Price

$2797 AUD per person

Single supplement on request

Inclusions

  • Return airport transfers
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • Services of an English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Transportation in an air conditioned vehicle
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • 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

Flores is your gateway to adventure – this journey combines tropical beauty with pristine islands and islets. Encounter smoking volcanoes, lush rice terraces and turquoise lakes. Embrace exotic cultures and discover hidden beaches. Explore traditional villages that have remained untouched for millennia. Spectacular Komodo is sure to impress you with its steep hillsides and dusty red colours. The underwater world will encapsulate you with its vibrant corals that sway in the crystal waters. Come face to face with the Komodo dragon and spend time absorbing the village life of local fisherman.

Day 1 - Arrival in Flores

Welcome to Indonesia! Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours at leisure before gathering for dinner. Enjoy your meal with your feet in the sand which will be followed by a briefing from your guide on the following days activities.

Tomorrow you have an early rise, departing at 3:00am to catch sunrise on the top of Egon Volcano. (D)

Overnight at Sea World Club or similar

Day 2 - Moni

An early start this morning (3:00am) as you make your way to the Egon Volcano trail (approx. 30min drive) to witness a spectacular sunrise. Your trek begins under the sparkling stars through a forest of native eucalyptus trees, the vegetation giving way to large volcanic boulders and scree. As you get closer to the smouldering crater, the smell of sulfur fills the air, fumerals venting gas sound like jet engines and the ground underfoot is warm. Stop and take in the sunrise from this amazing vantage point!

Iris, rhododendrons, and wild roses will guide you back down the path from the crater in the morning light.

Once back at the hotel you will have time to freshen up, shower and have breakfast before checking out, transferring to Sikka Village. Sikkanese people are famed for their fine Ikat weaving, a handicraft deeply rooted in the community, with many people continuing to wear these beautiful traditional sarongs in their daily lives. You will be hosted here by a well respected weaver in the community who will demonstrate the art of Ikat weaving. Enjoy a simple, traditional lunch in her family home overlooking the beautiful beach before driving to the village of Moni.

Spend you afternoon wandering along the white sand on Koka Beach, formed from two crescent shaped beaches that meet at a rocky shoal. With seldom another person around, Koka is one of Flores hidden gems.

Tonight for dinner, eat at the Eco Lodge before falling asleep to the sounds of the cloud forest. (B,L,D)

Trekking: 3hrs

Overnight at Kilimutu Eco Lodge or similar

Day 3 - Kilimutu Volcano

This morning after breakfast you will make your way to Kilimutu Volcano (approx. 45min drive). After a short hike you will reach the crater rim and be rewarded with stunning views of three crater lakes, the sun reflecting colours off the water of milky blue, green, red and sometimes even black.

From here you will drive (approx. 30min) to the start of your next trek to the Murukeba Waterfall. With lush tropical surroundings, this 10m waterfall is quite the contrast to the lunar landscapes of the crater. Continue on to a small village, where you will stop for a local lunch.

This afternoon you will visit Wologai, a traditional Li Village, one of 6 ethnic communities that make up Flores. Here you will learn about the different customs of the once Li kingdom before continuing on to Ende. (B,L,D)

Trekking: approx. 2.5hrs

Overnight Wisata Hotel or similar

Day 4 - Endes

With another early start to beat the heat, drive to the base of Iya Volcano. Starting out at sea level you will start your ascent as you emerge from a rock quarry. Your trek will be mostly over loosely packed pumice stones, so you will pick your way up the flank of the volcano.

As the vegetation gives way to a desolate landscape, you know you are nearing the summit, beyond this is the enormous crater on the edge of the South Sea. Witness the smoking wall of rocks and its bright yellow sulphur deposits. With this spectacular view, it is easy to understand the respect the people of Flores have for such an active force of nature. The decent is as challenging as the ascent as you find your footing among the palms and grasses, distracted by views of the peninsula and the coast line.

Note: Long lightweight trekking pants are recommended as you trek overland through large grass sections, and we suggest trekking poles for the rocky landscape.

Returning to you hotel, you will have time to enjoy a shower and breakfast before checking out. From here you will take a coastal drive along blue-green cliffs that drop down to the sea, to Ende. The unique blue stone beaches here are something of an oddity, the locals believe these beaches will gain international fame someday, but for the time being they’re all yours and the locals’ to enjoy.

Continue on the seaside village of Nanga Penda, where you can explore a small but beautiful mosque. Like many coastal settlements in Flores, this village is home to the Bajo ethnic group, many of whom migrated from the southern Philippine islands. Although history has credited them with pirate raids on the spice route and a nomadic seafaring lifestyle, today the Bajo have settled in Flores to flee religious persecution. In the relative haven of Flores, they continue their traditions that blend Animism with a less conventional form of Islam.

A further drive (approx. 2hrs) brings you to the town of Boa Wae at the base of the active Ebulobo Volcano, where you will enjoy a traditional Warung lunch. From here drive to Bena (approx 1.5hrs), home to the Ngada people. Here you will see the 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. The Ngada population may be dwindling with less than 60,000 members alive today, but efforts for cultural conservation are alive and well, with Ngada chiefs still residing in Bena’s traditional wooden and palm frond houses.

Here you will visit the home of Margaret, a Bajawa local, for a Flores-style BBQ on her front lawn. With a few chickens roaming about and the barbecue pit smoking, you’ll surely get an immersive dose of daily Flores life. (B,L,D)

Trekking: approx. 5hrs

Overnight Sanian Hotel or similar

Day 5 - Ruteng

This morning after breakfast you will make your way (approx. 45min drive) to the start of your trek to Blearaghi Village. With very few travellers venturing here, you will get a true sense of traditional village life as you mingle with the locals as they go about their daily life.

Continue on to the town of Aimere where you can enjoy the cool sea breeze. The people of Seba, from the nearby island of Sabu are renowned Arak brewers, and many of them have settled in this area of plentiful Lontar palm trees. Here you will meet Jimmy, a second generation Seba Arak maker, and will be invited into his home to enjoy a local lunch paired with a sampling of the different grades of Arak.

From here you will head to the third largest city in Flores, Ruteng, the landscape changing to open pastures dotted with rice paddy’s and water buffalo.

Tonight enjoy dinner at Springhill Restaurant. (B,L,D)

Trekking: approx. 2hrs

Overnight Sindha Hotel or similar

Day 6 - Labuan Bajo

This morning after breakfast you will make your way to Manggarai regency, where you will see the ‘spiderweb’ rice fields. The Manggaraian culture is centred around a strong unity of the village, the house, and the fields, the result of which is this unique layout of their traditional villages and rice paddy’s. The Manggarai people once lived according to a strict caste system that consisted of nobles, commoners and slaves. Although slavery no longer exists, the caci, or ‘whip’ dance that mimics a whipping duel, still survives among the Manggarai today.

After taking in the spectacular views over the rice fields below, you will drive to the small town of Lembor where you will enjoy a local lunch. From here you will set out on foot, passing through Manggarai villages to Cunca Rami, a 30m waterfall that cascades into a pristine pool, where you can take a refreshing dip in the cool clear water.

Arrive into Labuan Bajo this evening and check in to your hotel. Tonight is yours at leisure. You might like to explore Labuan Bajo port, where you can sample freshly grilled fish and sauteed vegetables, or try the delicious rotti made at the local market. There are also several restaurants offering local and international cuisine, or you could simply relax in your room and order room service, whichever you choose. (B,L)

Trekking: approx. 3hrs

2 nights Purisari Hotel or similar

Day 7 - Komodo National Park

This morning after breakfast you will board a boat, bound for Rinca Island (approx. 1hr cruise), home to the Komodo dragon.

After a short briefing at Loh Buaya ranger station, you will set out to explore the spectacular scenery of this island on foot (approx. 1.5hrs trek). This dry and rugged island offers a diverse range of wildlife, and you are sure to spot monkeys, wild buffaloes, deer and horses, and of course the Komodo dragon.

From here you will board the boat once again, making your way to one of the many beautiful beaches of Komodo National Park for lunch. The plankton-rich seas around Komodo support beautifully colourful reefs and a are teeming with marine life, including Mantas and dolphins. Enjoy swimming and snorkelling straight from the beach, and later in the day from the boat to hopefully spot mantas.

This afternoon you will visit one of the many local Bajau villages. Originally from Sulawesi and formerly fully nomadic, these ‘sea gypsies’ once lived on their boats. Today they often occupy more permanent settlements, living in houses on wooden stilts that are often underwater during the high tide. (B,L,D)

Trekking: approx. 1.5hrs

Snorkelling: approx. 3-4hrs

Day 8 - Departure

This morning after breakfast the day is yours at leisure until it is time for your onward journey. Your guide will help you arrange transport to the airport or to your next hotel. Simply let us know what you need. (B)