We had the rare opportunity to visit Komodo. It is famous for its fearsome Komodo dragons – great reptiles with a venomous bite.
We were only allowed on the island with a guide to protect us against these terrible beasts.
We arrived in the early morning and surveyed the landscape. I think we were half expecting to see the huge lizards basking in the sunshine, waiting to eat people. There were bare hills and some trees. No sign of fearsome dragons.
Some of the local kids canoed out to meet us. For pennies, they dived into the sea.
We dropped anchor and prepared to be taken ashore. There was an air of excitement.