The Unforgettable Island Hopping Cruise: Flores-Komodo Island – Day 3

The sun don’t shine forever. But as long as it’s here then we might as well shine together.

Day 3 has arrived 🙂

I woke up with pink clouds hovering above my window.
The feeling of sleeping and waking up on a boat was truly magical, almost overwhelming.
I could not wait what other adventures await me today.

So I decided that today I will document more about my day, places I go, things I see,
as I haven’t really taken much pictures in the first few days of my trip.
Grabbed my breakfast and coffee and basked in the morning sun ray again
—a routine I could get used to—
Just this morning I was a little earlier on the deck to catch the sun rising in the perfect angle.
I spent my morning reading and chilling on the deck as the boat continued its voyage to our destination, Taka Makassar in between Komodo Island and Manta Point.
(As mentioned, my island hopping trip is subjected to the weather condition)
The boat started passing an this bay surrounded by crystal clear water and we know we have arrived to our destination.
Spotted a lone island with white sand and crystal clear water in the middle of the ocean. Too bad I did not have a drone to take the aerial view of the island.
The other side of the lone island with crystal clear water.
We started making our wait to the small islands (dubbed as the “emerged island” by Komodo Tourism). To get to Taka Makassar from either Komodo Island or Manta Point, and would only take just about 30 minutes, so I would really recommend you to check out this spot.
The islands are surrounded by coral reefs, too shallow for the big boat to past through, so you will have to get in a smaller boat. Even our guide struggled to get us to any of these islands because they didn’t want to break the corals. So they had to veer around the island to find an empty spot where they could enter without breaking the corals.
The water here is just splendid. I love this island.
We arrived to this secluded island with lots of broken shells and corals. It was almost impossible to walk on this beach.
But luckily as we walk further to the end of the island strip, we found ourselves a perfect soft sand spot to relax and lay down.
At first we didn’t realize the sand was pink. But we spotted the red corals scattering around and so I observed closer and realized the pink hues.
Opposite of this island is another white strip of island the famous “Moon Shape” island. You can basically just swim/walk from one island to another (the water is knees length).

Some photos are brighter because they were shot using a OLYMPUS digital camera, while some were shot using my Huawei P30 Pro. (It is probably also the sunlight).

As you can see, in some angle, the sand were white and not as pink.
So I decided to snorkel to the island opposite of me, 5 minutes into it and I was suddenly discouraged by the shallow water. Mind you, the view is gorgeous, but the fishes and corals here were ugly.
(Sorry to disappoint you)
We decided to go see some starfishes instead, as on the boat when we were approaching the island we saw hundreds of them. So I asked Beby and Lily to join me.
Aren’t they gorgeous ❤ ?
And voila! These are just a few of the starfishes that we found. They were mostly brown and red.
After we found the starfishes, we got picked up to head back to the boat for lunch.
(Credit photograph: HelloFlores)

Taka Makassar is also known to be a secret spot for the moon shape island strip (it was the island that I was trying to swim to).

So it is worth it to bring a drone with you for this spectacular shot. I will sure be back in the future 🙂
(Credit Photo: HelloFlores)
At 2pm, we were told that we will be going to see the Jurassic Park of Asia. And it is no wonder why they gave this place the nickname. I mean look at it. It’s spectacle! Like a scene from the Jurassic Park movie! It felt so surreal being surrounded by these hillsides. I don’t think I’ve ever seen any place quite like Flores.
In Flores, I love how suddenly in some beach, the sand are super white, some are pink, and some are black. I also love how the water is so clear and so blue and I hope it stays this way forever. But it was sad to find that there would be rubbish floating on the beach in a lot of these small islands that we went to. Surprisingly, we were told by our crew that most of littering were from local Flores islanders/villagers (of course the tourists take parts in this too). Nevertheless, we should all make a conscious effort not to litter the beautiful nature. Pick up your own rubbish and take it back to the boat to dispose it properly.
So we had the whole beach to ourselves, and decided to drop off Beby and Lily here and the rest of us would go explore what’s on the other side of the island.

(From Left to Right: Beby, Lily, Alain, Jose and Sylvia)
So we decided it’s time for another exploration. On the other side of the island, the current is very strong but the cliff were chipped and chiseled into all these beautiful shapes as you will see.
The cliff was quite majestic but scary at the same time.
So check this out, I have a story to tell you. One of us said that it would be a scary place to shipwreck then Alain added that there are sharks swimming around here. Suddenly the boat engine stopped working, and we found ourselves stranded at this side of the island because apparently there was something wrong with the motor engine.

On top of that, Alain’s walkies-talkie didn’t work because there was no signal on this side of the island!!!

For about half an hour or longer, Alain and Risky were trying their best to fix the motor which got burnt out or something (some technical issues that I had no clue about).

I was so so scared that we would be shipwrecked here. In the shark infested water.
But in the end, they were able to push the boat out little by little to around the corner, just enough to find the signal and they were able to fix the motor. And we came back to pick up Beby and Lily.
So we journeyed some more to this island called The Sunset Island, apparently to catch the beautiful sunset view.
I started exploring the beach and found lots of trashes.

(This is the ugly truth of Flores. There are rubbish everywhere we went to. Plastics, bottles, etc.)
I tried to practice my photography skill. I think this one is quite artistic. The shadow, the angle, the color, everything is perfect.
I love love this particular part of the beach. The water smashed in a criss-cross angle here, it is pretty cool.
More photography practice.
The Savannah field. Mind you, these flowers are sharp and will cut you. So do not attempt to walk through it.
Sunset catching time. Alain brought champagne and bean bags for us to enjoy the view.

(Oops, Lily is playing hide and seek behind the bean bags)
And this is the last photo of the day.

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