Padar island, Komodo archipelago, Flores, Indonesia
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WESTERN FLORES & CRUISE IN THE KOMODO ISLANDS

This 9 days/ 8 nights trip in Flores focuses on the western part of the large island. You arrive at the airport of Ende in the centre of the island and gradually make your way to the capital Labuan Bajo in the west, accompanied by a private driver and guide. You begin your journey to Flores with a stay in Bajawa in the Ngada region. Rich in culture and nature, the Ngada region has much to offer. You continue to the small town of Ruteng, known for its cobwebbed rice fields and Hobbit Cave. You conclude this beautiful trip with a 3 days/ 2 nights boat cruise in the Komodo archipelago, combining hikes to spot Komodo dragons and swimming with manta rays and turtles.

Day 1: Ende airport, Flores – Bajawa

Arrival in Flores and transfer to Bajawa

Arrive at the airport of Ende in the centre of Flores and meet your driver who takes you to Bajawa. Situated 2000 metres above sea level, the town of Bajawa enjoys a cool climate. The road is long but winds through beautiful, lush countryside. Upon arrival at your hotel, enjoy the afternoon to rest and acclimatise. At the end of the day, your driver takes you to nearby Wolobobo Hill to admire the sunset over the Inerie volcano. Return to the hotel.

 

4 h drive. Accommodation: standard hotel.

Padar island, Komodo archipelago, Flores, Indonesia

9 days - 8 nights

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Price per guest based on a shared double room: 

1 740€

Day 2: Bajawa

Visit the traditional villages in the Ngada region

This morning you meet Ryan, your local English-speaking tour guide. Together you visit the traditional villages of the Ngada region to learn about their beliefs and traditions. First stop: the small, picturesque village of Bela, which has only 23 families divided into 3 clans. Life here is organised around the altars where the souls of the ancestors are celebrated. Castes, ceremonies, handicrafts, sacrifices, weddings, funerals, births, matriarchal system; these Ngada villages are of immense cultural richness that is difficult to capture in one day. You continue with a visit to the village of Bena, which is more touristy because its size is more impressive. The women here weave ikats and you can see them at work. From Bena, you finally set off on a short hike through the jungle to reach the last village: Tololeda. After the visit, your driver picks you up there and takes you to the hot springs of Malanage, where you can take a very relaxing bath after a day of sightseeing. Return to the hotel.

 

1 h drive. 2 h walk. With English speaking local guide. Accommodation: standard hotel. Meals: breakfast & lunch.

Bena traditional Ngada village of Flores, Indonesia

A Ngada traditional village

Ikat weaving tradition in Flores Indonesia

Women making ikat

Day 3: Bajawa

Visit the lost village of Rendu Ola

With Ryan, you drive to the little known and very remote village of Rendu Ola. On the way, stop at Boa Wae Market, the largest market in Flores, where you can buy fruit, vegetables, livestock and ikats. Then drive back to the village of Boa Wae, still ruled by a king. There, too, many traditions and beliefs determine the daily life of the inhabitants. Finally, you continue towards the village of Rendu Ola, which has only about twenty inhabitants. You enter a world that hovers above the rest of the world's turmoil. You spend some time in the company of the inhabitants, probably over coffee. Time does not pass here, there is no stress and discussions are punctuated by long pauses. You have a picnic in the village and enjoy its tranquillity before returning to the hotel. Return to the hotel at the end of the day.

 

4 to 5 h drive. With English speaking local guide. Accommodation: standard hotel. Meals: breakfast & lunch.

Day 4: Bajawa - Ruteng

Transfer to Ruteng and Tengkulese waterfalls

This morning you leave Bajawa and reach the town of Ruteng. Located in the mountains, the road is as beautiful as ever. The road is hilly and lush with small houses and shops along the roadside.  It offers superb views of the surrounding tropical mountains that you cross. After arriving at the hotel in Ruteng, you leave with Ryan for a walk in the rice fields that leads you to the Tengkulese waterfalls. The path is peaceful, you walk between rice fields, houses and irrigation canals before reaching the waterfalls. Return to the hotel in the afternoon.

 

4 h drive. With English speaking local guide. Accommodation: standard hotel. Meals: breakfast.

Traditional ancestor pole in a Flores village, Indonesia

The traditional ancestor pole of Rendu Ola

Spider ricefields of Cancar, Flores, Indonesia

Spider-webbed rice fields of Cancar

Day 5: Ruteng – Labuan Bajo

Ruteng, its spider web rice fields and its Hobbit Cave

You visit the Liang Bua cave, also known as the "Hobbit cave", where in 2003 archaeologists discovered traces of Homo floresiensis. This historical discovery led to the need to rethink the origin of man. Enter the cave and imagine how thousands of years ago little hobbit people went hunting for dwarf elephants from here. Unbelievable! Here it's time to say goodbye to Ryan, who returns to Bajawa, while you drive to Labuan Bajo, the starting point for your Komodo cruise tomorrow. On the way, you stop to admire the famous Cancar rice fields arranged in a spider's web. You arrive in Labuan Bajo in the afternoon. The capital of Flores is a disorganised and noisy city that contrasts strongly with the rest of the island. Check in at the hotel, the rest of the day is free. 

 

3 to 4 h drive. With English speaking local guide. Accommodation: standard hotel. Meals: breakfast.

Day 6: Labuan Bajo – Komodo cruise

First day of cruise in the archipelago of Komodo: Manjarite & Kelor islands

Early this morning, your driver transfers you to the port of Labuan Bajo where your private boat is waiting for you for your 3 days of Komodo cruise. You cast off and make your first snorkeling stop at Kelor Island. Climb the small hill that leads to a superb panorama of Komodo Bay. You then continue to Manjarite Island where you enjoy the beach and swim amongst the corals and fish. Finally, you end the day by mooring in a bay renowned for its hundreds or even thousands of flying foxes that wake up at dusk. Overnight on board.

 

10 min drive. Accommodation: night on the boat in a double cabin. Meals: full board.

The Hobbit cave, Ruteng, Flores, Indonesia

The hobbit cave in Ruteng

Padar island panorama, Komodo cruise, Indonesia

Padar island panorama

Day 7: Komodo cruise

Second day of cruise and encounter with the Komodo dragons

This morning you set sail for Padar Island. You climb the steps to the top of the hill and enjoy the view of the land and sea of the Komodo archipelago. You then sail to Long Beach and its pink sand. Much better preserved than its sidekick Pink Beach, the sand is incredibly pink due to the tiny fragments of coral that are scattered around. After lunch, you will dock near Komodo Island and go on a Komodo dragon walk. Accompanied by a ranger guide, you choose the duration of your walk which can last from 20 minutes via the shortest trail to over an hour via the longest. Dinner and overnight stay on board the boat.

 

20 min to 1 h walk. Accommodation: night on the boat in a double cabin. Meals: full board.

Day 8: Komodo cruise – Labuan Bajo

Swim with turtles and manta rays

After breakfast you sail to Manta Point where the manta rays, intrigued by your presence, come to swim alongside you. Then the magic continues to Siaba Island where you swim amongst turtles, corals and hundreds of colourful fish. After lunch, you make a final stop at Kanawa Island where you enjoy the afternoon in its turquoise waters before returning to the port of Labuan Bajo. Back on land, your driver picks you up and brings you to your hotel.


20 min drive. Accommodation: confort Hotel. Meals: breakfast & lunch.

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Long beach

Komodo dragon during Komodo cruise, Indonesia

Komodo dragon

Day 9: Labuan Bajo – Airport Labuan Bajo

Transfer to the airport of Labuan Bajo

You enjoy a last breakfast and then, if your flight time allows it, you discover the Batu Cermin cave not far from the airport. This gigantic cave covers 19 hectares and is almost 75 metres high. Your driver then transfers you to Labuan Bajo airport for your onward flight.

 

20 min drive. Meals: breakfast

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Price per guest, based on a shared double room:

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PRICE & CONDITIONS

Single guest
3 350€

2 guests
1 740€

3 to 6 guests 
1 320€

Single room suppl.
+ 250€

PRICE INCLUDES

  • 6 nights in hotel in a double room

  • 2 nights on a boat

  • Tours as per itinerary

  • Private driver

  • Private english speaking local guide from day 2 to day 5

  • Private Komodo cruise for 3 days & 2 nights

  • Snorkeling equipment (but it is highly recommend to bring your own equipment)

  • Boat crew and cook during the cruise

  • All transfers

  • All entrance fees

  • Meals: full board during the Komodo cruise; breakfast & lunch on days 2 & 3; breakfast only for the rest of the stay
     

  • International & domestic flights

  • Private travel & medical insurances

  • Covid tests

  • Additional drinks and personal expenses

  • Costs for excess luggage

  • Tips

  • Sleeping bag for the cruise

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

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