Journey to Indonesia's 'Flower Island' and discover a blissful oasis.

The many islands of Indonesia are scattered like gems across the Indian Ocean, hidden oases of tropical rainforests, wildlife and warm people ready to open their hearts and their homes to visitors. The islands are fantastical places where soaring volcanoes hold a fuming watch over charming seaside towns, and where ancient tribes keep their traditions in deep rainforest valleys. Hunt for legendary Komodo dragons, snorkel through colourful coral reefs, and walk across beaches of black, pink and white sands. Full of energy, charisma and plenty of shimmering sunlight, Indonesia’s “flower island” will leave with memories you’ll carry for a lifetime.


Start
Sanur, Indonesia
Finish
Sanur, Indonesia
Country
Indonesia
Style
Original
Code
TISK
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why we love this trip

  • Explore the Indonesian island of Flores and experience the traditional ethnic cultures and beautiful natural surrounds

  • Climb Mt Kelimutu before sunrise and watch its dazzling crater lakes shift colour in the morning light

  • Pay a visit to the stunning 17 Islands Marine Park outside Riung and snorkel among the vibrant sealife and coral

  • Hike through lush rainforests to Wae Rebo. Meet the local community and spend a night in a traditional conical hut

  • Keep your eyes peeled on the lookout for prehistoric Komodo dragons on Komodo Island

Is this trip right for you?

  • There are some long travel days of driving by private transport (as there are no suitable public transport options available). Some of the roads can be quite bumpy as local infrastructure development is limited. We will make stops to break up the trip and it is a good idea to read or listen to music along the way.

  • Accommodation in general in Flores is more basic than you would experience in Bali as tourism is still developing. This is, of course, a small price to pay for the chance to venture off the well-beaten tourist path.

  • We have some very early mornings to make the most of our days, including a 2am start on Day 3 to see Mount Kelimutu at sunrise. Bring your alarm clock, and be prepared to catch up on sleep on the bus or boat.

  • The accommodation at Wae Rebo is basic village accommodation. Your group may join with other guests sleeping on floor mats inside the hut. There are no shower facilities for our overnight stay here.

  • There is an included snorkelling activity on this trip and you will need to be a confident swimmer to participate. Those who don't wish to snorkel can spend time on the boat or beach.

  • There are some included treks so good fitness and suitable footwear is required. See the itinerary for more detail.

  • A head torch will come in very handy on this trip for the early morning starts, sunrise trek and village stays.

Itinerary

Om Swastiastu! Welcome to Bali. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm on Day 1. You can arrive at any time during the day as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Check with the hotel reception where and when it will take place, or check the reception notice boards. Start your adventure in Sanur, with a quick taste of Bali. Sanur is home to one of best Balinese Night Markets.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Kerobokan - Trekking the hidden Rice-fields of Kerobokan - IDR500000
  • Seminyak - Urban Adventure Bali VW Cocktail Safari - IDR900000
  • Seminyak - Urban Adventure Bali VW Spa Safari - IDR900000
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
In the morning catch a transfer to Denpasar Airport for a flight to Ende, a spectacular port town resting in the shadow of two volcanoes. On arrival catch a taxi to the hotel to freshen up and then join your leader on an orientation walk. Perhaps pay a visit to the town's black-sand and cobblestone beaches. Head to bed early because tomorrow you trek to Mount Kelimutu, famous for its three brightly coloured volcanic lakes.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Rise and shine! The early start this morning (2am) will be well rewarded with spectacular sunrise views of Mt Kelimutu's three brightly coloured lake craters. First it's a matter of a two hour drive towards Mt Kelimutu and then a 30-40 minute walk to the viewpoint over the craters. At around 9am, ride back to Ende in time for lunch. Afterwards, the group will depart for Riung - a journey that is expected to take between 4-7 hours.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kelimutu - Sunrise Kelimutu Volcanic Crater walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Wake up in beautiful Riung, a fishing village located on the northern coast of Indonesia famously known as the gateway to the 17 Islands National Park. The islands themselves are aquatic wonderlands of clear blue waters, pristine sandy beaches and vibrant coral reefs. See it all for yourself on a snorkelling trip with a guide and enjoy a specially cooked lunch on the beach. Later, visit Bats Island and see the thousands of bats hanging on the island's mangrove trees. The sight of bats filling the evening sky at sunset is spectacular as the furry critters fly out in search of fresh fruit and insects for dinner.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Riung/17 Islands National Park - Snorkelling
  • Riung - Kolong (Bat) Island
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Climb into the bus for a road trip from Riung to Bejawa. The trip takes approximately 8-10 hours but there will be a relaxing pit stop at Mengeruda Hot Springs on the way. The springs flow from Mount Inelika and the soothing waters are said to hold medicinal properties, such as curing skin conditions. Take the time to unwind surrounded by waterfalls and overhanging trees and let the pebbles massage your knots. Afterwards, head on to the laid-back hill town of Bajawa and see its blossoming gardens.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Bajawa - Mengeruda Hot Springs
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Journey 1.5-2 hours from Bajawa to Bena village, a megalithic village located in Ngada. The architecture here is very traditional, with tall thatched huts and traditional weaving techniques on display. Follow your leader on a guided tour of the village and see the impressive stone formations and ancestral shrines. After spending some time to meet the locals and learn about their customs, travel onwards to Ruteng. The trip to Ruteng takes 4-5 hours.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ruteng - Bena Traditional Village visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Leave Ruteng today for Dintor. 30 minutes out from Ruteng the group will stop off for a visit at Cancar to see its unique spider web rice fields - vast circular rice paddies that spiral inwards just like a spider web. Afterwards it's a 3-4 hour drive to Dintor. For this journey we will use a local flat bed truck with a cover over the top. Because the roads are difficult getting into Dintor we cannot take our coach/minibus down.

On arrival the group will enjoy lunch and stow their larger bags before we set out on a trek to Wae Rebo, a tribal village located in the middle of a lush rainforest valley. From the start point the trek takes about 2.5 hours and you will need to have good walking shoes and an overnight pack. Be greeted by the Wae Rebo villagers with a welcome ceremony waiting for us on arrival. Take the chance to enjoy some traditional foods prepared by the villagers and sample some speciality Wae Rebo coffee. If the weather is sunny the group may be treated to a special cultural performance too.
Accommodation
  • Homestay (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Wae Rebo - Village Welcome Ceremony & Cultural Performance
  • Retung - Cancar Spider Web Rice Fields
  • Wae Rebo - Trek
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
There only seven traditional houses and our group will be sleeping in one of them along with other guests that are staying there. Each house can accommodate up to 50 people and is fitted with shared bathrooms, squat toilets, and bucket showers. The group will be sleeping on mattresses on the ground. Although blankets are provided it might be a good idea to bring a sheet with you. It's important to be respectul to our hosts so it is recommended that you wear conservative clothing and avoid tank tops and short shorts.
Wake up in the mountains to the sound of birds and spend the morning at breakfast with the local villagers. Afterwards, trek back down through the rainforest to Dintor. Collect your bags and then hop aboard the truck to Labuan Bajo (approximately 3-4 hours). Labuan Bajo is a peaceful fishing town better known as the launching point for impressive trips to Komodo Island, home of the famous Komodo dragons. While away the afternoon exploring the waterfront and perhaps enjoy a seafood dinner and watch the sunset.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Rise early today (3:30am) and catch the boat from Labuan Bajo harbor to Komodo National Park, a trip that takes between 3-4 hours depending on the current. While on board you can choose to sneak in a nap before arriving at Komodo Island. The early start gives the group time to explore Komodo Island while also taking the opportunity to snorkel at the nearby Pink Beach. Unfortunately due to time constraints we are unable to visit Rinca Island and it will not be included as part of this trip. Dock at Komodo Island and prepare your camera for a two hour photography safari on the hunt for gigantic Komodo Dragons. Later, return to the boat and travel to Pink Beach, famous for its pristine waters and pink sand, which change hue as it mixes with the sea water. Take the opportunity to enjoy some snorkelling but remember to hire your gear from Labuan Bajo before departure. After spending some time with the colourful fish and coral, climb back on to the boat for the return journey to Labuan Bajo. We will arrive back about 5-6pm depending on the current.  
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Labuan Bajo - Komodo Island National Park visit
Optional Activities
  • Labuan Bajo - Snorkel hire - IDR50000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Say goodbye to Labuan Bajo, spending the morning with a long breakfast at the local cafes. Board an afternoon flight to Sanur. Perhaps spend the last hours of this trip visiting the enchanting Bali Orchard Garden or rummaging the Sindhu markets for last minute souvenirs. Enjoy a final Indonesian feast with the group and reflect on the highlights of the trip.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your trip comes to an end today and you are free to depart at any time.
Optional Activities
  • Sanur - Cooking Class - IDR450000
  • Sanur - Balinese Massage - IDR90000
  • Kerobokan - Trekking the hidden Rice-fields of Kerobokan - IDR500000
  • Seminyak - Urban Adventure Bali VW Cocktail Safari - IDR900000
  • Seminyak - Urban Adventure Bali VW Spa Safari - IDR900000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner

Transport

Boat, Private minibus, Plane, Taxi, Truck

Accommodation

Guesthouse (3 nts), Hotel (6 nts), Homestay (1 nt)

Included activities

  • Kelimutu - Sunrise Kelimutu Volcanic Crater walk
  • Riung/17 Islands National Park - Snorkelling
  • Riung - Kolong (Bat) Island
  • Bajawa - Mengeruda Hot Springs
  • Ruteng - Bena Traditional Village visit
  • Wae Rebo - Village Welcome Ceremony & Cultural Performance
  • Retung - Cancar Spider Web Rice Fields
  • Wae Rebo - Trek
  • Labuan Bajo - Komodo Island National Park visit

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Important notes

1. Please provide your full name & passport details exactly as per passport at the time of booking (including any middle names listed on your passport), for internal flights. Ticketing fees may apply for amendments to details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases you will be required to cover the cost of issuing a new ticket.
2. A Single Supplement to have your own room is available on this trip and excludes nights 3, 4, 6 (small hotels/ guesthouses) & 7 (homestay) where you will be in shared accommodation.
3. Return domestic flights from Sanur to Flores are included in the cost of your trip.

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Reviews

Our Komodo & Flores trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews in the last year.

Komodo & Flores, April 2017

Sally Meisenhelder

Komodo & Flores, April 2017

Jenny Abraham