Nusa Tenggara islands tour, Indonesia
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Description of Nusa Tenggara islands tour, Indonesia
Embark on a thrilling, culturally rich tour of Indonesia’s fascinating Nusa Tenggara islands, with a tailor made itinerary crafted by true Asia specialists and led by a hugely knowledgeable local guide.
East of Bali, and different in many interesting ways to their better-known neighbour, the islands of Sumba and Flores are perfect for the inquisitive cultural traveller. In small, remote communities you’ll explore ancient burial traditions and animist beliefs that continue to this day, and visit farms of cassava and cashew nuts as well as bustling local markets.
In just under two weeks you’ll visit a number of sites that are of immense cultural and spiritual significance, as well as many breathtaking natural wonders. The amazing ‘lingko’ –symmetrical, spiders web-like rice fields near Labuan Bajo, and some imposing ancestral tombs and spirit stones overlooking the ocean, among them. A clear highlight will be a short trek to the summit of Mount Ineri on Flores, in time to catch the sunrise as it illuminates three beautifully coloured crater lakes in Kelimutu National Park below.
This Nusa Tenggara tour builds on years of experience travelling Asia and forging local connections. You’ll be welcomed into tiny villages that see very few visitors, invited to take part in traditional ceremonial rites, eat alongside your hosts, and sleep in homestays built to help communities make a valuable income from tourism.
The perfect way to end your adventures in the Nusa Tenggara islands (unless you’d like to add on some beach time) is to spend a few days roaming the spectacular Komodo National Park, home to the fearsome Komodo dragon. Board a luxurious Phinisi – a traditional wooden schooner – for a two-night cruise around the park’s islands Komodo and Rinca, with plenty of time to relax on deck or don snorkel and mask.
This expertly organised trip is ideal for anyone wanting a deeper and truly authentic immersion into Indonesian culture, as well as a handful of unique experiences that elude many travellers.
1 Reviews of Nusa Tenggara islands tour, Indonesia
Reviewed on 08 Nov 2022 by Karin Theodore
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Snorkelling in the Komodo National park, staying at the Belaraghi homestay and the sunrise at the summit of Kelimutu.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Learn a few words like greetings and thank you, it’s much appreciated by the locals who are by nature very friendly and welcoming. Be prepared for rain and mossies, even if it’s not yet the rainy season!
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Yes, this tour brings a lot directly to the traditional villages.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Fabulous trip with so much variety and memorable experiences. Excellent organisation, with a great guide and driver. Flores is still not on the map for mass tourism. We did meet a few other small groups or couples, but felt we spent quality time getting to know the local people and their way of life and of course, enjoying the magnificent scenery.
Planet• Minimise plastic usage: Plastic pollution is one of the most unnecessary threats facing our environment. At the beginning of 2018 we launched our ‘One Bottle At A Time’ initiative to replace disposable plastic water bottles with refillable canisters across our destinations. We aim to provide refillable water canisters in our vehicles, meaning our travellers are not generating plastic waste through the daily use of water bottles (which on a full day of touring can be numerable). We also send our guests a wooden toothbrush to help avoid using hotels’ disposable plastic brushes, and educate clients about the limited recycling facilities in Asia, and best-practice regarding waste-reduction. Within our UK offices we operate strict recycling policies and make sure everyone in the office uses reusable crockery and cutlery.
• This itinerary journeys to the islands of Komodo and Rinca which are home to the Komodo Dragon. Whilst these unique creatures are a major tourist attraction, they are a ‘vulnerable’ species. Your visit will be guided by a park ranger to ensure that there is no habitat degradation and that if you encounter a ‘dragon’, it is observed at a safe distance so as not to impact adversely on the animal.
People• Remote Minority Groups: We are of the staunch opinion that minorities aren’t tourist attractions, any more than children are. All our holidays that take place in and around minority communities are set up with the locals’ best interests at heart and we work with partners who do everything possible to ensure that the entire community benefits from our visits. This Indonesia itinerary travels to the islands of Sumba and Flores, visiting tribal villages where life has remained unchanged for generations. These experiences are an excellent opportunity for clients to immerse themselves in authentic local life, but we are conscious that this does not have a negative impact on the local people and the income generated from these visits directly benefits the whole community.
• Local partners: One of our core values is to collaborate with local, responsible companies and partners who share our focus, beliefs and passions. We actively choose local guides and drivers throughout Indonesia, and work only with local travel partners. We insist that any travel partners we work with adhere to our responsible travel policies, and ideally put responsible tourism at the heart of everything they do.
• This tailor-made itinerary is based on private travel in Indonesia, not in a large group. By travelling in this way we have minimal disruptive impact on the environment and communities visited and are able to stay in smaller, locally owned properties, where possible, that are not suitable for larger coach tours.
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