Less famous than its neighbors, the island of Flores is part of the Indonesian treasures ignored by the tourists. Yet, Flores has so much to offer to travelers in search of adventure and ready to sleep in simple accommodations. Cruise for several days in the archipelago of Komodo to meet the dragons of Komodo and to snorkel among turtles, mantas and colorful corals. Beyond the beautiful Komodo archipelago, don’t miss to explore inland Flores. Driving on its beautiful roads, you cross a landscape of mountains, volcanos, lush vegetation and small villages. Stop by the village of Ruteng to admire the spider rice fields and to visit the Hobbit cave. Sleep in Bajawa to visit the traditional Ngada villages and understand their old culture. Go for jungle treks and sleep at locals in remote villages. Climb the challenging Inerie volcano. In Moni, enjoy the sunrise over the 3 colorful lakes of Kelimutu volcano. Stay in Maumere to discover a culture largely influenced by the Portuguese colonization, but also the handcrafting secrets of the beautiful ikat fabrics.
360 km long from East to West, Flores is a mountainous and lush land hosting 13 volcanos. Driving through the whole island takes days, but you can also easily discover Flores thanks to its 3 airports. In the West, fly to Labuan Bajo. Capital city of Flores, Labuan Bajo is the port of entrance for a cruise among the archipelago of Komodo. Fly to Ende to enter Flores from its center. From here, you can drive to Bajawa to discover the Ngada traditions and villages, and to go on adventures through the jungle. From Ende, you can also easily reach the tiny village of Moni for an excursion at Kelimutu volcano and its 3 colorful lakes. Flying to Maumere, the biggest city of Flores, is a great option to explore the East of the island with its beautiful catholic villages and their amazing ikats fabrics.