— Flores Labuhan Bajo To Maumere Travel

Flores Labuhan Bajo To Maumere Travel

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Maumere and surrounding, volcano Kelimutu and several-day trips to Labuan Bajo and Rinca Island .

Discover Maumera and Eastern Flores…

In addition to relaxing on the beach, swimming and diving, there are many things and places to visit and to discover in the surrounding of Maumere. There are many possibilities for spontaneous half-day trips or day trips that don’t require any special preperation.

A “must see” are the tricoloured lakes of the Volcano Kelimutu near Moni, about 3,5 hours by car away from us. You can visit Kelimutu comfortably by a day trip therefor you rent a car and driver and start your tour in the early morning to return to the hotel in the afternoon.

Also to be visited in a day trip are the seaport Larantuka in the East of Flores or the village Sikka on the southern coast that is known for its unique Ikats. At all trips not only the aim is interesting for you, also the journey offers you beautiful landscapes and original villages with many possibilities for breaks to take some pictures or for a short hike or walk.

Especially interesting is a sightseeing of the traditional villages where you can watch the women while they are weaving the Ikat and get to know the inhabitants with their interesting culture, their dances and their music. As we want to support the inhabitants of the villages in maintaining and passing on the unique art of Ikat weaving to the next generation- especially the very complex procedure of dyeing the manually spun cotton with natural colour – we support the initiatives of these villages that offer Ikat – presentations and so we offer half-day trips to the mountain villages Watublapi or Hewokloang to our guests.

Also for hikers there are many possible activities directly round the corner: You can climb the nearby volcano Egon,hink to the mountain villages or walk along the beach to the market in Geliting.

You should absolutely allocate time for doing a day-trip by boat to the islands in Maumere Bay that attract with white beaches, picturesque fishing villages and dreamlike places to snorkel.

On “Flores Highway” to the Komodo dragons…

A unique tourist attraction that is world-famous and can only be found here, are the prehistoric Komodo dragons that live on the islands Komodo and Rinca. From Labuan Bajo you can reach the islands Komodo and Rinca by boat Both islands belong to the Komodo national park. About 1200 of the around 3000 Komodo dragons live on the smaller “Dragon” – Island Rinca. Because of that, Rinca Island is densely populated with Komodo dragons and it is most likely to experience these prehistoric animals in the wild. As Rinca Island is more scenic and located closer to Labuan Bajo, we recommend Rinca Island for a visit to the Komodo dragons.

There is only one road from Eastern Flores to Western Flores and we lovingly call it “Flores-Highway”. From Maumere to Labuan Bajo the way is “only” 550 km, but as the landscape is very mountainous and the “Flores Highway” is not always in good condition, you need 20 hours driving time for this route. In order to have enough time to visit all the attractions without hurry, we recommend you to allow 4 days with 3 overnight stays (in Moni, Bajawa and Ruteng) for the trip from Maumere to Labuan Bajo. If you should start your trip from Maumere to Labuan Bajo early in the morning ( 5 – 6 o’clock a.m.), 3 days and 2 overnight stays (in Bajawa und Ruteng) could also be enough. It is possible, but absolutely not recommendable, to jet from Maumere to Labuan Bajo in 2 days.

It is possible to integrate a side trip to Riung on the Northern coast of Flores and to the 17-Island-Nationalpark , if you are on your tour from Eastern Flores to Western Flores.

Another attraction is the traditional whaling in Lamalera on the island Lembata that is located east of Flores. Sightings of whales are possible between May and November. With a lot of fortune, you can also sight some whales in Maumere Bay in this time.

For your tour from Maumere to Labuan Bajo, we can glady arrange an air-conditioned car and a driver for you. Should you prefer, we would be glad to organize your individual tour with an English or German- speaking guide and all the overnight stays during your tour. Here is an extract of our offer of excursions with pictures and further descriptions:

4 Flores, Ende To Maumere, What to See

Flores, Ende To Maumere

What to See

Ende to Moni 55 Km, 2 Hours, Moni to Kelimutu Car 1 Hour and Walking 30 Min, Moni to Maumere 90 Km, 3 Hours.

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Mbuliwaralau Beach stretches along the south coast of the Ende district, close to the fishing village with the same name. The beautiful panorama of pandanus, coconut trees, and big pebbles gives this beach a special charm. If you take the route from Wolowaru to Mubliwaralau, you will pass beautiful rice fields, and also a small and charming monkey forest.

The area around the beach is inhabited by fishermen who are Buginese by descent. Sometimes, the friendly local people offer their delicious young fresh coconuts to visitors. If watching the spectacle of the waves hitting the shore is not enough, you may enjoy having a swim at the beach. Be careful though, because the waves can get pretty rough and currents can be strong.

Facilities
As Mbuliwaralau is still quite untouched, you won’t find accommodation, shops, or restaurants there. But Wolowaru, which is close, offers some warung and small shops.

How to get there
Since there is no public transport to Mbuliwaralau, you should take a private transport to get there. From Mbuliwaralau, it takes about 13km to reach Wolowaru.

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Pemo and Woloara Traditional Villages

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Pemo

If you want to get more out of your day in the Lio area after having visited the Kelimutu crater lakes, you can add a pleasant hike from Kelimutu, passing through the villages of Pemo and Woloara.

Pemo, a small village situated on the slopes of Kelimutu, is the first stop during your hike from Kelimutu to Woloara. It only takes about a 1 1/2 hours walk downhill to reach Pemo from the Kelimutu National Park parking area.

Walking down the main street, take a shortcut through the national park’s arboretum, where you can learn more about the local vegetation of Kelimutu. When you are back on the main road, take a right turn at the signpost that reads ‘km 11’. The small footpath leads you through refreshing scenery with a gorgeous view to Kelibara, the ‘white mountain’ – as its peak is often covered by clouds.

After about one hour, you will get to marvel at Pemo’s displays of Lio culture. Have a look at its two ceremonial houses and the village’s ritual center, consisting of the tubu, an erected stone, in the midst of musu mase, a group of smaller stones surrounding the tubu. The sao ria, the ‘big house’ which is thatched with a mix of wooden bricks and alang-alang grass, and still inhabited by one of the mosalaki and his family.

Pemo also hosts a neat keda kanga, a wall-free traditional house standing on stone pillars, which was constructed without using one single nail. This storage place for the ritual drums and gongs, as well as the bhaku – the encased ancestral bones – is looked after by the village’s highest adat leader, the ria bewa. As in many places in the Lio area, the Pemo villagers produce their own distinct ikat. Continue your hike to Woloara Village for another 5km on an easy-to-walk-on road and enjoy the wealth of agricultural land, including neat vegetable gardens.

Woloara Village offers you another view of a sao ria standing on impressive stone pillars, and a keda kanga which is decorated with pretty carvings of popular Lionese motifs such as snakes, horses, people, and plants. In Woloara, you may add a short loop walk on foot to a natural, fresh water spring, which is spiritually meaningful to the local people. Here, many rituals are held during the major Lionese traditional ceremonies. With the new-gained energy from your spring excursion, enjoy the last part of the hike (about one hour) which will finally take you to the Murundao waterfall right before arriving back at the main road to Moni.

Facilities
On your way back to Moni, you can quench your thirst and calm your growling stomach at Koposili, a small café and restaurant owned by the friendly Miss Agnes. As one of the outnumbered local female guides, she not only knows a lot about the Kelimutu area, but about Flores as a whole. Besides providing guests with helpful visitor information, Agnes also offers to organize tours, traditional dance performances, and accommodation.

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Moni Village

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Moni is a small settlement at the foot of the volcanic Mount Kelimutu on the island of Flores in Indonesia. It is a good base for a trip to the coloured lakes of the volcano.

Moni can be reached by minibus from Labuanbajo. It is a cramped trip but the scenery is breathtaking. It is also possible to hire a car and guide to take you across the island. Do let us know if you’re interested in it.

To get up to the volcano it is possible to hire a minibus, or you can simply hike. Try taking the bus up and then walking down through the gorgeous villages.

Ikats weaving is one of the most attractive to see in the area of Moni, Take a walk to Jopu villages where you can see how the process of Ikat weaving. Along the routes between Moni and Jopu is the most beautiful view on the area, take walk all the way to Jopu and on the way back take a bus ride from Jopu to Moni.

Kelimutu National Park

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Maumere

Maumere is the largest town in Flores and is a port in the north of the region. Its equidistant location between Ende and Larantuka make it an excellent stop over location with an interesting and different attraction from most of the areas. Firstly Maumere has been for a long time the center for divers in the area and offers some excellent diving and snorkeling particular within the Maumere bay. here there area corals and fish that attract all manner of divers, snorkelers and other people interested in marine life and conservation. true to be said the the close by region of Flores offers much more diverse and incredible diving in terms of exclusive and large creatures but Maumere offers much safer conditions and beautiful seabed scrapes of colors and texture that make for some very pleasing and enjoyable diving.

Unfortunately, due to the disaster of the 1992 earthquake and tsunami destroyed some of the best diving in the area leaving areas of greatly stunted reef life that will take centuries to re-grow and perhaps longer to reach its former glory. It is certainly not just underwater that this disaster as left lasting scars, large areas of the city remain in damaged conditions, some areas resemble a war-zone scene with crumbled and destroyed buildings still left standing. There has however been some recovery and certainly more than enough to deem the area visitable, safe and enjoyable. The lasting scars act as a symbol of the disaster and provide some kind of idea of the horrendous event that this town endured only 14 years ago. This alone is a sobering and worthwhile experience to witness the natural instability of Indonesia and also the unique way in which the culture can pull through ban situations with a positive outlook.

Maumere is also famous for its particular style of Ikat cloth and fabrics, the style here is the distinctive patterns of maroon, white and blue geometric patterns in horizontal rows over either a dark blue of black background. like many of the villages and towns of Flores, weaving and fabric making is a rich part of the culture. There area a number of conservation projects going on at the moment in Maumere as well as research under the sea. Active attempts to stop dynamite fishing and other destructive practices that are damaging this particular area and many others in the world. It is these local battles that actually make stand to make differences to the current methods and provide answers to many of today’s problems effecting the global biosphere. Maumere is a place that you are likely to pass through if you are traveling the classic route or if you are diving and is worth a stop off to experience the diving, culture and impact of the area.

Watublapi Traditional Ikat Weaving of Sikka East of Maumere

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Watublapi is a small community in the Sikka district well known for its fine traditional ikat weaving. Whereas many other local weaving communities switched to industrially spun yarn and chemical dyes for the sake of saving time and money, the weavers of Watublapi still use the traditional, handspun yarn made out of local cotton, as well as local natural dyes.

In the 1980s, the villagers – along with the assistance of the German priest, Pater Bollen – established a cultural cooperative called Sanggar Bliran Sina with the goal of preserving and promoting local dance, music, ikat weaving, and other handicrafts.

Under the enthusiastic leadership of Daniel David, a young man from Watublapi, Bliran Sina has turned into a well-established cooperative of more than 40 members, who support each other in financial, educational, and health issues. Furthermore, Bliran Sina’s outside orientation and collaboration with Fair Trade organizations, such as Threads of Life, make it possible for Watublapi ikat to find their way to collectors all over the world.

Visitors to Watublapi who register in advance can be sure of a warm welcome by the members of Bliran Sina with traditional dance and music performances. If you dare, you can even taste the famous sirih pinang (betel nut chew) which is part of the Sikkanese tradition for welcoming guests. Believed to strengthen the teeth and have a stimulative effect, it is very popular among elderly women. Do not worry though – the red stain on your teeth disappears within a few hours.

Bliran Sina also gives you the opportunity to observe all different steps of the traditional ikat weaving process, from dyeing the threads through to the final product. As well as the cotton, all the dyes used in Watublapi are handmade and come from plants in the villagers’ own gardens – giving the ikat its distinctive local touch of blue, yellow, red, brown, and green.

Visitors with a profound interest in ikat weaving will have the opportunity to join an ikat workshop in Watublapi. The Bliran Sina weavers will teach you to the skills of this fascinating handicraft.

Facilities
If you contact Daniel David  before your visit, Bliran Sina members can organize a weaving demonstration, lunch, as well as dance and music performances for you.

How to get there
Watublapi Village is located east of Maumere. You can reach the village easily by car or motorbike, since the road is in a good condition. About 7km from Maumere, pass Geliting Market. About 100m from the market on the right, there is a sign to St Gabriel Hospital. Follow the road, which passes through several villages. After about 13km you will arrive in Watublapi, with its bamboo entrance gate on the left.

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Sikka Natar Village in Southern East of Maumere

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The village of Sikka (natar means ‘village’ in the local language), with its pleasant sea view on the south coast, is one of the first places of Portuguese influence and Catholic missionary activity in Flores. Therefore this is a place to take a leap into the past and learn about Sikkanese history, such as the colonial era.

The former center of the Kingdom of Sikka features a big church, which was built with the support of Jesuit priests in 1899. Its inside walls are nicely decorated with local ikat motifs. During the rule of the Sikkanese royal palace, the church was not only a place to hold Holy Communion, but was also used for the inauguration of new kings.

If by any chance you happen to be in Sikka Village at Christmas, you may witness a lasting example of Portuguese influence in the church: Toja Bobu, a dance-drama which was brought to Sikka by the Portuguese, and that is traditionally performed on the 26th of December. In brief, the story is about a beautiful, young princess being courted by many men with all kinds of occupational backgrounds who all eagerly want to marry her. For the luxury loving, spoiled princess, however, these wooers are not wealthy enough; so she finally marries a rich nobleman. Unfortunately, the performances are rarely held nowadays. The Sikkanese Sanggar Gere Bue, a cultural workshop group, tries to fight the loss of this old cultural tradition by reviving Toja Bobu and interpreting the performance in a modern way, without losing its originality.

Sikka Village has been, and still is, one of East Flores’ most important and famous weaving centers. Be prepared to be beleaguered by women who, of course, would like you to acquire a piece of their artwork. As in other villages, visitors to Sikka also have the opportunity to see – by pre-arrangement and for a fee – the complete steps of ikat-weaving, including the dyeing of the threads with natural colors.

Facilities
From Sikka village, the closest accommodation and restaurants are located in Maumere.

How to get there
You can get to Sikka Village by car, motorbike or minibus. From Maumere, take the road to Ende. After about 23km you will see a signpost with ‘Kampung Sikka’ written on it on the left of the road. Head in the direction of the signpost about 7km until you finally reach the village.

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Blikon Blewut Museum in Ledolero of Maumere 

If you want to get a glimpse of Florenese cultural and natural history, prehistory, as well as browse through unique and sometimes curious objects of art and daily life, Maumere’s Blikon Blewut Museum is the place visit.

Blikon Blewut Museum is situated on the campus of Sekolah Tinggi Filsafat Katholik Ledalero, which is a well-known Roman Catholic seminary. The museum’s origins are strongly linked to the activities of the international order of SVD (Societas Verbi Divini) missionaries in the early 20th century. As many SVD missionaries were experts in the fields of history, linguistics, and anthropology, they started to explore the hidden treasures of Flores’ cultural past.

As for Blikon Blewut, Theodor Verhoeven SVD from the Netherlands was the starting point. Arriving in Flores in 1949, the missionary and linguist with strong interests not only in contemporary culture but also in prehistoric issues, conducted numerous excavations as well as anthropological fieldwork on the island. His local expedition team, consisting of several seminary students, supported him with enthusiasm. A diligent collector, he stored the constantly accumulating fruits of his efforts in Seminary Todabelu in the Ngada district, where at that time the objects got relatively little attention.

By the mid 1970s, the objects were moved to Ledalero Seminary in Maumere, but it was not until 1983 that Blikon Blewut Museum gained significance: one of Verhoeven’s former expedition members, Piet Petu SVD, had in the meantime become a lecturer in cultural history at Ledalero Seminary. Thanks to his initiative, the objects gathered over the years by different SVD missionaries were presented and exhibited in a small building in the Ledalero Seminary in a structured way so that the collection could finally be called a museum. It was also Piet Petu SVD who suggested naming the museum Blikon Blewut. The name is derived from an ancient verse of the Sikka ritual language about the creation of the universe. As many of the museum’s exhibited objects reach back deep into history, the name fits the museum perfectly.

The exhibition, spread out over only 99m², hosts innumerable testimonies to Florenese history, not only originating from the island itself, but from all over the world: rare ikat, stone age tools, local pottery and carvings, musical instruments, ceramics originating from China, as well as traditional weapons and black-and-white photos taken by missionaries during the early decades of the 20th century.

Whilst exploring the exhibition, don’t miss the bronze kris, a special dagger found by Father Mommersteg SVD in 1952 in the Naru area, Ngada, where it was used for traditional ceremonies. Originating from the Vietnam-centered Dong Son culture that lasted from about 1,000 to 1 BC, this dagger is unique to Indonesia. To this day it is a mystery how it made its way to Naru.

Unfortunately the space of the museum is very limited; so only parts of the collection are exhibited, and many objects are still waiting for the museum to expand so they can be exhibited.

How to get there
The museum is located only about 8km from Maumere on the Ledalero Seminary Campus and is easily accessible by motorbike, car or minibus from Maumere. After passing Nita Village, the seminary is indicated with a signpost on the right. Pass a security guard before entering the parking lot in front of the big church. Opening hours are Monday to Saturday morning from 7am – 1pm.

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3 Flores, Bajawa to Ende, Accomodation

Flores, Bajawa to Ende 120 Km, 6 Hours

Accomodation

Kelimutu Ecolodge

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Completed in July 2010 this Lodge is based on sustainable design principles. There are 10 light and airy Chalet style rooms with western/balinese style bathrooms. The restaurant serves a range of Indonesian, local and western style meals and beer and wine is available from the bar. Complimentary tea and coffee is available 24 hours. Perched above a river and enjoying spectacular views of Mt Kelimutu this highland, solar powered Lodge, provides a peaceful, cool and relaxing retreat.

This lodge is an eco lodge because we attempt to protect the environment by various means.

WATER all water is re cycled through 3 water –garden systems to prevent pollution of the river and to irrigate the garden.

The bathrooms are supplied with either solar hot water or gas water heaters, where it is too shaded for solar. Water is pumped from the river to a settling tank , then up the hill, by electricity.

Drinking water comes from a U.V. purifier.

POWER A first in Flores, we have a system of solar panels , storage batteries and inverters which blend solar power with the small amount of local electricity available. Please be careful!

REFUSE a major problem, we recyle, reuse and as a last resort send to Maumeres dump. Kitchen waste is composted or given to the pigs.

CONSTRUCTION is of local materials, stone and bamboo

STAFF All our staff are local

Activities and tours available from Kelimutu Crater Lakes Eco Lodge

Kelimutu crater lakes for dawn
The Kelimutu National Park entrance is a short 20 minute drive , with an easy 20 minute walk, with steps, to the specatcular coloured lakes – returning for breakfast.

Or alternatively walk down, about two hours, and on the way:

  • Visit-weaving villages
  • Traditional dying villages
  • Traditional chiefs houses
  • Hot springs, natural or enclosed
  • Waterfalls

Half day or full day tours

  • See the ‘MOMI’ or mummy, with an intriguing history at the village about 45 minutes down the road to ENDE
  • Detusoko Hot springs , a municipal enclosure with very hot water. About 60 minutes along the road to ENDE
  • View from a high plateau village reached from the road to ENDE, about 90 minutes drive from moni.In the other direction , on the road to MAUMERE
  • At Wolowaru visit the keshew nut processing plant or just buy keshew nuts or donuts.12 km from the lodge.
  • From Wolowaru go to the coastal village of Nggela, with its pebble beach and different Ikat weaving motifs and 30 km further on is another coastal village with traditional houses and weaving.
  • Walks of any length, guided if wanted for birdwatching and spotting butterflies.
  • From the Lodge to Moni village is a pleasant 15 minute walk past ricefields. Moni has a few small shops, local eateries, and on Monday and Tuesday mornings, a colourful local market.

Saint Francis Guesthouse

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Wisma Santo Fransiskus or Saint Francis Guesthouse was built by the Sisters of St Francis for religious purposes. The guesthouse, later on, started receiving foreign visitors who were seeking a much better accommodation in comparison with the already existing homestays in Moni. It is also known as Missionary Guest House.

Wisma St. Fransiskus is about 33 km from the colored lakes of Kelimutu. Normally guests start off early morning from the guesthouse to catch the sunrise in Kelimutu while enjoying the natural wonders that surround it.

The guesthouse provides a simple but clean accommodation. The rooms for guests and the main dining room are located on the ground floor while the sisters occupy the second floor. There are regular prayers on the second floor where the sisters and the orphans staying in the dormitory nearby share the room for daily prayers.

The income of the guesthouse is mainly used to fund the social works of the St. Francis Sisters in Detusoko. The main areas which the sisters work in are: housing the orphan children neglected by their parents and giving them the appropriate formal education they deserve.

Facilities: Banquet/Function Facilities | Languages Spoken: Indonesian | Address: Wisma St. Fransiskus – Detusoko, Detusoko

Hotel Dwi Putra, Ende

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Hotel Dwi Putra is the biggest hotel in Ende. The rooms are housed on a 4 storey building where the owner also shares the space for living on the second floor. The hotel management which is controlled from the second floor, where the restaurant and all the administration process located, is run by the owner – a lady assisted by her daughter.

Facilities:

  • Car Parking
  • Fax
  • Meeting Room(s)
  • Restaurant(s)

Languages Spoken:

  • English
  • Indonesian

Address: Jalan Yos Sudarso, Ende

2 Flores, Ruteng to Bajawa, What to See

Flores, Ruteng to Bajawa 150 Km, 6 Hours

What to See

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Ruteng

Ruteng is a small town on the western end of Flores Island, Indonesia. It is the capital of West Manggarai regency. The population is predominantly Roman Catholic, but still preserve the ancient Manggarai custom of caci (whip fighting), which is usually practiced at weddings, and serves as a tourist attraction.

Ruteng is a Hinterland east of the port area of Labuhan Bajo and close to the other ports of West Manggarai regency and it really another ‘passing through’ area in Flores’s western area. Whether you area heading to Komodo and the eastern islands of extensive protected wildlife and or towards the east in search of incredible peaks and mountains it is likely that you will find Ruteng a convenient stopping point. Ruteng is a beautiful place to explore when passing trough or residing in any of the coastal area in the west, southwest and northwest of the Flores Island.

Ruteng is a town that deals will the export of the tropical fruits and vegetables from which the farmers of its surrounding areas produce as the largest industry and traditional of the area. Beautiful traditional villages surround the large town, these villages extend high into the mountains offering cooler and more humid mountain fresh climates with amazing sunrise views and the ability to grow and sustain a larger selection of crops. crops here include Pineapple, cinnamon, cloves, sweet potato and many other spices and fruits.

Points and areas of interest that Ruteng has to offer include Golo Curu, the ‘welcome mountain’ this beautiful view point can be reached by heading out from Ruteng towards Reo but going straight after the bridge when instead of following the main road round to left. from here you area lead to an unpathed road that is only a 20 minute to the top. As with most of the Mountains in the Flores area, Golo Curu is subject to clouds manifesting around its peak during the day but is almost always clear in the morning, if you make it for first light you will witness an incredible sunrise over the city of Ruteng and its surrounding mountains and hills. upon the mountain of Golo Curu the very top is obstructed by vegetation but a little further down there are some excellent panoramic viewpoints. there is also an alter to the virgin Mary after a reported sighting and message that one should be built, the church agreed to build it but so far this is where the story ends.

Another worth while experience is to visit and witness a local marriage, marriages are an interesting and pleasant event and usually feature one of the most potent elements of Flores’ culture, the whip fighting. Whip fighting is a social display that is more of a dance then a fight but does feature a competitive edge. The whole ceremony is a good experience and if you are appropriately dressed and know how to behave according to the customs then you will be warmly welcome even as a stranger. The best way to look for this if you are interested is to ask in Indonesian at the market or employ the help of someone who speaks English to help you and advise you on how to behave and what to wear.

AIMERE

About an hour before Bajawa you can discover how the local drink (arak) is made. People from all over Flores, mainly the men, drink this strong ‘palm wine’ (from the lontar palm) during traditional ceremonies, on special events but also just in the evenings when socialising with other men from the village. Arak can also be made from rice (rice wine). In this coastal village you can taste and buy your own Arak.

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1 Flores, Labuhanbajo to Ruteng What to See

Flores, Labuhanbajo to Ruteng 120 km, 4 Hours
What to See

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Labuhan Bajo

Overnight in Labuan Bajo or in the Komodo Islands

Komodo Angel Island Resort

Komodo  Kanawa Island Resort

Komodo, Sebayur Island, Komodo Resort

Komodo, Seraya Island Bungalows, Seraya Island

Labuan Bajo Waecicu Eden Beach Hotel

Labuan Bajo is a small and pretty harbor on the western-most tip of the island of Flores and is your entry point to the Komodo National Park (KNP) and the wonders of the island of Flores. At sunset. Labuan Bajo offers spectacular scenery as the many small islands that face this harbor silhouette dramatically against the darkening sea, creating a most magical effect.

With growing numbers of tourists travelling to Komodo and Flores, more star-rated hotels are now available. Prices of strategic lands have increased as the strong tourism potential around Labuan Bajo attracts major investors.

With the established of the regional administration in Labuan Bajo, transportation access to Labuan Bajo, by land, sea and air continue to be enhanced. Numerous economic and tourism developments are now in an advanced planning stage or under construction in West Manggarai. Labuanbajo, also spelled Labuhanbajo, is a city at the tip of Flores Island in Indonesia. It is the launching point for trips to Komodo Island and Rinca Island to see Komodo dragons and the surrounding sea is idyllic for diving and snorkeling. Nearby Seraya Island is a great opportunity to do some diving and snorkeling and every evening at Kalong Island thousands of flying fox bats put on an amazing display.

Labuanbajo can be accessed by ferry from Sumbawa or by public bus from Ende and Maumere. There are also daily flights between Labuanbajo and Denpasar.

Komodo National Park encompasses a lot of water and islands west of Labuanbajo. If you want to go to Rinca or Komodo islands, or dive in the park you will have to buy a 3 day park pass for 15 $USD. Money from such user fees goes into conservation efforts (including armed patrols) that are apparently overseen by the WWF.

Rinca Island (Indonesian: Rinca Kecil or Pulau Rinca) is a more convenient place to see Komodo Dragons than Komodo island. Some dive operators might be convinced to combine a stop at the island with a days diving. There are big dragons that are often right in front of the pier when people arrive.

Scuba Diving within the park is excellent. There are three main dive operators that offer day dives as well as live aboard opportunities: Bajo Dive Club, Dive Komodo, and Reef Seekers. The Dive Komodo divemaster is a true enthusiast of manta rays (clearly evident by the tattoo on his back), who often spots manta rays from the boat between dives. He has been known to join divers in jumping into the water with snorkel gear to have a look at them.

Seraya Island (Indonesian: Seraya Kecil or Pulau Seraya) is an idyllic island and a great opportunity to get away from civilization and do some snorkeling and diving. Seraya is little more than a small, arid island outside of the Komodo National Park with a few bamboo huts for tourist lodging, a restaurant, and some villagers who let their goats graze on vegetation. The island’s cove is protected from the sea providing calm and clear water for snorkeling. At low tide the coral is exposed and local fishermen walk on the reef in search of prey. Rowboats can be rented and taken to nearby islands for snorkeling and diving. Make sure to run up to the top of the hill behind the resorts and check out the sunset. The lodges on the island do have showers, but running water is only available a few hours a day.

One of the more spectacular displays of nature in the area is at Kalong Island (Indonesian: Pulau Kalong), which literally means “Flying Fox Island.” The name is quite appropriate as the island is home to thousands of Kalong, or giant flying fox bats. Boats to Kalong can be chartered from Labuanbajo. Your boat will situate itself next to the mangrove island and at dusk literally tens of thousands of flying foxes emerge from the mangrove island and move over your boat towards Rinca Island. For the entire colony to emerge will take roughly twenty minutes of continuous waves of bats passing over your boat. The boat ride to/from Labuanbajo will take roughly one hour.

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Batu Cermin

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Batu Cermin (lit. Mirror Rock) is the limestone Mirror Rock that gives this outcrop its name. Depending on the time of year the sun shines into the canyon between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. and is reflected on the walls. This creates a spectacular visual effect.

Batu Cermin is located 4 km east of Labuan Bajo, an impressive prominent rock formation near a series of caves. Batu Cermin is also home to interesting local flora and animals, including monkeys that frequent sighted in this area. The excellent panoramic view of the mainland area and the islands near Labuan Bajo can be seen while you’re here, but please do not forget to bring a flashlight to view the inverted perches of the bats. The Batu Cermin caves are home to many bats. The main cave of Batu Cermin is located at the centre. A ladder walkway connects the central area where the main cave is located. The walkway leads through a series of chambers before opening into the main narrow canyon of the “Mirror Rock”.Observe bats and spiders in the caves. While bats are found in abundance, you have to be very lucky to see the local spiders who, when approached, quickly scamper out of sight.

Suggestion: Bring your own water, food and flash light. Batu Cermin offers a pleasant morning or afternoon trip.

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In Manggarai you will certainly notice the impressive lingko fields. The most amazing view over a number of these fields is offered at Cara Village situated on a small hill 17km west of Ruteng in Cancar. With their round, spider-web structure, these pieces of land are unique eye-catchers in Manggarai.

Long before wet-rice cultivation, the ancestors of the Manggaraian people grew dry rice, corn, and tubers in the lingko fields. Every village used to own several fields. During planting and harvesting time, ceremonies and ritual offerings were held at the lodok, the ritual center of the lingko. The lodok features a wooden pole and a rock. These two objects symbolize the reunion of the male and female, the heaven and earth, and the creation of mankind. If a new lingko was developed, the sacrifice of a water buffalo was required. The division of a new lingko was guided by the tu’a teno, the Lord of the Land. This traditional leader had the authority over the land and the rituals and ceremonies related to the agricultural cycle. The distribution of the fields to different families was carried out at the lodok. Every family of a community had the right to work a certain piece of land. Depending on the family’s size, the head of the family held a certain number of fingers to the pole in the lodok. The distance between the fingers was marked on this pole. From these two points, lines were drawn to the outer circle of the lingko, defining the size of a family’s land. These pie segments were called moso, which means ‘hand’ in the Manggarai language. The moso were not conceived as the private property of a single person or household. Traditionally the lingko was farmed with a system of shifting cultivation, thus claims of constant land tenure were not yet common. After a two-year utilization period, the old fields were given up, and virgin forest – which in the past was abundant – or former fallow land, was cleared for new fields. Even though these fields still exist today, their agricultural and ritual context has changed drastically.

Nowadays the lingko fields are primarily used for wet-rice cultivation. With the dominance of this new form of farming, the significance of the traditional agricultural

calendar with its rituals and ceremonies, embedded in the planting and harvesting of dry rice and corn, has also faded.

Facilities
In Cara Village you will not find any tourist facilities. Ruteng, located 16km from Cara Village, offers some accommodation and restaurants.

How to get there
Located only 17km from Ruteng, Cancar is easily reachable from Ruteng by motorbike or car. Bemo also frequently head to Cancar from the market in Ruteng. From the terminal in Cancar it is about a 1km walk to the viewing point in Cara Village. While passing through the village, you are expected to stop at the adat house to sign the guestbook and leave a small donation.

Liang Bua Cave

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The Liang Bua is a limestone cave on the Island of Flores, in East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia was the site of the 2003 discovery of a potentially new species of Homo genus, Homo floresiensis, the remains of which are coded LB1, LB2, etc., after the cave. So far it is the only location in which such remains have been identified.

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A market town and meeting point for the hill people of western Flores, Ruteng is the heart of Manggarai country, which extends to the west coast from north of Aimere. The town is surrounded by rice fields on gentle slopes beneath a line of volcanic hills.

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Ruteng is a pleasantly cool town of broad streets, but it’s spread out and not particularly atmospheric, though there are some interesting sights in the vicinity. Most people just spend a night here, stopping to break the interminable bus journey.

Ruteng’s lively, sprawling pasar (Jl Kartini) is a meeting place for people from the surrounding hills.

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Ruteng is a small town on the western end of Flores Island, Indonesia. It is the capital of West Manggarai regency. The population is predominantly Roman Catholic, but still preserve the ancient Manggarai custom of caci (whip fighting), which is usually practiced at weddings, and serves as a tourist attraction.

Ruteng is a Hinterland east of the port area of Labuhan Bajo and close to the other ports of West Manggarai regency and it really another ‘passing through’ area in Flores’s western area. Whether you area heading to Komodo and the eastern islands of extensive protected wildlife and or towards the east in search of incredible peaks and mountains it is likely that you will find Ruteng a convenient stopping point. Ruteng is a beautiful place to explore when passing trough or residing in any of the coastal area in the west, southwest and northwest of the Flores Island.

Ruteng is a town that deals will the export of the tropical fruits and vegetables from which the farmers of its surrounding areas produce as the largest industry and traditional of the area. Beautiful traditional villages surround the large town, these villages extend high into the mountains offering cooler and more humid mountain fresh climates with amazing sunrise views and the ability to grow and sustain a larger selection of crops. crops here include Pineapple, cinnamon, cloves, sweet potato and many other spices and fruits.

Points and areas of interest that Ruteng has to offer include Golo Curu, the ‘welcome mountain’ this beautiful view point can be reached by heading out from Ruteng towards Reo but going straight after the bridge when instead of following the main road round to left. from here you area lead to an unpathed road that is only a 20 minute to the top. As with most of the Mountains in the Flores area, Golo Curu is subject to clouds manifesting around its peak during the day but is almost always clear in the morning, if you make it for first light you will witness an incredible sunrise over the city of Ruteng and its surrounding mountains and hills. upon the mountain of Golo Curu the very top is obstructed by vegetation but a little further down there are some excellent panoramic viewpoints. there is also an alter to the virgin Mary after a reported sighting and message that one should be built, the church agreed to build it but so far this is where the story ends.

Another worth while experience is to visit and witness a local marriage, marriages are an interesting and pleasant event and usually feature one of the most potent elements of Flores’ culture, the whip fighting. Whip fighting is a social display that is more of a dance then a fight but does feature a competitive edge. The whole ceremony is a good experience and if you are appropriately dressed and know how to behave according to the customs then you will be warmly welcome even as a stranger. The best way to look for this if you are interested is to ask in Indonesian at the market or employ the help of someone who speaks English to help you and advise you on how to behave and what to wear.

Pu’u Village

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The traditional village of Ruteng Pu’u, located 4km from Ruteng, is one of the most popular places to see the traditional compang, a round, stone platform surrounded by a circle of stones and traditional houses.

The compang  is the center of traditional ceremonies and rituals, e.g. for sacrificial offerings. An impressive waringin tree (Ficus Benjamina), locally known as a ‘ruteng’, once grew in the center of the compang.  It is now replaced by a dadap tree. On the east side of the compang, there are two tall traditional houses with spiked roofs.

Facilities

Ruteng, which is situated only 4km from Ruteng Pu’u, offers some low-budget accommodation and restaurants. 

How to get there

Ruteng Pu’u can be reached within 10 minutes from the center of Ruteng and is accessible by car, motorbike, or on foot.

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Wae Rebo is an old Manggaraian village, situated in pleasant, isolated mountain scenery. The village offers visitors a unique opportunity to see authentic Manggarai housing and to experience the everyday life of the local community. In the village of Wae Rebo, visitors can see mbaru niang – traditional, circular cone-shaped houses with very unique architecture. Nowadays, it is still a place to hold meetings, rituals and Sunday-morning prayers together.

The village can only be reached by way of a three-hour hike (depending on your physical condition) from the lowlands. The hike is definitely worth the effort: the dense rain forest along the narrow path to Wae Rebo is one of a stunning biological diversity. Not only does it host interesting vegetation, including orchids, palms, and different ferns, but also an impressive population of singing birds. 

Wae Rebo has been supported to become the major culture tourism attraction in West Flores. Together with a team of Jakarta-based architects and the Indonesian government, the local community renovated four of their mbaru niang – or ‘drum houses’ in the Manggaraian language. 

The circular, cone-shaped buildings were all rebuilt in a traditional way. In contrast today’s rectangular buildings, the hearth is situated in the center of the house. The massive roof, made out of palm fiber, is supported by a central wooden pole. The ceremonial house – differing in size from the other buildings – is the place where sacred heirloom drums and gongs are stored, and where different ceremonies and rituals are held. This house is a communal building, gathering eight families who are descended from a common ancestor under its huge roof. Its structure symbolizes the unity of the clan, with the sacred drums considered the clan’s medium to communicate with the ancestors.

When you visit Wae Rebo, you will not only see the authentic Manggaraian housing, but also get an opportunity to experience the daily life of the local people. Most of the people work in their gardens from early morning until dawn, busy with harvesting coffee and processing the beans. Even though weaving is not a major activity in Wae Rebo, you may encounter some women weaving traditional songket cloth. Visitors are welcome to spend the night in the mbaru niang, and to socialize and dine with the Wae Rebo community. You will sleep on a tikar, a woven mat made out of pandanus leaf, in the mbaru niang, and get a taste of how life used to be when the extended families still lived their lives under one roof.

Facilities
If you would like to stay in Wae Rebo for a night, there are several local guides as well as tour operators who can organize trekking and overnight stay for you, e.g. Leonardus Nyoman on +62 8123662110 or www.floresexotictours.com, Yeremias Uril on +6281380709223 , or Martinus Anggo on +6285239344046 or . Blasius Monta (+6381339350775) can organize a local homestay in Denge. As the community offers you to experience their daily life, you will dine together with them and they will also take care of your well-being. Nevertheless, it is recommended to bring your own water supply with you.

How to get there
There are several options for getting to Wae Rebo:

Car or motorbike from Ruteng:
Start the 2.5 – 3 hour drive by heading south towards Golo Lusang. After having passed Pong Nggeok village, you will cross Wae Mese bridge. Go ahead to Narang village, followed by Nanga Ramut village, and you will end up in Dintor. From this small fishing village you can see the beautiful Mules Island. The road to the north brings you to Kombo – Wae Rebo’s twin village – and finally to Denge village, which is the starting point for the hike to Wae Rebo.

Truck (oto kayu) from Ruteng:
From the Mena Bus Terminal, the truck route will take you across the villages of Cancar, Pela, Todo, and Dintor before you finally reach Denge Village.
The oto kayu usually departs from the terminal in the afternoon. The trip takes about 3 – 3 1/2 hours. If you want to go back from Denge to Ruteng, you will have to wake up early as the bis kayu departs from Denge at 5.30am.

Boat:
The boat trip is a good option if you start the trip from Labuan Bajo. Head south to the coastal village of Nangalili. Once there, you have to rent a boat (about Rp 400,000) to take you to Dintor. As there is no regular boat schedule, it is highly recommended to charter the boat in advance (contact Pak Irwan, +62 812366 89171). The boat trip takes about two hours and leads you across to Mules Island. After having arrived in Dintor, continue your trip to Denge by ojek (about Rp 10,000) for about 20 minutes.

Hiking
In Denge, start the hike by taking the path between a local homestay and village SDK (elementary school). The hike will lead you across three rest spots. The first one is at Wae Lomba River, which is less than an hour from Denge. After another hour of trekking, you will find the second one, Pocoroko. This is an important place for villagers (and visitors) who want to make phone calls and send text messages from their mobile phones, as there is no mobile signal in Wae Rebo. From Pocoroko you will reach the third post, Nampe Bakok, which takes about 40 minutes. From here, enjoy the beautiful hill scenery before you reach Wae Rebo.

TODO VILLAGE
About an hour before Ruteng, but off the main road towards the south, is the village of Todo. It’s a traditional village where a traditional house can be seen. If you are lucky, the old village men will give you some explanation about the old Manggarai traditions.

A compang is a stone altar usually found in the yards of traditional homes of the Manggarai community.  The Compang is the center of traditional ceremonies, among which is  the penti, a ceremony to thank God for a bountiful harvest.  Water buffalos and cows are tied to this Compang to be subsequently sacrificed.

The Compang Ruteng is located in the center of the Ruteng Pu’u village in Golo Dukal sub-district, Manggarai, Flores, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT).  The stone Compang and the yards surrounding it are on higher ground than the local homes. A Beringin tree (Ficus Benjamina), locally known as a Ruteng, once grew in the center of the Compang.  The tree is no longer there and is now replaced by a Dadap tree.  To its east, the Compang has two local traditional tall houses with sharp roofs.

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– Komodo Islands What to See

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Komodo is one of the 17,508 islands that make up the Republic of Indonesia. The island is particularly notable as the natural habitat of the komodo dragon, the largest lizard on earth and consequently named after the island. Komodo Island has a surface area of 390 km² and a permanent population of over 2,000. The inhabitants of the island are descendants of former convicts who were exiled to the island and who have mixed with Bugis from Sulawesi. The population are primarily adherents of Islam but there are also Christian and Hindu congregations. Komodo is part of the Lesser Sunda chain of islands and forms part of the Komodo National Park. In addition, the island is a popular destination for diving. Administratively, it is part of the East Nusa Tenggara province. Vegetation on Komodo Island Contents History The earliest stories of a dragon existing in the region circulated widely and attracted considerable attention. But no one visited the island to check the story until official interest was sparked in the early 1910s by stories from Dutch sailors based in Flores about a mysterious creature. The creature was allegedly a “dragon” which inhabited a small island in the Lesser Sunda Islands (the main island of which is Flores in East Nusa Tenggara). The Dutch sailors reported that the creature measured up to seven meters in length with a large body and mouth which constantly spat fire. Hearing the reports, Lieutenant Steyn van Hensbroek, an official of the Dutch Colonial Administration in Flores, planned a trip to Komodo Island. He armed himself, and accompanied by a team of soldiers he landed on the island. After a few days, Hensbroek managed to kill one of the strange animals. Van Hensbroek took the animal to headquarters where measurements were taken. It was approximately 2.1 meters long, with a shape very similar to that of a lizard. More samples were then photographed by Peter A. Ouwens, the Director of the Zoological Museum and Botanical Gardens in Bogor, Java. The records that Ouwens made are the first reliable documentation of details about what is now called the Komodo dragon or Komodo monitor. Ouwens was keen to obtain additional samples. He recruited hunters who killed two dragons measuring 3.1 meters and 3.35 meters as well as capturing two pups, each measuring less than one meter. Ouwens carried out studies on the samples and concluded that the komodo dragon was not a flamethrower but was a type of monitor lizard. Research results were published in 1912. Ouwens named the giant lizard Varanus komodoensis, more commonly known as a komodo dragon. Realizing the significance of the dragons on Komodo Island as an endangered species, the Dutch government issued a regulation on the protection of komodos on Komodo Island in 1915. The komodo dragon became something of a living legend. In the decades since the komodo was discovered, various scientific expeditions from a range of countries have carried out field research on the dragons on Komodo Island.[1] Komodo has been included into the controversial New7Wonders of Nature list since November 11, 2011

– Komodo Islands Accomodation

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Komodo Angel Island Resort
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Angel Island Resort Komodo National Park, Indonesia Indulge yourself and stay at Angel Island, 10 villas set in gardens of Hibiscus flowers in 15 hectares, on a private island on the edge of Komodo National Park, with 3 white sand beaches, 20 minutes by boat out of Labuanbajo – Flores. Angel Island resort is a small island to the West of Labuanbajo, Flores, which is in the Lesser Sundas province, East of Bali. The villas are spacious and all set within 1 minute walk from the ocean. Each villa has remotely controlled A/C for your comfort, King size beds or twin 120cm beds. There is a mini bar with snacks and drinks, personal mini safe for your valuables, water dispenser with hot and cold water for free tea/coffee anytime. The Garden Bathroom The bathroom ensuites with hot and cold rain shower and a cold water shower Urn in the garden, twin sinks with hot/cold water. Room Terrace Each room has a private terrace with sun-loungers and coffee table. The Garden restaurant is set with a view of the ocean, with tables at the edge of the beach, so you are able to dine under the stars and moon and hear the waves gently lapping, or you can dine in the traditional wooden pavilions set intimately for two or our larger pavilion for up to 8, also placed at the beach. The menu has a variety of wholesome Indonesian, European and Vegetarian dishes. Fresh line caught fish will be served. however due to the destructive fishing practices used catching shell fish, octopus, Squid and cuttlefish, these are not served in the restaurant

Komodo  Kanawa Island Resort

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Kanawa Island Resort KANAWA ISLAND BEACH BUNGALOWS AT KOMODO NATIONAL PARK Kanawa is a beautiful tropical island of about 32 Hectares, fully surrounded by natural reefs. It consists of two main white sand beaches and one small, hidden sand cove. At the center of the island a hill guarantees astonishing 360 degrees views all over Komodo National Park, offering one of the world’s most spectacular sunsets. Located just at the boarders of Komodo National Park, Kanawa island is the perfect destination for diving Komodo, adventures in Komodo National park, families and honeymooners. This wonderful tropical getaway is only one hour away from Bali International Airport A small resort made of 14 bungalows and a restaurant, the Starfish Cafe which serves wonderful grilled fish and cold drinks. Mercury Development Solutions is planning the development of an eco-friendly luxury resort on the island. this island is a new destination to discover. The surrounding reef create a lagoon of pristine crystal clear waters that together with white sandy beaches and the hundreds of varieties of tropical fishes, turtles and mantas living in those waters, will make any of your swim an unforgettable experience. The hill that cover the middle area of the island guarantee unimaginable views all over the bay and the most breathtaking sunsets you’ll ever see… Kanawa island is the ideal place to create an eco friendly couple orientated boutique resort, where luxury affordable to most people will take place. Kanawa resot will be a destination point for Honeymooners or couple looking for romanticism, for people who want to escape the daily routine, for divers and adventures lookng for new places to discover… Kanawa is the right starting point to explore Komodo national park and the beauties of Flores island. Kanawa island is located just 6miles away from Labuan Bajo, at the borders of UNESCO World Heritage site, Komodo National Park. It is an untouched secluded island, fully surrounded by reef and white sand beaches. In the middle a small hill guarantees a spectacular view all over the park and Labuan Bajo bay. On the island you can sleep in small hacks, 14 total, really rustics, with open sky “shower”… Snorkeling, diving and trekking are just fabulous, one of the best place all over the world to dive and snorkel. On the island a rare sea eagle made its nest, and a dear and some goats live widely but not scared of humans, as for all the fishes and turtles which swim freely in the turquoise waters. Kanawa is a beautiful tropical island of about 32 Hectares, fully surrounded by natural reefs. It consists of two main white sand beaches and one small, hidden sand cove. At the center of the island a hill guarantees astonishing 360 degrees views all over Komodo National Park, offering one of the world most spectacular sunsets Kanawa island is the ideal place to create an eco friendly boutique resort, where high standards of luxury will be affordable to most people. Kanawa Resort will be a destination point for honeymooners or couples looking for the most romantic scenery, for people who want to escape their daily, chaotic routines and for travelers, adventures, divers, etc. who are looking for new places to discover… Facilities: Friendly staff for a good The island beach resort proposes 14 basic bungalows, some with the possibility to add an extra bed for kids. On the island the following facilities and services are available: * Cafe and Restaurant, open from breakfast to dinner * Pizza oven * Massage Bale, open in the afternoon * Trip organization desk (komodo, Rinca and diving tours) * Island Boat for snorkeling trips * Canoe for rental * Mask and snorkels for rental * Mountain and beach track * Fishing jetty * Beach BBQ with fresh catch fish Activities: Relax your senses Kanawa island offers its guests magical moments of relax, contemplation and romance. Fantastic sunsets and sunrises will paint everyday the sky with different colors. Snorkeling around Kanawa, in the pristine waters looking at the untouched reef, will make you discover thousands different species of sea-lives, including turtles, dolphins and sea sharks. The middle of the island offers a 91m high hill, with tracks and wonderful views all over Labuan bajo bay and komodo national park. Our accommodations are as follows: STANDARD BUNGALOWS Single occupancy Rp 350.000/night Double occupancy Rp 390.000/night DELUXE BUNGALOWS Double occupancy Rp 450.000/night Triple occupancy Rp 450.000/night (extra mattress with mosquito net) CAMPING Kanawa Beach Bungalow offer to travelers the option to camp, an area on the southern part of the island has been prepared for tents. We have some tents on the island for rental, but feel free to bring your own tent and use Kanawa facilities. Kanawa Camping is still in a beta phase so at the moment only one public toilet and shower are available. Camping accommodations are as follows: – Rent space for tent: 1-2 pax = Rp 150.000 / night 3 pax = Rp 200.000 / night – Rent tent: 1 pax = Rp 125.000 / night 2 pax = Rp 250.000 / night 3 pax = Rp 300.000 / night The price include transportation to and from Labuan Bajo and breakfast at the island cafe For Komodo Trips and diving a quotation can be provided to you upon request. For high season is suggested to book in advance. High and peak season surcharge Rp. 100.000/night/room apply from July 01-September 15 and December 01-January 15 The island is reachable by one hour flight from Bali and 40 minutes boat from Labuan Bajo. there are actually 3 daily flights from Bali to Labuan Bajo and the Kanawa office will organize for you the baot trip to the island. The island has been recently leased for 50 years from some young Europeans, who intend to create a unique hideaway resort, eco-friendly and in respect to the local traditions. The island is reachable by one hour flight from Bali and 40 minutes boat from Labuan Bajo. there are actually 3 daily flights from Bali to Labuan Bajo and the Kanawa office will organize for you the boat trip to the island. The island has been recently leased for 50 years from some young Europeans, who intend to create a unique hideaway resort, eco-friendly and in respect to the local traditions. Kanawa Island is a small island off Flores. It can be walked around in about 30 minutes at low tide, and has only very basic tourist bungalows (ten of them) and a restaurant. There is electricity for 4 hours every evening and the bathrooms are outdoor affairs with cold water mandis. The attraction here is the great snorkelling and the good fishing. it’s the most relaxing place island of Labuan Bajo islands group Island Information: Excellent beaches, calm water, good swimming and snorkeling. Basic bungalows available for overnight stay. Restaurant serving local food and drink. Excellent snorkeling opportunities near the Jetty and to the right of the Jetty area. Refer to map for snorkeling spots. Accommodation: 14 Bungalows include 5 triple rooms. Family guests are most welcome!! Restaurant and Beverage are open following schedule. SIR Kanawa has 3 beaches. Please excursion those as you feel free, this island is only hotel staff and guests are living Our friends are Eagles, Deer, Goats, Cats, some other birds and fishes. Please protect and respect our lives here As long as no bother, please feel free to enjoy your stay. We have 180m pier where you can just jump in!! to snorkel/diving entry point from 0-3m drop down to 30-40m and more so anytime you will able to snorkel around island whenever you feel even during low tide. Around Kanawa, you will find so many different kind of species, specially everybody loves turtles, tropical fishes, sharks (it is reef shark), bumphead fishes , eagle rays, sting rays, moray, schools, so on…..

Komodo, Sebayur Island, Komodo Resort

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KOMODO RESORT SEBAYUR ISLAND & DIVE CLUB Sebayur Island Besar ( There is 02 island of Sebayur, Little-Small and big one-besar ) located just on the border of Komodo National Park. Its known as one of the best dive sites in Komodo Indonesia. Sebayur Island Besar is unhabitat island, it has white sand beaches, beautiful hill with stunning view and wonderful underwater paradise with Mantas, Rays, Napaleons and Sharks. Komodo Resort & Diving Club is Just open, with now only 06 bungalows on stilts all facing to the sea, great sunrise, beachfront bungalows wit specious facilities in room and resort facilities makes Komodo Resort is the best offshore Labuan Bajo resort. All the snorkeling area is just few paddling out from your bungalows, untouched coral reefs, a lot of fishes and of course its safe to swimming. Komodo Resort just open recently, they owner plan to make more bungalows with 04 more in coming months which make only 20 people to stay maximum on the island to protect the island and its great underwater from humans. Resort Facilities: – Restaurant – Diving Club with PADI Dive Courses – Canoe and kayak – Room Services – Snorkeling Equipment Rentals – Pick up and transfer from Airport and Labuan Bajo Room Rates: DIVERS PACKAGES (price per person per day) full board accommodation + boat trip with 2 dives bungalow STANDARD in double : Euro 130 bungalow DELUXE in double : Euro 145 bungalow STANDARD in single : Euro 165 bungalow DELUXE in single : Euro 175 additional third bed in STANDARD : Euro 100 additional third bed in DELUXE : Euro 115 NOT DIVERS PACKAGES (price per person per day) full board accommodation bungalow STANDARD in double : Euro 100 bungalow DELUXE in double : Euro 115 bungalow STANDARD in single : Euro 125 bungalow DELUXE in single : Euro 140 additional third bed in STANDARD : Euro 75 additional third bed in DELUXE : Euro 85 CHILDREN REDUCTION 01 to 6 years in double room DELUXE or STANDARD : Free sharing bed with parent and without breakfast. 7 to 12 years in double room DELUXE or STANDARD : 50% from adult price DIVING PRICES 1 day – 2 dives : Euro 55 2 days – 4 dives : Euro 105 3 days – 6 dives : Euro 145 4 days – 8 dives : Euro 180 5 days – 10 dives : Euro 205 6 days – 12 dives : Euro 235 7 days – 14 dives : Euro 270 8 days – 16 dives : Euro 300 * 2 DIVES PER DAY WITH BOAT – equipment not included – snorkeling trip with snorkeling guide per person and min 02 person : Euro 50 – Additional Dive : Euro 30 – Night Dive : Euro 35 _ Additional for Private Guide : Euro 40 – Single dive with boat & Guide : Euro 50 Dive Equipment Rental Full Equipments ( Not Included Computer and Torch ) : Eur0 25 Snorkeling Equipments : Euro 5 Torch : Euro 7 Fins : Euro 3 Mask and Snorkel : Euro 3 Wet Suit : Euro 6 Regulator : Euro 7 BCD : Euro 7 Computer : Euro 8 High and peak season apply from July 01-September 15 and Dec 01-January 15 with additional charge Euro 20/night/room. Location : Komodo Resort located on the northern part of Sebayur Besar Island with over 1 Km long white private beaches. Its just few miles away from the Park border and closer to all world class diving sites of Komodo National Park Indonesia. Diving in the area: Sebayur Islands : Euro 45/dive/person Extra dive : Euro 40/dive/person In Komodo National Park: Tatawa Islands : Euro 100/02 dives/person, min 02 person Current City : Euro 110/02 dives/person, min 02 person Cristal Rock : Euro 110/02 dives/person, min 02 person Batu Tiga : Euro 120/02 dives/person, Min 02 person South Komodo : Euro 150/02 dives/person, min 02 person Dead Man Island : Euro 120/02 dives/person, min 02 person Sabolon Islands : Euro 90/02 dives/person, min 03 person Dive Included: – Dive Boat – BCD, Regulator, Mask, Snorkel, Weight and belt – Dive Guides – Lunch Box – Fresh Fruits – Coffee and Teas Dive Excluded: – Komodo Conservation Fees – Dive Computer – Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks – Tipping

Komodo, Seraya Island Bungalows, Seraya Island

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Come to Seraya Island and spend some wonderful days in an unspoiled, tranquil environment away from Kuta’s hassle and bustle and enjoy the beauty of white sandy beaches, blue waters, and exotic coral life.

Seraya Island (official name: Seraya Kecil) is about 1,3 km long and up to 200 m wide and is situated about 10 km north of Labuan Bajo at the western end of the island of Flores, Indonesia.

Our bungalows are built directly on the superb white beach. The water is clean & clear and the drop-off is around 60 m from the beach. The corals are just great and there is an abundance of fish and other marine life making Seraya Island the ideal location for snorkeling and other activities. Our bungalows are furnished with a double bed and mosquito net, bathroom (mandi) and porch. The restaurant specializes in fresh fish dishes.

Activities

Enjoy activities like swimming, snorkeling, fishing (we provide the equipment) and canoeing around the island or rent our motorized boat and be your own captain to discover the uninhabited surrounding islands. (You will be given a crash course on how to operate the boat. It is easy).

To see the famous Komodo dragon is a must. We organize boat trips to Rinca or Komodo. There are dragons on both islands.

  • Our boat leaves from Labuan Bajo 11:15 am
  • and from Seraya 8:00 am

Restaurant: The prices on Seraya are the same as on the ‘mainland’.

Seraya Island Bungalows is operated by Gardena Hotel Labuan Bajo, Flores.

4 Floris, Ende To Maumere, Accomodation

Floris, Ende To Maumere

Accomodation

Ende to Moni 55 Km, 2 Hours, Moni to Kelimutu Car 1 Hour and Walking 30 Min, Moni to Maumere 90 Km, 3 Hours.

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Kelimutu Color Lakes Eco Lodge in Kelimutu National Park

Experience one of the natural wonders of the world – the three spectacular coloured crater lakes of Mt Kelimutu. Immerse yourself in a traditional way of life rich in its traditions. Situated in the heart of the Lio region on the western side of the Island of Flores.

The fifth eco lodge of Eco lodges indonesia is now open near The magic Kelimutu National Park in Eastern Flores. The brain child of Meryl Wilson and Putu Febri, this lodge is already popular and is a stepping stone on the Trans Flores Safari to see the three crater lakes and unique birdlife of this park

Kelimutu Crater Lakes Eco Lodge is part of a small chain of Indonesian ‘eco’ lodges promoting sustainable community-based tourism and environmental best practices.

The lodge is sited on a stream facing rice terraces just outside of Moni. Although opened almost two months before my stay, the ten-room hotel was still not fully complete. There are five twin / double villas and five twin / double rooms above the restaurant.

The Kelimutu Eco Lodge. Designed with an environmentally friendly concept just like it’s sister properties, for example the Bajo Eco Lodge, the Kelimutu Eco Lodge is located in Koanara Village, a riverside sanctuary designed with an open feel concept to bring you closer to its surrounding natural beauty. Koanara Village is part of Moni, a Sub-District in the Ende District.

Kelimutu Eco Lodge is the first establishment in Flores with a hybrid solar system; combining solar power with the available local electricity source to generate its power needed for the lodge operation. All water is re-cycled through 3 water-garden-systems to minimise pollution effects to the neighbouring river. The brown water is reused to irrigate the surrounding lush garden. Drinking water is processed with a U.V. purifier.

Advance booking is recommended as this is a uniquely styled petite lodge with only 10 rooms. Enjoy the spectacular view of the Kelimutu summit in the distance framed by the tree tops from your balcony. A stay here is definitely one of the many highlights of Flores.

Accommodation
Completed in July 2010 this Lodge is based on sustainable design principles. There are 10 light and airy Chalet style rooms with western/balinese style bathrooms. The restaurant serves a range of Indonesian, local and western style meals and beer and wine is available from the bar. Complimentary tea and coffee is available 24 hours. Perched above a river and enjoying spectacular views of Mt Kelimutu this highland, solar powered Lodge, provides a peaceful, cool and relaxing retreat.

Eco Credentials
This lodge is an eco lodge because we attempt to protect the environment by various means.

WATER all water is re cycled through 3 water –garden systems to prevent pollution of the river and to irrigate the garden.

The bathrooms are supplied with either solar hot water or gas water heaters, where it is too shaded for solar. Water is pumped from the river to a settling tank , then up the hill, by electricity.

Drinking water comes from a U.V. purifier.

POWER  A first in Flores, we have a system of solar panels , storage batteries and inverters which blend solar power with the small amount of local electricity available. Please be careful!

REFUSE a major problem, we recyle, reuse and as a last resort send to Maumeres dump. Kitchen waste is  composted or given to the pigs.

CONSTRUCTION is of local materials, stone and bamboo

STAFF All our staff are local

ARTS AND  ENVIRONMENT
We support local weavers, suppliers, guides and drivers.

We encourage traditional dance , music and arts, including weaving.

We support the Kelimutu National Park and encourage education on the environment.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A DONATION IN RETURN FOR YOUR BEAUTIFUL PHOTOGRAPHS OF RICE FIELDS , WEAVERS AND VILLAGERS – WE CAN ARRANGE FOR IT TO GO TO THE LOCAL SCHOOL.

Activities and Tours
Activities and tours available from Kelimutu Crater Lakes Eco Lodge

Kelimutu crater lakes for dawn
The Kelimutu National Park entrance is a short 20 minute drive , with an easy 20 minute walk, with steps, to the specatcular coloured lakes – returning for breakfast.
Or alternatively walk down, about two hours, and on the way:
* Visit-weaving villages
* Traditional dying villages
* Traditional chiefs houses
* Hot springs, natural or enclosed
* Waterfalls

Rates
Chalet style accommodation with local traditional thatched rooves and all with private well appointed bathrooms.
Single Room       : Rp. 800.000/night
Double Room    : Rp. 880.000/night
Extra Bed     : Rp. 200.000/night

All rates including breakfast, taxes

High and peak season surcharge apply from July to September and December to January with Rp. 200.000/night

Recommended stay is 2 – 4 nights. Guides available. Bar serves beer and wine. Restaurant with local, Indonesian and western style meals. Complimentary tea and coffee available 24 hours

Flores Arwanty Lovely Roses Guest House in Moni Village

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Gading Beach Hotel Maumere: Beachfront

Its has very beautiful location, comfortable, fresh and buried from the frenetic noise of vehicle traffic. Standing right by north coast of Flores sea is so clear blue and decorated with natural panorama of exotic ocean Flores.

Gading Beach Hotel & Resort has been in operation some time ago and managed professionally by a rising young businessman F. Roberto Diogo or call Robby familiar Idong which also owns in the city of Nara Hotels Maumere.

Seeking peace and solitude or want to drive out the fatigue and all the busyness that incriminating brain and mind, Ivory Beach Hotel & Resort is the right choice. The building that stands on the land area of 1 ha located in a comfortable environment and nature, impressed combines elements of modern natural and carefully designed based on the concept of hotels & resorts by the beach.

Flores sea front with sandy beach is clean, you can relax ria heart’s content. There is also a balcony which is designed with a natural touch and be right above the cafe who provided dibibir beach.

Yes, by enjoying a cup of tea or coffee while reading the newspaper or sunbathe relax your heart’s content are welcome to enjoy the panoramic sunrise (sunrise) or the sinking of the sun (sunset). Dikejauhan appears the fishermen who are busy fishing.

When night falls, especially if the moon refused to shine sheen radiates purnamanya the atmosphere will truly immerses especially when your beloved partner together and are pierced by Cupid’s darts sparks of love bubbling.

Gading Beach Hotel & Resort provides transportation needs with adequate fleet and was big enough. Fleet is ready to serve our guests to schedule arrival and departure at a cost of free or free.

Gading Beach Hotel has a few bedrooms that offer an impression with natural nuances and dibaluti clean cozy atmosphere of the beach from hiru bustle.

There are several bungalows that stood directly in front of the Flores sea challenge. These bungalows have a terrace to relax while enjoying lazing sea panorama. You even can see the bustle of the small fishermen who are looking for fish.

If you intend to provoke or be a fisherman for a moment, you can instantly realize the intentions and your dreams are, so just remove the boredom, what’s wrong? Ivory Beach Hotel & Resort to provide them.

Room Rates:
Standard Room    : Rp. 250.000/night including taxes and breakfast
Deluxe Room     : Rp. 400.000/night including taxes and breakfast

All rooms including taxes

High and peak season surcharge Rp. 100.000/night/room apply from July 01-September 15 and Dec 01-January 15

3 Flores, Bajawa to Ende, What to See

Flores, Bajawa to Ende 120 Km, 6 Hours

What to See

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Mount Inerie, Bajawa

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Wolo Topo Traditional Village

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Wolotopo, a rather large and lively village built into a quite steep hillside, is well worth a visit to encounter the Lionese people within their past and present way of living. The people there still strongly adhere to their adat and keep their traditional ceremonial houses in good shape. These houses are not only a relic of history but are also still inhabited by several families. Taking a stroll around the village, you will get an idea of the local daily activities – above all ikat weaving, which is practiced by almost every household – and the interplay of adat and Christian beliefs, expressed in the mix of traditional and Catholic graves.

Wolotopo’s keda kanga – a small wooden building used to store ancestral bones – is situated in an elevated position at top of the village. It features some prominent Lionese symbols: carved on its central pillar you can see a horse and a boat; and on the keda kanga’s four corners hangs the blue wooden seko, a depiction of fruit that symbolizes abundance and satisfaction. Peek inside the keda kanga to catch sight of the bhaku, a carved wooden box containing ancestral remains.

The sao ria, the ‘big house’, functions as an office for adat issues. It is still inhabited by the ria bewa – the village’s decision maker and legal authority – and his family. The sao ata laki stands elevated from the ground on rock pillars. It is inhabited by six families that include two who are mosalaki. Full of symbolism, the sao ata laki is a reflection of the female body. Its function as a communal house and a place for gatherings is expressed in the drum and gong reliefs at the entrance door; these instruments function to call people to gather.

Right next to the sao ata laki, the sao su’e is the place for holding major communal rituals and ceremonies. Inside this house, there is an elephant tusk surrounded by round rocks. It is a place that people visit after having bad dreams. They bring along a stone, put it down next to the tusk, and pray that the bad dreams will not materialize.

If you visit Wolotopo, please do not forget to register in the guestbook at the local village office and to leave a small donation – or ingredients for betel nut chew – at the elephant tusk after you enter the sao su’e. You can easily combine your trip to Wolotopo  with a trip to Ndona Village, which is only about 6km from Wolotopo. Ndona Village is famous for its unique Lionese ikat.

Facilities
Ende is the closest city, which offers some hotels, restaurants, and shops.

How to get there
Wolotopo is located about 12km from the city of Ende. The village is easily reachable by private transport (motorbike as well as car) or by ojek. From Ende, head eastwards towards the Wolowona Market. Turn right at the roundabout and follow that road until you arrive in Wolotopo Timur (East Wolotopo). The traditional houses are located in Wolotopo, the adjacent village, and are just a short walk away past the modern houses from Wolotopo Timur.

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Bena Traditional Village

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December is an important month for the community of Bena who hold annual celebrations called Reba. Reba is a festival similar to Thanksgiving, when people pay respect to and thank the Almighty for the blessings of a great harvest and the people’s welfare.

Ndona Hand Weaving Traditional Village

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If you are fond of Lionese ikat weaving, you must visit the women of Bou Sama Sama, an ikat weaving cooperative in Ndona. Bou Sama Sama was founded in 2004. At present, 17 weavers headed by Ibu Maria Angelina – a school-teacher and weaver – participate in this working group to produce a well-known, natural-dye ikat. The distinct reddish dye is extracted from the morinda tree in an elaborate process. The beautiful traditional cloth from Ndona is popular among ikat aficionados and is sold to collectors all over the world.

In contrast to other ikat weaving villages in the Ende district, where tourists often get beleaguered by ikat sellers, the pleasant members of Bou Sama Sama offer you a relaxed atmosphere in which to choose your favorite piece of cloth. You can either drop by spontaneously or make an arrangement with Ibu Maria Angelina.

Facilities
For more information about Bou Sama Sama or to make an appointment, please contact Ibu Maria Angelina, +62 81230493067. Ndona is only 5 km away from Ende, where you can find hotels, restaurants and shops.

How to get there
Ndona is only around 5km (around 20 minutes) from Ende. It is recommended to get there by private transportation as there is no public transportation available.

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2 Flores, Ruteng to Bajawa, Accomodation

Flores, Ruteng to Bajawa 150 Km, 6 Hours

Accomodation

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Ruteng
Ruteng

Ruteng is a small town on the western end of Flores Island, Indonesia. It is the capital of West Manggarai regency. The population is predominantly Roman Catholic, but still preserve the ancient Manggarai custom of caci (whip fighting), which is usually practiced at weddings, and serves as a tourist attraction.

Ruteng is a Hinterland east of the port area of Labuhan Bajo and close to the other ports of West Manggarai regency and it really another ‘passing through’ area in Flores’s western area. Whether you area heading to Komodo and the eastern islands of extensive protected wildlife and or towards the east in search of incredible peaks and mountains it is likely that you will find Ruteng a convenient stopping point. Ruteng is a beautiful place to explore when passing trough or residing in any of the coastal area in the west, southwest and northwest of the Flores Island.

Ruteng is a town that deals will the export of the tropical fruits and vegetables from which the farmers of its surrounding areas produce as the largest industry and traditional of the area. Beautiful traditional villages surround the large town, these villages extend high into the mountains offering cooler and more humid mountain fresh climates with amazing sunrise views and the ability to grow and sustain a larger selection of crops. crops here include Pineapple, cinnamon, cloves, sweet potato and many other spices and fruits.

Points and areas of interest that Ruteng has to offer include Golo Curu, the ‘welcome mountain’ this beautiful view point can be reached by heading out from Ruteng towards Reo but going straight after the bridge when instead of following the main road round to left. from here you area lead to an unpathed road that is only a 20 minute to the top. As with most of the Mountains in the Flores area, Golo Curu is subject to clouds manifesting around its peak during the day but is almost always clear in the morning, if you make it for first light you will witness an incredible sunrise over the city of Ruteng and its surrounding mountains and hills. upon the mountain of Golo Curu the very top is obstructed by vegetation but a little further down there are some excellent panoramic viewpoints. there is also an alter to the virgin Mary after a reported sighting and message that one should be built, the church agreed to build it but so far this is where the story ends.

Another worth while experience is to visit and witness a local marriage, marriages are an interesting and pleasant event and usually feature one of the most potent elements of Flores’ culture, the whip fighting. Whip fighting is a social display that is more of a dance then a fight but does feature a competitive edge. The whole ceremony is a good experience and if you are appropriately dressed and know how to behave according to the customs then you will be warmly welcome even as a stranger. The best way to look for this if you are interested is to ask in Indonesian at the market or employ the help of someone who speaks English to help you and advise you on how to behave and what to wear.

AIMERE

About an hour before Bajawa you can discover how the local drink (arak) is made. People from all over Flores, mainly the men, drink this strong ‘palm wine’ (from the lontar palm) during traditional ceremonies, on special events but also just in the evenings when socialising with other men from the village. Arak can also be made from rice (rice wine). In this coastal village you can taste and buy your own Arak.

Mbalata Beach Inn Cottages, Aimere

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Mbalata beach Inn Cottage located in the eastern part of Manggarai called “Waelengga” Manggarai Timur regency near Aimere in Flores Island, it is about 45 km from Bajawa to Ruteng town.

The cottage was built on a sand integrated with Pandanous forest facing Sawu sea, cottages material composed of palm trunks, wood and bamboo and then combined with grass for roof construction and far from locals house.

Mbalata nature deserted beach, panorama makes tourist more interesting to stay there and when night falls, there is only waves sound pounding on the sand.

Mbalata Beach Inn Cottages is perfect to honeymooners on Flores Island, the room price from Rp.250.000 to Rp300.000 per night.

There are haven’t restaurants around cottages, but they will cook local food for the guests and the food price Rp.50.000 per person.

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BAJAWA
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