Journey to Indonesia and discover a blissful and secluded oasis in Flores.

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 secure in deep rainforest valleys. Search 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’ of Flores will leave with fond memories of an island paradise hidden from the usual itinerary.


Start
Labuan Bajo, Indonesia
Finish
Maumere, Indonesia
Destination
Indonesia
Style
Original
Theme
Explorer
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.

  • Enjoy a full day snorkelling among the vibrant sea life and coral off the coast of Labuan Bajo on the picture-perfect shimmering sandbank Taka Makassar.

  • Hike through Flores’ lush rainforests to the ancient tribal town of Wae Rebo. Meet the local community and spend a night in a traditional conical hut.

  • Take an early start with your small group to climb Mt Kelimutu and watch its dazzling crater lakes shift colour in the morning light.

  • Keep your eyes peeled for prehistoric Komodo dragons on Komodo Island, and take time cruising the surrounding waters on your overnight boat, visiting Pink Beach and Padar Point.

Is this trip right for you?

  • There are some long travel days on this trip. We will be 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 and due the mountainous landscape, the roads can be very windy. We will make stops to break up the trip and it is a good idea to read or listen to music along the way. If you are prone to motion sickness, we suggest bringing some medication with you.

  • Accommodation in general in Flores is more basic than you would experience in other parts of Indonesia (especially 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.

  • The accommodation on the traditional style boat is basic, with bunk beds and shared toilets with a basic shower (cold water only). Bedding and a towel are provided. There is a curtain next to the bunk beds for some privacy, but it is more like dormitory accommodation. There are areas to lounge, soak in the sunshine and a dining area where you will share locally cooked meals. Although the boat is basic it is very traditional and the slow pace that it travels allows you to take in the beautiful scenery. Please note that the configuration of the boat means that space is limited. Moving from the sleeping area to the viewing deck upstairs requires climbing steep stairs, not dissimilar to the slope of a ladder. Handrails are provided but a good level of mobility is required.

  • Most days have a very early start. 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.

  • You will need to be a confident swimmer to participate in this trip’s included snorkelling activity. Those who don't wish to snorkel can choose to spend time on the boat or beach instead.

  • Some of the best scenery in Flores is found on hikes. So, while this trip doesn't require a high level of fitness, it’s essential to be at least moderately fit if you want to partake in all activities. Suitable footwear, such as hiking boots and good walking shoes, is required. See the individual day itinerary for more detail.

Itinerary

Om Swastiastu! Welcome to Flores. Your adventure begins in the peaceful fishing town of Labuan Bajo – better known as the gateway to Komodo Island, home of the famous Komodo dragons. Meet your tour leader and travel group at a welcome meeting at 6 pm. There are no activities planned before this important meeting, so you can arrive in Labuan Bajo at any time in the day. Afterwards, why not get to know your group better over a seafood dinner. Bajo’s main drag, Jl Soekarno Hatta, has a range of restaurants, cafes and bars. You could also cap off your first day in paradise with a sunset drink at one of the rooftop bars.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.

Please note Labuan Bajo on Flores Island can be reached with regular flights from Denpasar (Bali) or Jakarta airports. Please see the ‘Joining point instructions’ in the Essential Trip Information for further details.
After breakfast, hop on a boat for a 2-hour journey to Padar – the third largest island within Komodo National Park. The illustrious Komodo dragon is no longer found here, though the island is still home to a fantastic array of wildlife, beautiful rolling hills and some great short treks. Lace up your hiking boots for a brisk morning hike to a stunning viewpoint, keeping your eyes peeled for geckos, green turtles and other reptiles. Have your camera handy – the panoramic views of Padar’s rugged terrain and tri-coloured beaches make for some stunning shots. Return to the boat for an on-board lunch as you journey to the spectacular Pink Beach. As its name suggests, it is one of a just a handful of beaches in the world said to have pink sand. It owes its blush tone to the red coral in its shallow waters. Spend some time swimming and snorkelling among coral reefs in crystal-clear water, then return to the boat mid-afternoon for the short journey to Komodo Island. Prepare your camera for a two-hour safari in search of gigantic Komodo dragons. Head back to the boat where you will stay overnight moored at sea just off the coast of Kalong Island.
Accommodation
  • Boat (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Komodo National Park - Padar Island, Pink Beach & Komodo Island
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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.

Accommodation on board the boat is basic, with bunk beds and shared toilets with a basic shower (cold water only). Bedding and a towel are provided. There is a curtain next to the bunk beds for some privacy, but it is more like dormitory accommodation. There are areas to lounge, soak up the sunshine and a dining area where you will share local meals. Although the boat is basic it is very traditional and the slow pace that it travels allows you to take in the beautiful scenery.

Please note that the configuration of the boat means that space is limited. Moving from the sleeping area to the viewing deck upstairs requires climbing steep stairs, not dissimilar to the slope of a ladder. Handrails are provided but a good level of mobility is required.

There can be strong currents in the waters around Komodo National Park. Please follow the guidance from your leader and please don't he
Enjoy a full day snorkelling and exploring Indonesia’s underwater paradise, departing in the early morning for Taka Makassar. This jellybean-shaped island is tiny – roughly about the size of a soccer field – and seems almost like a mirage. This small sandbank rises out of the clear shallow waters, and the sea surrounding the island is home to beautiful corals and the occasional sea turtle floating by. Return to the boat around mid- to late-morning and head to Manta Point, where you’ll have plenty of time to swim and snorkel. If you are lucky enough, you may even get to swim with manta rays! You’ll also see a colourful variety of hard and soft corals, tropical reef fish and turtles. Head back to the boat for lunch, and make the 3-hour journey back to your accommodation in Labuan Bajo.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Komodo National Park - Taka Makassar & Manta Point snorkeling
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Please note that the waters today can be choppy and there can be strong currents in and around Komodo National Park. Follow any direction from your group leader and consider wearing a life jacket while snorkelling or swimming in the open water.
Strap yourself in for a long but enjoyable travel day to the ancient tribal village of Wae Rebo. Pack a small overnight bag and drive by private minivan to Dintor (approximately 6 hours). You’ll leave your large luggage secured in Dintor and will enjoy a traditional lunch, before a quick 20-minute transfer to Denge. Here, you’ll embark on a 3-hour trek to Wae Rebo. Even though the hike is quite steep, there will be points where the track flattens out to break up the journey. What you will notice about the trail is how beautiful and lush the surrounding rainforest is – the mountain views along the way are stunning and you’ll be walking through some of the most scenic forest on the island. Your journey will be tiring, but it will certainly be picturesque. Once arrived in Wae Rebo, be treated to a welcoming ceremony provided by local villagers. Sit down to a traditional dinner prepared by your hosts and sample some special Wae Rebo coffee. If the weather is good, you may also be treated to a special cultural performance. Your accommodation for the night will be a Mbaru Niang – a tall five-level cone-shaped house, completely covered in lontar (dried rontal tree leaves) thatch.
Accommodation
  • Traditional Village House (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Wae Rebo - Welcome ceremony
  • Wae Rebo - Denge to Wae Rebo trek
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today’s journey will take you across some poor roads that can be quite bumpy. You might want to consider taking medication if you are prone to motion sickness.

The trek to Wae Rebo is quite rugged and hilly, so it is best to wear hiking boots or good walking shoes. Porters are available at a cost of IDR 250,000 (approximately USD 20). Please let your leader know in advance if you would like to arrange this.

There are only seven traditional houses in Wae Rebo. This means you will likely share accommodation with other guests to the village. Each house can accommodate up to 50 people and is fitted with shared bathrooms, squat toilets and cold-water bucket showers. It would be good to bring a small travel towel or sarong. Your bed will be a thin mattress on the floor. Although blankets are provided, it might be a good idea to bring an extra sheet. To be respectful of our hosts, it is recommended that you wear conservative clothing and avoid wearing tank tops and shorts that fall above the knee during your s
Wake up in the mountains to the sound of birds and have an early breakfast in the village. Afterwards, trek back down through the rainforest and take a short bus ride to Dintor. 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 to visit the incredible spiralling rice fields of Cancar – vast circular rice paddies that spiral inwards just like a spider web. Arrive in Ruteng in time for an optional dinner, then settle in for the night.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ruteng - Cancar "Spider Web" rice fields
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
After breakfast, depart for Bajawa, where you will be able to enjoy a well-earned soak in its relaxing hot springs. It’ll be about a 4.5-hour journey by private minivan. You’ll have the option, if your group decides, to stop by an arak distillery in Aimere beforehand. Arak is a local alcoholic drink made from the Lontar Palm tree and is flavoured with different fruits and spices to create liquors like Ouzo and Raki. This town in Flores is becoming renowned for its local backyard production of this drink, and you’ll be able to learn about how it’s made, with also the chance for a tasting! Continue on your way where you’ll stop at a local warung (family-run cafe or restaurant) along the coast for lunch. As you approach Bajawa, the majestic, perfectly-conical peak of Mount Inerie will start to appear on the horizon. This stratovolcano is one of the highest points on Flores and warms the water that pours into the Mengeruda Hot Springs. Take the time to unwind in its soothing waters – said to hold medicinal properties – surrounded by waterfalls and overhanging trees and let the pebbles massage your knots. Later, head to a basic hotel in Bajawa for a relaxing evening.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Bajawa - Mengeruda Hot Springs
Optional Activities
  • Aimere - Arak Processing & Tasting - IDR20000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
In the morning, travel about 45 minutes by private minivan to Bena, a village known for its megalithic formations, in the Ngada region of Flores. The architecture here is characterised by tall thatched huts and traditional weaving techniques. Follow your leader on a guided tour of the village and see the impressive stone formations and ancestral shrines. After taking some time to meet the locals and learn about their customs, spend a couple of hours trekking through the surrounding countryside to visit one more Ngada village and gain a deeper understanding of Ngada culture. Stop for lunch at a family home and enjoy some delicious local dishes. Take a walk around their huge vegetable garden and learn about all the different fruits and vegetables that they grow in this area. In the late afternoon return to Bajawa where you’ll spend the night.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Bena - Ngada villages tour
  • Bena - Home Cooked Lunch
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information

After breakfast, set out on the 4-hour drive to Moni, stopping for photos along the scenic coast. You’ll have a chance to stop by the beach for a seafood lunch – local restaurants along this stretch of coastline are no-frills but offer some delicious food. Also, if you and your group would like to, head to the Wologai Traditional Village after lunch. Here you can stop to walk around one of the few villages that still have well-maintained houses built in the traditional Lionese architecture, learning about the curious and unusual details of the Lio tribe who have many sacred rituals. Afterwards, continue on to Moni. A remote and picturesque town surrounded by rice paddies, Moni is also located at the foot of Mt Kelimutu, famous for its tri-coloured volcanic lakes. Arrive at your eco lodge, then enjoy a free afternoon to relax and soak in the tranquil surrounds. You’ll want to head to bed early tonight, as you will be trekking to Mt Kelimutu early the next morning.
Accommodation
  • Eco Lodge (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Wologai - Wologai Traditional Village - IDR20000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information

Embrace an early start for a sunrise trek to Mt Kelimutu. The reward is spectacular views of the bright green, blue and red crater lakes from the peak. Begin with a 30-minute drive to the mountain, then it’s a 30 to 40-minute walk to the viewpoint of the craters. After taking some time to admire the view and snap some pics, return to the guesthouse for breakfast, then make tracks for Maumere in a private van (approximately 3-4 hours). The journey will be broken up with a stop for lunch on the way plus the option to check out Lepo Lorun Weaving House, where you can check out the traditional weaving processes of this region and perhaps by some products to take with you. Arrive into Maumere in the afternoon, with plenty of time to relax on the beach. Freshen up, then perhaps enjoy an Indonesian feast with your travel group to celebrate your Flores adventure.
Accommodation
  • Beach resort (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kelimutu - Sunrise Kelimutu Volcanic Crater walk
Optional Activities
  • Nita - Lepo Lorun Weaving House - IDR100000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
You will be trekking before breakfast to see the sunrise so you may want to bring some snacks for this day.
Bid a fond farewell to your Indonesian adventure. Your trip ends after breakfast and there are no activities planned for today.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
It is recommended to fly from Maumere to Denpasar (Bali) today for onward international flight connections.

Meals

9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

Boat, Private vehicle

Accommodation

Eco Lodge (1 night), Hotel (5 nights), Traditional Village House (1 night), Overnight Boat (1 night), Beach Resort (1 night)

Included activities

  • Komodo National Park - Padar Island, Pink Beach & Komodo Island
  • Komodo National Park - Taka Makassar & Manta Point snorkeling
  • Wae Rebo - Welcome ceremony
  • Wae Rebo - Denge to Wae Rebo trek
  • Ruteng - Cancar "Spider Web" rice fields
  • Bajawa - Mengeruda Hot Springs
  • Bena - Ngada villages tour
  • Bena - Home Cooked Lunch
  • Kelimutu - Sunrise Kelimutu Volcanic Crater walk

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Important notes

1. A Single Supplement to have your own room is bookable on this trip, subject to availability and excludes Day 2 (boat), Day 4 (Village House), and Day 8 (Moni).
2. Strict luggage limits apply. Please refer to the "Packing" section of the Essential Trip Information for more details.
3. While there have been various media stories that Komodo Island will close for one year from January 2020, the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry has stated that no official decision has been made at this time. Other than Komodo Islands, there are also other islands within the National Park where visitors can see Komodo dragons. 

Essential trip information

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