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
Destination
Indonesia
Style
Original
Code
TISK
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

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

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

  • Enjoy a full day beach hopping tour outside of Maumere 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.

  • You will have some very early mornings to make the most of our days, Bring your alarm clock, and be prepared to catch up on sleep on the bus.

  • 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 shared cold water bucket showers available for your 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.

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
  • Seminyak - Hidden Rice Fields Trek Urban Adventure - IDR500000
  • Seminyak - Bali VW Cocktail Safari Urban Adventure - IDR800000
  • Seminyak - Bali VW Spa Safari Urban Adventure - IDR1150000
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
In the afternoon catch a transfer to Denpasar Airport for a flight to Labuan Bajo. 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. Take a stroll along the waterfront and perhaps enjoy a seafood dinner and watch the sunset.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
In the morning you will walk the short distance from the hotel to the jetty to board a speed boat from Labuan Bajo to Komodo National Park. On the way stop off at Panda Island for a hike up to a stunning view point. Then 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. You will enjoy a picnic lunch on the beach and you will have plenty of time to enjoy some swimming and snorkelling. On the way back there will be a stop at Manta Point where if you are lucky there is the chance to snorkel with manta rays. You will arrive back in Labuan Bajo at approx. 5pm.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Labuan Bajo - Snorkel hire
  • Komodo National Park - Padar Island, Pink Beach & Komodo Island
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Unfortunately, due to time constraints we are unable to visit Rinca Island and it will not be included as part of this trip.
Leave Labuan Bajo early this morning and travel by private minivan to Denge (approx. 7 hours) Todays journey is a mixture of sealed road and then the last part is on some unsealed local roads that can get very bumpy. On arrival the group will enjoy lunch and stow their larger bags before we drive a further 20 minutes to Dintor. 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 3 hours and you will need to have good walking shoes and an overnight pack. Porters are available at a cost of 250,000 IDR please let your leader know in advance if you would like to arrange this. 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 - Welcome ceremony
  • Wae Rebo - Denge to 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 cold water bucket showers. The group will be sleeping on thin mattresses on the floor. 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 having breakfast in the village. Afterwards, trek back down through the rainforest to Dintor and drive back to Denge. Here you will collect your big bag and have the opportunity for a refreshing cold shower and time to enjoy lunch. After lunch, travel by private minivan to Ruteng (approximately 4-5 hours) On the way you will stop for a visit at Cancar to see it’s unique spider web rice fields – vast circular rice paddies that spiral inwards just like a spider web.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
In the morning leave Ruteng and travel towards Bajawa in a private minivan (approx 4-5 hours) On the way, stop at a local Warung for lunch along the coast. As you get closer to Bajawa, you will see in the distance the majestic peak of Mount Inerie, a stratovolcano that is also the highest point on Flores. On arrival into Bajawa you will head to Mengeruda Hot Springs (approx. 30 minutes.) The springs flow from Mount Inerie and the soothing waters are said to hold medicinal properties. Take the time to unwind, surrounded by waterfalls and overhanging trees and let the pebbles massage your knots. Later you will return to our basic guesthouse in Bajawa.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ruteng - Cancar "Spider Web" rice fields
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today is a long travel day of approx. 7 hours. In the morning travel in a private minivan (approx 45 minutes) 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 Moni stopping for photos along the coast. Moni is located at the foot of Mount Kelimutu, famous for its three brightly coloured volcanic lakes. Head to bed early tonight as you will trek to Mount Kelimutu in the morning.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Bena - Ngada villages tour
  • Bajawa - Mengeruda Hot Springs
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Please note trips departing on 1st of July 2018 and 16th of September 2018 will stay in Ende instead of Moni due to limited availability in Moni. The journey time from Bena Village to Ende will be approx 3-4 hours. A busy port town resting in the shadow of two Volcanoes, Ende is one of the largest towns in Flores. Join your leader on an orientation walk and enjoy one of the many restaurants for an optional dinner. Head to bed early because tomorrow you trek to Mount Kelimutu, famous for its three brightly coloured volcanic lakes.
Rise and shine! This morning you will be rewarded with spectacular views of Mt Kelimutu's three brightly coloured lake craters. First it's a matter of a 30 minute drive towards the top of Mt Kelimutu and then a 30-40 minute walk to the viewpoint over the craters. Return back to your guesthouse for breakfast before heading to Maumere in a private minivan (approx. 3 hours ) In contrast to Labuan Bajo, Maumere sees very few tourists and offers a charming laid back atmosphere.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kelimutu - Sunrise Crater Lakes Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Please note trips departing on 1st of July 2018 and 16th of September 2018 will run on an amended itinerary due to overnight stop in Ende - Depart from Ende in the morning and travel by private minvan to Mount Kelimutu (approx. 2 hours) Embark on a 30-40 minute walk to the viewpoint over the craters. Next continue on to Maumere, your stop for the next 2 nights (approx. 3 hours)
Today enjoy a full day snorkelling trip with first stop at stunning Babi island, complete with white sand beach, crystal clear waters and picture post card palm trees. Next head to Pangabatang Island with an included lunch and plenty of time to swim and relax. After lunch enjoy another snorkelling spot before heading back to your resort in the late afternoon.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Today you will need to say good bye to Flores and catch a flight back to Denpasar. Transfer back to your hotel in Sanur and enjoy an optional 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 - IDR700000
  • Balinese Massage - IDR90000
  • Seminyak - Hidden Rice Fields Trek Urban Adventure - IDR500000
  • Seminyak - Bali VW Cocktail Safari Urban Adventure - IDR800000
  • Seminyak - Bali VW Spa Safari Urban Adventure - IDR1150000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner

Transport

Boat, Private minibus, Plane

Accommodation

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

Included activities

  • Labuan Bajo - Snorkel hire
  • Komodo National Park - Padar Island, Pink Beach & Komodo Island
  • Wae Rebo - Welcome ceremony
  • Wae Rebo - Denge to Wae Rebo trek
  • Ruteng - Cancar "Spider Web" rice fields
  • Bena - Ngada villages tour
  • Bajawa - Mengeruda Hot Springs
  • Kelimutu - Sunrise Crater Lakes Walk

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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 bookable on this trip, subject to availability and excludes Day 4 (Wae Rebo), Day 6 (Bajawa) and Day 7 (Moni).
3. Return domestic flights from Sanur to Flores are included in the cost of your trip.
4. Please note there has been an itinerary change since the 2018 brochure was printed.

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