At the airport of Maumere
The program shows you the rich mixture of culture set perfectly in a beautiful natural setting. From soaring volcanoes to three colored crater lakes to traditional villages.
Flores Island is one of the most beautiful islands on the Indonesian chain of archipelago on Lesser Sunda Islands. This tiny long and rugged island furnished with active volcanoes in various shapes, from strato Volcano to fantastic three colored crater lakes of Kelimutu. The island is home to more than eight ethnic groups who are rich with cultural interests. The indigenous architecture differs from one ethnic group to the other.
At the airport of Maumere
Day 1: Arrive in Maumere - Fly from Denpasar / Bali (DPS)
After being met on arrival, you will visit Watublapi - a village which is about 18 km south east of Maumere, locally known for its fertile land and rich in exotic tropical plants and fruits such as clove, coffee, cocoa, cashew nut and much more. You will be entertained with dances and folk songs accompanied with local dishes and drinks. In here you can take your time to learn how local women produce cotton thread and use natural dyes from indigo and other tropical plants on Ikat weaving, known as the tie and dye technique.
Day 2: Maumere - Moni or Detusoko
On this day, you will visit Maumere market, and if the day is coincident with a weekly market day, a visit to the weekly market is included. After that, you will proceed to Wuring, the fishing village with houses built on stilts, Ledalero Museum and Sikka village in the south coast of Flores. Lunch will be provided en route. During the day, you will experience the dramatic change in both nature patterns and ethnicity. In the afternoon, you will find yourself in the Lio ethnic environment. You can pay a call on their villages (Lisedetu and Ranggase) and try to comprehend the local's daily life and their architecture. You will overnight in Moni or Detusoko.
Day 3: Moni /Detusoko - Kelimutu - Ende - Riung
It is well worth starting your day early in the morning around 4 am to experience the sunrise at Kelimutu - the three coloured crater lakes. Once you arrive at the Kelimutu, you will find yourself amidst incomparable beauty unlike even photographs or films you have ever seen before. After admiring the natural wonder, you will be driven to Ende. On the way, you will pass through ravines and villages. There are chances for photo stops, such as at Nduaria Fruit Market. You will arrive in Ende and proceed directly to Wolotopo - the coastal Lio ethnic village, beautifully set with shrines and megalithic monuments. You will have lunch in Ende. Then you will have a drive to Riung in the afternoon, en route stop at Penggajawa - the blue pebbles beach. You will overnight in Riung.
Day 4: Riung - Bajawa
There is a Nature Conservation Park in Riung mainly to protect coral reefs and coastal ecosystems with mangrove forests. You will have a chance to explore the small isles offshore, which is known for their beautiful coral gardens with white sandy beaches. There is an island with unspoilt mangrove forests inhabited by thousands of huge fruit eating bats of Riung. After that, you will have a drive to Bajawa in the afternoon, en route visit some megalithic villages in the Soa area. You will overnight in Bajawa.
Day 5: Bajawa - Ruteng
Bajawa is located in the heart of the Ngadha ethnic civilization, which is known for its megalithic cultures. There are traditional villages with stone monuments, ancestor worship shrines and Adat houses. The hamlets are beautifully settled in the volcanic mountainous area. Visit Wogo and Bena, two of the most beautiful megalithic villages in the area. Lunch will provided in Bajawa. Afternoon drive to Ruteng in the afternoon. It is another beautiful driving day. You will pass through unique villages and lush rain forests. There is an en route stop at Ranamese Lake. You will overnight in Ruteng.
Day 6: Ruteng - Labuan Bajo
Ruteng is a small town in the backbone of Flores and neighbor to the Ruteng Nature Conservation Park - the home of Ngkiong, the endemic singing birds. It is worth visiting the park early in the morning to attend nature's concert of singing birds (if there is no rain or strong winds). There is also a newly erupted volcano in the park. You can take your chance to have a closer look into it. En route to Labuan Bajo, you will stop at Cara village in Cancar area and see the unexposed world wonder, the Lingko spider web shaped rice fields. It is probably the only rice field of this kind that exists on earth. You will have lunch in Labuan Bajo and free program in the afternoon.
This is not a leisure program but exploring the new frontiers in a third world country. Be prepared for the following facts:
Lesser Sunda Islands is a newly developed destination. The facilities at most of the accommodations, restaurants and transportation are still of a very basic standard.
Luggage: Kindly bring light baggage due to the limited space on the aircraft and land transport. It is better not to bring large suitcases but soft cover bags and overnight carriers. It is advised to pack light and appropriate clothing. It is recommended you wear sneakers or rubber soled shoes. Bring along jackets and pullovers for the visit to the high altitude destinations such as Kelimutu, Bajawa and Ruteng.
Komodo National Park: Your visit to Komodo National Park is your contribution to the conservation programs in the park. It is obligatory for you to contribute $15 USD per person as conservation fees. The fund is used by the authorities to protect the environment of Komodo National Park.
The following items are worth bringing along:
- Flat rubber soled shoes
- Beach sandals
- Sun umbrella or hat
- Snorkelling gear
- Mosquito repellent
- Binoculars (if any)
- Towel (small) and Jacket of pullover for the high altitude places such as Kelimutu, Bajawa and Ruteng where temperature is normally colder.