Forgotten Trail of Flores to Komodo – Private Departures Only

Highlights

  • Climb Kelimutu Volcano
  • Explore ancient Ngada tribal villages
  • Swim in hot springs and at hidden beaches
  • Track Komodo dragons
  • Trek through jungles & rice paddies

Flores is your gateway to adventure – this journey combines tropical beauty with pristine islands and white beaches.

Be in awe as you hike up Kelimutu Volcano and witness its three uniquely coloured crater lakes. Explore ancient Ngada tribal villages and embrace exotic cultures as you stay overnight with local communities.

Discover hidden beaches and swim in natural hot springs, before trekking through lush jungles and rice fields for an overnight stay in a Catholic convent run by a small team of nuns. Spend a whole day exploring Komodo National Park where you will have the opportunity to track Komodo dragons and snorkel in the crystal waters of Indonesia’s famous Pink Beach.

Finish your trekking adventure with a rejuvenating two-night stay in spectacular Sanur on the island of Bali.

Journey map

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Denpasar

Welcome to Indonesia! Upon arrival in Bali, you will be met by your local guide who will transfer you to Sanur coastal village.

The remainder of the day is free for you to explore Sanur and enjoy the pristine waters that surround the picturesque seaside town. At night, you will be met by your local Balinese guide for an initial briefing before you begin your journey to Flores.

Meals

N/A

Accommodations

Parigata Resort or similar

Services

Airport Transfer

Distances and journey time: 33mins drive 16 km

Day 2 - Moni

An early morning starts today as you are met by your driver and transferred to the airport for your domestic flight to Ende, Flores.

Upon arrival at Ende, you will be welcomed by your local guide and transferred to Moni. On arrival at the Moni Eco Lodge, you’ll have time to shower, relax, or have a snack. After lunch, drive to the village of Wolotopo where you will have your first taste of Flores. Return to your hotel and rest before the next day where you will enjoy a sunrise walk to Kelimutu volcano.

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodations

Kelimutu Eco Lodge- Bungalow or similar

Services

Private vehicle with English Speaking guide

Distances and journey time: 2hrs 30mins drive 93km

Day 3 - Moni – Riung

After breakfast, depart for Riung.

Nduria Fruit Market

Along the way, make a stop at the Nduria Fruit Market. The Nduria Fruit Market offers a glimpse into local agricultural practices and the abundance of tropical fruits in the region.  Explore and indulge in a variety of fresh produce.

Traditional Village of Wologai

Afterwards, visit the Traditional Village of Wologai. this village preserves traditional ways of life, including unique housing structures and cultural practices. As you wander through the village, you’ll encounter traditional houses built with intricate designs and craftsmanship, reflecting the cultural heritage of the community. These houses often feature traditional materials such as bamboo, palm leaves, and wood, showcasing the architectural expertise passed down through generations. Engage with the locals and gain insights into their daily lives, customs, and rituals.

Wolopaku Coffee Plantation

Following the village visit, explore the Wolopaku Coffee Plantation. Here, witness the journey of coffee from bean to cup. Surrounded by verdant coffee fields, this plantation offers insights into the cultivation, harvesting, and processing of coffee beans. Enjoy freshly brewed coffee while taking in the scenic beauty of the plantation surroundings.

Lunch will be served at a local restaurant in Ende.  You’ll then continue to the Blue Pebble Beach near Nagapanda, with an estimated arrival in Riung in the late afternoon.

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodations

Omah Erma or a similar

Services

Private vehicle with English Speaking guide

Distances and travel times: 4hr30min drive 60km

Day 4 - Islands Boat Trip

After breakfast, embark on a full-day boat trip to the 17 islands. This trip will take you to Nangamese Harbor, Pulau Rutong, and Pulau Bukit Tiga, where you can explore pristine beaches, vibrant coral reefs, and crystal-clear waters teeming with marine life.  You’ll also visit Kalong at the mangrove nearby, offering the chance to witness thousands of flying foxes returning to their roosting sites at sunset.  Later in the afternoon, return to Riung.

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodations

Omah Erma or a similar

Services

Private vehicle with English Speaking guide

Day 5 – Riung – Bajawa

Following breakfast, embark on a scenic drive to Bajawa. Along the way, make a stop at So’a Hot Springs. Here, you’ll have the chance to take a relaxing bath.  Then continue to Bajawa, with lunch served at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, visit the magnificent Ogi Waterfall, a hidden gem nestled amidst lush greenery in the heart of Flores.  Here, you’ll be captivated by the vibrant flora and fauna, featuring lush greenery and colourful blooms, all enhancing the enchanting beauty of this natural haven. Following this, head to Wolobobo Hill to witness the breathtaking sunset over the picturesque landscape.

Afterwards, return to your hotel.

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodations

Manulalu Guesthouse- New Bungalow or similar

Services

Private vehicle with English Speaking guide

Distances and travel times:3hr drive 178km

Day 6 - Bajawa – Ruteng

After breakfast, start your day with a refreshing bamboo plantation walk, offering panoramic views of Mount Inarie from a scenic viewpoint. Following this, continue with a visit to the traditional villages of Luba and Bena.

Luba Village

Luba Village is renowned for its traditional Ngada architecture, characterized by its distinctive circular houses with peaked thatched roofs. These houses, known as “Ngadhu” and “Bhaga,” are sacred symbols representing male and female ancestors, respectively. Witness these unique structures, along with the surrounding communal spaces where villagers gather for ceremonies and social activities. Luba Village provides a glimpse into the spiritual beliefs, social structure, and daily rituals of the Ngada people.

Bena Village

Bena Village is known for its well-preserved traditional houses and a strong sense of community. Like Luba, Bena Village features Ngada-style circular houses adorned with symbolic carvings and decorations. However, what sets Bena apart is its larger size and the presence of ancestral shrines, stone altars, and megalithic structures scattered throughout the village. Here, Interact with local villagers, learn about their customs and traditions, and witness age-old rituals that have been passed down through generations.

Afterwards, enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant in Bajawa.

Arak factory near Aimere

After lunch, depart for Ruteng. Along the way, make a stop at an Arak factory near Aimere. The Arak factory provides an immersive experience of the traditional production of Arak, a local alcoholic beverage.  Witness skilled artisans using ancient methods to ferment and distil palm sap or rice, observing each step of the process firsthand. Engage with the craftsmen and gain insights into the cultural significance of arak in the region, its role in social gatherings, and its importance in local customs and traditions.

Ranamese Lake

Continuing, visit Ranamese Lake, a picturesque spot surrounded by lush forests and serene waters, offering a tranquil respite amidst nature’s beauty. Enjoy a scenic walk along its shores, surrounded by pristine wilderness and abundant birdlife.

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodations

Spring Hill Bungalow or similar

Services

Private vehicle with English Speaking guide

Distances and travel times: 4hr drive 149km

Day 7 - Ruteng – Denge – Wae Rebo

After breakfast, embark on a journey via Iteng to Dintor. Lunch will be served at a lodge either in Dintor or Denge.

Wae Lomba

Today you will have another chance to immerse yourself into the culture of the local villages. You will start the day’s trek early, to avoid the heat, hiking up the newly built road to the Wae Lomba where you can take a quick dip in the natural pools. Continuing uphill over mountainous terrain, you will reach Post 2 at Pocoroko, with spectacular panoramic views of the South and Savu Sea. This will also be your last opportunity to use your mobile phone services for two days, as there is no connection in the region surrounding Wae Rebo village.

Nampe Bakok

Next, visit Nampe Bakok, a vantage point offering a complete view of the traditional village of Wae Rebo. From here, you can marvel at Wae Rebo’s scenic beauty and surrounding landscape, giving you a glimpse of the cultural and natural wonders ahead.

Wae Rebo

Wae Rebo is a village renowned for its iconic Mbaru Niang houses, featuring conical thatched roofs made of bamboo and palm leaves, preserved by the locals. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted with a warm welcome from villagers eager to share their customs, traditions, and spiritual practices. Spend your afternoon in the village and surroundings to experience the local way of life, watching the ikat weaving and playing around with the children.

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodations

Tribe’s House

Services

Private vehicle with English Speaking guide

Distances and travel times

Trekking to Wae Rebo: 2-3

Difficulty: Easy to Medium

Day 8 - Trek Wae Rebo village – Labuan Bajo

Waking up inside the traditional homes of the Wae Rebo people, you will begin to understand what life is like for the villagers who call this place home. Enjoy breakfast with your newly made friends, before saying goodbye and departing for your return trek to Denge.

From Denge you will be transferred to Labuan Bajo, stopping for lunch along the way at a local restaurant. This afternoon, check into your hotel before having the opportunity to go for a swim and enjoy the sunset over Labuan Bajo harbour.

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodations

Bintang Flores or similar

Services

Private vehicle with English Speaking guide

Distances and travel times

Trekking back to Dengue: 2 hours

Lembor to Labuan Bajo: 2hr drive 150km

Difficulty: Easy

Day 9 - Labuan Bajo at leisure

Today is free at your leisure. Spend your day at the hotel getting some rest after your Flores expedition, relaxing by the pool or at the white sand beach in front of the hotel.

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodations

Puri Sari Hotel or similar

Day 10 - Labuan Bajo – Rinca Island – Kalong Island (On Board)

After breakfast, you will be met and transferred to the harbour of Labuan Bajo. From there, you’ll board a boat to cruise to the islands of Rinca.

Lunch will be served on the boat as you cruise towards Rinca Island. Rinca is renowned for its population of Komodo dragons, as well as wild pigs, buffalos, and birds. Upon arrival, you’ll disembark and join an island ranger for a trek to observe these magnificent lizards in their natural environment. Take a leisurely trek to further observe the dragons and appreciate their habitat.

In the afternoon, the boat will sail and anchor near Kalong Island, a small island boasting a vast mangrove forest. Here, you’ll be treated to a breathtaking panorama, and as dusk falls, the skies come alive with thousands of bats emerging from their nests in the trees to forage for fruits on surrounding islands. You’ll spend the night on board the local boat, where dinner will be served.

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodations

Overnight on a Local Houseboat

Day 11 - Komodo – Pink Beach – Manta Point – Laba Island (onboard)

Today enjoy a boat ride and a full day dedicated to exploring the Komodo National Park. Founded in 1980 to protect the Komodo dragon, the world’s largest lizard, the National Park also became a protected marine habitat for other species as part of the Coral Triangle containing some of the richest marine biodiversity on earth. Komodo National Park has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

On Komodo Island, take a trek to Banunggulung, the historic riverbed where dragons were once fed fresh goats. The trek takes you through spectacular scenery and opportunities to encounter many unusual plants and animals along the way. With an estimated population of around 2,000 dragons on the island, as well as a diverse array of wildlife including wild boar, deer, and buffalo, Komodo Island offers a captivating glimpse into nature’s diversity. The island is also excellent for bird watchers, with cockatoos and gosong birds (megapodius reindwardti), among others.

The terrain on Komodo Island is flat and the flora changes with the seasons, going from dry and dusty with thin vegetation, to lush and green with the scent of wild basil in the air during the wet season.

Lunch will be on board, before arriving at Pantai Merah also known as Pink Beach because the red coral on the seabed breaks off with the tidal changes and mixes with the sand, causing it to turn a pale pink.

Afterwards, jump overboard and snorkel in the clear waters, where you’ll be greeted by a dazzling array of marine life, from colourful parrotfish to playful clownfish, and if you’re fortunate, you might even spot majestic sea turtles and other fascinating sea creatures.  Relax on the beach before spending the night on the boat.

Then, head to Manta Point, where you’ll have the opportunity to snorkel alongside giant Manta Rays. Later this afternoon, embark on the final leg of your adventure as you sail to Gili Laba Island.

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodations

Overnight on a Local Houseboat

Day 12 - Labuan Bajo – Departure from Denpasar

This morning, there’s an optional early wake-up call to reach the Laba Island viewpoint and witness the sunrise, offering a panoramic view of the Komodo National Park.

Enjoy snorkelling on Laba Island before returning to Labuan Bajo. If time permits, make a stop along the way at Kanawa Island. Afterwards, disembark in Labuan Bajo and, depending on the flight schedule, transfer directly to the airport for your onward flight.

Meals

Breakfast

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What’s included

  • Return Airport Transfer
  • 11 nights’ accommodation
  • All transportation by air-conditioned private vehicle for all included sightseeing
  • All entrance fees during touring
  • Services of local English-speaking guides
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Trekking permits
Exclusions
  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • All services, meals other than those indicated above
  • Any changes to the proposed and confirmed program.
  • All items of a personal nature e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips etc

**Please note that this tour can be organised on request for private departures.

* Pricing is subject to change at anytime until full payment has been received.

* A minimum of 2 adults is required to guarantee this departure.

A non-refundable deposit of $1000 AUD per person is required to secure your place. Final payment is due no later than 60 days prior to departure. Travel insurance is mandatory for travelling with Crooked Compass. For full terms and conditions, please click here.

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