has something unique to offer. Your visit to our communities will be a unique experience, offering the chance to learn about local traditional culture, trek through Flores’ magnificent nature and experience the warmth of Flores hospitality.
Each community has been given training by our professional volunteers to help develop the skills needed to cater to you as a guest. Throughout the year, our villages mainly rely agriculture and/or fishing as their sole source of income. Local tourism and homestay guests provide villagers with extra income during the tourist season and your visit helps to supports this.
You can expect a warm welcome, clean bed with clean bed linen, clean bathroom and toilet, mosquito net, clean drinking water, room with lock and the opportunity to cook a traditional Indonesian meal with your host. In most villages you can find someone who speaks English, either a teacher or a student. The locals are very helpful and happy to meet you and practice their English. The Eco Flores volunteers provides the homestay communities with basic English training, but there are still many people who can’t speak English, so don’t forget your Indonesian phrase book!
for room rates, meals, activities and local handicrafts are listed on each homestay page. These prices are fair to both you and to the homestay community. For example, Flores is famous for Ikat weaving. It can take a woman anywhere from one week to six months to complete a traditional sarong. Production time is totally dependent on methods, materials and motif intricacy and each piece is priced accordingly. Additionally, we have provided approximate public transportation prices to each village. However, please be aware that these prices may increase due to the rising costs of petrol on the island of Flores.
In most villages, several families participate and together they form one homestay community. For equal distribution of guests and income we follow a rotating system, which determines which family will be your host. Please note that phones signal and internet connections are still a challenge in remote areas on Flores. FOR BOOKINGS PLEASE CONTACT Marta Muslin at +62 (0) 8133811345
As the Flores Homestay Network, we strive to improve our quality of service. Each community adheres to criteria established to guarantee you an enjoyable and unforgettable stay. Your feedback helps us to improve and maintain this quality for future visitors.
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CODE OF CONDUCT
Out of respect for local customs and traditions please follow the general code of conduct provided below. The code of conduct varies from village to village, as they are created according to the wishes of each individual community. The individual homestay pages provide the code of conduct specific to each village. We ask that you read through these before your visit to our communities.
- Visitors must register in the village guestbook upon arrival.
- You are not allowed to enter the traditional community house (Rumah Adat) without the presence of the village chief.
- Our communities are either predominantly Catholic or Islamic. If you would like to visit the church or join mass, do not hesitate to ask. If you would like to visit the Mosque, ask permission to enter. Please dress appropriately in these places of worship.
- In many villages you will see large ceremonial stones and structures. Please be respectful of these sacred locations and do not touch or enter unless otherwise specified.
- Please always be friendly and open towards the people of the community.
- Please do not give money to children (food, candy, books and pens are very much appreciated)
- Please throw rubbish in waste bins. Often you can find two separate bins for organic and non-organic waste
- Visitors should behave quietly after midnight when walking through the village.
- Please wear appropriate clothing, bring a sarong to the beach and take your shoes off before you enter a house.
- Always give or pass something with your right hand.
- When passing through a group, it is polite to make a small bow and put your right hand down in front of you. You will see this demonstrated often. It is easy to follow and shows great respect.