Friday, 5 April 2019

Indonesian Adventures: the View from Padar Island


My top choice for our visit to Indonesia was a trip to Komodo National Park and we spent three incredible days bobbing around and exploring different islands.  But the dragons weren't the only draw; I was keen to make the hike up to Padar island in search of the famous views over the bays.  And so that is just what I'm sharing in today's post. Meanwhile you can find more of our stories from Indonesia linked here.

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In some ways, it was an early start with the boat setting off at five in the morning. However, given that Alex had said he would come and wake us up when we needed to be up, we turned over, ignored the sound of the engine and carried on snoozing. It was a slightly funny night’s sleep, jammed in the top bunk under the air conditioner. Pete felt cold in the night, but I was perfect, with a blanket over me. We had about ten hours in bed overall which I thought was pretty good going!


The day began properly with Alex rousing us just after 7:00am: we had arrived at Padar Island ready to hike. We hopped out of bed and got ready as quickly as we could and climbed onto the little boat to take us to shore. We were going to hike up to the little peak at the end of the island for the view over the bay.


Hike is perhaps an exaggerated word for the walk, which was only just over an hour and barely covered any distance. But even at the early hour, the sun was blazing full on in the sky, there were no clouds to mitigate it and on land, not even a breeze to keep us cool. Consequently, we found the climb to be hard work, and we blazed through our water quickly, sweating buckets and with legs starting to tremble by the end.


However, once we’d climbed the steps, conquered the twists and turns, scrambled over rocks and trudged up the hill, the view was absolutely spectacular.


Padar is a very narrow island, carved out by a series of curving bays and from our vantage point, we could see at least 3 of them.


The white beach, with perfect, almost luminous sand, the black beach which appeared much darker and more gravelly, and the pink beach where crushed coral mixes with the sand to give it a pinky hue. It was a unique and lovely lookout and we spent a long time drinking it in. And taking photos: thank you wide angle!

As we were visiting at the end of the dry season, much of the vegetation is a slightly parched, sandy colour. It must be quite something to observe this view changing in the rainy season.


We descended again, and meandered back to the boat, legs trying to take on the consistency of jelly. Breakfast was waiting for us on board: the most enormous platefuls of fried rice and fried noodles and chicken. Topped with a fried egg, naturally. To say nothing of the plate of pineapple chunks to finish, and the mystery-fruit-and-chocolate-sauce smoothie.



I managed most of mine, but Pete couldn’t really stomach it. It was too much for him in the morning. Double carbs is definitely more my scene. But with a solid re-fuel completed, it was off in out boat to the next adventure.  But that's a story for another day.

Kisses xxx

P.S. You can find more our Indonesia stories linked here: Indonesian Adventures

1 comment:

  1. My goodness, that is quite a climb - no wonder you had jelly legs, especially doing it all before breakfast! Your photos are just stunning; how extraordinary to be able to see three bays with different types of sand. An amazing adventure ...

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