Flores-and-Komodo-Islands (FFT)

Flores-and-Komodo-Islands (FFT)

Things to do - general

With such an abundance of diverse islands, exploring Indonesia is a massive undertaking. For travelers up to the challenge, Flores is a great place to start. Unlike busy Bali, Flores is a place where you will often be the only Westerner in sight. Beaches, active volcanoes, and genuine culture are the real reasons to brave the winding, painful road through Flores.

Often mistaken for an archipelago, Flores is actually one long, narrow island in the Lesser Sunda Islands. Flores is part of the island chain between Lombok and Timor, directly south of Sulawesi. Beautiful but rough around the edges, Flores is the epitome of just how diverse language, religion, and culture can be in Indonesia.

Labuan Bajo, thanks to its proximity to Bali and Lombok, often serves as the starting point for exploring Flores. We will start our tour in the west and travel east through Nusa Tenggara.

Labuan Bajo

Labuan Bajo turns out to be the only place in Flores that many travelers visit. Located on the western tip of the island, Labuan Bajo is a slightly more convenient port of entry than other towns in Flores. World class diving in the Komodo National Park and Komodo dragons – the world’s most dangerous lizard – are reasons enough to brave this dusty, rough-and-tumble town.

The Komodo Dragon are found by taking a short boat ride to either Komodo or Rinca Islands. Rinca Island is smaller and less touristed – your best bet for seeing dragons in the wild.

Ruteng

Next stop on the west-to-east tour through Flores is the small town of Ruteng. Ruteng is more or less just an excuse to get off the bus for a night. Aside from lush, green setting amid rice fields, Ruteng is short of real attractions. The traditional Manggarai village two miles outside of town and Gunung Ranaka – a small, active volcano – are worth a visit.

Bajawa

About five hours east of Ruteng and ten long hours from Labuan Bajo, the town of Bajawa is a good representation of everything that is Flores. The lack of glamor is offset by beautiful surroundings; small, green volcanic peaks rise up around town.

Bajawa is a better base for exploring traditional villages; you will probably be approached by a guide at your hotel. Day trips to Bena, Nage, and Wogo cost around $25. Alternatively, you can hire a motorbike for around $5, grab a map, and see them independently.

Gunung Inerie is a local volcano which can be climbed on a tough day trip. The indigenous Ngada people in the area practice an interesting mix of Christianity and animism – the belief that animals and natural objects possess a spirit.

Riung

Riung is an optional, three-hour side trip from Bajawa. The Seventeen Islands Marine Park, just off the coast, is an excellent place to take a break. Nearly-empty beaches and great snorkeling beat the winding roads any day. Riung has a couple of budget accommodation options; day trips to the marine park cost around $25.

Ende

Five winding hours from Bajawa is Ende, a major town in Flores. Despite the lack of real sites, Ende is a nice place to eat good Indonesian Food, meet local people, resupply, and rest up before going to see Kelimutu. The airport in Ende is very functional; flights and boats run to Kupang in Timor.

Moni

The picturesque village of Moni and the nearby volcanic lakes of Kelimutu are motivation for many travelers to brave the roads through Flores. Located only two hours from Ende, Moni is a small village with a green, peaceful vibe worth enjoying at least a couple of days.

Nine miles from Moni are the multicolored volcanic lakes of Kelimutu. Three lakes formed in the caldera of a volcano; the water changes color periodically based on the mineral content. The Kelimutu lakes, which once appeared on currency in Indonesia, are rife with local superstition and lore. A sunrise from the caldera rim is an unforgettable experience.

Maumere

Maumere, around three hours east of Moni, is the largest town in Flores. The city is enjoyable enough to explore; cheap seafood can be enjoyed along the coast. Maumere is the usual entry point for travelers starting on the eastern end of Flores and the last stop for many who started in Labuan Bajo.

Maumere is surrounded by lightly-developed beaches, including black sand beaches. Often one bungalow operation is the only option for eating and sleeping on some of the beautiful stretches of sand. Traditional weaving villages surrounding the city are excellent places to pick up beautiful ikat cloth to take home.

Maumere

While many travelers end their Flores journey by taking a boat or flight from Maumere, the Solor Islands and Alor Archipelago are full of incredible adventure potential. Continuing east five hours past Maumere brings you to Larantuka on the eastern tip of Flores. Larantuka and Lembata act as bases to explore the many, former-headhunting islands east of Flores including tiny Alor Kecil and Lamalera.

Tiny, isolated Laramela was recently put on the map by National Geographic and the BBC. The village still practices traditional whale hunting with canoes and harpoons. Conservation groups have given the okay for their sustenance hunting; adventurous travelers can actually accompany fishermen out in canoes. Although whales are rarely taken, the people survive on a regular catch of dolphins and sharks.

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Country Indonesia
Languages spoken Bahasa Indonesia
Currency Rupiah
Visa requirements No Visa needed

Sports and nature

Sports and nature The waters of the Komodo National Park offers some of the best diving in the world. You’ll find a rich variety of cetaceans, including whale sharks, marlin, tuna, whales and dolphins. There is also an abundance of colorful corals and reefs as well as a variety of giant clams, turtles, and fish. The town of Labuan Bajo lies on the western tip of Flores and makes an ideal jump-off point to explore the waters of the Komodo National Park. Further into the island, off the north-central part of Flores, are the beautiful coral gardens of the Riung 17 Islands. This area is actually a national conservation area and marine park that consists of more than 20 islands. This area is fantastic for diving as it encompasses a rich coral reef ecosystem with almost 30 different species of coral and plenty of exciting underwater animals including dolphins and whales. A little further east into the island of Flores, there is another spectacular dive and snorkel spot at Maumere. In fact, there are around 40 wonderful dive spots in the marine gardens in the Bay of Maumere to be explored.

Culture and history

There are many languages spoken on the island of Flores, all of them belonging to the Austronesian family. In the centre of the island in the districts of Ngada, Nagekeo, and Ende there is what is variously called the Central Flores Dialect Chain or the Central Flores Linkage. Within this area there are slight linguistic differences in almost every village. At least six separate languages are identifiable. These are from west to east: Ngadha, Nage, Keo, Ende, Lio and Palu'e, which is spoken on the island with the same name of the north coast of Flores. Locals would probably also add So'a and Bajawa to this list, which anthropologists have labeled dialects of Ngadha. The peoples of Flores are almost entirely Roman Catholic Christians, whereas most other Indonesians are Muslim. As a consequence, Flores may be regarded as surrounded by a religious border. The prominence of Catholicism on the island results from its colonisation by Portugal. In other parts of Indonesia with significant Christian populations, such as the Maluku Islands and Sulawesi, the geographical divide is less rigid and Muslims and Christians sometimes live side by side. Flores thereby also lacks potential for the religious violence that has sporadically occurred in other parts of Indonesia.

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FFT 29: RENT BOAT TO KOMODO AND RINCA ISLANDS

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FFT 30: Komodo Dive Live Aboard + Rinca flores Adventure Tour 9D/8N

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FFT 31: Rent Speed Boat to Rinca and Angel Island

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FFT 32: KOMODO KELIMUTU TOUR 5D/4N

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FFT 24: KOMODO & WEST FLORES TOURS 4D/3N

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FFT 21: KOMODO DIVE LIVEABOARD + RINCA TOUR 4D/3N

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FFT 18: Komodo Dive Liveaboard + RINCA Tour 3D/2N

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FFT 17: KOMODO FANTASTICO TOUR 4D/3N

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FFT 16: KOMODO AND WAE REBO VILLAGE TOUR 6D/5N

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FFT 15: FLORES – KOMODO OVERLAND 10D/9N

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FFT 14: KOMODO EXOTIC TOUR 4D/3N

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FFT 13: FLORES ADVENTURE TOUR 4D/3N

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FFT 12: KOMODO ONE DAY TRIP (L)

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FFT 02 : KOMODO TOURS 2D/1N

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FFT 11: KELIMUTU TRIP 2D/1N

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FFT 09: KOMODO EXCURSION 5D/4N

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FFT 08: TREKKING KOMODO AND MBELILING 4D/3N

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FFT 07: FLORES AND KOMODO OVERLAND 6D/5N

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FFT 05: KOMODO & WEST FLORESTOURS 4D/3N

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FFT 04: KOMODO DRAGON AND DIVING 3D/2N

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FFT 03: KOMODO FANTASTICO TOUR 3D/2N

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FFT 01: RINCA DIVING TOURS 2D/1N

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FFT 10: DIVE SAFARI AROUND KOMODO NATIONAL PARK 7D/6N

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FFT 06: FLORES AND KOMODO OVERLANDS TOUR 7D/6N

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