Before i left Labuan Bajo i wanted to go and stay on one of the islands nearby just for a couple of days. There are a few islands which have simple bungalows and camping by the beach with a few shared facilities like showers/WCs, etc, one such island was Kanawa which was about an hour away by local boat. I managed to get a hut by the beach for the first night and a tent for the second night, sounds like i was lucky as normally the place is booked up in advance. My beach hut was a simple affair with bamboo roller blinds on each side with a matress and mosquito inside, only 20 yards from the beach it had a nice cool breeze especially at night.
Not bad for 20 bucks a night !
I went for a walk along the beach soon after i got there and walked around the headland towards some mangroves. I had already been told by one of the local dive instructors that baby black tipped reef shark use the mangroves as shelter so can quite often be seen swimming around there. I soon saw one by the shoreline before i had even got to the mangroves, about a foot long it clearly wasn’t aware of my presence and i watched it for some time. I saw another two quite quickly when i got to the mangroves and another two swimming near the shore a bit further on, there were clearly quite a few about. I also saw a strange coloured flat fish, possibly a ray of some kind, and a large eel. I was definately going to come back the next day for a stake out.
Sunset soon came –
The tide was out early the next morning so i went for a hike to the top of the mountain. It wasn’t very far but very steep, it was worth the climb as the views were great especially as the tide was out exposing the coral reefs around the island.
It was a very relaxing 2 days at the island but i had to return to Labuan Bajo as i needed to leave for Bali. My passport was about to pass the 6 month limit left on it and i needed to have it extended so i could continue further up until Christmas when i would return home for a new one.