INDONESIA Oct 15-Nov 13, 2008

Komodo Dragons and Colored Lakes
Rinca and Komodo Island are home to the ANCIENT KOMODO Dragons! We were lucky to see 15 of them in our 5km trek around the island. We also saw Water Buffalo, Monkeys and birds. It is like a real live Jurassic Park island. It is INCREDIBLE!
Rinca is a 2hr boat ride from Bajo in Flores. There are about 1000 dragons on Rinca and Komodo but most people visit Komodo. We loved Rinca Island and plan to stay on the island next time. The dragons are INCREDIBLE!! It is really living history. I don’t think they have evolved EVER…The 2 islands split from the mainland of Flores when the tectonic plates moved…so there are also dragons on the mainland in one small area. The snorkeling there was so fantastic.
We also went to the colored volcanic lakes of Kelimutu. It is a one hour journey by motorbike from the tiny town of Moni, Flores. The 3 lakes are different colors due to the minerals in the water and the climate. One lake used to be RED but is now green. The colors are startling and wonderful.
Gili Trawagan, Lombok
Turtle Project and BioRocks
We spent 6 days in Gili T and 3 more in Gili Air. The islands are wonderful and have great snorkeling and diving. All 3 islands have not one motorized vehicle. You can use a cidomo (horse and cart) to get around the island but we walked. I did meet the villagers running a turtle project for the last 20 years but they have NO scientists to help them. I am going to try to help them get in touch with some turtle or marine specialists!!
We also saw the BIOROCKS project underwater. They attach coral to a steel structure and run current through it to help the coral grow FASTER! It is incredible to see and wonderful for the environment. Dynamite Fishing was made illegal about 10 years ago but there are no police in the Gilis…

George and I were invited to visit the Smart English School in Bima, Sumbawa. It was great to meet the students in 3 classes and talk to them in English. We also went to two schools in Moni, Flores. It was sad that the walls were bare, in need of paint and that some students could not afford the book for $3.70. BUT they do not lack ENTHUSIASM!!! Everywhere we went in Sumbawa, Lombok and Flores, people wanted to say hello, talk in English and hear about the Obama vs. McCain race. They were VERY knowledgeable about US politics.

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Hello!! The five islands of Indonesia we were able to see were all amazing and different. We started in Kuta and Ubud in Bali and got to enjoy the sites and sounds. The rice fields are so beautiful. We took many photos!! In Lombok, we went to the Gili Islands and Tetebatu in the mountains.
We had a great small world story… in the airport in KL waiting to go to Bali, we saw George’s friends, Susan and Don from Canada. George had met them 2 years earlier on Tioman Island. We met up with them on Gili Air a couple weeks later. It was wonderful to see familiar faces!!!
We were in Bali for my birthday and at the lakes of Kelimutu for George’s. It was great to be able to celebrate in INDONESIA! This was my first trip but I will definitely be going back to the largest Archipelago in the world!
We have spent the last 5 days in KL and are off to BORNEO 9/18/08 to see the sites and the orangutans. KL feels like America with big malls, great public transportation and we saw Quantum of Solace TWICE!

Thank you for all your emails! We love to hear from you!! Happy THANKSGIVING! Hope your turkey day with family and friends is wonderful! Lisa and George

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a television host, travel journalist as well as a passionate artist, educator and writer who has explored 101 countries, 6 continents and sailed on cruise ships for seven years on the high seas and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which was read in 212 countries in 2018 and named #3 on the top 1000 Travel Blog and the top female travel blogger 3 times in 2019. Find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over one million views on her YouTube channel. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on both Twitter and Facebook, has over 150,000 followers across social media and ran fifteen travel competitions publishing over 2500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. She has been a finalist for six Southern California Journalism Awards in the past three years and won an award for her Jewish Journal article. Niver has written for AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres (United Airlines), Jewish Journal, Luxury Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Myanmar Times, National Geographic, POPSUGAR, Robb Report, Saturday Evening Post, Scuba Diver Life, Sierra Club, Ski Utah, Smithsonian, Trivago, USA Today 10best, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave Rebel: 50 Scary Challenges Before 50,” about her most recent travels and challenges. Look for her underwater SCUBA diving, in her art studio making ceramics or helping people find their next dream trip.

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