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12 Days Nature, Tribes, and Komodo Dragons Safari on Flores Island, Indonesia

Sea World Beach Club Hotel, Jl. Nai Roa Km.13, Waiara, Maumere, Waiara, Flores, Kabupaten Sikka, Nusa Tenggara Tim, 86112, Indonesia

Komodo Dragons Safari in Indonesia

This 12-day trip combines a total package in offering the best of nature, culture, and of course, the Komodo dragons. As opposed to a trekking tour, this trip provides a more leisurely approach to the islands and lets you experience how wonderful the people are and where they live. If you have the time, this will offer you the maximum in discovering wonderful Flores.

Key information

  • A Private Tour
  • Minimum group size: 2 persons
  • Maximum group size: 15 persons
  • Children policy: Children are allowed as participants starting from the age of five years old. Children should be supervised under the age of 12.
  • Starting point and ending point: Denpasar
  • English, German speaking guide

Highlights

  • See Komodo dragons
  • Explore the Island of Flores
  • Visit the unique cultural villages
  • Services of an English speaking guide
  • Air conditioned coach transfers
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Meals during the trip
  • Soft drinks

Styles


11 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: German
Group size: 2-15 participants
Airport transfer included: Frans Seda Airport
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Accommodation

For this tour, you will be provided with 11 nights of accommodation, as follows:

  • Night 1: Maumere (Sea World Club Beach Resort)
  • Night 2: Larantuka (Asa Hotel)
  • Night 3: Maumere (Sea World Club Beach Resort)
  • Night 4: Moni (Kelimutu Eco Lodge Hotel)
  • Night 5: Riung (Pondok SVD Homestay)
  • Night 6: Riung (Pondok SVD Homestay)
  • Night 7: Bajawa (Happy Happy Hotel)
  • Night 8: Ruteng (MBC Hotel)
  • Night 9: Ruteng (MBC Hotel)
  • Night 10: Rinca Island (Live on board)
  • Night 11: Labuan Bajo (Puri Sari Beach Hotel)

Program

Day 1: Denpasar - Maumere

Upon arrival at the Frans Seda Airport (MOF) in Maumere in East Flores, you will be met by your guide and transfer to Sea World Club Hotel. Based on your flight, you can have some free time in the afternoon to relax on the wonderful hotel beach or seek a trip out to Maumere to experience some of the local life.

Day 2: Maumere - Larantuka

After breakfast at the hotel, you will depart and drive to Larantuka, the capital of East Flores. This coastal town used to be a naval base for trade and a central point for colonial and clerical activities in East Indonesia.

Nowadays, Larantuka is still an important connecting port to the neighboring islands and the center of economic activities of East Flores, attracting many people from the surrounding villages to make a living in the town.

On the way, you will stop at Boru village where you can see the volcano called Mount Lewotobi, as well as a coffee plantation in Hokeng. A stop at Titehena will give you a beautiful panorama of Konga Bay and Lewotobi. Have dinner and stay overnight at Asa Hotel Larantuka.

Day 3: Larantuka - Maumere

Upon completing breakfast, you head out to visit beautiful Meting Doeng Beach in the morning, followed by the Larantuka city tour to visit the Reinha Rosari Catholic cathedrals built in Portuguese style. You will also spend time at the harbor and local market, allowing you excellent chances to meet with the local people.

Upon returning to Maumere, you have some free time to experience the town or actually laze on the wonderful beach. You will have dinner and stay overnight at Sea World Club Hotel.

Day 4: Maumere - Moni

After breakfast, you will depart from the hotel to visit Ledalero Museum located on the outskirts of Maumere. The museum has an interesting collection of ethnological objects from the region. Ledalero is named after a major Catholic seminary that produces many Florenese priests.

You will continue to Sikka village, a district very famous for its traditional ikat weaving using organic dyes. After you enjoy the serenity of Paga Beach, you will continue by having a leisurely trek to Jopu and Ranggase villages in the afternoon. Stay overnight at Kelimutu Eco Lodge Moni.

Day 5: Moni - Kelimutu - Ende - Riung

You arise early in the morning at 4:30 a.m. to drive / hike up and experience the sunrise at the top of Mount Kelimutu where three exquisitely colored lakes that consistently change color over time exist. This is truly one of the most spectacular and mysterious sights in Indonesia.

You return through winding roads along the mountain side to your hotel for breakfast. Afterwards, you continue your trip to Ende and on the way you visit Saga village which is a traditional village of the Ende Lio tribes.

You will have lunch at a restaurant in Ende before driving along the coast and up to Bajawa sitting higher in the mountains. You will arrive at your local destination for the night and have dinner in Pondok SVD Riung, a Bena traditional village. This will allow you to really enjoy your time with the local culture and see how they live.

Day 6: Riung Marine Park

After breakfast, you set out to do some island hopping around the 17 islands of Riung, which is a chain of large and small islands called Pau, Borong, Ontoloe, Dua, Kolong, Lainjawa, Besar, Halima, Patta, Rutong, Meja, Bampa (Tampa or Tembang Island), Tiga (Panjang), Tembaga, Taor, Sui, and Wire.

All the islands are uninhabited and their coastlines are pure white sand beaches. You will get to witness the flying foxes on Ontoloe Island along with enjoying a swim, snorkel, and relaxation on the white sand beach, enjoying a very relaxing, pleasurable day of peacefulness on Tiga and Rutong islands. Stay overnight at Pondok SVD Riung.

Day 7: Riung - Bajawa

In the morning, after breakfast, you will experience the drive from the sea to the mountains as you drive up to Bajawa, a small town located 1,200 meters above sea level and indulge your senses with wonderful scenery along the way. You will enjoy some of the local area, such as taking a warm bath at the hot springs in Soa before going on the Bajawa city tour in the afternoon. Stay overnight at Happy-Happy Hotel or Silverin Bajawa Hotel.

Day 8: Bajawa - Ruteng

Your first visit after breakfast is to a unique local village, Bena, an ancient Ngadanese village that takes one and a half hours by car to reach from Bajawa. You can see and appreciate the unique way of life, the traditional houses, and the ceremonies that are steeped in a long-preserved tradition.

Here, time stands still, with the locals still practicing some of the pagan beliefs they have held onto for many generations. After visiting, you continue your drive to Aimere, famous for its arak, which is the local palm wine distillation, and do a short trek along the rain forest trail of Ranamese’s crater lake. Stay overnight at MBC Susteran Ruteng.

Day 9: Ruteng and its surrounding areas

In the morning, you will be driven to Tengkulese Waterfall in the northern part of Ruteng. The two-tiered waterfall, also referred to as Cunca Lega (cunca means ‘waterfall’ in Manggaraian) and named after the nearby village.

The one-hour trek to the waterfall is set around a lush forest and rice terraces. You can also swim here if you wish. You then return to Ruteng in the afternoon and visit Liang Bua, an archaeological cave where the Homo Floresiensis was founded by Indonesian and Australian archaeologists, also known as “Hobbit” Cave. Stay overnight at MBC Susteran Ruteng.

Day 10: Ruteng - Labuan Bajo - Rinca

You will depart from the hotel after breakfast and head to Golo Curu, a hill where you can admire the scenic view of Ruteng and its famous rice terraces to the North. These truly unique fields are formed in the shape of spider webs and provide stunning visuals of the area.

Then you continue on to visit Ruteng Pu’u which are the traditional houses of the Manggarai tribes. You can experience their unique culture and then continue to Cancar to see the unique Lingko, circular rice fields arranged that are also shaped like a spider web. You will then drive directly to Labuan Bajo for a sail to Rinca Island on a house boat. Dinner and overnight will be on the boat.

Day 11: Rinca - Komodo Island - Labuan Bajo

You will arise early in the morning to go on a one to two hours morning trek on the island Rinca to catch your first experience with the mighty Komodo dragons in the wild. You continue on to Komodo Island where you go on another trek for a couple of hours along the savannas and hills to lay witness to more of the dragons, their prey, and the unique vegetation of this area.

Afterwards, go back to the boat and sail on to Pink Beach for a relaxing swim and snorkel before sailing back to Labuan Bajo. Stay overnight at Puri Sari Beach Hotel Labuan Bajo.

Day 12: Labuan Bajo - Denpasar

After breakfast, go on a morning visit to Batu Cermin before departing for Denpasar.

Location

Food

You will be provided with meals during the trip, as well as soft drinks.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • English / German speaking guide
  • Boat as per itinerary
  • Air conditioned coach transfers
  • Meals during the trip
  • Soft drinks
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • All Entrance fees and Ticket
  • Donation

What's not included

  • Airport tax (Denpasar 40.000 IDR, Labuanbajo 11.000 IDR)
  • Camera charge at Komodo Park (50.000 IDR)
  • Flight from / to Denpasar by Garuda Indonesia, Wings, or Lion Air and Nam Air
  • Masker and fins rental for snorkeling
  • Porter fee, personal expenses, and tipping

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Frans Seda Airport (MOF). Transfers from and to this airport are included. Dragon Island Tours will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Frans Seda Airport Airport transfer included: Frans Seda Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum number of 2 participants

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