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Wae Rebo Highlands & Komodo Dragons

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Tour Code: SEB-FLORES10

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Explore Wae Rebo village on the Flores highlands and visit the Komodo National Park in this 6-day tour. After about 3-hour trekking uphill, cold morning breeze combined with warm sunshine and breathtaking hilly views welcome you to Wae Rebo, one of the most picturesque traditional village in Flores. The uniqueness of it is the tall conical shaped houses called Mbaru Niang which serve as main buildings and there are only a few of them. Meet and greet the elders, play with the smiley children who are eager to get to know you, and continue to Labuan Bajo to look for the legendary Komodo dragons on the islands of Rinca and Komodo. Get ready for an adventure!

  • 5 Nights
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Pickup: Labuan Bajo, Komodo (LBJ)
Itinerary: Wae Rebo Highlands & Komodo Dragons

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN LABUAN BAJO - DENGE       ▼

Arriving at Labuan Bajo airport, meeting with your guide and direct transfer to the village of Denge. The journey will take about 8 hours with several stops in the area of Lembor to see the unexposed wonders of the world “Lingko”, the rice fields in a shape of spider web. This rice field is perhaps the only one that exists on earth. Lunch box will be served on the way. We will spend the night in Denge.

Meals:

Accommodation: Waerebo Lodge or Guest House in Denge

DAY 2:WAE REBO, VILLAGE ABOVE THE CLOUDS       ▼

After breakfast in the village Denge, we will begin our trekking to Wae Rebo Village, the oldest traditional village of Manggarai. The rain forest along the walk to Wae Rebo is one of the richest areas of Indonesia in biological diversity. The forest is simply like a huge garden of Eden. The walk through the forest with different vegetation is of great interest, from the families of orchids, palms, ferns, etc. The natural voice of birds singing different types of song will entertain you throughout the trip. The river of clear and fresh water on the way to the village is a good time to take a break.

In the village of Wae Rebo, the visitor can see the conical houses, one of which is a “drum house” with very unique architectures. It is the place for holding meetings, rituals and prayers on Sunday mornings. The drum house is a common building for a branch of the clan or clans, symbolizing the ideal unit of patrimonial descent. Finishing the tour, we return to Denge to rest.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Waerebo Lodge or Guest House in Denge

DAY 3:DENGE - LABUAN BAJO       ▼

After breakfast, we continue traveling to Labuan Bajo, the western tip of the island of Flores. On the way there will be stops at Iteng/Na­rang village where you can enjoy the beautiful panorama of rice fields with lush hills. Lunch box provided.

Upon arrival in Labuan Bajo, check in at your hotel for din­ner and rest. Have a nice rest.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Puri Sari Beach Hotel

DAY 4:LABUAN BAJO - RINCA ISLAND - KOMODO ISLAND       ▼

Enjoy your breakfast, then at the appointed time we will transfer you to the port to board the boat that will take you to the Komodo National Park. We will go to see the Komodo dragons and for that we go first to Rinca Island. In addition to Komodo in their natural environment, we will be able to see Water buffalo, macaque monkeys, cockatoos, wild horses, etc. Enjoy the trekking around the park accompanied by a ranger.

Afterwards, we return to boat will have lunch. Then in the afternoon the boat is anchored next to some mangroves, to see how hundreds of bats take flight at sunset. You will have dinner and spend the night on a traditional wooden boat in the Rinca Sea.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Traditional Boat (Cabin No 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 3 and a half hours of navigation, 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 the trekking. 

In addition to the Komodo dragons, we can see Timor Deer, wild pigs and various types of running hens as well as sulfur cockatoos, snakes, etc.

At the end of the trek, we head back to the port and continue the cruise. After a short while, we will reach Pantai Merah (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 navigate to another beautiful place, Manta Point where we will enjoy the huge “fish blankets” in our snorkel. Even sometimes we can see them from the boat during our trip. Lunch on board.

In the afternoon we go to the port of Labuan Bajo, and from there to the hotel, to rest from both sea and mountains.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Puri Sari Beach Hotel

DAY 6:END OF TRIP       ▼

After breakfast, we will go to Labuan Bajo airport to catch your flight. We wish you a safe journey and thank you for marking your footprints in this land with Come2Indonesia. Sampai jumpa!

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

Photos: Wae Rebo Highlands & Komodo Dragons

Price Includes

  • 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
  • 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: Wae Rebo Highlands & Komodo Dragons

FAQ

How do I get to Labuan Bajo?

Currently, local direct flights to Labuan Bajo (LBJ) are available from Jakarta airport (CGK) and Denpasar, Bali (DPS). These are where most international routes arrive and depart. Denpasar is closer to Labuan Bajo and usually the central hub for flights going to the Nusa Tenggara islands. There are direct flights from Jakarta by Garuda Indonesia, Batik Air, and AirAsia. From Denpasar, there are also Nam Air and Wings Air in addition to the previous three airlines.

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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