HIKING ADVENTURE IN FLORES & KOMODO
This outdoor trip to Flores of 13 days / 12 nights is a journey between land and sea that combines trekking and sightseeing. If you are an active traveller then this tour in Flores is for you. You start your adventure with a cruise in the crystal clear waters of the Komodo archipelago. You swim with manta rays and turtles, and trek to meet the famous Komodo dragons. Back on land, the adventure continues with the climbing of 3 volcanoes: Inerie, Egon and the famous Kelimutu volcano with its 3 coloured lakes. You will also discover the Ngada culture during a jungle trek with overnight stay. This beautiful and intense adventure tour is the perfect combination of active and cultural travel. You experience the waters of the Komodo archipelago, climb the volcanoes of Flores and discover the traditional culture of the local people.
Day 1: Labuan Bajo airport - Komodo cruise
First day of the cruise, visit Padar Island and Long Beach
You arrive at the airport in Labuan Bajo early in the morning and are met by your driver, who takes you directly to the port to start your Komodo cruise. There you meet your captain and the boat crew and you board your private boat. You first navigate to the island of Padar. There you walk up to the viewpoint and enjoy the very beautiful panorama over the Komodo archipelago. Afterwards, you continue by boat to Long Beach, a truly pink beach created by the millions of coral particles mixed with the sand. At sunset the boat is moored in a quiet bay where you stay for the night.
20 min drive. Accommodation: night on the boat in a double cabin. Meals: lunch & dinner.
Day 2: Komodo cruise
Long trekking across Komodo Island
Early morning you dock on Komodo Island and you get ready for your full day trekking across the island. A rarely visited 20 km trail covers the entire island and leads you to discover its endemic fauna and flora. You meet the Komodo dragons in the truly wild! Accompanied by a ranger, you start the trek, watching out for the birds, the wild boars, the deer and the Komodo dragons hiding in the barren landscape. In the afternoon you are back on the boat. After a nice swim in the Komodo bay, the boat crew again searches for a quiet anchorage for the night.
Approximately 6 h of excursion - 20 km covered. With English speaking local ranger. Accommodation: night on the boat in a double cabin. Meals: full board.
Padar island panorama
Day 3: 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 colorful 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: comfort hotel. Meals: breakfast & lunch.
Day 4: Labuan Bajo - Bajawa
Flight to Ende and transfer to Bajawa
Today you are transferred to Labuan Bajo airport for an early flight to Ende in Central Flores. Once in Ende, you meet your driver who brings you to your hotel in the mountain resort of Bajawa, in the Ngada region. The drive through the lush landscapes on the Trans Flores road is awe-inspiring. In Bajawa, you meet Ryan, your guide for the rest of the tour. Ryan was born into a traditional Ngada clan. His knowledge of the clan's culture and rituals were passed on to him by his father. With him today you visit the hot spring Mengeruda and then a small hot waterfall surrounded by rice fields. Later dinner, possibly with a view of the majestic Inerie volcano.
45 min flight. 3 to 4 h drive. With English speaking local guide. Accommodation: standard hotel. Meals: breakfast.
On the way to climb the Inerie volcano
Walking on the caldera of Inerie volcano
Day 5: Bajawa
Climbing Inerie volcano
You wake up before dawn this morning and get ready to climb the challenging Inerie Volcano with Ryan. From the base of the mountain it takes about 3 hours to reach the caldera rim. If the weather is not too cloudy, you can enjoy a great view over green forests and the sea from here. The summit of the volcano is at 2,245 meters, making it the highest point in Flores! You have time and can enjoy the view in peace. Then comes the most challenging part of the trek: the descent. It is done via another path, where you have to slide down over sharp rocks and volcanic sand. Back at the base of the volcano, a short drive takes you to a nearby hot spring. Here you enjoy a hot bath before heading back to Bajawa for lunch. The rest of the day is for resting.
It is strongly recommended not to wear valuable clothes and bring gloves for the hike. High boots are also a big plus to avoid sand and small rocks in the shoes during the descent.
40 min drive. 7 h excursion. With English speaking local guide. Accommodation: standard hotel. Meals: breakfast.
Day 6: Bajawa
Visiting the traditional Ngada villages
After breakfast, you leave with your guide for a cultural day tour to the Ngada villages around Bajawa. You first drive to Bela, the oldest megalithic village of the Ngada ethnic group, where only 23 families live. Life here is organized around the ancestor poles, where the souls of the elders are worshipped. Castes, ceremonies, sacrifices, weddings, funerals, births, matriarchal system; these Ngada villages are of immense cultural richness. You continue to the village of Bena, which is more interesting for tourists because it is of impressive size. The women there weave ikats, and you are of course invited to have a local coffee in one of the traditional houses. From Bena, you finally leave for an easy hike through the jungle to reach the last Ngada village: Tololeda. Your driver meets you there and you are back in Bajawa in the afternoon.
1 h drive. 2 h walk. With English speaking local guide. Accommodation: standard hotel. Meals: breakfast & lunch.
The traditional Ngada village of Bena
Day 7: Bajawa - Belaraghi
Full day trekking in the jungle and overnight stay with the locals
Ryan picks you up early in the morning and you start your 2 days/ 1 night trek through the mountain jungle. You drive to the starting point and it takes 6 to 7 hours to reach the destination: the village of Belaraghi. This village is very remote and authentic and rarely receives visitors. The trail passes by isolated river farms and you often have a great view of the coast. Arriving in Belaraghi, you are invited to a traditional house and as tradition would have it, the inhabitants prepare a welcome ceremony for you. A chicken is sacrificed and wiped into your hands as a symbol of welcome and blessing. You then have dinner with the host family before retiring to sleep on a light bamboo mattress on the floor.
20 min drive. 6 to 7 h walk. With English speaking local guide. Accommodation: night in a traditional homestay. Meals: full board.
Day 8: Belaraghi - Bajawa
Second day of trekking in the jungle and return to Bajawa
You wake up in Belaraghi and enjoy a morning walk through the village. After a local breakfast, you thank your hosts and start walking down to meet your driver again. You drive towards Aimere on the coast. There, a small distillery produces the traditional moke, the arak of Flores. You can watch how it is made and of course taste a glass. After lunch in Aimere, you continue driving to Gurusina, an old Ngada village where you discover many monuments referring to the origins of the Ngada culture. Back to the hotel in the afternoon.
90 min walk. 1 h drive. With English speaking local guide. Accommodation: standard hotel. Meals: breakfast & lunch.
Another traditional Ngada village
Women making ikat
Day 9: Bajawa - Moni
Transfer to Moni village, at the foot of Kelimutu volcano
After breakfast you drive to Moni, a small village at the foot of the famous Kelimutu volcano. The small village has a nice reggae atmosphere, very different from the rest of Flores. Around Moni and the volcano there are various hot springs and hidden waterfalls that are easy to explore. In the afternoon you can visit a hot spring or waterfall for a swim before dinner.
20 min walk. 5 h drive. With English speaking local guide. Accommodation: standard hotel. Meals: breakfast.
Day 10: Moni - Maumere
Ascent of Kelimutu volcano and transfer to Maumere
Around 7am you drive to Kelimutu volcano. Literally, Kelimutu means "boiling mountain" and is home to 3 stunning lakes of different colors. The hike is rather easy and in the early morning it is mostly cloudy around the volcano. When the sun rises the clouds disappear and from the viewpoint you have a good view of the lakes. During the year the lakes change their colors and go from green to red to blue to white. The locals strongly believe that during the color change, offerings must be made to honor the spirits of the deceased. In fact, the first lake is said to be for the spirits of the young, the second for the spirits of the old, while the last is for the spirits of the wicked. Then you drive to the big city of Maumere, stopping on the way at Koka beach. After lunch, you visit one of the oldest Portuguese churches in Flores, a remnant of the strong Portuguese colonization until 1975.
1 h hike. 3 to 4 h drive. With English speaking local guide. Accommodation: comfort hotel. Meals: breakfast.
Panorama over the Kelimutu volcano and its lakes
Flores typical scenery
Day 11: Maumere
Climbing Egon volcano
Today you get up before sunrise to climb the Egon volcano. The volcano is 1,700 meters high and one of the most active volcanoes in Flores. The climb is steep, rocky and challenging. When you reach the top, you can see how active the volcano is as steam is still rising from the crater. You enjoy the sunrise and the view before slowly descending. After descending, you hike a bit further to reach a nearby hot spring. Hidden in the jungle, you enjoy a relaxing bath after the physical exertion. Back to the hotel and free afternoon.
2 h drive. 4 to 5 h excursion. With English speaking local guide. Accommodation: comfort hotel. Meals: breakfast.
Day 12: Maumere
Snorkeling day tour
Today you have a full day snorkeling tour around the 3 main islands of the northeast coast of Maumere: Panggabatan Island, Babi Island and Tanjung Padang Island. They are famous for their beautiful snorkeling sites in the clear blue water with colorful fish and corals. If you are lucky, you also see turtles, small sharks, rays and bumphead parrotfish. In the late afternoon you return to the hotel.
Full day boat excursion. Accommodation: comfort hotel. Meals: breakfast & lunch.
Road along the coast in Maumere
Snorkeling in Flores
Day 13: Maumere - Maumere airport
Visit the local market of Gelinting and transfer to Maumere airport
Today is your last day in Flores. Before you are transferred to Maumere airport, you visit the local market of Gelinting. Get ready to be overwhelmed by the smells, the people and the roosters. This huge market sells fruits and vegetables, clothes and also ikats. After that, your driver brings you to the airport for your onward flight.
20 min drive. With English speaking local guide. Meals: breakfast.
Domestic flight from Labuan Bajo to Ende
Komodo cruise of 3 days & 2 nights
9 nights in hotel in a double room
1 night in traditional homestay
2 nights on boat in a double cabin
Tours as per itinerary
Private english speaking local guide from day 4 to day 13
All entrance fees
Meals: full board during the cruise & on day 7; breakfast & lunch on days 3, 6, 8 & 12; breakfast only for the rest of the stay.
Snorkeling equipment (but it is highly recommended to bring your own equipment)
Additional drinks and personal expenses
Costs for excess luggage
Any trekking equipment
Sleeping bag for the trek