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Flores Overland: Tiny Archipelago, Natural Spa & Volcanoes

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Tour Code: SEB-FLORES11

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Travelers usually go to Flores to look for the legendary Komodo dragons. But if you want something off the beaten track, you should do the island-hopping trip in the little archipelago of 17 Islands marine park in Riung! Virgin beaches, crystal clear waters, abundant underwater life in various sizes and colors, spectacular panoramic views, all of that will welcome you. This tour combines the enchanting marine park with many traditional villages across the island of Flores and of course, the majestic dragons that survived natural selection, the giant Komodo lizard.

  • 8 Nights
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Pickup: Maumere, Flores (MOF)
Itinerary: Flores Overland Tour

DAY 1: ARRIVAL MAUMERE - MONI       ▼

Welcome to Maumere, the capital of Flores! This is the starting point of our Flores overland tour. Meet and greet with our friendly guide at the airport, then we will drive to Moni village. We will go from East to West through the famous and only road that crosses the island. It is known among locals as the “Transflores”. It takes about 4 hours driving, but we can make some stops on the way to Moni to make the journey more bearable. Your accommodation is close to Mount Kelimutu. On arrival, check in and rest.

Meals: Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Kelimutu Eco Lodge or Similar

DAY 2:MONI - KELIMUTU VOLCANO - RIUNG       ▼

Today we will get up early to see the sunrise at the top of the Kelimutu. It is a large volcano, which we access practically by car only until the last 20 minutes, which will have to walk in the fields to reach the volcano. Upon reaching the top, we can see 3 craters, which have become three lakes, of different colors. One black, one yellow and one a little purple, but the magnificent thing is that they change color, especially at dawn! Take a coat, because sometimes it is a bit cold while we wait for the sunrise.

After admiring this natural wonder, we will go down to the town of Kowanara, famous for its Lyon houses, stone thrones and the sacred animist cemetery. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant in the town of Ende. Then continue the day driving North until you reach Riung, via some pothole road. Things always happen in the surrounding towns, a wedding or celebration, we can stop according to what we see. Arrival at your accommodation and then free time.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Pondok SVD Hotel Riung

DAY 3:LITTLE ARCHIPELAGO OF 17 ISLANDS - SNORKELING       ▼

Breakfast at the hotel and then we will take a boat to navigate the archipelago of Pulau Tujuh Belas (17 Islands), where you can snorkel in the spectacular coral reefs and see one of the largest varieties of fish in all of Southeast Asia. You will enjoy the dozens of idyllic white sand beaches, blue waters and tropical paradise. We then sail to Riung and head towards Bajawa. Before reaching Bajawa, you will visit some waterfalls and towns.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Bintang Wisata Hotel

DAY 4:BAWAJA - BENA - RUTENG       ▼

Today in the morning, we will go to see a second-class Kelimutu, a volcano called Wawo Muda. It is a walk of an hour and a half to go up and an hour to go down. Then we return to the hotel, take shower, and we leave to see some tribes called Ngadas. They still have animistic beliefs and they live in some peculiar houses.

We will make a stop in a town called Bena, one of the best known traditional villages of Flores, belonging to the Ngadas tribes. Tribes that despite being Christianized, they still maintain their animistic beliefs. There you can see the way of life of the Bajawa people. In the village complex they have all the houses with the doors open towards the Ngadhu and Bhaga (Man and Woman) temples. Altars that they use both to bless the town and for the harvest, as they represent their ancestors.

From Bena, we start a trekking of an hour and a half, which will take us to another town a little smaller, but more authentic called Tododela. There, a family will “adopt” you for one night, and you will sleep in their house and enjoy a dinner with them, it will be a nice experience.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Local House

DAY 5:JUNGLE HIKING - NATURAL SPA       ▼

In the morning when the dog’s barking and the roosters’ crowing wake you up, (DYK? There are many small dogs, which by the way is a typical dish of the area), we will have breakfast in the town. After that, we continue our march by a trek of about 3 hours in a tropical bamboo forest. In the end, you will reach a place where a river of boiling water mixes with a river of very cold water. There in the middle, you can give yourself the luxury of one of the best natural Spas in the world. On the way to the Malanage River we will easily meet some livestock such as pigs, water buffalo and cross plantations of vanilla, peanuts, cocoa, pepper, coffee, etc. After having a picnic lunch and bathing, we go up in a minute to the dirt road where the car will pick us up to go to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Bintang Wisata Hotel

DAY 6:VOLCANO - RICE FIELDS - ARAK       ▼

Today, we start to go into the Manggarai territories. On the way, we will stop to see the Inerie Volcano, and then to Ruteng, we will stop at a place where they naturally distil alcohol from palm trees. The drink is locally known as Arak (if you carry 10 bottles empty, they exchange them for a full one). We will also go to Lingko, where you can see the only rice fields shaped like spider webs in the world. Then, we will continue by car for 5 more hours until you reach Labuhan Bajo.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Puri Sari Beach Hotel

DAY 7:LABUAN BAJO - RINCA ISLAND - KALONG ISLAND       ▼

Today, we begin our journey in Komodo National Park. The day you’re waiting for to see the mighty dragons!

The dragon’s lair…

We will sail to Loh Buaya, the ranger station on the island of Rinca that is one of the 3 major islands where the dragons live. During the cruise, you will realize that the sea is like a great lake dotted with hundreds of tiny islands, most of them uninhabited, or with only a few fishermen, who moor in them to rest or spend the night. Once on the island, we have to enter the office of the rangers to register and pay the national park fee. There we will be assigned a ranger who will accompany us at all times while we are inside the island. 

Safety information

Rangers always carry a long pole with a V-shaped tip, to make dragons keep their distance from us. They will give us a brief explanation of behavior in the park and what we can see. The dragons may sometimes make sudden moves so opening your eyes and keeping silent will always be the best advice.  Watch your back as there might be also one behind you or up on the trees. The Ranger will always be leading the group, showing us all the species that he sees during trekking. 

In addition to the Komodo dragons, we can see water buffalo, macaque monkeys, cockatoos, wild horses, etc. 

Lunch will be provided on board.

Sunset sky with flying foxes…

In the late afternoon, you will sail to Kalong Island. Here, you can see the incredible thousands of flying foxes (giant bats) taking flight from the mangroves at around 6 to 7 PM. You can see the beautiful sunset from your boat. It is truly a spectacle of nature.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Traditional Boat (Cabin without AC)

DAY 8:KOMODO ISLAND - PINK BEACH - LABUAN BAJO       ▼

Today, we will sail to Loh Liang that is the ranger’s station on Komodo Island. During the sail, you will realize that the sea is like a great lake dotted with hundreds of tiny islands, most of them uninhabited, or with only a few fishermen, who moor in them to rest or spend the night. Once on the island, we have to enter the office of the rangers to register and pay the national park fee. There we will be assigned a ranger who will accompany us at all times while we are inside the island. During the trekking, in addition to Komodo dragons in their natural environment. There are other animals in the area such as Timor deer, wild pigs, sulfur cockatoos, snakes, etc. 

Snorkeling at Pink Beach…

At the end of the trek, we head back to the port and continue the sail. After a short while, we will reach Pink Beach where we can do snorkeling in the middle of coral reefs full of life. Did you know that Indonesia is the most important center of marine biodiversity in the world? It is where the species of the Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean come together with the endemic species of Indonesia. It makes Indonesia have the largest number of underwater species in the world. Well, you will be swimming in the middle of all that. 

Lunch is served on board.

In the afternoon we go to the port of Labuan Bajo and from there to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Puri Sari Beach Hotel

DAY 9:END OF TRIP       ▼

Your adventure can continue for a little bit longer on this last day of the trip, but only if you still have time prior to your flight (situational). After breakfast, we can go to see Batu Cermin (cave of mirrors). Then at around noon we continue to Labuan Bajo airport to take your flight. Thank you for enjoying Flores overland tour with Come2Indonesia. We wait for you on another excursion with us. Sampai Jumpa!

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

Photos: Flores Overland Tour

Price Includes

  • Accommodation and meals according to the itinerary
  • Transportation and visits according to the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and tickets for places visited in the itinerary
  • English speaking guide throughout the journey

Price Excludes

  • Surcharge for Sunday or national holiday in Komodo: IDR 100,000/person/day
  • Porter(s) for your luggage (available at extra cost)
  • Flights
  • Visa & airport tax
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Personal expenses: Laundry, tipping, etc.
  • Soft drinks, alcohol and other beverages
  • Extra expenses occurred due to causes beyond our control (force majeure) such as cancellations of flights, natural disasters, diseases, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in "INCLUDES".
Map: Flores Overland Tour

FAQ

How do I get to Maumere?

Currently, local direct flights to Maumere (MDC) are available from Jakarta airport (CGK) and Denpasar, Bali (DPS). These are where most international routes arrive and depart. Denpasar is more convenient with direct flight available to Maumere. From Jakarta, the flight will have transit in Denpasar and use the same direct flight.

When is the best time of the year to do this tour?

Our favourite time for travel in Indonesia is between April to October, although Indonesia is a great year-round destination, offering memorable experiences for all kinds of adventures. July to August are the peak summer months.

In West to Central part of the weather is delightfully warm and it’s a popular time for travellers to visit for holidays, whilst if you wish to travel from October to April, the Eastern part Indonesia, like Banda and Raja Ampat, would be the best option.

If you wish to have a relaxing journey in Indonesia with less crowds, the shoulder months of April to June and September to October are ideal and slightly more economic. If you must travel in ‘high season’ but want to avoid the crowd, worry not, there are numbered of unbeaten track in Indonesia ready to be explored.

What should I bring?

Tropical areas are usually warm and often sweaty places, especially if you have Borneo or Sulawesi included in your travel. Check out our suggestions on What to Wear:

  • Comfortable and light shirt and at least a pair of long sleeves
  • Comfortable walking shoes or trekking shoes if your trip include some trekking
  • Shorts and long pants
  • Couple of pairs of socks
  • Waterproof Jacket/Raincoat

Depends on the type of travel, you may also need these in your What to Bring list:

Underwater trips:

  • Dive Insurance
  • Dive certificate
  • Certificate of Nitrox (for those who are using Nitrox)
  • Dive equipment except Tanks and Weights. Please consult your travel expert to find out if the equipment is inclusive or not in your booking.
  • Swimsuit/Dive suit
  • Adapter DIN or INT
  • Flashlight
  • Sunscreen SPF +40
  • Waterproof bags

Land tours and trekking:

  • Small backpack for daily important item
  • Travel Insurance, which covers trekking and sport risk
  • Trekking shoes (check with your travel expert if you need a Goretex or simply a walking shoes)
  • Pullover (as in some areas with high altitude like Mt. Bromo, the temperature can get as low as 0 degree)
  • Small flashlight or head flashlight
  • Valid passport with valid visa (or check if you are eligible for Visa Free Entry)
  • Waterproof bag to put all important documents
  • All documents for your trip: vouchers, tickets, contact numbers ((keep the soft copies in your mobile)
  • Credit card (in some major cities, credit card is widely accepted in restaurants and shops. Small charge might be applied)
  • Cash in Euro or USD (you may change into local currency Rupiah when you arrive here)
  • Camera, Battery and Charger
  • Adapter (220V is used in Indonesia)
  • International driving license (if you plan to drive on your own)
  • Mosquito Repellent with DEET
  • Hygienic travel kits (mask, disinfectant or anti-virus spray, etc.)

How hard is this tour?

We have classified our tours in 3 different classes. Always check which one suitable for your condition. If you have any doubt, you may consult to our travel expert.

Easy: Suitable for most people in good health. These trips can include short walk for days with around 2–3 hours in good paths and at low altitudes.

Medium: A reasonable level of fitness or technique is required, as these trips can require sustained endurance levels as the trip may include longer days of approximately 5-6 hours of activity or/and in higher altitudes, or snorkelling in strong current.

Hard: These trips are physically demanding and best suited for people with a high endurance level, good level of fitness and exercise regularly. Days can be long around 7-8 hours of activity, often at high altitudes, in remote regions and sometimes without a support vehicle nearby. Travellers may be required to carry their backpack, trip with trekking overnights without access to normal toilets or accommodations.

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