17 Islands or Pulau Tujuh Belas
While most people visit Flores to explore the Komodo National Park in Labuan Bajo, the adventurous should visit the 17 Islands Marine Park in Riung, also known as Taman Laut Riung. While Komodo National Park is located in West Manggarai district, Taman Laut Riung is located in the Ngada district, bordering East Manggarai. A trip to Riung from Labuan Bajo would take a few hours overland at least.
17 Islands or Pulau Tujuh Belas is a beautiful cluster of pristine white sandy beaches, turquoise waters and swaying coconut trees. The best way to discover its beauty is to hire a local boat guide who knows his or her way around the park. Once hired, your tour would come included with a tour guide, a boat, a fish lunch and a boat captain. In addition to paying for your tour, you would also have to pay for park fees.
The waters surrounding the park are filled with coral reefs, home to an impressive number of marine lives including anemone fish, parrotfish, a profusion of small and vibrant reef fish and even the occasional pipefish, providing you with the perfect backdrop for snorkelling.
Don’t miss a visit to Ontoloe Island, home to a massive colony of fruit bats. During daylight, they cling to the mangrove trees in large clumps. These bats would usually take to the skies at sunset to feast together in staggering numbers – although to satisfy tourists, guides today might clap or make a loud sound to awaken the bats so you could see the bats fly in large numbers above you.
Lunch will include roasting a fresh fish over an open fire on a white sandy beach. Thereafter, you could relax on the sand, explore more islands, go snorkelling or just update your Instagram story!
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Article Source: travelfish.org
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