The Highlights of Flores - the prehistoric Komodo Dragons and Volcano Kelimutu
5 Days/4 Nights
ITINERARY: Bali ✈ Labuan Bajo (Flores Island) ➝ Komodo National Park on Rinca Island ✈ Ende ➝ Volcano Kelimutu National Park ➝ Maumere ✈ BaliDay 1:
Travel to Labuan Bajo on Flores Island
Instead of an overnight stay in Labuan Bajo in the hotel, it is also possible to overnight on the boat. This has the advantage that you will be already very early morning on Rinca Island.
Labuan Bajo ➝ Rinca Island ➝ Labuan Bajo
Early in the morning we drive to harbor in Labuan Bajo and embark a wooden motorboat to Rinca Islands to observe the Komodo Dragon unique to this area. In addition to these ferocious reptiles, which grow to two meters in length, you will see an amazing variety of wildlife in this National Park. Lunch is served on board. Afternoon return to Labuan Bajo and accommodation in Golo Hilltop Hotel or in Puri Sari Beach Hotel in Labuan Bajo
If you arrival early in the morning in Labuan Bajo you can also embark the boat directly after your arrival in Labuan Bajo and transfer from airport to harbour. The first night overnight in Labuan Bajo in Hotel can be eliminated and the tour can be shorted to 4 days / 3 night in hotel in Labuan Bajo
For the boat trip we can use with additional charge also a private speedboat. To really explore the fascinating underwater world of Komodo National Park, we recommend and also offer multi-day cruises on traditional Phinisi boats.
Labuan Bajo ✈ to Ende on Flores Island
Pick up from airport in Ende, drive to Kelimutu National Park near the village Moni. The journey takes about 1.5- 2 hours on winding roads passing beautiful mountainous countryside and small villages. Between Ende and Moni you can see beautiful rice terraces near Detusoko. Upon arrival in Ende in the early morning there is possibility a detour to the Penggajawa Beach (blue stone beach), which is strewn with many colored stones. The stones are predominantly blue to turquoise, but also green and red stones are in between. On the way from Ende to Moni we can visit the village Wologai with well-preserved traditional houses in the for Ende/Lio region formerly typical Lioneser architecture. Accommodation in a bungalow in Kelimutu Eco Lodge which is remote located surrounded by beautiful natur just outside the Moni village.
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 forest. 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.
If you have only very limited time for Flores, we can arrange the Flores Highlights Tour Komodo and Kelimutu even in 3 Days/2 Nights from/to Bali