Discover Flores Island individually with private car and driver
The Lesser Sunda Island Flores is the biggest island in the Indonesia Region of Nusa Tenggara (Southeast Islands). Flores Island has a size of 14.125 square metres and the landscape is very mountainous. The length of the island is 380 kilometres and it is between 26 and 270 kilometres wide. The narrowest point is between Maumere in the North and the village Sikka in the South. Flores is located in the volcanic zone that extends from Sumatra across Java and Bali to the Banda Sea. The turbulent geological history is reflected in the heavily fragmented mountainous region of Flores.
Don't underestimate the distances on Flores Island!
There is only one road from Eastern Flores to Western Flores and we lovingly call it "Trans-Flores-Highway". From Maumere to Labuan Bajo the way is "only" 550 km, but as the landscape is very mountainous and the "Flores Highway" not always in good condition, you need 20 hours driving time for this route. In order to have enough time to visit all the attractions without hurry, we recommend you to allow 4 days with 3 overnight stays (in Moni, Bajawa and Ruteng) for the trip from Maumere to Labuan Bajo.
For your tour on Flores from Maumere to Labuan Bajo, we can arrange an air-conditioned car and an experianced driver. Should you prefer, we would be glad to organize for your private individual tour with an English, German or French- speaking guide and all the overnight stays during your tour.
We - and our team of experianced freelance driver and guides - would be happy to present you our beautiful Flores Island. Please contact us for detailed information, prices and travel consulting. Below you can find the standard tour itinerary for 4 day Flores Overland Tour. Picture and more description please find here
On "Flores Highway" to the Komodo Dragons
- Classic Fores Overland Tour Itinerary -
From Maumere or Ende Airport to Moni village at the foot of Kelimutu
Pick up from the airport in Maumere or Ende, continue to Moni. From the airport in Maumere the journey takes 3.5-4 hrs and from airport Ende 1.5-2.5 hours. If you arrive in Maumere at lunch time , then on the way to Moni it is possible to visit Sikka village and the wonderful Koka Beach. Accommodation in a bungalow in Kelimutu Eco Lodge which is remote located surrounded by beautiful natur just outside the Moni village.
The 3-colored Lakes of the Volcano Kelimutu - Bajawa
Kelimutu is a volcano near the Moni village in Central Flores in Indonesia. The Volcano Kelimutu consists of three crater Lakes, which have different colors because of minerals. The colors of the Lakes have changed several times dramatically over the last years. The Lunar of crater is a hideout of the spirits according to the beliefs of the locals. Then the souls of boys and girls live in the Tiwu Nuwa Muri Koo Fai , which change the color between turquoise, blue and white greenish In Tiwu Ata Polo the sinner wait till night, to fly up with the wind and destroy every living Intruder. This lake change the colors between red, dark green, dark red and green color. The souls of the ancients rest in the Tiwu Ata Bupu. The now almost black Lake was once dark blue then light blue to white. The name of Kelimutu itself in the local language means 'keli' = 'mountain' and 'mutu' = 'boiling'.
On this day, we have to get up early in the morning and after a cup of coffee or tea, we drive to the volcano Kelimutu. After 30 minutes we reach the parking lot, and here a pleasant walk about 1.5 km and 127 stairs leads to the terrace of Mount Kelimutu at 1690 m altitude. From here, you have wonderful views of all three colored crater Lakes of Kelimutu and the surrounding countryside. Approximately at 10: 00 fog or clouds can come up and prevent the view so it is important to be up at least between 8 and 9. In the midst of this lunar landscape, the colors of the Lakes look spectacular. It's always a surprise what colors the Kelimutu Lakes will have when we visit.
From Kelimutu, we descend to the Hotel for breakfast, and than continue our trip to Ende, with a stop at fruit market of Nduaria on the roadside. Lunch is at a local Restaurant in Ende.
After lunch, we continue driving to Bajawa with stop at Penggajawa to observe the colored stones along turquoise, green even red, and they are prized by local people. On the way, we take a short walk to enjoy the scenic beauty of the landscape.
Bajawa - traditional village Bena - Ruteng
After early breakfast, we take a detour to Bena, one of the most traditional villages in Ngada District. The village consist of two rows of centuries - old high thatched houses along a ridge. In the center you can see cult houses and much older stone monuments formerly used for ritual sacrifices in the ancient local religion. The local Christian people still use this historic protected site for worship. After that we visit the smaller traditional village Luba.
We continue driving to Ruteng, stoping to take short walks along the way. We pause at Aimere to see people brewing arak in very traditional way. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant on the way. Today is a spectacular drive. Enjoy the trip through undulating hills with mountains standing majestically in the distance. The rice terrace fields in Mano make a spectacular scene, with wonderful views of Lake Rana Mese . In the afternoon, we visit Ruteng Pu'u to see the "Adat House" and enjoy the panorama of Ruteng town.
In Ruteng we recommend to stay in Hotel Susteran, which is an catholic nun convent Kongregasi Santa Maria Berdukacita or in the Boutique Hotel Spring Hill Bungalows.
Ruteng - Labuan Bajo
After breakfast, we drive from Ruteng to Labuan Bajo. Our first stop is in Cancar to see the "spider web rice field" called Lingko. Lingko is a typical farmer land in the group or clan belong to Manggaraian (west part ethnic group) when they divide land. Than we continue to Todo (2 hours drive) in South Central Manggarai. It is one of the few possibilities to see the traditional ceremonial houses Mbaru Niang. In the past, Todo was also the Centre of the Kingdom of Manggaraian and the home of the Royal clan. Alternative to Todo you can visit Liang Bua (Hobbit cave). This large cave was the site of a stunning archeological discovery in 2003, when the skeletal remains of a small humanoid were unearthed, the so-called Homo Floresiensis. There is a small museum on site with some displays. Otherwise the cave is indeed empty and the road in poor condition but the scenery is beautiful. If you spend 2 nights in Ruteng you can visit both sites and make hiking from Hobbit Cave to Tengkulese Watterfall. Optional and with additional charg we can visit Melo to see performance of Caci - ritual whip fight dance . Accommodation in Golo Hilltop Hotel or in Puri Sari Beach Hotel in Labuan Bajo
The tour can also start in Labuan Bajo and end in Ende or Maumere.