of Flores is magnificent and fragile. The island has pristine beaches, towering mountains and volcanoes, waterfalls, lush forests, mangroves and is the habitat of many species of birds, reptiles and mammals. Komodo National Park is home to the famous Komodo Dragon and is listed as a Natural World Wonder and a Unesco World Heritage site. With its location in the Coral Triangle and proximity to the Wallace Line, Flores attracts divers from around the world to its world-renowned diving spots.
Currently, many organisations are working on Flores and in its surrounding marine areas to help preserve this precious ecosystem. You can help contribute to this cause by respecting the divers code of conduct and by bringing your own refillable water bottle and reusable bags to Flores. These small steps will help protect Flores’ coral and reduce the influx of plastic waste to the island.
of Flores is as generous as can be. While visiting a traditional village you will be surrounded by happy and curious kids, excited by your visit and eager to practice their English. During your stay, it is likely that you will be offered Flores’ famous locally grown and roasted coffee, betel nut, just try it, and an array of local foods! If you would like to bring small gifts for the village’s children, exercise books and crayons are always welcome and the kids love them!
of Flores is as colourful as a rainbow. The mix of indigenous cultures and languages and outside influences from other islands, Portugese traders and foreign missionaries make Flores an exceptionally diverse island. Talk to the locals and ask about their history, about the patterns in Ikat weaving, about the designs on woodcarvings and about the decorations on the top of the roofs and you will be amazed by the richness of Flores culture and traditions.
EAST TO WEST ….
Many travellers to Indonesia are island hoppers and do not realize that Flores and its outlying islands can be destinations of their own. In this area, it is not hard to travel for two or more weeks and still be surprised by the spectacular views, endless activities and variety of fascinating cultures and languages. In short, Flores has it all. Windy roads take you along the coast, through the valleys and up into the mountainous regions of Flores and short boat trips will bring you to the beautiful islands surrounding Flores, such as Komodo, Rinca, the seventeen islands of Riung and Lembata.
Most visitors enter Flores from the western city of Labuan Bajo and often do not take the time to travel to the far east. If you are short on time, why not fly east to Maumere and visit our homestays there. It is possible to travel even further east to Larantuka and cross over to Lembata, where three of our homestays are situated. This unspoiled island offers pristine beaches, snorkeling, a colorful traditional barter market and the chance to spot whales in Lamalera.