Island of Flores holiday, Indonesia

“Head well off Indonesia’s beaten track to the Island of Flores, where you’ll visit rainforests and rice fields, snorkel in pristine waters and go in search of the elusive Komodo Dragon.”

Highlights

Maumere | Mount Kelimutu | Wolotopo | Pengga Jawa | Seventeen Islands | Soa Hotsprings | Liang Bua Cave | Cancar | Sebayor Island | Loh Liang | Kaloing Island | Rinca Island | Bidadari Island

Description of Island of Flores holiday, Indonesia

Travel to the unspoiled Indonesian island of Flores and you'll discover a place of lush rainforests, terraced rice fields, majestic mountains, volcanic lakes and rustic villages. Life is largely unchanged here and your trip will give you ample opportunity to learn more about the island's culture and history.

Flores is one of Indonesia's lesser known islands, just east in the string of islands which include Bali and Lombok. The island's geographical position in Indonesia means it's a hot spot for marine and animal life, and you'll discover it for yourself as you snorkel amid the corals with clown and parrot fish and turtles. On land you'll head out in search of the illusive Komodo Dragon and Komodo Island's other unique residents and watch an unforgettable exodus of bats as they leave their nests at sunset.

Your trip includes exploring the islands villages with their traditional houses and customs, relaxing in natural hot springs, visiting the lush spider web rice terraces and watching as the sun rises over the tri-coloured lakes from the summit of Kelimutu Volcano.

Day-by-day experiences

Day 1:Arrive in Maumere, the largest town in Flores, where you will meet your guide and transfer to your hotel.
Day 2:First stop today is a small fishing village, home to the Bugis and Bajo people who live in picturesque stilt huts. Sikka has a beautiful 18th century church and an afternoon beach stop gives you time to relax and swim before ending in the beautiful village of Moni at the foot of Mount Kelimutu. (B)
Day 3:Watch the sunrise over the unique tri-coloured lakes from the viewpoint on Kelimutu Volcano. Visit a traditional mountain village and end in Ende with its magnificent view across the bay. (B)
Day 4:See where the first Indonesian President was exiled to in 1934, Soekarno’s House. Stop at the hillside town of Wolotopo, a lively place with ancient ceremonial traditions and Ikat weaving. Travel to the beautiful south coast with a stop at the green stone beach of the Pengga Jawa. (B)
Day 5:See the hundreds of ‘flying foxes’ bats that hang in the mangrove forests near the coast. Watch their spectacular exodus before taking a boat trip to the Seventeen Islands near Ruing. Snorkel among the hundreds of colourful fish living in the coral in the Pulau Tujuhbelas conservation area. (B, L)
Day 6:Enjoy a relaxing dip in the natural Soa Hotsprings before learning about the Ngada culture in the village of Wogo. End in Bajawa. (B)
Day 7:Visit the villages of Luba and Bena to see traditional houses, shrines and fascinating megalith stones – plus breathtaking views of Mount Inerie. Trek to the village of Belaraghi, enjoying lunch and stopping at Lake Rana Mese and Ruteng Puu along the way. (B, L)
Day 8:Visit Liang Bua Cave where the bones of Homo Floresiensis (our vertically-challenged ancestor) were excavated. See the incredible spider-web rice fields in Cancar, visit a local market in Labuan Bajo and board your boat for a trip to sea. Sail to Sebayor Island for snorkelling and relaxing on the beach. Sail to Loh Liang and spend the night on board. (B, L, D)
Day 9:Head out in search of the Komodo Dragons on the eponymous island. Visit Pantai Merah (Pink Beach island) and snorkel among clown and parrot fish and turtles. Spend the evening by Kaloing Island to watch thousands of bats leaving their nests. (B, L, D)
Day 10:Visit Rinca Island, home to deer, horses, buffaloes, pigs, Komodo Dragons and megapode birds. Trek through the jungle and spot Komodo hiding in the grassy undergrowth, waiting for its prey. In the evening you will enjoy a unique Indonesian BBQ dinner, set up on the beach by the boat crews. (B, L, D)
Day 11:On the way back to Lubuhan Bajo, you will stop to snorkel and swim at Bidadari Island before being transferred back to the airport for your flight home.

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Responsible tourism

Island of Flores holiday, Indonesia

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

As one of Indonesia’s most unspoilt islands, preserving its natural beauty and resources is paramount. As part of your trip you will stay in guest houses and eco-lodges which aim to minimise their footprint on Flores and give something back to the community.

A prime example of this is Kelimutu EcoLodge, at the base of the Kelimutu Volcano and the tri-coloured lakes. The lodge is located on an established conservation area and serves as a sanctuary for birds and wildlife, plus the native plants and flowers. Solar energy is used to provide electricity and heating the water and the lodge stores as much rainwater for re-use as possible. Water is recycled for use in the gardens where they grow organic food. Rubbish is recycled and a worm farm helps to recycle kitchen and garden waste. A percentage of the profit the lodge makes is returned to further the protection of the environment.

During your trip you will visit the National Parks around the island including Komodo Island and Pulau Tujuhbelas. The entry fee to these parks in included in your trip price and goes to towards preserving these beautiful areas.

Community

During your trip you will visit several villages – including Wuring, Wolotopo, Wogo and Luba & Bena. These villages hold true to their ancient customs and way of life and you can see their ancient icons and shrines during your visit. By visiting the village and purchasing local goods such as the beautiful locally woven Ikat, you are helping to preserve the village for generations to come.

At Kelimutu Eco lodge, staff are sent on training programs to raise their awareness of environmental issues, but also the further their own skills and progress.

Our ground agents ensure that local people are used as guides, ensuring you get an authentic introduction to the island but more importantly, their wages help to sustain their families and improve their career options. Training and education programs are offered and our ground agents also closely support local charities including those committed to the improvement of career opportunities for women.

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