Komodo dragons and Flores Discovery tour

With active volcanoes and deadly dragons, the islands of the Komodo National Park are among the most rugged and hostile on the planet but they also contain stunning tropical scenery, with lush jungle and aquamarine seas. Discover the unique wildlife of Rinca island, including monkeys, wild boar, buffalo and of course Komodo dragons. Bedazzled by the mysterious Kelimutu crater lakes and swim by the Pink Beach in this Indonesian adventure.

Best time for this itinerary: is during the dry season from May to mid of October

Touring Style - a private tour with your own driver who also acts as your guide.

Prices are seasonal, include hotels, breakfast, professional touring and transfers. Starts from:

GBP 1213 per person sharing a twin room, Standard Class Hotels

International and domestic airfares are extra

Komodo dragons and Flores Discovery tour at a glance
  • Day 1: Arrival in Labuan Bajo
  • Day 2: Rinca, Pink Beach, Komodo Island
  • Day 3: Labuan Bajo to Ruteng
  • Day 4: Ruteng to Bajawa
  • Day 5: Bajawa to Moni
  • Day 6: Moni to Kelimutu and Maumere
  • Day 7: Departure
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Day 1: Arrival in Labuan Bajo

On arrival in Flores, you will be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel. Overnight.

Distance and travelling time: 13 km, 32 mins

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Day 2: Rinca, Pink Beach and Komodo Island

Wake up early for an exciting full day searching for the Komodo dragon. After breakfast transfer to the harbour for a four-hour boat journey to Komodo Island. On arrival, a local ranger will escort you on a one-hour trek in search of wild horses, wild water buffalo, deer, pigs, wild boar, tropical birds, and the mighty Komodo dragons.
Lunch is taken on the beautiful Pink Beach with time for swimming and snorkelling. Continue by boat to Rinca Island, the second largest island in the Komodo archipelago for a soft trek with a local ranger through the spectacular scenery of savannah looking for wildlife and Komodo dragons. Hike up to the highest viewpoint of the island for beautiful far reaching views of Flores and the surrounding islands. Return by boat to Labuan Bajo and transfer back to your hotel.

 

 

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Day 3: Labuan Bajo to Ruteng

After breakfast, drive to Ruteng, the capital of the Manggarai district, the largest rice producing area of Flores and an important coffee producing area. On the way, stop to visit the Mirror Cave and the spider web rice fields at Cacar. Continue to the traditional village of Ruteng Puu for a visit to the Liang Bua Cave. Overnight.

Distance and travelling time: 140 km, 4.30 hours

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Day 4: Ruteng to Bajawa

After breakfast, drive to at Lake Rana Mese, a small crater lake in the middle of the forest. Visit the traditional village of Bena to see the megalithic stones and the old thatched-roof houses before arriving into Bajawa, a town surrounded by volcanic scenery. Explore the unique Ngada culture around Bajawa.

Distance and travelling time: 134 km, 4 hours

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Day 5: Bajawa to Moni

After breakfast, take a scenic drive through stunning landscapes to Moni, gateway to the Kelimutu National Park. Make a visit to the traditional village of Wogo which host impressive ancestral stones and typical Ngadu and Bhaga shrines. and enjoy some time at the Pengga Jawa beach famed for its blue pebbles and black sand. Overnight.

Distance and travelling time: 176 km, 4.30 hours

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Day 6: Moni, Mt Kelimutu, Maumere

Early in the morning take a short walk to the mysterious Kelimutu Volcano to witness the spectacular sunrise over the three crater lakes, each of which is a different colour. Return to the hotel for breakfast before leaving for Maumere. En route, stop at Paga Beach, and Sikka to see the old church and the Ikat fabric displayed in the Ledalero Museum. Overnight.

Distance and travelling time: 91 km, 2.4.30 hours

Day 7: Departure

Today, you will be transferred to Maumere Airport for your departure or continue with your Indonesian adventure.

Highlights

Bajawa: Land of the Ngada people

Set beautifully in the highlands of the island of Flores, Bajawa is a town of culture and charm enjoying a refreshingly cool alpine climate.

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Flores: remote and intriguing Lesser Sunda Island

Less well-known than neighbouring Bali, Flores is a fascinating and uniquely beautiful island with its own distinct cultural and natural wonders.

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Kelimutu: Magnificent Three Colours Lakes

Located on Mt Kelimutu, in the Kelimutu National Park on the island of Flores, the 3 separate bodies of water that make up Lake Kelimutu are known for the endangered, endemic species surrounding their shores. The lake, or lakes are also fabled for the phenomenon of each changing colour, independently of the others.

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Komodo Island: habitat of the Komodo dragon

The pristine, primal landscape of Komodo and its surrounding islands form the UNESCO World Heritage site of Komodo National Park.

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Ruteng: volcanic hills and rolling rice-paddy plains

Located towards the west of the island of Flores, Ruteng enjoys a refreshing alpine climate. Surrounded by mountains, it is set idyllically among coffee and rice plantations. It is also a fascinating crucible of cultures.

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Accommodation

Flores, Ecolodge
Kelimutu Crater Lakes Ecolodge

Set idyllically beside a mountain river, with stunning views towards Kelimutu, the lodge, with its clean, green credentials, is a short 15 minute trek to the fabulous multi-coloured lakes.

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Labuan Bajo, Superior Class
Plataran Komodo Beach Resort

A delightful 10 minute boat transfer to the town of Labuan Bajo, the resort offers a true barefoot experience on the private and secluded beach of Wae Cicu.

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Labuan Bajo, Standard Class
Puri Sari Beach Hotel

Set idyllically on a pristine beach, at the edge of a charming village on the western tip of the island of Flores, the hotel combines modern facilities with traditional local architecture.

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Maumere, Flores, Standard Class
Sea World Club Beach Resort

Located conveniently for the island’s largest city, the resort is set among lush tropical gardens on the stunning, grey sand beach of Waiara.

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Ruteng, Flores, Guesthouse
Susteran St Maria Berdukacita

Set idyllically on a hillside, a 15 minute walk from the town below, the convent of Susteran Santa Maria Berdukacita offers basic but very special accommodation.

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