Homestay Gurusina

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TRANSPORT

Gurusina can be accessed from Bajawa by car, motorcycle or public transport (autokol) within one to two hours. Follow the signs toward Bena and drive approximately 25km until you see a large sign marking the road to Gurusina. Public transportation times are listed below.

Bajawa – Gurusina (1-1.5 hours): daily departure around 12 am

Gurusina – Bajawa (1-1.5 hours): daily departure between 6 am and 7 am

  • Price: IDR 15.000 per person

Please be aware that local transport often runs late and that prices may increase du in the future to the rising costs of petrol on the island of Flores.

THE VILLAGE

Gurusina is one of the many traditional villages in the Ngadha Regency of central Flores. The village is located in the Jerebuu Valley, on the foothills of Mount Inerie, approximately 25km south of the city of Bajawa. Gurusina consists of 33 traditional high-thatched roofed houses, positioned around a four-tier terraced communal area, with various symbols of the Ngada culture spread throughout. Other neighbouring traditional villages include, Bena, Tololela, Bela, and Luba. The surrounding landscape is characterized by volcanic peaks, lush forests, farmlands and steep mountain cliffs. Visitors are drawn to this region by the combination of trekking opportunities and strong cultural heritage.

ACCOMMODATION

Fourteen families have joined the homestay network, Their houses provide comfortable open living areas which include a mattress, mosquito net and curtain for privacy. The bathroom facilities, located behind the houses, feature a traditional squatter toilet and bucket shower. Electricity is provided to the village for the majority of the day, with sporadic power outages.

FOOD.

Breakfast is included in the price of your stay. Additional meals can be purchased for 25.000 IDR per meal. You may also help in preparing your meal with your host! If you have any food preferences (e.g. vegetarian) or allergies, please inform us upon reservation.

VILLAGE ACTIVITIES

  • Ikat WeavingCome watch the women of Mora Wali, a Gurusina women’s group, weave traditional scarves and sarongs every Saturday afternoon.
  • More to come! The people of Gurusina are working hard to create new activities for their visitors in the future!   

SOUVENIRS

  • Traditional woven sarongs and scarves
  • More to come! The people of Gurusina are working to produce a range of unique souvenirs that differ from the surrounding traditional villages.

TRADITIONAL CEREMONIES

  • Pesta Rumah Adat: Dates vary
  • Independence Day: August 17
  • New Years:  January 1-4

All ceremonies include traditional dance, dress, music, and singing. It must be noted that many of the ceremonies include the sacrificing of water buffalo and pigs and is not for the feint of heart. If you don’t want to see this, we recommend moving to a different part of the village.




Malanage Hot Springs (Air Panas Malanage)

Malanage Hot Springs is a natural hot spring, located approximately 3.5km from the village of Gurusina. The water pouring from this spring reaches temperatures of up to 80˚C and is said to be hot enough to boil an egg. Despite the hot temperatures, it is still possible to enter the river’s waters, as it is intersected by another river containing cold water. Malanage Hot Springs is unique in that its pools are naturally formed and unaltered by human intervention. In the late afternoon this is a hotspot where locals bathe and socialize in the warm waters.  This hot spring is accessible by foot, private scooter, ojek (motor taxi) or car. Visitors traveling by private scooter should drive with caution, as portions of the road remain unpaved.

Directions: From Gurusina, return to the main road leading to Bajawa. From here turn right, away from Bajawa, and continue until you reach a fork in the road. Take the unpaved road to the left. Follow this road until you pass over two bridges. After the second bridge, the entrance is located on the left side of the road. There is a short hike down through people’s yards before reaching the hot spring. There is no entrance fee.

Malanage Hot Springs (Air Panas Malanage)

Malanage Hot Springs is a natural hot spring, located approximately 3.5km from the village of Gurusina. The water pouring from this spring reaches temperatures of up to 80˚C and is said to be hot enough to boil an egg. Despite the hot temperatures, it is still possible to enter the river’s waters, as it is intersected by another river containing cold water. Malanage Hot Springs is unique in that its pools are naturally formed and unaltered by human intervention. In the late afternoon this is a hotspot where locals bathe and socialize in the warm waters.  This hot spring is accessible by foot, private scooter, ojek (motor taxi) or car. Visitors traveling by private scooter should drive with caution, as portions of the road remain unpaved.

Directions: From Gurusina, return to the main road leading to Bajawa. From here turn right, away from Bajawa, and continue until you reach a fork in the road. Take the unpaved road to the left. Follow this road until you pass over two bridges. After the second bridge, the entrance is located on the left side of the road. There is a short hike down through people’s yards before reaching the hot spring. There is no entrance fee.

White Sand Beach of Wae Bela (Pantai Pasir Putih)

The small coastal village of Wae Bela offers the closest white sand beach (Pantai Pasir Putih) to Gurusina. The beach provides beautiful views of the rocky coastline and is lined by lush shady forests. Due to its isolated location and unpaved roads, this beach is not often frequented by tourists and it is not uncommon to be the only one on the beach. A smaller, more secluded beach is located to the left of the main beach, beyond the rocky outcropping. During low tide you may walk out to the tide pools and see a variety of sea life.  The high waves and rocky ocean floor do not make this beach ideal for swimming or snorkeling but the white sand and coastal views are well worth the visit.

 Directions: From Gurusina, take the main road in Gurusina and head away from the mountain route to Bajawa. Follow this road for ±40 minutes until you reach an obelisk monument situated in the middle of the road. From here, take a left towards Wae Bela. Follow this road along the coast until you see a small sign on the left side of the road with a blue arrow pointing to the ocean. Park here and follow a small path down to the beach. The drive will take anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes depending on the type of transport and the skill level of the driver. Caution must be taken when driving to this location, as many stretches of the route are steep and remain unpaved. Additionally, if returning to Gurusina in the evening, it is highly advised that you leave no later than 4:30 or 5:00 pm, due to the setting sun.

Mount Inerie (Gunung Inerie)

Mount Inerie is an active volcano that can be seen from many locations throughout the region. This popular trail begins in the village a Watumeze and ascends approximately 1,000m to reach the summit (2,245m) along the volcano’s crater. The summit, marked by three metal crosses, provides a 360˚ vista point from which, visibility permitting, you may see the city of Bajawa, villages in the valley below, the smoke emitting from another nearby volcano and finally out to the ocean. The ascent takes two to four hours depending on the hiker’s ability and gear and should be started in the early morning, around 5:30 or 6:00 am, due to the intensity of the sun later in the day. The first part of the hike takes you through the grassy foothills and the second up the steep cone of the volcano. This hike is recommended for experienced hikers in good physical condition. The lower portion of the trail is covered in small rocks and the upper in volcanic scree. These conditions increase the difficulty of the hike dramatically, making slipping a common occurrence. Extreme caution should be taken on the descent, due to the loose screen and rocks and may take anywhere from three to four hours, again, depending on the hiker’s ability and gear. The difficulty of the hike requires trekkers to bring along plenty of snacks and water. Recommended hiking gear includes gloves, hiking poles, sturdy hiking boots and a warm layer for the summit. The hike may be completed without a guide, as the majority of the trail is easy to follow. However, the trailhead in Watumeze is unmarked, making it very difficult to find. Alternatively, local guides can be obtained in Watumeze.

Local Guide Contact Information:              

  • Name: Servas
  • Phone Number: +62 (0)853 4971 3547
  • Price: 100,000 per person or 400,000 for a group of five.

Directions: From Gurusina, take the main road north toward Bajawa for approximately 15km until you reach Watumeze. A sign reading, “Guide of Mount Inerie,” will indicate that you have reached the village, as there are no signs upon entrance to the village. From Bajawa, take the main road south and follow the signs to Bena. Drive approximately 15km to the village of Watumeze.

 Wae Koko River (Sungai Wae Koko)

Wae Koko River is located along the route to Pantai Pasir Putih in Wae Bela and offers great views of Gunung Inerie. The river banks provide a great spot for picnicking and the cool water, small rapids and gentle currents are ideal for swimming and relaxing.

Directions: From Gurusina, take the main road in Gurusina and head away from the mountain route to Bajawa. Follow the road for ±30 minutes until you see the river flowing along the side of the road. There are a few points where it is possible to enter the river but the easiest is Inengara Bridge (Jembatan Inengara). However, this is located in a small village so it is less private than other points preceding this.

Lialoga Cave (Gua Lialoga)

Lialoga Cave is a tunnel cave located on a portion of rocky beach along the route to Pantai Pasir Putih, approximately 1km from Wae Bela. This 20m tunnel cave leads through the side of the coastal cliff and offers great views of the Wae Bela coastline. Currently there are no signs indicating the location of Lialoga Cave, so it is important to ask locals for directions.


This Code of Conduct was established together with the homestay families and members of the community. All visitors to the homestays should follow these rules. Thank you for your understanding!

  • Visitors must register in the village guest book upon arrival and may donate to the communal village fund.
  • Visitors may not stand under the three umbrella-shaped structures (Ngadhu) located on the upper level of the village, are not allowed to step on the megalith complexes (Ture) situated throughout the village and are not allowed to enter the three small houses (Bhaga) located at the bottom of the village. These are sacred sites for the locals where they show respect to their ancestors.
  • Visitors must ask the home owner for permission to enter the traditional houses. Before entering they must take off their shoes. The back room of the houses are sacred spaces where the locals show respect to the ancestors. Unless explicitly invited by the home owner, visitors are not allowed to enter this area of the house or take pictures.
  • Visitors should cover up appropriately during their stay in Gurusina (please see the section below on suggested clothing).
  • Being intimate or showing affection (e.g. kissing) in public areas and homestays should be avoided.
  • If tourists wish to participate in traditional ceremonies, they must wear the traditional outfits that are provided by the homestay owners.
  • Visitors should not give children money.
  • Visitors must throw their rubbish in waste bins.
  • Visitors should behave quietly while walking through the village after 9 pm.
  • Visitors should always be friendly and open towards the locals and respect the local traditions.

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