Let’s get it out of the way first: There’s no place like this place, anyplace. Komodo is obviously well-known for its dragons (gigantic lizards, really, but who’s nit-picking?), but there’s so much more to the island – plus nearby Flores and Rinca – than just massive fauna. You’ll spend much of this nine-day trip on Flores, soaking in the beautiful scenery (including Mt Kelimutu, a volcanic crater full of vibrantly coloured water) and traditional ways of life amongst the local people. On a boat...
Vacation Style Family & GIT
Activity Level Medium
On the westernmost tip of the Island of Flores, the town of Labuan Bajo, or also spelled Labuhan Bajo, sits peacefully a small fishing site with surprisingly comprehensive tourist facilities. The central logic for its wide range of amenities is the extraordinary interest of travelers to the existence of the Komodo dragon, locally called ora, if not for its superb national park that encompasses some 80 islands.
To most travelers and to westerners who own many businesses here, the developing town is somehow favorable and even romantic. The view on wooden cottages with thatched roofs camouflaged by shrubberies and towering trees up in the sloping township, overlooking an idyllic harbour, make an evening conversation with traveling partners an unforgettable experience. For some adventurers, Labuan Bajo can be an ideal getaway. Labuan Bajo is accessible by air, land, and sea. Its favorable location on the Island of Flores and entry port to the Komodo islands make Labuan Bajo a potential growing destination, aside to its rich agricultural potentials.
Flying to Labuan Bajo is possible for the Komodo Airport is open for operation. Transnusa Airlines are directly connecting Labuan Bajo with several cities in Indonesia, such as: Denpasar, Kupang, Ende, and Mataram. With connecting flights, Labuan Bajo is also connected with Kalabahi in Alor. It also connects with Bajawa, Sikka, Manggarai, and Larantuka via Ende, Kupang, Maumere, Ruteng, and Tambolaka. Please go to its website for more detailed flight schedules.
An overland trip across the Island of Flores is possible but costly, connecting Labuan Bajo in the westernmost part to the renowned destinations in the eastern part. A bus from Denpasar, Bali, would probably go to Mataram in Lombok. From there you are set to take a long overland adventure in the bus to Bima, Sumbawa. In Bima, you will resume the exhausting trip to Sape. As you kiss the land in Sape, you can take a ferry to Labuan Bajo.
It is very convenient if you join one of the liveaboards serving Komodo and Flores. Many travelers come home satisfied after a week or longer on one of these around eastern Indonesia, as they get wise enough to choose the package, perfect timing, and best spots. Make sure the time of visit and weather condition fit one another. Never speculate on one aspect that will put you hapless.
Once every two weeks, Tilongkabila from PELNI is the ship cruising from Beno, Lembar, and Bima. It also crosses the Java Sea to Sulawesi’s east coast.Tatamailau from the same company plies Maumere, Timor, and West Papua.
- 8 nights accommodation at hotel of choice, based on twin-sharing (2 persons per room)
- Meals mentioned in the itinerary as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
- Private transportation in a chauffeur-driven, air-conditioned vehicle
- Bottled drinking water during transfers
- Tours and activities as indicated in the itinerary
- Professional and licensed English-speaking guide (additional charge applies for other language-speaking guide)
- All entrance fees, donations and parking fees as per itinerary
- Public Liability Insurance
- 11% local government tax and 10% service charge
- Visa fee/arrangements if applicable
- Any domestic or international flights
- Any alcoholic beverages
- Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone call, room service, mini bar, etc
- Personal health and travel insurance
- Gratuities/ tipping for driver and/or guide and porterage
- Any applicable High Season and Peak /Festive Season surcharge
- Any additional excursion/optional tours/Activites that are not mentioned in the itinerary
SanurArrive at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Sanur - Ende (1B)
EndeHop on a plane to Ende, and visit the multi-coloured volcanic crater lakes of Kelimutu. Included Activities: Kelimutu Volcanic Crater Visit Transport: Local bus (0.75 hour(s)) On arrival in Flores, transfer to the hotel by van. Plane (3.00 hour(s))
Enda - Bajawa (1B)
BajawaTravel to Bajawa, situated in the mountains, and enjoy the gorgeous views. In the afternoon, opt to visit Malanage Hot Springs. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 125km)
Head out to visit traditional villages in Ngada. Meet with local tribes and learn more about the region's architecture and way of life. Included Activities: Ngada Village Excursion Bena Village Visit
Bajawa - Ruteng (1B)
RutengDrive inland to Ruteng and take in the stunning surrounding mountains. Check out the local markets in the area and eat some delicious local food. Opt to visit neighbouring Puu village. Transport: Today is a long travel day with a few breaks along the way to stretch your legs. Private Vehicle (7.50 hour(s), 145km)
Ruteng - Labuan Bajo (B1)
A small fishing village on the island of Flores, Labuan Bajo, is an idyllic setting. Head out for an afternoon on Pede or Binonko Beach, grab a taxi to Cunca Wulang Waterfall or just meander through the markets, cafes and waterfront of this busy fishing town. At dusk, keep an eye out for flying fox bats. Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 120km)
Labuan Bajo (1B), (1L), (1D)
Enjoy lunch and snorkelling at Pantai Merah. Return to Labuan Bajo as the sun sets with an included dinner on board. Included Activities: Rinca & Komodo Island Boat Trip
Labuan Bajo - Sanur (1B)
Catch a flight back to Bali. Enjoy another night in paradise. Transport: Plane (1.50 hour(s))
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