Maumere, Kelimutu, Bajawa, Ruteng, Wae Rebo, Labuan Bajo & Komodo
A fantastic trip to an island that was on my wish-list for a very long time, but I never had time to visit. Flores is, as most Indonesian islands, incredibly diverse, in culture as well as scenery. From beautiful white sandy beaches to rolling grass-covered hills to tall volcanoes and lush green valleys, with small traditional villages occasionally sparsely dotting the landscape.
Enjoy the journey!
Flores Island belongs to Nusa Tengarra, which includes the islands east of Bali.Flores is about 360 km long and only between 12 and 60 km narrow, and one of the most scenic and varied island in Nusa Tenggara.
In 1544, a Portuguese merchant ship discovered the eastern cape of the island and named it “Cabo de Flores”, Cape of Flowers, although there are no more flowers growing here than in other parts of Indonesia.
Flores is located in the volcanic belt that stretches from Sumatra to Java, Bali and until the Banda sea. A turbulent geological history is reflected in the highly rugged mountain landscape of Flores. Several volcanoes cover the entire length of the island. The highest still active volcanoes on the island are the Egon Volcano near Maumere and the Inerie near Bajawa. The most famous volcano on Flores is the volcano Kelimutu, with its three different colored crater lakes.
Flores is probably most famous for its Komodo National Park, a couple of islands inhabited by a population of around 5,700 giant lizards, whose appearance and aggressive behaviour have led to them being called ‘Komodo dragons’. They exist nowhere else in the world. The islands consists of rugged hills covered by dry savannah and pockets of thorny green vegetation, contrasting starkly with the brilliant white sandy beaches and the blue waters surging over spectacular coral reefs.
Wae Rebo - Flores
Ruteng - Flores
Wuring - Flores
Kelimutu - Flores
Bajawa - Flores
Komodo - Flores
Bena, Ngada, Flores
Wolotopo - Ende, Flores
Belaraghi, Ngada, Flores
Gurusina, Bajawa, Flores
My parents were supposed to come with us, but unfortunately they had to cancel last minute, as my father was not well. They didn’t want us to cancel the trip, so we went ahead and shared our experiences remotely along the way. We had rented a car with driver in advance and booked most accommodation as well, as it was high season and Flores simply still doesn’t have much accommodation to just go-show. For the visit to Komodo we had hired a boat just for us, as we wanted to have the freedom to decide what to do and where to go.
I believe our itinerary is almost perfect if you have limited time but want to see and do a lot, don’t mind making long and action packed days and do not want to spend much time doing your own research.
Day 1 – 16 Jul: Denpasar – Maumere (Sylvia Hotel) Day 2 – 17 Jul: Maumere – Koka Beach – Moni (Angi Lodge) Day 3 – 18 Jul: Kelimutu – Wolotopo – Bajawa (Nusantara 2) Day 4 – 19 Jul: Bajawa (Luba, Bena, Tololela, Gurusina) (Nusantara 2) Day 5 – Jul 20: Bajawa – Belaraghi – Ruteng Pu’u – Ruteng (Hotel Sinda) Day 6 – 21 Jul: Ruteng – Cancar spiderweb fields – Dintor – Denge – trekking to Wae Rebo (overnight Wae Rebo) Day 7 – 22 Jul: Wae Rebo – Labuan Bajo (overnight hotel) Day 8 – 23 Jul: Labuan Bajo – Boat – Komodo – Rinca (overnight on boat) Day 9 – 24 Jul: Rinca – Labuan Bajo – Denpasar