Arrive in Flores this morning and transfer the village of Melo to attend a performance of the traditional ‘whip-dance’, a test of daring and skill for which the men of the Western portion of Flores are famous. Two men, protected by rattan shields, accompanied by an orchestra of local instruments, hit each other fiercely with a rattan whip. Lightning quick moves defend each from the objective…to inflict a wound on the back of the other. The winner is loudly applauded and cheered. Make your way to the ship and have a safety briefing as the boat prepares for departure. After a few hours of sailing we stop at the small island of Kelor to swim and snorkel and visit the adjacent island of Kukusan where it’s possible to visit a settlement of the Bajau people. These ‘sea gypsies’ live in houses on stilts over the water. Originally from Sulawesi and formerly fully nomadic, living on their boats, nowadays the Bajau often occupy more permanent settlements.