|click any picture for a bigger view|
|Fascinating street life.|
The plan was to remain here long enough to find 340 litres of good-quality diesel, re-provision and possibly spend a night in a hotel (showers! air conditioning!). Our research on anchorages at this town gave us a few choices and we selected one near a newish, 9-story hotel on the beach. We found the hotel staff friendly and the price reasonable, so we decided we would book in for two days (the following day - we would spend the first night on Popeye). Established as future customers, we felt justified in using their beach as a landing point and so left our dinghy and walked the kilometre and a half into town.
|The view from our room - Popeye in sight.|
|Almost standing by themselves.|
Time to do laundry.
We ended up spending four nights in Labuan Bajo, trying different restaurants, having all of our sheets and towels washed in a washing machine and dried and folded, enjoying two glorious nights on the eighth floor with a balcony looking over Popeye in the bay, getting not just the needs but the ‘wants’ from Roxy Supermart, topping up Kate’s Indonesian mobile phone plan and having some time where we didn’t need to worry about sinking the boat.
The last thing we did in town was to buy 6 meals' worth of chicken (we think) satays and a potato and egg fried things - easy reheat dinners that we can enjoy as we make our way eastward.
Great little town.
|Colorful, active streetscapes. The town was relatively clean, too.|