Go on a tour of Flores full of culture and nature as you visit several villages and explore the unique Kelimutu tricoloured lakes, Penggajawa Blue Stone Beach, the spiderweb-shaped rice fields of Lingko, and more!
Day 1 – Denpasar / Maumere / Moni
Once your plane lands in Maumere and you have collected your luggage, meet up with the tour representative who will transfer you to Lisedetu village for a little visit. At Lisedetu village, you can do some sightseeing around the area to observe their traditional architecture and their usual way of life in the village. When you’re done, head to your accommodation where you will have your dinner and settle in for the night.
Day 2 – Moni / Kelimutu Lakes / Bajawa
Wake up early so you can drive down to Kelimutu volcano just in time to catch the sun rising over the edge of the crater lakes. Kelimutu is home to the famous tricoloured acid crater lakes that range in colour from blue to dark green and even red. The crater lakes are located in central Flores, Indonesia, and their ranging and changing colours are due to the different salts and oxides suspended in the lake waters.
The names of the lakes are Tiwu Ata Mbupu (Lake of Old People), Tiwu Nua Muri Kooh Tai (Lake of Young Men and Maidens) and Tiwu Ata Polo (Bewitched, or Enchanted Lake), and are usually blue, green and red, respectively. With changes in a season may come changes in the colours of the lakes. Once you’re done with your sightseeing here, head to Saga and Wologai villages where you can further observe the lives of the locals as well as the traditional architecture of their homes.
Continue on towards Ende for your lunch at a local restaurant then make a stop by Penggajawa Blue Stone Beach where you will find a shore full of stones and pebbles that are grey, blue and turquoise in colour. These stones come in different shapes and sizes and create a unique shoreline, one that is different from the typical sandy shore of many other beaches. Observe the local women who visit the beach and collect stones of certain shapes, colours and sizes to sell and be used as garden decorations.
Day 3 – Bajawa / Ruteng
While the morning is still young, drive to Wawomudah crater lake for some panoramic pictures before returning to your hotel or breakfast. After breakfast, go and visit the traditional villages of the Bajawa tribes. Bena is a megalithic village where its local villagers maintain their way of life and keep the beliefs of ancestral spirits alive. Their way of life can be seen in their “Ngadhu” and “Bhaga”, conical thatched roof huts that symbolize male and female ancestral spirits.
Leave Bajawa and head for Ruteng, stopping by the slope of the active volcano Inerie along the way where you can take some pretty pictures at the idyllic location. En route to Ruteng, lunch will be provided. Stop by the Aimere village where you can see the process of “arak” distillation and fresh palm juice tapping. At Ranamese Lake, you will get to see the spectacular peak of Mount Inerie, which is an active volcano.
Arrive at Ruteng, a small town which also serves as the capital city of the Manggarai Regency where major Manggarainese tribes used to dwell. Check in to your hotel and have some time to rest before leaving in the afternoon to visit Liang Bua, a limestone cave which was the home of the Homo Florensies, a “hobbit” species of human.
Day 4 – Ruteng / Labuan Bajo
After your breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven to the Western tip of Flores Island, Labuan Bajo. Along the way, you will stop by Lembor or Cancar to see the world wonder of Lingko, the unique spiderweb-shaped rice paddy fields. These paddy fields are grown in such a way that they come together to create an image of a spiderweb from an aerial view. Once you arrive at your destination in Labuan Bajo, check in and have your dinner.
Day 5 – Labuan Bajo / Denpasar
Enjoy your last breakfast at the hotel and go on a short sightseeing tour of the city with a visit to Batu Cermin (Mirror Stone) Cave. The cave has a large hole in it through which light will shine in and reflect off the smooth, shiny walls of the cave’s insides, leading to the effect of the cave being lined with mirrors on the inside. It is a unique phenomenon indeed. After checking out the cave, visit the local market as your last stop in Labuan Bajo before you will be taken to the airport.