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.
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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 Rinca Island, and take time cruising the surrounding waters on your overnight boat, visiting Pink Beach and Padar Point.
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.
Trip departures are unavailable.
There are currently no scheduled departures on our Komodo & Flores Adventure trip. If you are interested in other trips in the region visit one of the links below.
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. From 1st January 2020, Komodo Island will be closed for general tourists. We will still continue to visit Rinca Island within Komodo National Park where Komodo dragons can also be seen.
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