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. 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” will leave with memories you’ll carry for a lifetime.

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Please note this trip starts and finishes on Labuan Bajo, Flores. This trip will no longer visit Bali.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Labuan Bajo, Indonesia
Finish
Labuan Bajo, 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 snorkelling among the vibrant sea life 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 for prehistoric Komodo dragons on Komodo Island

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. 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.

  • 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.

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

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2019 to 31 December 2019. View the itinerary for departures between 01 July 2018 - 19 October 2018

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 (check with hotel reception or the reception notice board for the location). 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 slew of restaurants, cafes and bars. Cap off your first day in paradise with a sunset stroll along the waterfront.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Please note Labuan Bajo on Flores Island can be reached with regular flights from Denpasar or Jakarta.

After breakfast, hop on a boat for the two-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 view point, keeping your eyes peeled for geckos, green turtles and other various reptiles. Have your camera handy – the panoramic views of Padar’s bumpy terrain and tri-coloured beaches will take your breath away. Return to the boat for an on board lunch as you journey to the spectacular Pink Beach. As its name suggests, Pink Beach is, well, pink, and is one of a just a handful of beaches in the world said to have pink sand. It owes its blush tone to 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 photography safari in search of gigantic Komodo dragons. Head back to the boat – your comfortable accommodation for the night – around 5 pm.
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.
Enjoy a full day snorkelling and exploring Indonesia’s underwater paradise. Depart early for Taka Makassar, arriving around 8 am. This jellybean-shaped island is tiny – about the size of a soccer field – and seems almost like a mirage. The waters here are shallow, clear and home to sea turtles and beautiful corals. Return to the boat around 9:30 am and depart for Manta Point, where you’ll have plenty of time to swim and snorkel. If you are lucky you may even swim with manta rays. You’ll also see a colourful variety of hard and soft corals, tropical reef fish and turtles. Return to the boat for lunch, as you make the three-hour journey back to your hotel in Labuan Bajo.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Komodo National Park - Taka Makassar & Manta Point snorkeling
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Today is a long travel day to Wae Rebo, an ancient tribal village where you’ll get to experience an illuminating homestay. The village is isolated, located in the middle of a lush rainforest valley, encircled by mountains. Before you depart this morning, make sure to pack a small overnight bag with your essentials, as you will not be able to take large luggage with you. Leave Labuan Bajo early this morning and travel by private minivan to Dintor (about 6 hours). 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. Stow your larger bags in Dintor and sit down for lunch, then continue an additional 20 minutes to Dintor. From here, it’s a three-hour trek to Wae Rebo. Good walking shoes are a must. Porters are available at a cost of 250,000 IDR – please let your leader know in advance if you would like to arrange this. Upon arrival, the Wae Rebo villagers will warmly greet the group with a welcome ceremony. Sit down to a dinner of traditional foods prepared by the villagers and sample some special Wae Rebo coffee. If the weather is good, the group may be treated to a special cultural performance, as well. Your accommodation for the night will be a Mbaru Niang, a tall cone-shaped house, completely covered in lontar (dried rontal tree leaves) thatch.
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 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. 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 out hosts, it is recommended that you wear conservative clothing and avoid wearing tank tops and shorts that fall above the knee during your homestay.
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 dinner (not included), 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’s about a 4-5-hour journey by private minivan. Along the way, 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 our basic guesthouse in Bajawa.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Bajawa - Mengeruda Hot Springs
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
In the morning, travel about 45 minutes by private minivan to Bena, a village known for its megalithic formations, in Ngada. 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 two more Ngada villages and gain a deeper understanding of Ngada culture. Return to Bajawa where you’ll spend the night.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Bena - Ngada villages tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information

After breakfast, set out on the four-hour drive to Moni, stopping for photos along the scenic coast. Picturesque, remote, and surrounded by rice paddies, Moni is also located at the foot of Mt Kelimutu, famous for its tri-coloured volcanic lakes. Arrive at the 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 in the morning.
Accommodation
  • Eco Lodge (1 night)
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. Start 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. After breakfast, begin the journey back to Labuan Bajo. It’s a two-hour drive to the airport in Ende, and a short 50-minute flight to Labuan Bajo. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon. Freshen up, then perhaps enjoy one final Indonesian feast with the group before your trip comes to an end.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kelimutu - Sunrise Kelimutu Volcanic Crater walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Bid a fond farewell to your Indonesian adventure. Your trip ends after breakfast.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

Boat, Private vehicle, Plane

Accommodation

Eco Lodge (1nt), Hotel (6 nts), Homestay (1 nt), Overnight boat (1 nt)

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
  • Kelimutu - Sunrise Kelimutu Volcanic Crater 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 2 (boat), Day 4 (homestay), Day 6-7 (Bajawa) and Day 8 (Moni).

UPDATES FOR 2019
Please note this trip starts and finishes on Labuan Bajo, Flores. This trip will no longer visit Bali.

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