"Ende, Flores" Ende by RoyJava

Ende Travel Guide: 36 reviews and 130 photos

BLACK BEACHES

~~~I N D I A N~~~O C E A N~~~A R E A~~~

Flores is on the map just a long, thin strip of an island lying in the far Eastern province of East Nusa Tenggara.
When the Portuguese first got to the Eastern cap of this long island,
they were so overwhelmed by the beauty of the flourishing coral gardens,
that they named the area Cabo Sas Flores, or Cape Of Flowers.
The name of Flores has remained to this very day ...

Once an important port at the South-coast of Flores,
and the domain of the Raja/King, Ende is now the capital of Flores,
for tourists like "the End of Flores".
The aristocratic families here trace their ancestry back to the famous Javanese Majapahit Empire
through mythical exploits and magic events.

Ende is mainly a stopover on the way to or from the attractions of Eastern Flores.
I loved Ende, wandering around and driving to the Wolotopo Village,
famous for its traditional weaving (ikat) and megalithic.
And the black beaches were stunning, dangerous and fabulous.
I've never seen black sand like here and this was my very first time I got involved with the Indian Ocean ...

thanks for visiting.

FLOWERS

The blooming flowers of Flores maybe you cannot find, just because Flores does show up its flowers, unless you reach the height of 500-700 m.

There you can find rotan, bamboo, groves, mosses and many species of high-elavation trees. Flores is well-known for its large numbers of domestic horses, small but sturdy ... that doesn't alter the fact the Indonesians put the flower on the Rupiah, Indonesian money ... it could be the Flores-boy Ladomanu got involved, seeking for the Princess Wongarunu... tells the myth.

BLACK LAKE

The "black lake" of the Gunung Kelimutu is called "Tiwu Ata Mbupu". It turned from blue into black, and I promised myself to turn back whe the lake changes her colour from black to gold... you can see the yellow spots already ...

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Ocean-life, mountains, beaches, lakes, forests, nice people
  • Cons:Malaria, difficult for traveling around
  • In a nutshell:Maybe a flower, always worth to look for her.
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  • meiyergani's Profile Photo
    Mar 21, 2013 at 6:03 AM

    Mas Roy....it was a fabulous....laying down at the edge of Kelimutu crater lakes number three....now...it is prohibited to get that line....it is now confined by an iron gate....

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Nov 14, 2007 at 8:50 AM

    Nice colored lakes. Remind me of the ones in Bandai highland in Japan. Great page of another less travelled place.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Aug 7, 2004 at 1:41 AM

    What wonderful places to enjoy!

  • ukirsari's Profile Photo
    Jul 26, 2004 at 2:42 AM

    Mas Roy, seems you're anywhere in my country :) salute!!!!

  • RoyJava's Profile Photo
    Jul 23, 2004 at 11:51 PM

    I agree Jadedmuse,... Just the black was stunning, the waves dangerous, and the beach filled with insects. That's why we decided to lay on the rocks, where we could wet our bodies anytime, without pulled into the water ... tnx for comment

  • jadedmuse's Profile Photo
    Jul 23, 2004 at 8:55 PM

    Roy, I gotta say that beach doesn't look all that comfortable to catch a tan - but quite beautiful in its own way. The Komodo Dragon is a strange creature. Liked your tip on it!

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