Nature, Tribes and Dragons 12Days/11Nights

Nature, Tribes and Dragons 12Days/11Nights

Duration: 12 days/11 Nights

This 12 day trip combines a total package in offering the best of nature, culture and of course, the Komodo Dragons. As opposed to a trekking tour, this trip provides a more leisurely approach to the islands and lets you experience how wonderful the people are and where they live. If you have the time, this will offer you the maximum in discovering wonderful Flores!

Day 1. Denpasar – Maumere

Upon arrival at the Frans Seda Airport in Maumere in East Flores, you will be met by our guide and transfer to Sea world club Hotel. Based on your flight, you can have some free time in the afternoon to relax on the wonderful hotel beach or seek a trip put to Maumere to experience some of the local life.

Day 2. Maumere – Larantuka

After breakfast at the hotel, you will depart and drive to Larantuka, the capital of East Flores. This coastal town used to be a naval base for trade and a central point for colonial and clerical activities in East Indonesia. Nowadays, Larantuka is still an important connecting port to the neighboring islands and the center of economic activities of East Flores, attracting many people from the surrounding villages to make a living in the town. On the way, you will stop at Boru Village where you can see the volcano called Mount Lewotobi as well as a coffee plantation in Hokeng. A stop at Titehena will give you a beautiful panorama of Konga Bay and Lewotobi. Have dinner and stay overnight in Asa Hotel Larantuka.

Day 3. Larantuka – Maumere

Upon completing breakfast, you head out to visit beautiful Meting Doeng Beach in the morning, followed by the Larantuka city tour to visit the Reinha Rosari Catholic cathedrals built in Portuguese style. We will also spend time at the harbor, and local market allowing us excellent chances to meet with the local people. Upon returning to Maumere, we have some free time to experience the town or actually laze on the wonderful beach. We have dinner and stay overnight in Sea world club Hotel.

Day 4. Maumere – Moni

After breakfast, you will depart from the hotel to visit ther Ledalero Museum located on the outskirts of Maumere. The museum has an interesting collection of ethnological objects from the region. Ledalero is named after a major Catholic seminary that produces many Florenese priests. You will continue to Sikka Village, a district very famous for its traditional ikat weaving using organic dyes. After you enjoy the serenity of Paga Beach, we will continue by having a leisurely trek to Jopu and Ranggase villages in the afternoon. Stay overnight in Kelimutu Eco Lodge Moni.

Day 5. Moni – Kelimutu – Ende – Riung

We arise early in the morning at 4:30 to drive/hike up and experience sunrise at the top of Mt. Kelimutu where exists three exquisitely colored lakes that consistently change color over time. This is truly one of the most spectacular and mysterious sights in Indonesia. We return through winding roads along the mountain side to your hotel for breakfast. Afterwards, we continue your trip to Ende and on the way we visit Saga village, which is a traditional village of the Ende Lio tribes. We will lunch at restaurant in Ende before driving along the coast and up to Bajawa sitting higher in the mountains. We will arrive at our local destination for the night and have dinner in Pondok SVD Riung, a Bena Traditional Village. This will allow us to really enjoy our time with the local culture and see how they live.

Day 6. Riung Marine Park

After breakfast we set out to do some island hopping around the 17 islands of Riung, which is a chain of large and small islands called Pau, Borong, Ontoloe, Dua, Kolong, Lainjawa, Besar, Halima, Patta, Rutong, Meja, Bampa (Tampa or Tembang island), Tiga (Panjang), Tembaga, Taor, Sui, and Wire. All the islands are uninhabited and their coastlines are pure white sand beaches. We will get to witness the flying foxes at Ontoloe Island along with enjoying a swim, snorkel and relaxation on the white sand beach. A very relaxing, pleasurable day of peacefulness at these Tiga and Rutong Islands. Stay overnight in Pondok SVD Riung.

Day 7. Riung – Bajawa

In the morning after breakfast, you will experience the drive from sea to mountains as we drive up to Bajawa, a small town located 1200m above sea level and indulge your senses with wonderful scenery along the way. We enjoy some of the local area, such as taking a warm bath at the hot springs in Soa before going on the Bajawa city tour in the afternoon. Stay overnight in Happy-happy Hotel or Silverin Bajawa Hotel.

Day 8. Bajawa – Ruteng

Your first visit after breakfast is to a unique local village, Bena, an ancient Ngadanese village that takes 1.5 hours by car to reach from Bajawa. We can see and appreciate the unique way of life, the traditional houses, and the ceremonies that are steeped in a long-preserved tradition. Here, time still stands still with the locals still practicing some of the pagan beliefs they have held on to for many generations. After visiting, we continue our drive to Aimere, famous for its arak, which is the local palm wine distillation, and do a short trek along the rainforest trail of Ranamese’s crater lake. Stay overnight in MBC Susteran Ruteng.

Day 9. Ruteng and its Surrounding Areas

In the morning, you will be driven to Tengkulese Waterfall in the northern part of Ruteng. The two-tiered waterfall, also referred to as Cunca Lega (cunca means ‘waterfall’ in Manggaraian) and is named after the nearby village. The one-hour trek to the waterfall is set around a lush forest and rice terraces. You can also swim here if you wish. We then return to Ruteng in the afternoon and visit Liang Bua, an archaeological cave where the Homo Floresiensis was founded by Indonesian and Australian archaeologist, also known as “Hobbit” cave. Stay overnight in MBC Susteran Ruteng.

Day 10. Ruteng – Labuan Bajo – Rinca

You will depart from the hotel after breakfast and head to Golo Curu, a hill where you can admire the scenic view of Ruteng and its famous rice terraces to the north. This truly unique fields are formed in the shape of spider web’s and provide stunning visuals of the area. Then we continue on to visit Ruteng Pu’u which are the traditional houses of the Manggarai tribes. We can experience their unique culture and then continue to Cancar to see the unique Lingko, circular rice fields arranged that are also shaped like a spider web. We will then drive directly to Labuan Bajo for a sail to Rinca Island on our house boat. Dinner and overnight on the boat.

Day 11. Rinca – Komodo Island – Labuan Bajo

You will arise early in the morning to go on a 1-2 hour morning trek on the island Rinca to catch our first experience with the mighty Komodo dragons in the wild. We continue on to Komodo Island where you go on another trek for a couple of hours along the savannas and hills to lay witness to more of the dragons, their prey and the unique vegetation of this area. After back to the boat, you will sail on to Pink Beach for a relaxing swim and snorkel before sailing back to Labuan Bajo. Stay overnight in Puri Sari Beach Hotel Labuanbajo.

Day 12. Labuan Bajo – Denpasar

After breakfast, go on a morning visit to Batu Cermin before departing to Denpasar.
Nature, Tribes and Dragons (12D/11N)     Price

Price Include:

  • Accommodation
  • Meals during the trip.
  • English/German speaking guide
  • Boat as per itinerary
  • AC coach Transfers
  • Soft drinks

Price does not include:

  • Flight from/to Denpasar by Garuda Indonesia, Wings or Lion Air and Nam Air.
  • Approx. roundtrip ticket price: USD 240
  • Airport tax Denpasar IDR 40.000 Labuanbajo IDR 11.000
  • Camera charge at Komodo Park: IDR 50.000
  • Masker and fins rental for snorkeling
  • Porter fee, personal expenses and Tipping

What to bring:

  • Dress is casual. Clothing should be light, preferably cotton with at least one long sleeved shirt and pants.
  • Bathing suit, thongs or sandals and sneakers or walking boots, lots of film, camera, replacement batteries, and spares. Bring one light sweater or jacket as it can get cool in the highlands.
  • Also bring sun-screen, insect repellent, sunglasses, sunhat and swimwear.

Tour Program: Komodo And Flores Trekking (12D/11N)

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Komodo And Flores Trekking Tour 12Days/11Nights

Komodo And Flores Trekking Tour 12Days/11Nights

Duration: 12 days/11Nights

If you really enjoy hiking and being outdoors, this trip provides an excellent way of experiencing the best of Komodo and Flores Islands. We take the time to get out of the car and walk through the Land of the Dragons along with the mountainous rainforests of Flores to visit remote cultures. This trip is a must for true land lovers!

Day 1. Denpasar – Labuan Bajo – Komodo Island

Arrival at Komodo Airport in Labuan Bajo in west Flores, where you will meet our guide and transfer to the pier at Labuan Bajo for boarding our house boat. Lunch on board as we sail about 3 hours to the islands of Komodo. Our first stop is at Pink Beach where we will enjoy the waters with swimming and snorkeling followed by an excellent local dinner in a beautiful setting prior to overnight on the boat.

Day 2. Komodo island – Loh Sabita – Labuan Bajo

We are up at 6am to have breakfast and then on our way trekking for over 3 hours from Loh Liang to Loh Sabita on Komodo Island. As we trek, it will provide the best opportunity to see the dragons and their prey as we pass along dragon nests and out into the sunshine across an exposed savannah that is studded with Lontar Palms. Additional local guides are provided to maximize our chances of meeting the Komodo Dragons and to ensure the safety of all travelers.
One we arrive in Loh sabita, we get back onboard and continue by boat back to Labuanbajo, with snorkeling at Manta point if time permitted. Overnight at Puri Sari Hotel or similar.

Day 3. Labuan Bajo – Mbeliling – Sano Ngoang Cunca Rami waterfalls, west Flores

Upon enjoying our breakfast at the hotel, we depart by car to Roe village, which is about 21 km. We will first visit the Waerebo Traditional Village in the province of Manggarai, Flores. We then start here for your 3 hour trekking up through the dense Mbeliling forest and on to Werang. On the way you can see Flores endemic birds, such as the Hanging-parrot, Loriculus Flosculus, Flores Crow Corvus Florensis and many other birds making it a bird-watchers delight! As we explore the pure, native rainforest, we will have contact with many of the local people and enjoy your time by relaxing at Cunca Rami Waterfall. Lunch will be provided by local people in Werang, followed by an afternoon drive to Sano Nggoang Crater. This area consists of slopes and flat ridges which are formed by volcanic activity resulting in a crater lake in the active volcanic mountain of Wae Sano. Dinner and Overnight at local family house.

Day 4. Sano Nggoang – Denge

After a local breakfast at the local house, you start the new day by hiking the beautiful surrounds of the deepest crater lake called Sano Nggoang. During this 2-3 hours trek, we will experience the local life in this very remote region along with truly unspoiled natural forests and fauna, including the wonderful birds of Flores. After we complete our lunch, we will continue in the afternoon with a drive to Denge. There, you will enjoy your time with the local people and experience an overnight stay at local family house in Denge Waerebo Traditional Village, Manggarai, Flores.

Day 5. Denge – Wae Rebo

Once you wake and have a light breakfast, you will start an approx. 4 hours trek to the unique Wae Rebo village. The village represents a true authentic way of providing housing for the local Manggarai culture and is located about 1000m above sea level in the middle of the mountains.
There are seven traditional houses all built in the same form with six of them for the local people and the extra house for the visitors. Still untouched, all the houses are still very traditional with 5-story high roofs that house the storage of goods in the top four floors with all the living areas on the bottom floor. Here you have the chance to reach out with these people and experience how they experience their culture, life and activities. This is a unique opportunity to realize how remote cultures live in the ways of the past and gain an acceptance of who these people are. We will have dinner and stay the night here as they provide sleeping mattresses. Overnight will be at the elderly Florenese women’s home which houses up to 8 families.

Day 6. Wae Rebo – Ruteng

After the local breakfast, we get on our walking shoes and trek down to Denge village throughout the morning. After enjoying the rain-forest and local scenery, we will have lunch in Denge. After lunch we will drive up to Ruteng with several stops along the way, such as in Narang where they have spectacular rice terraces and beautiful scenery. Dinner and Overnight at MBC Susteran in Ruteng

Day 7. Ruteng and surrounding

After breakfast we will take a morning drive to up to Rahong village to begin our trek through the rich forests and rice terraces to the beautiful Tengkulese waterfall. We can take our time and spend it swimming, hiking around and simply enjoying the waterfall. Once back to your car, you will continue driving to Cancar to visit how Flores conducts their work in agriculture and allows you to sit with the local farmers during lunch. You will get a real sense of how the locals work their daily lives to produce their crops. We then return to Ruteng for dinner and overnight at Susteran MBC, Ruteng.

Day 8. Ruteng – Bajawa

After breakfast departure from your Ruteng hotel we will visit Golo Curu with its stunning scenery and the mountains of Mandosawu. Along the north side of the city is eye-catching panorama of more spider rice fields strung along the base of the mountains. On the way, we will stop at a variety of places in the mountains and along the southern coast of Flores, including Rana Mese Lake and Aimere, where it famous for its “sopi/ moke” distillation and fresh palm juice tapping. Dinner and overnight at Villa Sylverin or Happy Happy Hotel.

Day 9. Bajawa and surrounding

We awake in the early morning at 5 am to drive up to Wawo Muda volcano. Once there we will continue our trekking with a 1.5 hour hike up to the top that offers fantastic views of the island and other cone-shaped volcanoes in the distance. Along the way, you will also experience some of the local villagers as they go about their daily activity. Once back to your hotel, we will spend the afternoon visiting Soa hot springs for a much needed soak. Dinner and overnight at Villa Sylverin or Happy Happy Hotel.

Day 10. Bajawa – Moni

After breakfast, we continue on our way to see the unique culture and way of life at the Luba and Bena traditional villages sitting under a truly cone-shaped volcano. You will experience this rare form of Pagan and Catholic practices in villages that are still standing the tests of time. In addition, you will meet wonderful local people and understand how they perform their daily lives in a different way. We then continue on to Pengga Jawa along the southern coast to see the unique blue stones scattered naturally on the beach. After lunch in Ende, we will visit a local market filled with food, goods and unique people who come to sell their local wares. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience the local life. We then drive to Detusoko where we will experience dramatic country side full of mountains and rice fields. Dinner and overnight at Moni Kelimutu Eco Lodge Hotel.

Day 11. Moni Kelimutu – Maumere

We arise early in the morning at 4.30 to drive/hike up and experience sunrise at the top of Mt. Kelimutu where exists three exquisitely colored lakes that consistently change color over time. This is truly one of the most spectacular and mysterious sights in Indonesia. We return through winding roads along the mountain side to your hotel for breakfast. We continue on with a visit to a Wolowaru traditional village and proceed to Paga Beach and the town of Maumere. Dinner and overnight at Sea World Club in Maumere.

Day 12. Maumere – Denpasar

Morning free program before transfer to Frans Seda airport for the flight back to Denpasar. The Sea World Club sits on a lovely beach that allows for a nice morning walk ahead of time to soak the trip in!

Price Include:

  • Accommodation
  • Meals during the trip.
  • English/German speaking guide
  • Boat as per itinerary
  • AC coach Transfers
  • Soft drinks

Price does not include:

  • Flight from/to Denpasar by Garuda Indonesia, Wings or Lion Air and Nam Air.
  • Approx. roundtrip ticket price: USD 240
  • Airport tax Denpasar IDR 40.000 Labuanbajo IDR 11.000
  • Camera charge at Komodo Park: IDR 50.000
  • Masker and fins rental for snorkeling
  • Porter fee, personal expenses and Tipping

What to bring:

  • Dress is casual. Clothing should be light, preferably cotton with at least one long sleeved shirt and pants.
  • Bathing suit, thongs or sandals and sneakers or walking boots, lots of film, camera, replacement batteries, and spares. Bring one light sweater or jacket as it can get cool in the highlands.
  • Also bring sun-screen, insect repellent, sunglasses, sunhat and swimwear.

Tour Program: Komodo And Flores Trekking (12D/11N)

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