Price

$3865 AUD per person

Single supplement on request

Inclusions

  • 9 nights accommodation
  • 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 8 Dinners
  • Services of an English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Transportation in an air conditioned vehicle
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Air conditioned support vehicle
  • Spare parts and bike tools
  • Bike, helmet and water bottle
  • Water, snacks and fruit
  • Domestic flight from Labuan Bajo to Bali
  • Scrubba Wash Bag

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

This is a journey on two wheels as you cycle in the shadows of volcanoes through lush jungle, palm plantations and refreshing bamboo forests. Be in awe as you visit Kelimutu Volcano and witness its three uniquely coloured crater lakes. Relax those muscles as you soak in natural hot springs before cycling along glittering coastlines and past rice terraces. Explore ancient tribal villages before arriving at the gateway of Komodo National Park where you will have the opportunity to track Komodo dragons and snorkel in crystal waters.

Day 1 - Arrival Moni

Welcome to Indonesia! You will be met just outside of the baggage claim at Ende Airport. From here, it is a one-and-half-hour van ride to Moni, a hamlet tucked into a fold of the 1,600-metre-high Kelimutu Volcano, which will introduce you to the mountainous, dramatic landscape of Flores.

On arrival at the Kelimutu Eco Lodge, you’ll have time to shower, relax, or have a snack. This afternoon, get oriented with a rice paddy walk. The walk leaves from the Eco Lodge dinning area, crossing the back of the property across the creek, making your way past local homes into the village of Moni.

For dinner this evening, you might choose to try some local fare with bold Indonesian flavours. Or, if you’re not feeling so adventurous, feel free to opt for Western dishes cooked with regional ingredients.

Enjoy a local beer while listening to the sounds of the cloud forest or close your eyes and soak in the calls of bullfrogs, the chirping of blue-and-orange Tokay geckos, and the evening song of swallows. (D)

2 nights Kilimutu Eco Lodge

Day 2 - Kilimutu Volcano

This morning, drive on a 45-minute to the trail head leading to Kilimutu Volcano crater. From here, it’s a half-hour walk to the crater rim. To avoid the crowds at sunrise we will go when the sun is higher to see the true colour of the three mineral lakes inside the crater ranging in colour from milky blue to green or red and sometimes black depending on the season. It is a 30-minute walk back to the parking area.

The ride starts with a steady 15-kilometre winding decent down the side of the volcano through Moni Village surrounded by verdant rice terraces. Stop en route for lunch in Moni Village. Continue your ride onto a cement path that takes you through the Village of Mbanga. This Li village still has the remains of some of the elevated palm roofs important in their religion.

Cycling: 35 km; broken up pavement / cement

Trek: 1 hour

Day 3 - Riung

With an early start, drive up to Detusoko Village to the start of the ride. The first 30 km are rolling downhill through terraced rice paddies, a village of two or three buildings, and thick jungle. Once you cross the river the road rolls as you get closer to the coast, passing through salt farms. For a 24 km the road is only a few metres from the sea on the very edge of the coast. This is a great area to stop and fuel up on a pack lunch. As your route turns inland there is more climbing of hills for the next 6 km. The end of the ride is in the village of Maikei. From here, drive 1.5 hours to the coastal village of Riung.

Like most coastal towns in Flores, Riung is made up of a majority of Bajo people. This ethnic group fled persecution in the Philippines and have been migrating south over the last few centuries. In Riung there is a very laid back island feel, that is full of warm hospitality.

For dinner tonight, enjoy your fill of fresh seafood, roasted eggplant, and salads. (B,L,D)

Cycling: 103 km; narrow road – mixed broken pavement; long sections of dirt road; river crossing

2 nights Del Mar or similar

Day 4 - 14 Island’s Conservation Marine Area

Today is a rest day with a full day of snorkelling in 14 Island’s Conservation Marine Area. After your fill of tropical fruit, and other delicacies, drive 5 minutes (or if some choose to walk) to the pier. Here you board local boats to explore the 14 Islands.

From flying fox colonies of the 1,000s, to endless white sand beaches, turquoise waters – there is plenty to explore. For lunch a fresh fish BBQ on the beach before the next round of snorkelling in 3-4 different areas.

Tonight relax and enjoy the island laidback atmosphere. (B,L,D)

Snorkel time: 4+ hours

Day 5 - Bajawa

After breakfast, stash a bag of swimwear and clothes in the van. You will be grateful later!

Your ride starts with a 1.5 hour shuttle up over the major climb. In a village built primarily out of bamboo, you start your ride. Here the road has patches of cement or pavement and then returns to dirt. Over the next 30 km the ride has both descents of 3 to 5 km and hills of similar length as you leave the coast behind and head along the flanks of Abulobo and Wawomudha Volcanos.

As you get to the outskirts of Bajawa, turn East, descending 3 kms to Soa Hotspring, where a stream and pool emerge from underground at varying temperatures. Take a dip under a small waterfall for a natural massage. From here jump in the van to the town of Bajawa.

For dinner, head to the home of Margaret, a Bajawa local, for a Flores-style BBQ on her front lawn. Dining on regional fare with a few chickens roaming about the smoking barbecue pit, you’ll get an immersive dose of daily Flores life. Her home has expansive views of Iniere Volcano. (B,L,D)

Cycling: 33 km – dirt with some broken pavement and cement

Overnight Sanian Hotel or similar

Day 6 - Bena Village

Today you will leave Bajawa and the volcanoes behind and return to the coast before climbing back inland. From the hotel, it’s a brief climb out of town, then a beautiful decent through a bamboo forest with unfettered views of Mount Inerie. This conical, active volcano has been an icon for the Ngada people who have lived along its foothills for more than 1,500 years.

Once in Bena Village you’ll see UNESCO-listed megaliths that are thought to be 1,200 years old, which the Ngada use to commune with the supernatural world via animal sacrifices. With less than 60,000 members alive today, the Ngada population may be dwindling but efforts for cultural conservation are alive and well. Ngada chiefs still reside in Bena’s traditional wood-and-palm houses.

After exploring Bena, start a single track ride through bamboo forests. The path has some rocky outcrops that you will need to carry your bike over. The path rolls on the flank of Iniere Volcano to the village of Waebelah. Continue from Waebelah along the coast on a dirt road with spectacular views of the South Sea. You’ll notice locals hand-cutting firewood. The villages here supply the bamboo for the fires required to distill arak (palm wine).

Enjoy the cool sea breezes as you near the town of Aimere. The people of Seba from nearby Savu Island are renowned arak brewers, and many of them have settled in this area of plentiful Lontar palm trees. Stop at Jimmy’s home, a second-generation Seba arak maker. He will treat us to a local lunch paired with a sampling of the different grades of Arak.

Fortified by the local spirits, we’ll begin our drive up to the town of Ruteng, the third-largest city in Flores. You’ll notice the landscape change to open pastures dotted with rice paddies and water buffalo.

Tonight we’ll go to a traveller’s favourite for dinner at Springhill Restaurant. (B,L,D)

Cycling: 58  km

2 nights Sindha Hotel

Day 7 - Ruteng

Today you head out to explore the home of the Magari People. The ride starts from the hotel, then leaves the pavement behind as the rolling hills get larger to the village of Kenda. After exploring Kenda, continue on to Ting village and Watu alo. The Ruteng area is famous for the fertile and expansive terraced rice paddies. This afternoon, you will ride out to the cave where they found the remains of Homo-Floresiensis, measuring 1 metre in height. (B,L,D)

Cycling: 50  km

Day 8 - Chanchar Village

Cycling from the hotel to Chanchar Village, this Magari village has one of the few remaining rice paddies laid out in the shape of a spider web. This circular shape is import for reasons of spiritual and cultural importance. Here you will ride on a dirt road that takes you around the paddy and through the village that farm there.

You will then drive on to Labuan Bajo. If you feel like descending from the final pass down to the harbour it has spectacular views!

Tonight for dinner, head into the port for a very local dinner at the fish market – feast on grilled grouper, snapper, or squid caught only a few hours ago! (B,L,D)

Cycling: Ride 35 km on paved and dirt roads

2 nights Purisari Hotel

Day 9 - Komodo National Park

Embark in Labuan Bajo where after a one hour cruise, you visit the ranger station of Loh Buaya on Rinca Island. Here you have the opportunity to encounter the famous Komodo dragons.

After a short briefing, proceed to go for a lovely 1.5 hour trek through the dry and rugged island of Rinca, which is well-known for its diverse wildlife. Aside from the Komodo dragons, you are likely to spot monkeys, wild buffaloes, deer and horses. From the top of the hills, the scenery is spectacular.

After this adventure, its back to the boat, to go to one of the many beautiful beaches in Komodo N.P. for lunch, snorkelling and swimming. The National Park is world-known for its teeming underwater world and colourful coral reefs. The plankton-rich seas around Komodo support amazing reefs and a range of large marine life, including Mantas and dolphins. Snorkel from the beach and later in the day from the boat to hopefully spot mantas.

In the afternoon, visit one off the many local Bajau (sea gypsies) villages who live in houses on wooden stilts that are often underwater during the high tide. Originally from Sulawesi and formerly fully nomadic, living on their boats, nowadays the Bajau often occupy more permanent settlements. (B,L,D)

Cruising: 4 hours

Trekking: 1.5 hours

Snorkeling: 3-4  hours

Day 10 - Departure

This is where we’ll wish you a happy onward journey. Our guide will help you arrange transport to the airport or to your next hotel. Simply let us know what you need. (B)