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On the road in Flores

The last leg of our 2011 island-hopping trip took us through the island Flores, from Labuan Bajo to Ende and the Kelimutu coloured lakes. The main west to east Trans Flores Road connects the cities Labuan-Bajo, Ruteng, Bajawa, Ende, Maumere and Larantuka. This is the road overland tours follow. It was generally passable, with some parts in poor repair and at others work in progress to widen the road.

Near Labuan-Bajo we diverted from the Trans Flores Road to visit Nunang village at Sano Nggoang lake. And from Bajawa to Ende we made a detour via Riung. The condition of the road to Nunang was terrible, the 24 km distance from Bambor took us 2.5 hours! The roads to Riung were better, but still had long stretches full of potholes.

For tips and travelogues see the pages of the places where we stayed (below).

Where we stayed in Flores

Labuan Bajo of course is the base for tours to Komodo and Rinca islands. In the region there are also some sites of natural and historic interest, among these the village Tobodo where petrified wood lies all around. Our Nunang experience you also find on our Labuan Bajo page.

Ruteng is a small hill town that most tourists only pass through. You need not stay in town to visit historic site Lale Lombong or Rana Mese crater lake as these lie on the main road. However if you spend time on them, the journey from Labuan Bajo to Bajawa becomes too long for one day.

Bajawa also lies at higher altitude, on a plain surrounded by mountains. From Bajawa one can visit several traditonal villages, two hot-water sources, and an interesting volcano nicknamed mini-Kelimutu.

Riung can be reached both from Bajawa and from Ende. It's main interest lies in the Marine Park off its coast, good for snorkeling and diving. There are also the Riung lizards, family of the komodo's.

Ende is the town nearest to the must-see Kelimutu coloured lakes. The town also features some sites of historic interest, and there are several traditional villages in its neighbourhood - of which we visited three.

  • Last visit to Pulau Flores: Jul 2011
  • Intro Updated May 19, 2012
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