Follow the dolphins to Flores

If you ask me for one of my  favorite trips in Indonesia: come on board the handmade wooden boats of Perama and cruise three days and nights to Flores.  That’s Indonesia! See the carpenters shape the boats in their docking on a stop by,  feel the wood under your feet, watch the dolphins following the boat close to Komodo island.

How does it come this tour opportunity is pretty unknown & a secret travel trip? Perama has chosen a promotion, I would have never gone for: they call the tour package “Komodo Hunting Trip”. Well, a stop-by at Komodo island is included, but the beauty of the trip goes far beyond that !

Day 1

Coming from Bali, you have to take the ferry to Sengigi in Lombok,  where the Perama tour to Flores  starts. The first day the Perama bus  crosses Lombok in direction of their dockings, with stops on the road giving insight to local culture & traditions of ethnic groups on Lombok. But the jaw-dropping part for me was arriving at Peramas traditional docking, where they produce their Bugis Phinisi style boats and see the barefooted  carpenters at work.

 

The boats in the dock look like strange pieces of furniture. Forget all plans – its all  in the head & hands of the experienced carpenters.

 

Your ship crew lights a bonfire after sunset, the boat leaves direction of Sumbawa, the island east of Lombok. You sleep on the boat – it feels like a adventure of the Seventies. Thank god I escaped the comfort zone. And nowadays -that’s a rare experience!  The captain is an Indonesian, who knows the sea since decades – never felt so safe on a boat.

Day 2

Arriving at Sumbawa coast in the morning,the ship stops at a small Satonda island for some snorkeling & island visit. After that, the boat continues East, with a stop at Kilo beach, Sumbawa.

Day3

After another night the ship  reaches the archipelago around Komodo Islands. For me, the beauty of the archipelago itself here around the national park was the most stunning . This was the area where the dolphins were following our boat.  Komodo island was ok, we saw the dragons – but for me personally it was not the main goal of my trip.

Afters stops at Komodo & Pink Beach , the boat continues East.

Getting close to Flores, the archipelago gets more and more beautiful.

The West coast harbor city in Flores is called Labuan Bajo.

If you have a chance to hire a bike and discover the island, its the best way the to discover Flores. But be careful on the winding mountain roads of Flores and cold nights on the bike in the mountain.

More about soon in the next chapter.

Perama Tour link here

Onion Collective in Ubud, Bali

Like to jump into the pool after coding? The Onion Collective started 2012 in Ubud,  as the oldest co-working & co-living space on Bali, when the life-style of digital nomads just was born.  It’s  soulfeeding roots go back to the 70s with love, peace & happiness.

While  other co-working spaces turned more business-focused, Onion stays an inspiring place with a mission beyond money-making. So it still is the most affordable co-working space also, starting with 50.000 IDR day-pass.

Networking magic happens at the Onion Café at night – travellers & creative people around the world meet at the restaurant. I never met so many wonderful artists and travelling soulmates in Ubud like in this place.

Mark Kuan is the founder spirit of the Onion – handling it with a lot Asian wisdom to keep it a special place. More on the Onion temple of Chill here

Regina is the welcoming spirit of the Onion, supported by a like-minded team.

Find the Onion of Airbnb here. There are private rooms & dorms.

Onion collaborates with  Bali Moon project – jewelry by the tribe.

Mark Kuan also created a new retreat called Gungung An

Hi Gusdek, I spotted you at the cremation ceremony 😀

Gunung An

Onion legend Mark Kuan created a new peaceful retreat to enjoy with friends & guests. It’s Friday events called “Steam Sauna Friday” are the most inspirational Come-Together I experienced this season so far, master of pleasure Mark Kuan cares about delicious food, while his guests go for rooftop-sunset leisure, pool , nightly fireplace guitar jam session & more.

Mark Kuan celebrates cooking with his guests, as part of philosophy of life: Enjoy, share, care – all close to nature. His cooking classes are a great introduction to Asian & fusion food.
Gunung An is seated next to ricefields, forest and a small waterfall.

Arriving at Gunung An, visitors cross the jungle bridge to receive a welcoming blessing.

Steam sauna and Spa are seated in nature, floating in dragonfly sounds of the forest around.


Below: Friday night  magic with fire show by Aaron

Homepage of Gunung An here –  on Facebook here
Gunung An on Airbnb  –  See also story on  Onion Collective