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Short Flores Overland: Kelimutu Lakes, Ngada Tribe (5D/4N)

Tour Code: SEB-FLORES8

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Short Flores Overland: Kelimutu Lakes, Ngada Tribe (5D/4N)
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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. In this tour, we will take you to explore the spectacular island of Flores thoroughly.


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


You will arrive in Maumere, the cultural capital of the Island of Flores. In the first part of the trip, we will cross the island of Flores, from East to West. We will journey along the famous and unique road that crosses the island, known among the locals as the Transflores. At the Wai Oti airport, our native Flores guide will be waiting for you. With him and a driver, we will drive to Moni by private car. It will be about four hours, but we can make some stops on the way in the towns of Ledadero, Sikka and other interesting places.

Meals: Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Kelimutu Eco Lodge or Similar


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: Bintang Wisata Hotel


Today in the morning we can visit the volcano Wawo Muda. We will reach the volcano by a walk of one hour, in an easy way of trekking. We will see a great volcano with lakes, that form different colours, similarly to those of their big brother Kelimutu. In addition, we will enjoy views of impressive volcanoes such as the
Inerie and Ebulobo. After witnessing the sun rise, we return to the hotel to have our well-deserved breakfast, and then, we go to Bena. This is one of the traditional, best-known villages of Flores, which belongs to the Ngadas tribes. . This is a tribe that, despite being Christianized, still maintain their animist beliefs. After lunch in Bajawa, we take off on a new and long journey by car, which takes about another 4-5 hours until we reach Ruteng. We will stop in a traditional village called Aimere, where we will learn how they distil the liquor of Palma, called Arak.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Spring Hill Hotel or similar


Today, we will pay visits to gigantic rice fields and witness the sunset in the harbour of the sea gypsies. Your day will end in Labuhan Bajo (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner). After breakfast, we head uphill to Golo Curu, an esplanade at the top of the city, where we will reach the city of Ruteng with a bird’s-eye view. We will see the fortified city naturally thanks to the adjacent volcanoes. On the way to Labuhan Bajo, we will stop at Golo Cara to see the giant rice pits, the only ones in the world in the shape of a spider’s web. It is definitely a marvel to behold. Upon arrival in Labuan Bajo, we will enjoy the sunset in the harbour, with views of the dozens of islands that dot the Komodo Sea.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Puri Sari Beach Hotel


Today your tour ends in this Komodian land. You will have your breakfast first. At the indicated time we
transfer you to the airport, but before we will go through the famous Batu Cermin (depends on your flight
itinerary). Afterwards, we transfer you back to the airport. Thank you for booking your journey with
Come2indoensia. We will await you in another adventure.

Meals: Breakfast


Photos: Short 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

  • 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: Short Flores Overland Tour


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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