Volcanoes, trekking, and Komodo dragons in wild and untouched Flores
Join us on this wonderful adventure to Flores to explore the natural beauty of an untouched island. Covering 13,400 square kilometers, Flores is dotted with more than 15 near-perfect conical volcanoes, and we will enjoy great views of these peaks as we travel through the island. Flores is also home to the Ngada people, who are known for their beautiful weavings. As we hike through pristine forests and grasslands, we will pass Ngada villages with beautiful traditional structures, and we will visit with the Ngada to learn about their traditional way of life. Plus we'll have the chance to get up close with the world's largest living lizard, the Komodo dragon, in Komodo National Park. And after all this active adventure, we'll unwind for two nights aboard a private sailboat, where there will be plenty of opportunities to swim and snorkel in the brilliant, clear water, or just relax on deck.
Hiking, snorkeling, sailing, cultural encounters
- Experience the road less traveled on the island of Flores in East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
- Marvel at the untouched landscapes and pristine reefs of a true Pacific paradise
- Sail through the Komodo-Rincca island chain and see Komodo dragons in the wild
- Snorkel on untainted reefs among an abundance of spectacular aquatic life, including manta rays
- Visit the stunning multi-colored lakes of the Mt. Kelimutu volcano as we travel east to west through the natural beauty of Flores
Duration: 14 days Start Location: Denpasar, Bali End Location: Denpasar, BaliDownload Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Arrival in Denpasar, Bali (This entire trip is below 6,000')
Arrival in Denpasar, Bali
Day 2 : Bali to Flores
Fly from Denpasar to Maumere, Flores, part of Nusa Tenggara and the eastern islands of Indonesia. Spend the day relaxing and adjusting to the time and climate change. In the evening, we will have an introductory dinner beachside.
Day 3 : Maumere - Moni Province (2,500')
Head for the volcanic craters of Kelimutu by private vehicle (3 hours). Take a walk around the highland area and explore the local village of Moni.
Day 4 : Moni - Bajawa (2,500')
Head for Bajawa by private vehicle (5 ½ hours) and have a good night of rest before exploring the region the following day.
Day 5 : Ngada Village
The group will spend the day in a Ngada village, then head to Malange Hot Springs--a whole river with steaming hot water flowing through the jungle in the shade of volcano Inerie. Return to our hotel for a quiet evening.
Day 6 : Bajawa - Ruteng
We continue our journey west across the island of Flores passing perfectly shaped volcanoes, farmland, and villages before arriving in Ruteng.
Day 7 : Ruteng - Denge
Drive to Denge to start trek.
Day 8 : Start trek to Santarenda Village
Walk 3-4 hours, catching sight of exotic wildlife along the way. Our destination is a traditional community located far from civilization. (Total walking: 8-9 miles)
Day 9 : Santarenda - Labuan Bajo
Trek back to our starting point, then take our private transport to Labuan Bajo (3 hours). Labuan Bajo is situated on the rim of the Komodo-Rincca Island chain and offers stunning views of crystal clear water and islands.
Day 10 : Labuan Bajo
Rest, relax and explore this coastal city.
Day 11 : Sail to Rincca National Park
We will board a private sailboat that will be our home for the next two nights. Take a walk through the grasslands and looking for the Komodo Dragons in their natural habitat.
Day 12 : Komodo Island
We will visit the island of Komodo in the morning and take a walk on a well marked trail, looking for more dragons and an array of flora and fauna. Then spend a great afternoon snorkeling in one of the most diverse underwater ecosystems in the world.
Day 13 : Return to Labuan Bajo
The boat heads back to Labuan Bajo, where we check into Hotel Waecicu--only accessible by boat.
Day 14 : Fly from Labuan Bajo - Denpasar and onwards
Transfer to airport for our departure flight.
DATES: Best time to go: April, September Departures: Sep 15 - 28, 2014
$3,395 (9-12 members)
$330 internal airfare – Denpasar/Maumere and Labuan Bajo/Denpasar
Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.
Expert leadership is the key to an exciting, unforgettable experience. Our trips feature gifted leaders for whom leading trips is a true vocation. Besides showing you wonders you’d never find on your own, they make sure everything runs smoothly and safely without a hitch. They are knowledgeable about all aspects of your trip, and take great pleasure in sharing their insights with you. More than just guides, they positively elevate your experience by being teachers, companions, and the best of friends. You’ll be in good hands with them every step of the way.
Charlie grew up between Hawaii and California. He has had a passion for outdoor adventures, traveling, and nature his entire life. He is particularly fascinated by the ecology of tropical rainforests. Hawaii's lush jungles first caught his attention, Central America’s rainforests broadened his horizons and, finally, he found Borneo. Well-rounded in the ecology of the Bornean rainforest, he is experienced with species identification of mammals, birds, amphibians, and snakes. He has strong leadership abilities and is comfortable in any situation. He is certified in Wilderness First Aid and has a good understanding of wilderness survival. Charlie has lived in Borneo for the last three years, working with different local communities, and he spent nine months working with Mescot (www.mescot.org), a community-based forest restoration project in the Lower Kinabatangan Floodplain. He then worked with NGOs doing humanitarian work with an indigenous group called the Penan. He speaks Bahasa Malay and has strong connections with people working to save this beautiful region. Charlie looks forward to meeting you and sharing this adventure with you.