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Flores Overland: Kelimutu Lakes, Villages & Komodo Dragons

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Tour Code: SEB-FLORES9

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Journey across Flores overland. ‘Flores’ is Portuguese for ‘flowers’, the island is named for its green and wild beauty. On this island, the attractive Mount Kelimutu rises with three volcanic lakes that constantly change color. High-quality ikat weaving is also found on this island. The main attraction of Komodo Island is its famous inhabitant: the largest lizard in the world. The Komodo dragon looks like a survivor of the Jurassic era. In this tour, we will take you to explore the spectacular island of Flores thoroughly as well as see the mighty dragons. A complete unforgettable journey.

  • 5 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.

Meals: Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Kelimutu Crater Lakes Eco Lodge or Similar

DAY 2:MONI - KELIMUTU VOLCANO - BAJAWA       ▼

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 head to Bajawa. In the vicinity of our hotel in Moni, we will be able to do some stops between the villages, where we can see how most of the women make Sarongs with the looms, in a totally traditional way. We can also pass by a waterfall in the surroundings of the town.

On the way to Bajawa we will stop in the capital of Flores, an immense bay open to the Indian Ocean, the city of Ende. There where we will have lunch, visit the market, etc. On the outskirts of Ende, we will stop to see a cove, called the Blue Stones Beach (although the stones found in the area are actually green). Where we will see dozens of workers, collecting stones and classifying them to later be exported, due to the beauty they represent for gardens in Hong Kong and Singapore.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Manulalu B&B or Similar

DAY 3:BAWAJA - BENA - RUTENG       ▼

Today, in the morning we will be able to have our well-deserved breakfast, and then we will go to 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.

We will also take the opportunity to stop on the slopes of the great Inerie volcano and take photos of its continuous fumaroles. After having lunch on the way, our a new long drive begins, about another 4-5 hours until we reach Ruteng. But we will stop in a traditional town, called Aimere, where we will see (or for those who want to try) how they distill the Palm liquor, called Arak. If we get to Ruteng early, we can visit the cave where the Homo Florensis was discovered.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: SMBC Guesthouse or Similar

DAY 4:RUTENG - LABUAN BAJO - RINCA ISLAND - KALONG ISLAND       ▼

After breakfast, we will head towards Labuan Bajo. On the way, we will stop at Golo Cara to see the gigantic fields of rice, could be the only one in the world to be shaped like a spider web, a wonder to behold.

The dragon’s lair…

Upon arrival in Labuan Bajo, 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 5:KOMODO ISLAND - PINK BEACH - MANTA POINT - 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. 

Afterwards, we will go to another beautiful place.After a short navigation, we arrive at Manta Point where we have the chance to see huge “blankets” in the waters as we snorkel. Sometimes, we can even see them from the boat. 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 6:END OF TRIP       ▼

Your adventure continues for a little longer on this last day of the trip, but only if you still have time prior to your flight (situational). After breakfast, we will go to see Batu Cermin or the 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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