Komodo Trip and Land Tour from Labuan Bajo to Maumere - 7 days from/to Bali
Labuan Bajo in the west of Flores Island is the gateway to Komodo National Park. Just 20 years ago, Labuan Bajo was a sleepy fishing village. In the course of marketing the Komodo National Park, with its impressive underwater world and wildlife, a tourist infrastructure has developed here with hotels, dive shops and restaurants. In Komodo National Parks on the islands of Rinca and Komodo, the prehistoric-looking largest lizards in the world live in the wild. On a boat day trip from Labuan Bajo you will discover the islands of the UNESCO-protected Komodo National Park and will almost certainly see the Komodo dragons.
In contrast to Labuan Bajo, the country site of Flores Island has hardly been discovered by tourists and is a paradise for lovers of beautiful natural landscapes. Volcanoes and colour-changing crater lakes, spider web paddy fields, ancient villages, jungles and beaches - these are the scenic and cultural highlights of Flores that you will discover on a 4-day land tour.
✈ Labuan Bajo ➝ Boat Trip in Komodo National Park ➝ Labuan Bajo ➝ Ruteng ➝ Bajawa ➝ Volcano Kelimutu ➝ Maumere ✈
Getting There ✈ Flight to Labuan Bajo on Flores Island
There are several daily flights from Bali to Labuan Bajo. You will be picked up from Komodo Airport. Our first choice for accommodation in Labuan Bajo is the charming Puri Sari Beach Hotel in Labuan Bajo just outside of Labuan Bajo, directly on the sandy beach, surrounded by extensive gardens and with a pool.
Boat excursion from Labuan Bajo to Rinca Island
After an early breakfast we drive to the the harbor in Labuan Bajo, where we board a boat and drive 2 hours to Rinca island in the Komodo National Park.
Rinca island has a higher density of the Komodo population and is very likely to see Komodo. After arrival at Rinca we start a 3 hour walk through a landscape dotted with Lonta Palm trees . We will see not only the Komodo but we will see also other animals, such as Timor deer, Buffalo, monkeys, wild boars, and exotic birds. There are breathtaking views of the slopes. Lunch will be served upon return to the boat. In the afternoon there is possibility for snorkeling, swimming or just relaxing on the white beach of Kelor island or Bidadari island. Late afternoon we are sailing back to Labuan Bajo. Accommodation in Puri Sari Beach Hotel in Labuan Bajo.
or Padar Island and Komodo Island
If you want to see during a day trip in addition to the Komodo Dragons also the magnificent panoramic view of Padar Island you have to start the tour at 5.30 from from Labuan Bajo. The ascent to the top of Padar island has been replaced partly by stages but still requires some energy. The hike takes 30-40 minutes and there is no shade. Don't forget comfortable shoes, sunscreen, hats drinking water. The view is beautiful from meter to meter and you can look over many bays and will be rewarded at the summit with the most beautiful view of Indonesia. Then on the beach, you have possibility for swimming and snorkeling. Around noon we continue sailing to the Komodo Island, where you can experience during a hike Komodo lizards in the wild. Then drive back to Labuan Bajo.
The boat trip can also be done with a private speedboat with an appropriate surcharge. If you really want to immerse yourself in the fascinating underwater world of Komodo National Park, we recommend multi-day sailing trips on traditional Phinisi boats.
Labuan Bajo ➝ Ruteng
After breakfast, we drive from Labuan Bajo to Ruteng. Optional and at an additional cost we can make a stop at Melo village, where we can arrange demonstration of the ritual Caci dance . Our first stop is in Todo in South Central Manggarai. It is one of the few ways 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.
Our next stop is in Cancar where we can see the "spider web rice field"(rice fields, which are arranged like a spider's Web) and called also Lingko. In the afternoon we arrive in Ruteng and visit "Adat House". In Ruteng you will spend the night in a beautiful, small country hotel surrounded by a well-tended gardens.
Ruteng ➝ Bajawa
On this day we spend first lot of time driving driving passing rice fields and through mountainous landscape with beautiful views. We stop for view to Lake Rana Mese and make on the way short walks and photo stops. Lunch on the road in a local restaurant. In the afternoon we visit in Aimere an traditional manufacturer of Arak and the Manga Ruda hot springs. Accommodation will be in Bajawa at the foot of the Ineri volcano..
Traditional villages Bena and Luba ➝ Moni
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.
Then we continue driving towards Ende and stop at Penggajawa Beach. The beach is littered with many colored stones. The stones are predominantly blue to turquoise, but also green and red stones are in between. The stones are collected by the local people and sold as building material. Here or in Ende itself there is possibility for lunch. Then we continue towards Moni with stops at the Market in Nduaria and rice fields at Detusoko. Than we visit the Wologai village with well-preserved traditional houses in the for this region formerly typical Lioneser architecture. 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 ➝ Maumere
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. The name of Kelimutu itself in the local language means 'keli' = 'mountain' and 'mutu' = 'boiling'.
Today we get up early in the morning for Kelimutu sunrise 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. 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 Maumere. We stop at Wolowaru, where you can see traditional Lio houses. Enjoy wonderful views of the countryside with plantations and small mountain villages. We stop at Paga Beach (with possibility for lunch) and you have some time to relax on the beautiful Koka Beach.Then we visit the traditional village Sikka on the South coast of Flores. In Sikka you can visit the 150 years old Portuguese Church. Eventually you have still time to visit the Bajo village Wuring before you arrival in your Beach Resort in Maumere Bay. Depending on your choice you will stay in a comfortable and charming beach front bungalow in Amrita Beach Resort on the beautiful Waiara beach or in the stylish and as well comfortable bamboo cottage in Coconut Garden Beach Resort or in our Waiara Village Guest House.
Departure from Flores Island
The tour ends with transfer to airport in Maumere for your flight back to Bali. Is your flight in afternoon so you have the possibility to make half day Village Encounter in the souroundings of Maumere or you enjoy the time relaxing on beautiful volanic beach with good swimming and snorkeling conditions in your beach resort in Maumere Bay.
The tour can be also made in reverse direction means
start in Maumere and end in Labuan Bajo.