MESA ISLAND in Komodo Islands, Flores, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), surely has its own charm. The 1,500 people of Mesa Island are also known as the sea gypsies, as their Bajau ancestors navigated their conquest over the rough ocean between Sulawesi and Flores before settling in this small island.
They have been living remotely in Mesa Island without the source of fresh water. I don’t have the idea how they would survive without the fresh water supply from Labuan Bajo, a 15 km away separated by the rough sea.
Although it’s titled ‘a day’ but because of the tight schedule during our LOB Komodo trip, we actually spent only 1 hour in Mesa Island. ONE HOUR! My Japanese friend, Yasunobu, would likely say ‘1 f**king hour’, hahaha!
So you can imagine how we got in a rush to take a sneak peek of this island life. This was not healthy for my-so-called-journalism-ideal, but I still tried my best to capture what I’ve seen and met.
Luckily we landed in an island where the people were still nice to strangers, they might look shy but kept smiling wide, while the children were not afraid of us, they were so cheerful and full of curiosity.
Sincerely hope you can get a brief picture of what kind of life in Mesa Island is.