Flores Overland Tour

Durations

7 Days 6 Nights

Difficulty

Challenging

Min Age

18

Glimplse of Flores

Flores Island has a size of 14.125 square metres and the landscape is very mountainous. It is one of the the biggest islands in Nusa Tenggara. The length of the island is 380 kilometres and it is between 26 and 270 kilometres wide. The narrowest point is between Maumere in the North and the village Sikka in the South. Flores is located in the volcanic zone that extends from Sumatra across Java and Bali to the Banda Sea. The turbulent geological history is reflected in the heavily fragmented mountainous region of Flores

Don’t underestimate the distances on Flores Island! There is only one road from Eastern Flores to Western Flores and we lovingly call it “Flores-Highway”. From Maumere to Labuan Bajo the way is “only” 550 km, but as the landscape is very mountainous and the “Flores Highway” not always in good condition, you need 20 hours driving time for this route.

During this trip, you will spend most of the time in the car, trekking in the rain forest, sleeping in basic accommodations, and eating simple and local meals. Driving on the windy road, lots of ups and downs and some bumpy roads especially the road to Dintor. At Wae Rebo Lodge, Dintor you will sleep in a non-AC room with a non-shower bathroom but shower using a dipper but we provide a new AC room as well on class 1 option. Because it is located in the middle of rice fields, don’t be surprised if there are some friends in the room such as geckos or insects, but here I am sure you will like their food because it is simple but delicious. For Wae Rebo village, you will share a room with other visitors who are also there when you visit. Because there is no limit on the number of visitors, you will most likely be accommodated by many people sleeping in one room with a maximum of 30 people. You will be provided with pillows, blankets and sleeping mattresses. As for food, you will eat rice, omelet and vegetables as the main food, including coffee or tea as a drink.

Included / Excluded

To help you plan your trip, we have put together a list of what's included and what's not included in your tour package. This will give you a clear understanding of what to expect and help you make any necessary arrangements before your journey begins.

Itinerary

We have carefully planned out each day to give you the best possible experience. From exploring historic landmarks to tasting delicious local cuisine, each day is packed with adventure and excitement. Join us as we take you on a journey through some of the most fascinating destinations in the world.

The driver and guide will pick you up from Frans Seda Airport, Maumere and from here, you will be transferred to your hotel for dinner and overnight. On the way to hotel, you will stop to St. Yoseph Church as the oldest church in Flores and then continue on to check in at your hotel.

After breakfast at your hotel, you will start the trip to explore the island by driving slowly to Moni, a Sikka’s ldest Church last town before reaching to the summit of Kelimutu to see the crater lakes. Still in Maumere, you will drive to the most known religious landmark Bukit Nilo Hill where found the highest Marie Statue and then from here, you will continue on to drive to south part to see another old church at Sikka Village. In here, not only for the church but also you can see and buy the traditional ikat sarongs that are still well-preserved from generation to generation.  From Sikka, you will drive to west part to Paga Village to see a breathtaking view of south sea and the surrounding village Paga spotted from the peak of Kristus Raja Hill. Your lunch will be about 15 minutes drive from Paga at Koka Beach. In the afternoon, you will just continue on to drive to Moni for dinner and overnight.

Right at 4:00 am you will drive to the parking area where you will start to trek to the summit of Mount Kelimutu (1600 mbl) to see the spectacular view of 3 colored lakes of Kelimutu during sunrise. About 30 minutes wait up on the summit, you will watch for the sunrise right on the backside of the lakes even though sunrise is not always guaranteed but the view of the lakes is also breathtaking. After Kelimutu, you will return to the hotel for breakfast and shower. After breakfast, you will leave Moni at 9 am towards Bajawa via Ende. On the way to Ende, you will visit Wologai traditional village belongs to Lio tribe and then visit Museum Bung Karno, a place where he was exiled. Your lunch will be at Blue stone beach. The journey continues to Soa for bathing at Mengeruda hot spring and then check in hotel in Bajawa for dinner and overnight.

 

You will leave after breakfast at the hotel to  Ruteng with a travel time of ± 5 hours. On the way, you will visit Bena traditional village and then continue on to drive to another traditional village belong tor Bajawa tribe in Belaraghi traditional village. From there, you heads to Aimere, a village where most of the people rely much on “arak” alcoholic drink as main income. From Aimere, you will head to Siquarra Restaurant for lunch. From the restaurant, tour continues to Ruteng for dinner and overnight.

Start the morning with a short drive to a spectacular lookout over a sea of rice terraces stretching across the valleys and up the slopes of the mountains that surround Ruteng at Golo Cador  and then you will leave Ruteng

for Dintor with a stop at spider web rice field in Cancar to see another spectacular view of rice field which is like spider web that is inherited from Manggaraians’ ancestors. 20 minutes to the west of Cancar, you will drive to the

restaurant where found an authentic food to East Nusa Tenggara Province which is se’i babi (smoked pork).  You will continue on driving to Dintor where you will overnight and dinner at Wae Rebo Lodge, Dintor

 Today you are able to visit the beautiful, remote village of Wae Rebo. You begin your adventure (taking just an overnight bag) with a short drive up the bottom slopes of the mountain to the village of Denge, from where you hop on the back of a motorcycle for the 10-minute ride further up the mountain to post 1, the starting point for your 5 km hike up the mountain to Wae Rebo. You will be following a stone-laid path, and then a well-trodden forest path to reach the village, but be prepared for a tough uphill hike with sturdy hiking boots or walking shoes, (and rain gear depending on the season) Upon arrival at the lovely village of Wae Rebo, you will be welcomed in a traditional Wae Lu’u ceremony that requests permission, and provides blessings from the village ancestors. Following the ceremony you will have to one of the village houses for lunch. Your afternoon is then free for further exploring, visiting local homes, learning more about their customs and traditions, and just enjoying the beauty of this amazing location. Overnight will be in one of Wae Rebo’s cone-shaped traditional home, shared with other visitors.

If you wish rise early to catch the beautiful sunrise, and then after breakfast, head back down the mountain to the lodge where you leave your main bag, and ta ke the opportunity for a chance to freshen-up, before continuing your journey with the drive to Labuan bajo. You will have it prepared ‘to go’, and then continue on to Nangalili beach for a picnic by the sea and have lunch here. From Nangalili, you will drive to Labuan Bajo and tour ends.

Accomodation

“Flores has no starred hotels (except Labuan Bajo). There are only guest houses, homestays, standard hotels, and bungalows. So, we categorize bungalows or luxurious hotels as class 1 and lodges or standard hotels are categorized as class 2. Place like Manulalu is 30 minutes drive from main city of Bajawa and located in the middle of the jungle with amazing view surroundings. With those circumstances, do not be shocked if you see or hear some animals or insect from around your room. This is also the same in Moni if you stay overnight at Kelimutu Ecolodge as it is the only hotel far from the hustle bustle of the trans Flores “highway”.

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