Flores and Komodo
Hike in the rainforest, stay in a mountain village and take a 2-day boat cruise through Komodo National Park
A 1-week mini-tour or extension to Flores and the Komodo Islands
Our 1-week mini-tour or extension, Flores and Komodo, is suitable as an add-on to our Java Overland or Sumatra to Bali tours or, perhaps combined with an island stay in Lombok, as a short stand-alone trip.
This Flores and Komodo trip includes return flights from Bali to Labuan Bajo and, as both of the above-mentioned tours finish at Denpasar International Airport, this negates the need for any overland transfers before or after. Depending upon flight schedules, however, an extra night before or after in Sanur (close to the airport) may be advisable.
The tour includes a half-day jungle hike into the mountains of Flores Island’s interior and an overnight stay in the traditional-style mountain village of Wae Rebo. In the morning we hike back down the mountain and continue by road, via the unique ‘spiderweb’ pattern paddy-fields of Cancar to remote Ruteng Village for our night’s accommodation. The third day of our Flores adventure sees a return to Labuan Bajo with a visit on the way to the famous ‘Hobbit Cave’, Liang Bua, where vestiges of the diminutive hominid Homo Floresiensis, or Flores Man, were first discovered.
The second section of our tour takes us on a 2-day, 1-night sailing boat cruise through UNESCO World Heritage Komodo National Park. Our boat trip also takes us island-hopping through Kelor and Kalang National Parks with visits to mangrove swamps, swimming and snorkelling on coral reefs, stops at spectacular, scenic viewpoints and, of course, a hike to visit the famous dragons themselves.
We’ll return to our hotel in Labuan Bajo late afternoon on day 6 with a return flight to Bali’s Denpasar at your convenience the following day. Depending upon your departure time from Denpasar, an extra night in Sanur is also available at the end of your trip.
A fascinating and highly varied 1-week exploration of some of the vast Indonesian Archipelago’s remoter parts.
Includes: Flights: return Denpasar to Labuan Bajo. Meals: B x 7, L x 4, D x 2
(Many thanks to Stuart at Travelfish for his wonderful pics.)
Here's an idea of what you can expect to do and see day-to-day.
Day 1 - Bali to Flores and arrival in Labuan Bajo
Flight from Bali’s Denpasar Airport to Labuan Bajo on Flores Island. Transfer to our beachside hotel and some time to relax before an early evening tour briefing with your local tour-leader.
Depending upon flight schedules a night in Sanur prior to departure may be advisable.
Return flights from Denpasar to Flores are included.
Overnight: Labuan Bajo Transport: Taxi, Plane,
Day 2 - Into the highlands and hike to the Wae Rebo tribal village
Departure from Labuan Bajo and journey by (rough) road into the mountainous interior. In the afternoon a 3-hour jungle hike takes us to the remote and still very traditional tribal village of Wae Rebo for our night’s accommodation as guests of the villagers.
Overnight: Wae Rebo Transport: Minibus, Walk, Meals: B, L, D,
Day 3 - Rainforest hike and the 'spiderweb' rice fields
Return hike through the jungle to our minibus followed by a drive across the mountains, via the spectacular spiderweb pattern paddy-fields of Cancar, to the small, remote, highland town of Ruteng for our overnight stay in a comfortable chalet resort.
Overnight: Ruteng Transport: Minibus, Walk, Meals: B, L,
Day 4 - The famous 'Hobbit Cave' and return to Labuan
Our first stop is the huge Liang Bua, or ‘Hobbit Cave’, where in 2003 archaeologists discovered remains of the famous, diminutive hominid species Homo Floresiensis. Continue along more (rough) mountain roads with a stop at a scenic waterfall and a late afternoon arrival in Labuan Bajo.
Overnight: Labuan Bajo Transport: Minibus, Walk, Meals: B,
Day 5 - Departure by boat for a 2-day cruise to Komodo
Morning departure by traditional sailing boat for an island-hopping tour en route to Komodo Island in the eponymously named UNESCO-listed national park. Stops for swimming, viewpoints, mangrove swamps and overnight on board.
Overnight: On board, Kalong Island Transport: Boat, Meals: B, L, D,
Day 6 - Komodo National Park and late afternoon return to port
Morning hike to a spectacular viewpoint on Padar Island before continuing to Komodo itself for a hike to visit the island’s best-known inhabitants – the famous dragons. Late afternoon return to Labuan Bajo.
Overnight: Labuan Bajo Transport: Boat, Walk, Meals: B, L,
The nitty-gritty, the things you need to know, the answers to your burning questions.
- Rainforest hike in the mountains of Flores
- Spiderweb paddyfields and the 'Hobbit Cave'
- Snorkelling on coral reefs and exploring mangrove swamps
- Overnight stay in a remote tribal village
- 2-day sailing boat cruise through Komodo National Park
- ...and of course, hiking to see the famous Komodo Dragons
Air Departures (UK) *From
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*Air departures are from the UK. Land departures start from Denpasar
*Land departure dates correspond to the FIRST day of the itinerary.
We choose our hotels based on a combination of location, comfort and convenience. Here is a *selection of the types of hotel/rooms you can expect to stay at on this tour...
Bumi Ayu Sanur view
- Pool and tropical garden setting
- A low key, peaceful 'oasis' in central Sanur
- Easy access to Denpasar Airport and jetty for Gili Air
Laprima Labuan Bajo view
- Beachside location with waterfront pool
- Free shuttle to town for local cafes and restaurants
- Well-appointed, comfortable rooms
Spring Hill Ruteng
- Set in a beautiful tropical garden with mountain views
- Easy access to local village, shops, cafes and restaurants
- Excellent in-house restaurant for breakfast and dinner
Baronang Liveaboard Komodo view
- Comfortable air-con cabins with ensuite bathrooms
- Indoor and outdoor lounging areas and on-board restaurant
- Well equipped boat with snorkelling equipment, kayaks etc
*This list should be considered a guide only, hotels/rooms may change (without notice) depending on availability.
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