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Flores Island – hobbits, hot springs and high mountains

Flores is the largest island in Nusa Tenggara, the eastern part of the Indonesian archipelago. Flores made news when archaeologists discovered a Hobbit-like, new human species, Homo floresiensis, that lived on the island until 12,000 years ago.

Tourism is still developing in Flores, which means you get many of the travel highlights of neighbouring Bali or Lombok, without the crowds.

On Flores you can:

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A chain of volcanos divides the island into many small districts that have different ethnic groups. Portuguese and Dutch colonisation has left Christianity as the dominant religion (85% of the population are Catholic), but indigenous ancient animism is still practised in many areas.

Pink sand, snorkelling and slow-paced scenery

Labuhan Bajo (Sea Gypsy’s Port) is the western gateway town to Flores. Labuhan Bajo is great for swimming and close to good snorkelling. Boats leave from here for Komodo and Rinca Islands – the homes of komodo dragons and a World Heritage listed nature park.

Trekking to the mysterious, coloured lakes in misty Mt Kelimutu (1639m) is another ‘must’ in Flores. For local cultural highlights, don’t miss the traditional villages of Ngada, with their distinctive architecture, near the town of Bajawa. Highly skilled village weavers producing ikat textiles, as  well as other local crafts and markets, draw visitors from all over the world.

Flores is surrounded by pristine white and pink sand beaches and stunning coral reefs. Around Maumere, Flores’ bigges town, are internationally renowned diving and snorkelling sites that are a magnet for adventure lovers. For a slower, more relaxed holiday, visit the hot springs in Moni village in the cool highlands, which is surrounded by volcanic mountains and a starting point for visiting Mt Kelimutu’s famous lakes. Feeling lazy? Take a scenic drive to traditional Wolotopo village.

Komodo & Rinca Islands

The dry, hilly islands of Komodo and Rinca are home to the world’s largest lizards – the komodo dragons. The local name of these three-metre long, 100-kilogram monsters is ‘ora’. Komodo National Park was listed as a World Heritage Site in 1986. The straits between the islands have extremely strong currents that have isolated this lizard from the rest of the world. Komodos have evolved into the ‘whales’ of the lizard world because they have no natural enemies. They eat deer, wild pigs and, sometimes, water buffaloes. Our guides, teamed with national park rangers, will take you safely to the dragons’ habitat. 

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