Island of Flores wildlife & culture holiday, Indonesia

“Come face to face with a Komodo dragon, explore colour-changing crater lakes & meet the Ikat weavers of Flores on this Indonesian islands tour, staying in beautiful eco lodge accommodation along the way. ”

Highlights

Bali | Udayana Kingfisher Eco Lodge (birding, swimming and walking tours available) | Domestic flights included | Island of Flores | Bajo Komodo Eco Lodge | Bidadari Island (snorkelling) | Komodo Island (Komodo dragon watch & trek) | Pink beach snorkelling (time permitting) | Kelimutu Crater Lakes Eco Lodge (villages & markets tour) | Kelimutu Crater Lakes | Bird watching | Hot springs | Ikat weaving village | Moni village

Description of Island of Flores wildlife & culture holiday, Indonesia

With its tropical beaches, magnificent mountains and colour-changing crater lakes, you’ll soon see why the island of Flores is said to be magical. This expertly put together tour is designed to introduce you to the nature, landscapes and people of Flores and its surrounding islands, assisted by knowledgeable local guides.

We have handpicked the best eco-lodge accommodations throughout the trip, all of which are ideally situated to give you the best wildlife viewing opportunities.

You start your Indonesian wildlife and culture tour in Bali, where the beautiful Udayana Kingfisher Eco Lodge set in the conservation area of the Jimbaran hills is the ideal environment in which to unwind after your flight. If you're feeling more active, there should be just enough time for you to explore the beach and local temples before setting off the next day to take the short flight to Labuan Bajo, on the island of Flores.

Your accommodation here is the beachside Bajo Komodo Eco Lodge from where the legendary Komodo island is accessible. This beautiful national park is worthy of a whole day’s visit and we’ve included a 2 – 3 km trek through the bush to a special site where the Komodo dragons can usually be found. You should see many other species of birds along the way too and hopefully there will be enough time to enjoy a refreshing swim from the famous Pink Beach before heading back to Bajo Komodo Eco Lodge for the dinner.

The next day, you’ll take the short trip onwards to the comfortable Kelimutu Crater Lakes Eco Lodge. This is the perfect place from which to explore the crater lakes and nearby villages. A local guide will be on hand to lead you on walks around the beautiful lodge grounds where tropical fruit, coffee and rice are grown. A little further on, the walking route leads to villages and markets which are a wonderful opportunity to meet the local people. We have also included a visit to Moni village where most of the staff from the lodge live as well as a trip to a weaving village to meet the Lio people who specialise in Ikat weaving.

This tour is adaptable and we can alter the itinerary to include more bird or nature watching, cycling, walking or village visits as you desire – feel free to talk to us about the options.

Best time to go: Please note that the wet season normally runs from November to March throughout most of this area. We do not consider this season a constraint however it could interfere with visibility of snorkeling/scuba diving and access to the Komodo islands. The dry season has better temperatures and less humidity, however the off-season is less crowded, so it is a personal decision. In the dry season it can get cold in the mountains of Flores.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Tailor made holiday

This trip can be tailormade to create a unique holiday for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination. It is a more luxurious trip that will suit those who enjoy immersing themselves in new cultures and environments before relaxing in comfort in some of the best and most characterful local accommodation! Quality and value are the hallmark of these trips.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Island of Flores wildlife & culture holiday, Indonesia

Environment

The main aim of the company is to use eco tourists as a means to give us funds for Conservation in areas around key national parks. Our first target was the Komodo National Park where in 1998 in the village of Labuan Bajo (a backpacker destination), there was not even one decent hotel and this gem of a park had widespread reef destruction through bombing and cyanide fishing + poaching of deer the main food of the Komodo dragon. Our abjo Lodge pioneered a hotel offering the first AC rooms with hot water = a swimming pool in the area. Now there are over 600 rooms with such facilities and the park is SAFE through its income from tourists. The same story but not as successful is the 150% in river boat businesses on the Sekonyer river pioneered by increased business from our Rimba Orangutan Eco Lodge in Borneo. We now have a company conservation fund where all guests booking through us pay US$ 10 into this fund which will be used for Conservation projects I parks.

Each lodge attempts to look after the environment around the lodge. For example Udayana Kingfisher Eco Lodge is now a bird sanctuary, Kelimutu protects a coffee plantation. Each lodge keeps bird and butterfly lists which are examined annually for ecological sustainability. Each lodge is now undergoing a thorough Benchmarking under the guidelines of STI (following Green Globe 21). Udayana Kingfisher Eco Lodge was the first small hotel in Indonesia to gain Green Globe eco accreditation in 2007 after 3 years of benchmarking. Our hope is that all our lodges can have such level of accreditation. In 2010 we moved to STI. There is extensive eco management practices; Kelimutu is entirely solar powered (on clear sunny days), Udayana has large rain storage tanks; all have composting and recycled sewage systems; Kelimutu and Udayana have solar water heating. All have recycled waste disposal systems

All our lodges have showers only except for 2 rooms at Udayana and 2 rooms at Bajo. We change sheets and towels every 3 days unless guests leave when they are always changed for new guests. We clean with vinegar only but are still weak with eco washing up liquid and soaps due to sourcing problems.

All lodges recycle to the best of their ability according to local facilities (best in Bali). Our relevant SOP for rubbish splits rubbish into 6 categories (1) biodegradables (2) clean paper (3) clean plastic (4) bottles (5) cans (6) dirty paper and dirty plastic + miscellaneous eg tooth paste empties, nappies etc. (1) is composted with leaves and manure and then put into our work farm (2) (3) (4) and (5) are all recycled by local contracts and (6) is taken to the local dump. This system is the aim. It works best in Bali but is slowly improving in all our outlying lodges.

Community

All our lodges follow eco tourism principles pioneered by Green Globe 21 which we now follow through Sustainable Tourism International. Thus all lodges employ 95% local people, honours and supports the local culture through visits to villages, watching dances and donating to schools, purchase only from local or Indonesian companies all our food, furniture and travel needs and promote local travel companies in joint venture tours. We also support schools in each community around the lodge.

100% of our paid staff are local. Our only expatriate staff are shareholders who give of their time and expertise free to promote the company.

All our staff in all lodges receive training by our Managers through Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on all aspects of management including SOPs written our mandatory Green Globe benchmarking techniques (rubbish disposal, energy saving techniques, recycling and reuse of paper, bottles, cans and plastics). Some of these practices are used in their private homes. Ownership of our lodges varies from 100% local ownership (Udayana Kingfisher Eco Lodge) by Udayana University, to 100% owned by ELI (Rimba, satwa, Kelimutu) to partial ownership by ELI (Bajo). Of the 33 shareholders of ELI, 21 are Indonesian nationals owning 32% of the total shares. Of the Indonesians, 18 of the shareholders are staff members of the company thus benefiting greatly from dividends.

We send all guests who have booked through our Booking Centre a 12 page Travelers Information Pack with contents below including information as to why we are an eco lodge. Clear information is stated re dress code, expected behavior and cultures. In all our lodges, we use 100% local food and drinks (including local beer and wine); we do not purchase from shops with imported foods.

In Bali our Udayana Kingfisher Eco Lodge has the first Indonesian managed cricket club in the world. Commencing in 2003, our company has invested many thousands of US$ in supporting cricket in around 20 local schools and offering club membership to those interested in going on with the game. Over 10 of our members have been ICC trained in all aspects of the game and over 15 have played for Indonesia in their Adult, under 23 and under 19 teams all over the Pacific region I tournaments sponsored by the ICC – East Asia Pacific. We find jobs for our cricketers and many now work with the company.

In our Travelers Pack, we suggest to our guests that if they wish to bring something, they should concentrate on nominated schools from each lodge and bring school equipment (note paper, pencils, pens etc) for the kids. Our “non for profit Foundation – INIRADEF” manages funds for many organizations (eg foreign and local churches, a number of Australian government agencies and universities, Save Indonesias Native Species) all aimed at water improvement, sustainable job creation and conservation activities.

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