Lesser Sunda Islands

Creatures & comfort

The Amanikan is far from a pedestrian island-hopping jaunt.

Friday, 2 March, 2012, 12:00am

A world full of wonders

When I first heard a decade ago that Swiss-Canadian adventurer Bernard Weber was inviting the world to vote for the seven most impressive man-made sites on the planet, I was sceptical.

11 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Travellers' checks

Island spice

2 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Detours: Komodo Island

It's 11am and time for the Komodo dragons' morning snack. It's a stiflingly hot day, the ground bone dry and the air rich with the dragons' rancid, meaty smell. Three of the oversized lizards, with their rough skin, beady eyes and huge claws on each gnarled digit, lie in the dust nearby.

1 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Islands of Indonesia

Stunning scenery and a rich biodiversity on land and underwater create a smorgasbord of attractions across the world's largest archipelago.

1. Komodo

1 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Amanwana, Indonesia

Where is it? On Moyo Island in the Flores Sea, a Cessna flight followed by a one-hour boat ride from Bali. Amanresorts' first tented camp enjoys a prime beachfront location near the Wallace Line, where the distinct eco-systems of Asia and Australasia overlap. The surrounding coral reefs are known as a marine and mammal 'highway'.

9 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Destination unknown

It's not hard to keep Sumba a secret. For starters, it's not an easy island to find. While it sits 400km east of Bali, below Komodo and next to Timor, most Indonesians have never heard of it. Tell them you're going to Sumba and they will probably confuse it with Sumbawa, an island to the northwest.

9 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Vigilant or vigilantes

It's Wednesday night at the Bounty Bar on Jalan Legian and a bunch of raucous Australian rugby players are celebrating the end of another Bali Tens tournament - another Tens tournament marred by terrorism.

12 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

Chasing the dragons

BALI is a favoured holiday spot for Hong Kong people - but few realise deadly dragons prowl close by. These beasts - which inspired the Chinese dragon legends and helped propagate the fire-breathing mythical monster in the West - are alive and well and living on a small island just a day's cruise from Bali.

8 Jan 1995 - 12:00am


AT midnight, the howls on the hilltop begin. Loud, urgent cries thrown into the darkness. Once, twice, the call is given, then from the sea comes a faint reply: 'Hoo-hoo-hoo-hoooo! Hoo-hoo-hoo-hooo!' The old priests on the hilltop shake their feathered head-dresses and nod: Nyale, Goddess of the Sea, is coming to shore. The Pasola can begin.

16 Jan 1994 - 12:00am

Taking it easy on an island fit for a princess

IF YOU imagine white sandy beaches and coconut-laden palm trees swaying in the breeze as the perfect surroundings for your next holiday, cross Amanwana off your list.

If having a choice of seven restaurants, Olympic-sized swimming pools and CNN are your idea of a spectacular holiday resort, forget it - Amanwana is not the place for you.

29 Aug 1993 - 12:00am

Torrid trip to the dragons' domain

COME on! Run for the enclosure. The dragons are coming!'' The guide dashed into the undergrowth, waving his stick at the advancing pack of beasts.

14 Feb 1993 - 12:00am