Photographer's Note

Labuan Bajo is fishing village, on the West end of the indonesian island of Flores. This is the best place to explore Komodo and Rinca islands to see Komodo Dragons. It is also one of the best places of indonesia for diving.

Flores (from the Portuguese word meaning “flowers”) is part of the immense chain that comprises the archipelago of Indonesia. Lying close to the equator, Flores is a long, narrow and rugged island marked with dramatic volcanoes and beautiful mountain lakes and forests. Strategically located between the bigger islands of Java and Timor, it is just 360 kilometers long and varies from 12 to 70 kilometers wide.

There were early records of trade with Chinese and other Asian races since the 12th century A.D., but the Portuguese re-discovered the island in 1515 and named it Flores in 1544. Though Flores offered little economic benefit to the Portuguese, the island gave good anchorage to sea vessels plying the area.

PS: I appologise for the 500px larger side and watermark in the frame, but some unauthorized use has happened before in other websites (including mine)

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