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"labuanbajo, Flores" Indonesia Favorite Tip by iwent

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Favorite thing: AIR CONNECTIONS:
All flights in FLORES are Air Merpati flights. There are no flights within Flores. If you want to fly to destinations in Nusa Tenggara you route will be via Kupang or Denpasar.

Air Merpati flies small Boeings and Fokker aircraft.
Fokker F70 has insufficient bagage storage. You may be on the flight but your luggage is not. Don't worry it will arrive eventually, although not necessarily the next day.
Many flights were cancelled due to the economic crisis. If the economy picks up so may the flights.
Pelni ferries dock at Labuanbajo, Ende Maumere and Larantuka.

Pelni has connections to Waingapu on Sumba, Sabu and Kupang on Timor
. Sailings are weekly, two-weekly or monthly. Several times per week there is a ferry from Labuanbajo to Sape (Sumbawa). These ferries do not stop in Komodo or Rinca.

All major towns on Flores are connected by mini bus. For large coaches there is not enough room on the highway. Mini buses depart when they are full, i.e when all available space is filled. Much luggage is a disadvantage, it will be stored on top. Usually there are a few young boys who sit on the roof watching your belongings.

It is possible to reserve a seat, however, this does not mean that you actually have a seat. Mini buses come to pick you up from your losman or from your home. If you are the first to be picked up you have a seat. The disadvantage is that you tour the town for at least an hour. If you are the last to be picked up there is a chance that no place is available (even though you have booked a seat).

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  • Written Dec 10, 2002
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