About Flores & Komodo National Park
The island of Flores and the Komodo National Park is part of the East Nusa Tenggara province.
The west coast of Flores is one of the few places, aside from the island of Komodo itself, where the Komodo dragon can be found in the wild. It is also part of Komodo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In 1980, this national park was built to conserve komodo and its original habitat. There are about 2.500 Komodo with 2-3 meter long and weigh up to 160 kilograms live in this park. But aside of Komodo, there are hundreds of endemic fauna live within its natural habitat in Komodo National Park. This area also has beautiful and rich coral reefs as well as the fish species.
Beside of Komodo National Park, Kelimutu National Park is also the next national park designated on Flores to protect endangered species. The park consists of a region with hills and mountains, with Mount Kelibara as its highest peak. Mount Kelimutu, which has the three colored lakes, is also located in this national park. In this area, there is also an arboretum, a mini jungle representing flora biodiversity of Kelimutu National Park. The arboretum consists of 78 types of tree plants which are grouped into 36 families. Some of the Kelimutu's endemic flora collections are growing there.
- See the Komodo Dragon - it is only place in the world where you can find it in the wild
- Scuba Diving - Komodo National Park is home to many world-famous diving sites
- Meet the Locals - the Florenese people are warm & friendly!
1. Kelimutu Three Colored Lakes
The three color-lakes at the peak of Mount Kelimutu is included in one of the world wonders. It is also one of the most popular tourism sites at Flores Island. The three volcanic lakes’ colors keep changing with time, creating wonderful and mysterious natural scenery. The lake color may change due to the variation of the mineral contents in the lake. But the locals believe that each lake is a place where the souls of the dead dwell.
Previously the colors of the lake were red, white and blue. But in the middle of 2006, some changes occurred especially in the two juxtaposed lakes: Lake of the Youths (Tiwu Nua Muri Ko’o Fai) and Lake of the Evil (Tiwu Ata Polo). The first lake was previously green and then it turned into blue. While the latter one changed into reddish color from dark brown. The third lake which is separated from the other two, Lake of the Olds (Tiwu Ata Mbupu) is still in dark green color.
The best time to see Lake Kelimutu is in the morning. Because when it comes to noon or the afternoon, the lakes will be covered by fog and it limits eyes’ visibility. Meanwhile, the best months to visit Lake Kelimutu are from July to September every year.
Kelimutu is located about 66 kilometers from the city of Ende and 83 kilometers from the city of Maumere. To go there, you can use flight from Kupang to Ende or from Bima to Ende, then continue to Moni, 52 km northeast of Ende, which is the usual base for visiting Kelimutu.
2. Wae Rebo
One of the most recent attractions in Flores is Wae Rebo; an old Manggaraian village, situated in pleasant, isolated mountain scenery. The location is near Denge village about 8 hours from Labuan Bajo. From Denge, we still need to hike the mountain to Wae Rebo, it takes about 5 hours walk.
But the long journey won’t be a waste. Together with a team of Jakarta-based architects and the Indonesian government, the local community renovated four of their mbaru niang – or 'drum houses' in the Manggaraian language. The circular, cone-shaped buildings were all rebuilt in a traditional way. This house is a communal building, gathering eight families who are descended from a common ancestor under its huge roof. When you visit Wae Rebo, you will not only see the authentic Manggaraian housing, but also get an opportunity to experience the daily life of the local people. A great way to get in touch more with Indonesian culture.
3. Komodo National Park - Padar Island
Padar Island is the third largest island in the Komodo National Park. It is located between Komodo and Rinca Island. The location is just about 3 hours from Labuan Bajo by boat. It used to be the home of the Komodo dragons but nowadays the island remains empty with no dragons. The island is one of the best spot for trekking. For those who love photography surely shall not miss visiting Padar island to capture its spectacular scenery.
4. Komodo National Park - Pink Beach
Pink Beach, or Pantai Merah is one of seven pink beaches on the planet. It is located on Komodo Island. This exceptional beach gets its striking color from microscopic animals called Foraminifera, which produce a red pigment on the coral reefs. When the tiny fragments of red coral combine with the white sands, this produces the soft pink color that is visible along the shoreline. Aside from Pink Beach itself, a few small segments along Komodo’s eastern bay also have a pinkish tint.
To reach this place, there are various options:
- From Jakarta
Take a domestic flight from Soekarno Hatta International Airport in Jakarta to Komodo Airport in Labuan Bajo. It takes about 2,5 hours flight from Jakarta to Labuan Bajo. From the airport, you will be picked up by our representative to go to Labuan Bajo port. After that, you need to take 2 hours boat trip to reach Rinca Island or 4 hours to reach Komodo Island.
- From Bali
There are also daily flights between Labuan Bajo and Bali. It takes only 1 hour and 15 minutes to fly from Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar to Komodo Airport in Labuan Bajo. From the airport, you will be picked up by our representative to go to Labuan Bajo port. After that, you need to take 2 hours boat trip to reach Rinca Island or 4 hours to reach Komodo Island.
No Open Trips scheduled currently.