6 Reasons Why You Must Visit Flores Now

Flores: komodo dragons: Two Worlds Treasures

Flores. Most of you probably never heard about this island. It is an island in East Nusa Tenggara, a province on the eastern part of Indonesia. There are hundreds of smaller islands surrounding Flores, and most of them are uninhabited. Since a decade ago, more tourists from all over the world started coming in to enjoy the beauty of the islands. The sea, the land, the culture, the mountains, you name it. My family and I were so excited that we finally made it there after 9 months long of waiting. Now that we went there, I can tell you first hand why you must visit Flores now.

 

6 Reasons Why You Must Visit Flores Now

 

  1. Flores is the island of the Komodo dragon

You are most likely seen Komodo dragon countlessly through social media, television network, or magazines. But do you know that the only places on earth where you can see them in their natural habitat is in Flores? There are 4 smaller islands around Flores inhabited by the Komodo dragons: Komodo Island, Rinca Island, Gili Montang, and Gili Dasami. Komodo National Parks are in those islands and you must go with the ranger – all the time – when you visit them in their habitat. My husband said visiting the Komodo dragons in their habitat is the highlight of our six weeks holiday in Indonesia. It’s once in a life time experience.

Flores: us at Rinca Island: Two Worlds Treasures

 

  1. Flores’ beautiful islands

Flores is surrounding by hundreds of beautiful islands, and most of them are uninhabited with unspoiled beaches and stunning view from the hill. You must do island hopping to enjoy them. You can rent a boat for a day or live on board for one, two, or more nights. Sunset is also spectacular either seen from the top of the hill, the beach, or the boat. My family spent 3 days and 2 nights on the boat and really wished we could stay longer.

Flores: Kelor Island: Two Worlds Treasures

 

Flores: sandy beach island: Two Worlds Treasures

 

  1. Flores has an amazing underwater life

Either snorkel or dive, you will pamper with the amazing underwater life of Flores. Colorful, different sizes of corals and fish are abundant. Diving or snorkeling to see Manta Ray is the most favorite thing to do, besides looking for sea turtles. Not to mention sea stars covering the bottom of the sea-shore. Heaven for both divers and non-divers.

Flores: underwater life: Two Worlds Treasures

  1. Flores’ Traditional Villages

In central Flores, you will see traditional villages where you can even spend a night in their traditional house. Keep in mind, you will spend hours on beat-up road to reach the villages, but beautiful rice fields and lush green jungle will be your view along the way. Part of central Flores reminded me of my childhood. (I was born and grew up in Sumatra, an island on the western part of Indonesia).

Flores: Wae Rebo Village: Two Worlds Treasures

 

Flores: Bena Village: Two Worlds Treasures

 

  1. Flores is home of the three colorful crater lakes

Located in the east part of Flores, Mt. Kelimutu is a volcano famous for its three colorful crater lakes: green, blue, and black. It is best seen at sunrise or sunset. But sometimes the craters covered by fogs, so you won’t be able to see the lakes after you wake up at 3.30 a.m. and hike to the top. Moni, the small town below the volcano, is also a good place for buying Flores’ ikat weaving.

Flores: Mt. Kelimutu: blue crater: Two Worlds Treasures

 

  1. Flores is still away from the crowds

Finally! Though number of tourists came to this island is getting higher every year, I would say the island is still far from crowds. We didn’t see too many people whenever we went to places of interests, except at the volcano and the village. And it was during summer vacation! If you’re tired with the crowds and are looking for new adventures in Indonesia, Flores is a great alternative to Bali and Lombok.

 

Of course, my childhood friend will add another reason: because that’s where I came from.

 

How to get to Flores

 

  • If you fly from Jakarta, there’s a choice of nonstop or connecting flight daily to Labuan Bajo, the hub to Komodo Islands. That’s where we started. We flew with Garuda, nonstop from Jakarta to Labuan Bajo for about 2 hours and 30 minutes.
  • When you’re already in Bali or Lombok, there are more choices of airlines and times to go to Labuan Bajo.
  • For a budget traveler, you can take a combination of ferry and bus from Bali. It takes two days though.

So, what are you waiting for? Plan your itinerary and book the ticket now. Flores is awaiting you.

 

6 Reasons Why You Must Visit Flores Now

 

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  1. Amazing place. it is adventurous too. After reading your experience I also want to visit it. And I decide to visit it in my next holidays.Nice experience and thanks for sharing it

    1. Umiko Buhl says:

      You are welcome! I still want to visit Flores again, but it won’t be in our next holiday. My son wants to explore part of the U.S. that we haven’t visit yet.

  2. Fantastic! Amazing photographs, I’d absolutely love to those crater lakes! Wildlife is also a draw for me…thanks for sharing! 🙂

  3. Lisa says:

    Indonesia is so close to home and we still haven’t visited. I really want to visit especially Flores for the landscape and wildlife.

    1. Umiko Buhl says:

      Oohh… I hope you can make it soon. I myself from Indonesia but my family and I finally got to visit Flores last summer. First, because I live I the U.S. now and secondly, we didn’t get a chance to go to Indonesia every year.

  4. You have convinced us to visit this beautiful place, it looks so natural and completely different from the big city life! The point 3 is my favourite!!
    I really like the photos too 🙂

    1. Umiko Buhl says:

      Wow! I hope you will make it to Flores before it turns to another Bali. My family wants to go back again. And thank you for enjoying my pictures.

  5. Jennifer says:

    I can’t find anything I don’t like about this island! Though the crater lakes are a big draw for me. And who wouldn’t want to see dragons in real life?!

    1. Umiko Buhl says:

      I hope one day you will find your way there.

  6. Flo says:

    I am 100% sold on visiting Flores. One of my bucket list things to do is to see a Komodo dragon in its natural habitat, and I’d love to check out those crater lakes as well. Good to hear that it’s relatively easy to get to by plane!

    1. Umiko Buhl says:

      Let me know when you make a visit to Flores!

  7. Aleksandra says:

    am i the only one who finds reptiles so scary? love your post

    1. Umiko Buhl says:

      With all the hip and the excitement you have during traveling, it will be less scarier. And thank you for loving my post.

  8. Christina says:

    This was a great read and I really enjoyed it. Were you scared to stand that close to Komodo dragons? The islands do look unspoiled and beautiful. I would really enjoy the night in the native house and the landscape. Even with the long drive it would be worth it for the views the entire way.
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    1. Umiko Buhl says:

      I didn’t scare at all because there were lots of ranger around. Besides, we did exactly what the ranger told us: walked quietly, talked with our inner voice, and stood in the safe distance. I hope one day you can go there and thank you for enjoying my post.

  9. CJ Haughey says:

    I’ll admit I’m one of the people who had never heard of this place. After reading your post though I’m a fan! Those craters look class and the chance to stay in the traditional huts would be awesome!

    1. Umiko Buhl says:

      I am so glad I could reach you. Hopefully you will make it there in the future.

  10. It really has everything all in one place like wildlife, beautiful sceneries and rich culture. The blue Crater Lake looks stunning.

    1. Umiko Buhl says:

      Isn’t it awesome?

  11. Sherrie says:

    You’re right — I hadn’t heard of Flores, although I had heard of the komodo dragon. But actually, you had me at underwater life. I love scuba diving and this looks like a great place to do it!

    1. Umiko Buhl says:

      You won’t be disappointed. And while there (in Indonesia), go heck the diving spots in Raja Ampat, Derawan, and lots more.

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