This remarkably beautiful island with a number of volcanoes and ripe with indigenous cultures, is also where the world-renowned Ikat weaving comes from. Of all the sights in Flores, the 3-colored craters of Kelimutu has probably the most spectacular, situated at 1600 m above sea level close to the summit of Kelimutu volcano.
Flores (from the Spanish word meaning “flowers”) is part of the immense chain that comprises the archipelago of Indonesia. Lying close to the equator, Flores is a long, narrow and rugged island marked with dramatic volcanoes and beautiful mountain lakes and forests. We list the most prominent attractions that are commonly referred as Flores, but in fact part of the larger East Nusa Tenggara province
Located about 50 km east of Ende, Kelimutu is the must visit place in Flores. The name refers to both the national park and the active 1,690 meter high volcano that has three different-colored mineral lakes on its peak. The color changes with the varying mineral release from the crater, and its color would change periodically from red, turquoise, green, to dark green.
Wae Rebo Village, Ruteng
About 1200 meter high above sea level in the Manggarai district, lies the indigeneous village of flores called Wae Rebo. It is home to 7 cone shaped houses that has been home to its people for more than 19 generations. In these houses which symbolize the people’s cosmos, they perform their daily lives far from the maddening crowd. To reach this village, you must trek approximately four hours by foot from the lowland. This village is one of the many destinations that is more popular to international tourists compared to Indonesians, so you will more likely to see westerners visiting this village instead of domestic tourists.
Bena Traditional Village, Bajawa
Visiting the traditional Bena village in Bajawa is like going back to the stone age. The village consists of two parallel rows of traditional, high thatch-roofed houses. Visible in the center of the village are ngadhu and bhaga, pairs of shrines – one for each clan of the village – representing the clan’s ancestors. Another distinct feature is the megalithic formations in the village center.
At the end of the village, elevated on a small hill, a viewpoint with a Virgin Mary shrine gives you the opportunity to have a bird eye’s view over Bena and a wider view of the beautiful surrounding landscape. In this village, visitors can also buy locally crafted ikat, or tie-dyed woven cloth
Blue Stone Beach
If you travel to Ende, pay a visit to the unique blue stone beach, one hour away from the city. A natural wonder just a 1 km from town where vibrant blue stones are washed up on the beach. The beautiful blue stones have provided jobs for people in the area as the stones are are exported to Japan and other countries to be used for stone gardens or home decoration material.
Easter in Larantuka
With the strong Portuguese influence since the 16th century, over 90% of the population of East Nusa Tenggara (dominated by the islands of Flores and Sumba, along with West Timor), is Christian, with Flores almost entirely Catholic. In the town of Larantuka especially, easter is celebrated intensely, with a famous processing that draws thousands of locals. The tradition is of Portuguese origin and is a few hundred years old, they even have a prayer in Portuguese. On Easter Friday there is a procession of dozens of boats in the sea, following a canoe carrying a statue. If you want to join, try to get on the free boat supplied by the local government. Be careful for the overcrowded boats and pick one with the less amount of people.
Labuan Bajo used to only be known as a dusty port and fishing village. But over the years, the city is now known as an enchanting harbor town as it is the gateway for trips across the nearby Komodo National Park to Komodo Island and Rinca Island. Both are the home of Komodo dragons. Labuan Bajo is also a great place to visit if you’re looking for a short yet pleasurable trip. There are various things you can explore as well in this town, from getting around the island to diving in pristine sites. Here is our guide to Labuan Bajo for your next travel plan.
You can reach Labuan Bajo from Komodo Airport which is located just 2 Km from the center of Labuan Bajo. There are about four to six flights from Bali, Jakarta, and other big cities in Indonesia. Garuda Indonesia and Batik Air provide direct flight to Labuan Bajo. You can also reach the place by Ferry boat. It departures to the town of Bima to Sumbawa. Also, weekly or bi-weekly departures to Denpasar and Sulawesi.
Labuan Bajo considered as a small town, so getting around here can be easily by foot. If you visit Labuan Bajo with your family and kids, there are car rentals available in the area.
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