This 9-day Flores Komodo adventure trip offers you the best of Flores. From the famous Komodo dragons to the fabulous authentic ethnic villages. Flores is Indonesia at its best and even better: it is not yet spoiled by mass tourism. Come and explore this pristine part of Indonesia!
Day 1: Maumere/Ende – Moni
Upon arrival in Ende, you meet and greet your tour guide or you are picked up from your hotel before driving directly to Moni. You visit the Detusoko area to see the beautiful terraced rice fields on the slopes.
In Moni you check in at the Kelimutu Ecolodge, the Bintang Lodge or the Flores Sare Hotel.
Day 2: Moni – Kelimutu – Bajawa
You get up at 4 am to watch the sunrise above Kelimutu three colored crater lakes. Kelimutu is a beautiful site and you probably haven’t seen anything like this before. Afterwards, you drive to Bajawa. You now enter the Lio’s ethnic region, visit Koanara village and learn more about local daily life.
Lunch is served at a local restaurant in Ende. You continue your drive to Bajawa with stops at Penggajawa’s blue stone beach, where you can see local women collecting stones to sell.
Accommodation and meals at the Happy 2 Hotel or the Bintang Wisata Hotel.
Day 3: Bajawa – Bena – Todolela
Early morning drive to the base of Mount Wawomuda for a 2-hour hike on the volcano and around its crater. Afterwards, you return to Bajawa for breakfast.
Lunch is served en route, before trekking down to the traditional Bena and Todolela villages, home of the Bajawa tribes. You also visit Luba and Bena, two megalithic villages where people honor their ancestral spirits in their daily life. This can be seen in their “Ngadhu” and “Bhaga”, conical thatched roof huts symbolizing their male and female ancestral spirits. You stop along the way on the slopes of Mount Inerie; a perfect opportunity for taking some amazing pictures.
Hike down to Todolela for dinner and overnight stay at a local house.
Day 4: Todolela – Gurusina – Malanage – Bajawa
After breakfast, you trek down to Gurusina village. Apart from water buffaloes, pigs and goats you might also spot vanilla, candle nut, cacao, white pepper, coffee and various other types of plants. You continue your hike to the Malanage hot spring to bath in the cool and/or hot water.
After lunch you drive back to Bajawa. Dinner and overnight stay at the Bintang Wisata Hotel.
Day 5: Bajawa – Ruteng
Today you continue overland to the charming small town of Ruteng. Lunch is served en route, and you stop at Aimere to witness the “arak” distillation and the fresh palm juice tapping. You also get to admire Ranamese Lake and the terraced rice fields around Mano.
Upon arrival in Ruteng, you first check in at Saint Maria Berduka Cita Guesthouse or the Marios Hotel. In the afternoon you visit Liang Bua, home of the “Homo Florensies”.
Day 6: Ruteng – Denge – Waerebo
After breakfast, you drive to Denge. This is the departure point for you hike towards Waerebo, the oldest traditional village of Manggarainesse. The rainforest along the trek to Waerebo is one of Indonesia’s most important areas in terms of biology. This forest looks like a huge “garden of Eden” and the walk through the forest is a unique experience. The sound of various types of singing birds entertains you along the trip. The pristine river on the way up to the village offers a good spot for a rest.
In the village of Waerebo, you can see conical houses. The “drum house”, with its unique architecture, is a place where they hold meetings, rituals and Sunday morning prayers. The drum house is a communal building for a clan, symbolizing the ideal unity of patrilineal descent.
Dinner and overnight stay at a traditional house in Waerebo.
Day 7: Waerebo – Denge – Labuan Bajo
After breakfast, you hike to Denge village before continuing to Labuan Bajo. On the way, you stop in Iteng/Narang, where you can enjoy the beautiful panorama of rice fields with lush and dry hills as a background and in Waeramu beach for swimming. Your lunch box is provided.
Upon arrival in Labuan Bajo, you check in at your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 8: Labuan Bajo – Rinca – Komodo – Pink Beach – Labuan Bajo
In the early morning, you are transferred to the harbor for boarding your vessel towards Komodo Island. This trip takes about 3 ½ hours, passing by small islands. You start your hike under the guidance of a local ranger. There are not only Komodo dragons on this island, but also deer, wild buffalos, long-tailed macaques, wild pigs and numerous types of birds.
After the trek, you return to the boat for lunch and proceed to Pink Beach, where you can swim and/or snorkel in the unspoiled coral reef.
Next stop is Rinca Island, home of the Komodo dragon. In the afternoon you return to Labuan Bajo for overnight stay at the Laprima Hotel.
Day 9: Labuan Bajo – Maumere/Ende
After breakfast, there is a short city sightseeing trip and a visit to the Batu Cermin Cave. This cave is 75 by 75 meters large and contains many stalactites and stalagmites. Some tunnels are narrow and dark but in others sunshine shines through the cracks.
You have the opportunity to visit a local market before going to the airport for you flight to Denpasar.
Transfer as mentioned in the itinerary
Private air-conditioned car
Private charter boat trip
Full board meals (8x breakfast, 8x lunch and 8x dinner)
All entrance fees
English speaking guide
Refreshments and porter
Conservation fund at Kelimutu and Komodo National Park
Return airfare ticket from/to Denpasar
Camera fee at Kelimutu National Park
Personal expenses, such as laundry services, phone calls, tipping and soft and alcohol drinks
What to bring
Sweater and/or jacket
Trekking or sport shoes
Cash for personal expenses, airport tax, camera fee, beverages, etcetera…
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All rooms are based on twin share. A supplement is charged for single rooms.
Minimum group size
The minimum group size for this activity is 2 people.
Mooie lange trip gemaakt naar Flores. Aardig wat wildlife gezien in de nationale parken en veel gezien en geleerd van de lokale bevolking. Tussendoor nog wat snorkelstops, waaronder Pink Beach, en een heerlijke warmwater bron. Flores is werkelijk een prachtig deel van Indonesië!
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We saw all that was promised on the trip itinerary and one of the many highlights was Kelimutu, with its stunning different colors. Our visit to Pink Beach spoilt us with the best coral and fish we have seen on our travels so far - we didn't want to leave and nowhere else we have been since has had such beautiful coral or quantities of creatures. Of course the Komodo dragons were pretty exciting as well. All of these amazing natural sights were alternated by culture, such as Ruteng and other ethnic villages. I would do this trip all over again - thank you Mundooz!