FLORES MAGIC ISLAND LESSER SUNDA

   ITINERARY:

Day 1: Maumere-Moni Village

 A 1.5 hour flight will bring you from Bali to Maumere on Flores. The name Flores is originally Portuguese, Cabo das Flores, meaning Cape of Flowers. This volcanic island is 375 km long, narrow and rugged and is one of the least visited parts of Indonesia. The terrain has made road construction tricky and also contributed to the large diversity of Flores cultures. There are five main ethnic groups in the island, and several local languages. About 1 million people live on Flores and about 85% of them are Roman Catholic.

Maumere is one of seaports and gateways to enter Flores. This city is situated on the northeastern of the island. In 1992 the town was hit by earthquake which followed by 20 m high Tsunami. This disaster cost thousands life and hundreds buildings. Land along the coast swept away for almost 30 meters. Maumere today has recovered. Most buildings already reconstructed. Maumere is home for Lamalohot people with distinctive language and culture. Mamere has been one of the Centers of Catholic activities and mission on Flores since the arrival of Portuguese Dominicans some 400 hundreds years ago.

From the airport we will make an excursion in the city of Maumere before heading to Moni. This is about 90 km in distance (± 3 hours) along winding road through villages, coastline, farmlands and plantation. Lunch will be provided en-route. Moni is a small town at the foot of Kelimutu. The area is inhabited by the Lio-people. They are famous for their tradition of ikat weaving. Ikat means to tie or bind. Before the treads are woven together, the pattern is tie-dyed onto the treads. Only the untied threads will take the colour. The intricate patterned work of Flores is well known all around Indonesia and overseas. Most of women in the villages around Moni have learnt since very young age, from their mother about how to make this hand weaving. Many wives use this skill to support their family income. In the afternoon you will visit one of the villages where women do their weaving. Depend on the time, from this weaving village you can take a swim at the waterfall nearby. Night at hotel in Moni.

Day 2: Moni-Kelimutu-Bajawa

One of the highlight in Moni is Mount Kelimutu with its three volcano craters. These craters mark the top of Mount Kelimutu with its different color which change following the mineral content on each crater. To see this nature wonder, we will start early in the morning around 04:00. We start by car from hotel driving up for about 13 km along winding and small road. The rest is by walking for about 1.5 km to the view point. Hope for clear weather because we will see breathtaking sunrise with three volcano craters as foreground. Stay for a while at this view point and before the sun starts heating we will walk back down to the parking area or few km down to enjoy the panorama of forest and plantation along the road. Breakfast at hotel in Moni and we will depart to the central part of the island to Bajawa. Rural, plantation, farmland, coastline and valleys with nice view will dominate the journey. After 52 km driving along narrow and winding road we will arrive in the city of Ende, an old trading town on Flores. We will pass Ende and continue to Penggajawa beach for short break and enjoy the uniqueness of the beach which is covered by green stones. If the waves are not too big it is possible to swim here. From this “green-beach” we continue to Bajawa and will arrive by the afternoon. Night at hotel in Bajawa

About 15 000 inhabitants live in Bajawa. This small town is situated in the mountains at an altitude of 1.100 meters and surrounded by volcanic hills. It is the centre of the Ngada people, one of the most traditional groups on Flores. People in this area are mostly Roman Catholics but at the same time they maintain their traditional beliefs in their ancestors. The town of Bajawa is located around the busy and colourful market. Farmers from the area come to the market to sell their products. Try some of the exotic and fresh fruits sold at this market. To visit the market is a good way to understand how the local people live, what they cultivate, what they eat etc. Bajawa hosts many interesting traditional villages. Dwellers of these villages still practice their traditional way of living such as in farming and belief.

Note: When we are out walking people will ask; ”ke mana?” That means “where are you going?” You can either answer the place where you are going, or you can just say “jalan jalan” which means “just walking around”. Other common words people will ask such as “apa kabar?”. This means “how do you do/how are you?” You can say; “kabar baik” which means “I am fine, thank you”.

Day 3: Bajawa-Trekking to the village

We will do a day trek to one of the traditional villages by the foot of a volcano call Inerie (2,245 m). From hotel we will be dropped by car to the starting point and start hiking along bigger road used by local people to transport their harvest and to go from one village to others villages. The trek is not very hard and the pace will be moderate, to give you opportunity to enjoy and explore the trek. We will pass coffee, vanilla, clove, macadamia and passion fruit plantation. When it is season for passion fruit it is possible for us to pick up this fruit directly from its tree and enjoy it freshly. Lunch will be provided accordingly by picnic or at one of the villages. The final destination on this trek is one of the traditional villages where we will stay for overnight with the family in the house. In the evening we will have opportunity to chat with the people to learn about their way of living and their experience to live in the traditional house. Night at traditional house

Day 4: Traditional Village-Bajawa

Simple breakfast will be provided by our host. It usually contains rice, vegetable, cassava, dried fish with tea or local coffee. Return to Bajawa and continue to Soa hotspring. Time to relax and enjoy swimming on the stream with variation in temperature. Late afternoon return to Bajawa. Night at hotel in Bajawa

Day 5: Bajawa-Labuan Bajo

A long but scenic trip to Labuan Bajo in the west of Flores. We will travel on Trans-Flores road from central to western part. The island is 375 km long from East to West, but the highway measures as much as 700 km. This is because the road constructed in the mountainous topographic, very narrow, winding and curving. On the way we will stop at Cancar, a small village known for its ancient rice field with form like spider web. Arrive in Labuan Bajo in the afternoon. If not tired we can spend the afternoon by exploring the town. There is a good stop to view the town from higher ground where sun set is also very beautiful. Labuan Bajo is a popular place for swimming and snorkelling on Flores. It is also a jumping-off place for trips to Komodo and Rinca as well as an important link between the western and eastern parts of Indonesia. Night at hotel in Labuan Bajo.

Day 6: Labuan Bajo-Rinca Village-Flying Fox Island

After breakfast at hotel transfer to the harbor in and go on board a wooden boat; we will head to Rinca Village for about 1.5 hours. This is an interesting visit to see how people can live so close to Komodo Dragon, the creature that stays on the top position of the food chain on the island. Komodo is the most carnivore on the island. We can talk to the villagers how they protect themselves from being attacked by Komodo. There are more or less 750 inhabitants on this village wherein fishing is the main income for the people. Return to the boat, find the place to swim and then anchor boat nearby Flying Fox Island. This is a small mangrove island inhabited by flying foxes. At dusk, thousand of flying foxes leave their nest and fly to the mainland on Flores searching their food. The next day at dawn they fly back to the island. Boat anchors not far from this island. Stay for overnight on board.

Day 7: Flying Fox Island-Rinca Island-Komodo Island-Pantai Merah-Gili Laba

At 05:30 boat slowly move to Rinca Island while breakfast is served accordingly. On Rinca we will do trekking along the path on the island. With luck we might see several Komodo dragons on their activities, water buffalo, Timor deer, long-tailed macaque, including orange-footed scrub fowl whose nest on the ground often used by female dragon to lay its eggs. Back to the boat, continue to Komodo Island. We will have opportunity to explore this island by hiking along the path with target to reach the top of a hill from where we will have nice view to the harbor. A number of birds can be seen on this island besides the komodo dragons itself. Yellow Crested Cockatoo is the main target bird the most birdwatcher from all over the word wants to see. Return to the boat and move for about 30 minutes to the beach called by local people as red/pink beach. The name derives from small debris of red/pink colored coral scattered along the beach. This is one of the best places for snorkeling in Komodo National Park. We will have opportunity to enjoy magnificent underwater garden here. Fishes from different size and color, green turtles, reef shark and colorful life coral to name the objects we might see when snorkeling here. We will leave Pantai Merah and head to Gili Laba, a small island on the northern side of Komodo Island. There is a small hill about 300 m high. We can climb this hill and from its top we will have a spectacular view to surrounding area. Although coral reef here is not as good as on Pantai Merah but swimming is good option here after coming back from climbing the hill. Stay for overnight on the boat deck under tarpaulin roof.

Day 8: Gili Laba-Mesa Fishing Village-Labuan Bajo

Boat slowly moving while we are having breakfast to Mesa village. Houses in this village are built on stilt about 1.5-2 meters above the sea surface. Another opportunity to swim and snorkel before heading to Labuan Bajo to stay for overnight at hotel.

Day 9: Labuan Bajo-Denpasar-Pandangbai

Depend on our flight, we will be transferred to the airport and fly to Denpasar. In a clear weather this 1.5 hours flight gives us a spectacular view to the small islands and waters of Komodo National Park. When entering the eastern tip of Sumbawa Island, we will see a smoke coming out from a volcano called Sangeang Api which erupted in June 2014. In the middle of Sumbawa we will fly over Mount Tambora which eruption in 10 April 1815 caused devastating famine across the country and vanished a language spoken by a group of people lived on its foot. This eruption has also caused “a year without summer” in Europe and starvation in India. Arrive in Denpasar we will drive to our hotel on the east coast of Bali called Padangbai. This is a small village where fishing is one of the incomes for local people. When not out to the sea fishermen land their colorful fishing boats along the beach. Padangbai is also the ferry harbor to cross to Lombok. There is one very important small temple nearby where Balinese from all over the island come to pray. Night at hotel in Padangbai. End of the journey.

   INCLUDED:

  • All transfer in Labuhanbajo
  • AC Coach
  • Full board meals
  • Aqua water during the trip
  • All entrance fee
  • All guide service
  • Coffee or tea on tour
  • 4 N at5 hotel base twin share room Flores overland

   NOT INCLUDED:

  • Airport tax
  • Personal Insurance 
  • Personal expenses (Laundry, Phone call )
  • Conservation fee USD 15/personpaid directly when enter the park.
  • Tips & Gratuities
  • Dinner at Hotel

Terms and Conditions:

  • Any tour should be booked a latest two weeks in advance
  • 50% down payment is paid seven days before tour starts
  • 50% of down payment will be charged if cancellation less than three days before tour starts
  • 50% of total cost will be charged  if cancellation done 24 hours before tour starts
  • Full payment will be paid before starting the program
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