Flores islands is fascinating with its green mountain and hills, from a boat on the way to Pulau Rinca, everyone would find this gorgeous view of its geographic condition, the shoreline with green mangroves, mountains and hills with green and dry savannah
Our Boat was tied at LOH BUAYA Pier, the attendants going down the wood bridge were guide by a boat crew entering the entrance gate of Pulau Rinca. A guard house made from woods located just at the edge of the hill side. A good view of the bay was one of a picturesque site you should'nt miss.
As we were stepping in to the gate, we could see a pair of Komodo Dragon still doing their honeymoon 'season' right under the wood bridge , between a cluster of mangrove trees, some wild monkeys were also enjoy themself to watch the attendants...really??
Of course there were also another site at Pulau Rinac as an entrance gateway, but Loh Buaya is the first site for all guests who enter Komodo National Parks to register the visit and to get an entrance ticket to the whole site of Komodo National Parks, by the board office of the Parks was located about a hundred meters from Loh Buaya gate
After two hours boating, a tranQuil Loh Buaya Bay was the first site greeting the attendants, located between hills side of Pulau Rinca, boat running and split a clear blue water of Loh Buaya.
Mangroves woods along the beach line in combination with the brown color of mountain hills was also a fascinating view.
All boats were stranded along Loh Buaya Pier and from faraway, the attendants could see an entrance gate of Loh Buaya with its wood bridge and a small guard house.
LOH BUAYA is local language which means CROCODILE (buaya) BAY (Loh).
Beware as you enter the gate, sometime there were komodo dragons lying down below the wood bridge and also you could see so many maccacus (long tail monkey) at mangrove trees
During two hours sailing from Labuan Bajo Pier to Pulau Rinca, Flores island's Mountain Range is an amazing scenery, the peaks and the sloves with dry savannah and a clear blue ocean was make up a beautiful composition of a real nature art painting.
The islands and the beach with mangrove trees along the coastal line were also a great moment to memorize the beauty of Flores island
It take two hours boating from Labuan Bajo to Pulau Rinca, the tour operator or travel agent at Labuan Bajo collect the attendants in a groups of 3 to 4 peoples for a small boat and 8 to 10 peoples for A large boat....of course there is also a large boat which load up to 15 peoples,
All boats enter Pulau Rinca via Loh Buaya, a bay with crystal clear blue water, then all individual attendants should pay an entrance fee at Taman National Komodo office;
For Safety reasons, tracking Pulau Rinca was guided by a well trained rangers which would escort you to some places where you could see Komodo Dragons and other wild animals, a trip to explore Pulau Rinca would take about two hours.
Labuan Bajo is the Capital City of Manggarai District, Located at the most north western tips of Flores island. The center of Government administrative and the gateway To another small town of Flores island: Ruteng, Ende, Maumere and Larantuka.
Here there were a Komodo Airport, Government offices, so many Hotels from 5* to Budget Accommodation, backpackers, Home stays.
There were also travel agents, tour operators which offer a trip, scuba diving, snorkeling to the many small islands nearby: Komodo, Rinca, Papedar, Nusa Kode, Gili Motang, Bidadari etc
Once the Komodo dragon was more dangerous, bigger, larger and aggressive, like the Australian sea-crocodile. Discovered in 1911 the Komodo dragon was unknown to Western people for a long time.
And for now the Indonesians do know the Komodo dragon is a very special creature, so they want to save the endangered Komodo Dragon and to learn more about their habitat ... let's hope we may enjoy this legendary creature still for a long time, and may visit the Komodo dragon on the Rinca island ...
When going for a walk on the Rinca Island you may climb the high hills South of Kampung Rinca. Because it is not allowed to go on your own you will be guided by someone of the Rinca Camp ...
It really is worth a while although you need some of good condition! And water ... always bring water with you !!!
In order to make the most of your wildlife spotting opportunities, you need to walk around the island. We took a three hour walk, accompanied by experienced rangers who were able to lead us along the best paths for seeing the animals and views. They also have gerat knowledge about the animals and carry a large stick for 'steering' any Komodo Dragon that may get too close away from humans. They did have to use the stick on one occasion.
Again very timid, the macaque monkey can be seen in or near trees, and are usually found in small family groups called troups. They are very agile and very quick and will keep their distance from you.
Also found on the island are spotted deer. Being one of the Komodo Dragon's favourite food, the deer are naturally timid and will scarper if you get too close. We did see a few of them, resting under trees, keeping their eyes open for predators.
Although the primary reason for visiting Rinca would be the amazing Komodo Dragons, other wildlife acn be found on the island too, including many beautiful birds.
During our walks we spotted a water buffaly under the trees, chewing away on the grass. These creatures can be very aggressive, so it is best not to approach too closely - keep a sensible distance
Rinca is a national park and you are not allowed to walk around the island unguided. You need to report to the parks office on arrival and a ranger will accompany you on your trek. Not only do they know the best routes for spotting Komodo Dragons, they will also tell you about the flora and fauna you see along the way. They do of course expect a tip at the end of the tour.
From the top of Rinca Island the views out across the bay are absolutely stunning! It really is worth the effort to get up there. Make sure you carry water with you, and go with a ranger. The path is not too ardous and can be undertaken by most people who are reasonably fit.
The main reason you would visit Rinca Island, would be to see the Komodo Dragons. The Komodo Dragon is the world's largest lizard ( a member of the monitor lizard family) and can grow up to three metres long and weigh in excess of 100kg. The can run very quickly (up to 20kms an hour) for short distances, and even climb trees, but are generally quite lazy creatures, spending the days sunning themselves. They live mainly on smaller creatures such as deer, goat and wild boar but have been known to kill water buffalo too.