch.
Back to the boat.
Here’s a picture of some of the crew.
The guy in the middle is also a pro scuba diver, Ekki.
He can also show you cool fishes.
And as he told me, some other time, you can catch him working on a different boat.
Forgot this guy’s name, but he’s the one working on all the engine and technical stuff of the boat. (He does not speak English so we didn’t talk much,
but he’s also a cool and polite fellow).
Talk about direct sale.
Came back on the boat and saw the villager boat selling local Flores pearl he got from his farm. So I helped bought some as a souvenir. My grandma will love these!
After lunch, headed up to the deck for sun-tanning session.
I was trying out my skincare product (still a work-in-progress/ in development).
It’s also got a natural UV protection property in it.
I wanted to test it out while being in the sun to see if there would be any side effects, discoloration, burnt, etc…
So far, it’s working great ❤ and I have already handed out some samples to my friends to try. Next, I would need to test it on a focus group.

This trip gave me inspiration for my product.
So when it is launched, you’ll be the first to know 🙂
Sunset time and everyone came up to join me.
Oh my, this color ❤
(This is not even photoshopped, I just post the photo as it is–as the way I took it)
And this…
And finally the sunset is gone. Time to clean up and dinner ❤

That was a wrap for Day 2.
Hope you enjoyed it so far and saw how relaxing and fun it was on the Tanaka cruise.

Read on for Day 3 in my next blog post~
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