Ngada Villages near Bajawa and Volcano Kelimutu - 4 Days Tour
Although Flores Island is predominantly Catholic, there are well preserved traditional villages where still megaliths are alive. These villages are isolated and embedded between two volcanoes Gunung Inerie and Gunung Deru. You can see here a certain form of folk architecture with shrines for male and female ancestors (Ngadhu and Bhaga) in the middle of these villages. Also the daily life today is influence by animistic rituals and ancestor worship. You can visit the villages Bena and Luba comfortably by with an overnight stay in Bajawa. The visit of another even more isolated Ngadha villages like Desa Gurusina, Desa Belaraghi, Desa Tololela is by hiking from/to Bajawa. It is also possible to overnight in the village of Tololela and Belaraghi and it is an unique experience.
✈ via Labuan Bajo to Bajawa ➝ traditional villages Bena & Luba ➝ Volcano Kelimutu ➝ Maumere
Arrival: ✈ to Bajawa
Pick up from the airport in Bajawa. Bajawa is the largest city in the Ngadha district and lies at the foot of the 2300m volcano Ineri, the highest volcano in Flores.
In the afternoon we visit in Aimere an traditional manufacturer of Arak and the Manga Ruda hot springs.
An alternative to flight is arrival by car:
From Labuan Bajo to Bajawa is a drive for about 9 to 11 hours through a beautiful landscape with many rice fields. An overnight stay in Ruteng is highly recommended. If you choose to travel over land to Bajawa with private car, this tour is 2days/1 night in Ruteng.
Bajawa ➝ Bena ➝ Luba ➝ Ende ➝ Moni
After an early breakfast, we make a trip to Bena, one of the best preserved traditional villages in Ngadha district. The village consists of two rows of centuries old houses covered with grass. In the middle of the village, there's a sacrificial stones and cult houses, which were used for ritual ceremonies and sacrificial offerings. The people, who today lives and works in this village are Christians but still some of the old traditions and ancestor worship are alive here.
After the visit of Bena, we will visit an other traditional village Luba and than continue to Ende.
We stop at the Penggajawa Beach, which is littered with many colored stones. The stones are predominantly blue to turquoise, but also green and red stones are in between. The stones are collected by the local population and sold as building material. Lunch is taken in a local restaurant in Ende and than we pass beautiful rice terraces on the ride from Ende to Moni, make photo stops and stop on street market in Nduaria, just before Moni. Accommodation is in Kelimutu Eco Lodge in Moni
Extension in Bajawa
For visit of more isolated traditional villages, such as Belaraghi, Tololela, Gurusina, you should schedule at least one more night in Bajawa and for trekking Gunung Ineri also one more additional night. Bajawa offers for hikers, culture - and naturlovers attractions for at least 1 extra night
Detour to the 17 Islands National Park in Riung
For this purpose you should plan additional 2 more nights in Riung with a boat trip to the islands in 17 Island National Park
Tree color lakes of Volcano Kelimutu ➝ Maumere
Kelimutu is a volcano near the Moni village in Central Flores in Indonesia. The Volcano Kelimutu consists of three crater Lakes, which have different colors because of minerals. The colors of the Lakes have changed several times dramatically over the last years.
The Lunar of crater is a hideout of the spirits according to the beliefs of the locals. Then the souls of boys and girls live in the Tiwu Nuwa Muri Koo Fai , which change the color between turquoise, blue and white greenish In Tiwu Ata Polo the sinner wait till night, to fly up with the wind and destroy every living Intruder. This lake change the colors between red, dark green, dark red and green color. The souls of the ancients rest in the Tiwu Ata Bupu. The now almost black Lake was once dark blue then light blue to white. The name of Kelimutu itself in the local language means 'keli' = 'mountain' and 'mutu' = 'boiling'.
On this day, we have to get up early in the morning and after a cup of coffee or tea, we drive to the volcano Kelimutu. After 30 minutes we reach the parking lot, and here a pleasant walk about 1.5 km and 127 stairs leads to the terrace of Mount Kelimutu at 1690 m altitude. From here, you have wonderful views of all three colored crater Lakes of Kelimutu and the surrounding countryside. Approximately at 10: 00 fog or clouds can come up and prevent the view so it is important to be up at least between 8 and 9. In the midst of this lunar landscape, the colors of the Lakes look spectacular.
It's always a surprise what colors the Kelimutu Lakes will have when we visit.
On the way back from Kelimutu to Moni we will pass beautiful rice fields and tropical Florest. We can do also a detour to small waterfall and hot springs. After breakfast in Hotel we continue our trip to Maumere passing Sikka village on the south coast of Flores Island. This village is famous for the traditional ikat-weaving and the old church, dating from the end of 19 century. You have some time to relax on the wonderful Koka Beach and than we continue our journey to Maumere. Enjoy the breathtaking views of this spectacular volcanic terrain, with plantations and villages clinging to mountain sides. We can stop along the way to make short walks at points of interest.
Depending on your choice you will stay in a comfortable and charming beach front bungalow in Amrita Beach Resort on the beautiful Waiara beach or with additional charge in the stylish and as well comfortable Coconut Garden Beach Resort or in our Waiara Village Guest House.
On some days in the week there is afternoon flight from Maumere to Bali with Nam Air/Sriwijaya Air and it is posible to skip this overnight in Maumere.
Departure from Flores ✈ from Maumere
The tour ends with transfer to airport in Maumere for your flight to Bali. If you take the afternoon flight out Maumere you have in the morning the possibilities to make half day Village Encounter in the surroundings of Maumere or just relaxe on volcanic beach with good swimming and snorkeling in your beach front resort in Maumere Bay.