Day 1: 2017
Arrival in Ende - Moni
Upon arrival in Ende, our driver is waiting for you and will bring you to your hotel in Moni. On the way to Moni, you will visit Saga. This is one of the few villages in the Lio district with well maintained houses built in traditional Lio style. The village is situated on the slope of a hill and which you have to climb up to reach the top of the village. There are 20 traditonal houses with a modern house here and there in between. There are three different tribes living in the village. Ritual gear is stored in the most important house. Some of the houses are prohibited to enter by women. During the planting and harvest season the village can look empty because many of the people are working in the fields. There are always a few elders left behind to take care of the village. Once a year they celebrate the Nggua ceremony which starts on the first Sunday in September and last for 2 weeks. During this period many dances and offerings are done. It's also possible to make a hike to a nearby waterfall. The visit to Saga will be finished with a cup of coffee or tea in the guide's house.
Overnight at Kelimutu Lodge, Standard (Standard Class) Overnight at Kelimutu Lodge, Bungalow (Comfort Class)
Day 2: 2017
Moni — Bajawa
An early start to the Kelimutu volcano; you might have a chance to see a spectacular sunrise. From the parking place it is a 45 minute walk to the viewing point. Bare in mind to bring warm clothes because it can still be cold in the early morning. It is a mysterious place with it's three lakes constantly changing colour. Continue the trip to Bajawa and on the way you will take a break and walk on the beach where to local people search for green stones. We arrive in the late afternoon. Bajawa is a little town surrounded by volcanoes, situated about 1200 meters above sea-level. Bring some warm clothes, because the nights here can be quite chilly.
Overnight at: Happy Happy, Standard Room (Standard Class) Overnight at: Happy Happy, Standard Room (Comfort Class)
Bajawa, Trekking Bajawa
Bajawa is a very traditional village, ancestor worshipping plays an important role in local life.
Today you make a trekking to the beautiful surroundings of Bajawa, from village to village through
a variety of landscapes. There are numerous traditional villages around, it's like the place is forgotten by time. The local people here are amazingly friendly. The hilly landscape, dotted by bamboo-forest, offers some stunning viewpoints over the south coast of Flores You will be invited by friendly locals to sip tea inside their homes. A local guide will come with you to explain everything about the habits and customs of the Ngada people. From time to time you have to climb and descend during the trek, but you will be rewarded by astonishing views over the area. In the afternoon we leave for Soa, famous in Flores for its natural thermal springs. Here you can dabble in the hot water, while enjoying the local scenery. Overnight at: Happy Happy, Standard Room (Standard Class) Overnight at: Happy Happy, Standard Room (Comfort Class)
Day 4: 2017 Bajawa
- Ruteng Today promises a beautiful ride. On the way to Ruteng you will see people working in the countryside and stop by places at Aimere where the local palm wine is made. Aimere is the area known as the producer of palm wine in Flores. The local people called Sopi or moke or Arak. Drink produced by the distillation of local palm wine is a typical drink with content alcohol and the process of making this drink is traditional, without the use of modern tools. Continue to Ranamese. a big lake in the local language and is not far from Ruteng. This 11.5 ha sized lake was a crater which eventually created deep-slope bank of water. The lake is surrounded by rainforest and is home to endemic birds.
For those who want to learn more about the beautiful culture and friendly people we can insert a visit to Belahragi. The village consists of two parallel rows of 16 houses, and the land structure is ascending like the other traditional villages in this area. To the Belaragi people, visitors from abroad are guests, not tourists. Therefore, guests are traditionally welcomed with a ceremony called ti'lkaebunusi, which translates as 'give food to the ancestors". A bamboo flute `suling' concert makes the visit complete. To reach the village you have to walk approx. 1 hour from the village of Pauleni. The path goes gradually uphill.
Overnight at SMBC, Standard Room (Standard Class) Overnight at Spring Hill, Deluxe (Comfort Class)
Day 5: 2017 Ruteng
— Labuan Bajo After breakfast we leave by car for a 1 1/2 hour stroll around the small villages and rice fields, of course accompanied by a local guide who will know about this area. Ruteng is the capital of the Manggarai-area, surrounded by beautiful rice fields. Here the rare spider web rice fields are located, which are called Lingko. You will continue your drive to Labuan Bajo, through one of the greenest parts of Flores.
For those who want to learn more about the Manggarai culture, we can add a visit to the village of Tado, a concept of community-based eco tourism. You are received with a traditional `adat' welcome ceremony and `Caci" a ritual whip fight, a major element of Manggarai cultural identity. Guests to Tado have the opportunity to experience the different activities like weaving mats and baskets and the preparation of traditional medicines.
Overnight at Golo Hilltop, Superior Room (Standard Class) Overnight at Puri Sari, Deluxe (Comfort Class)
Day 6: 2017 Boat Trip Komodo & Rinca
Today you will be transferred to the harbor to check in on your private boat. Along the way to Komodo Island, we make snorkel-stop where the underwater world surrounding the different islets is breathtaking. In the afternoon we walk on the island of Komodo and here you will see the Dragons. Continue sailing to Rinca bay where we stay the night on board. Our cook will prepare a delightful dinner on deck, while a thousand stars shine down on you.
Overnight at Deck Boat (Standard Class) Overnight at Bintang Laut/ Cajoma Eco/ Ayla (Comfort Class)
Day 7: 2017 End of Boat trip
— Labuan Bajo In the morning we walk over the island of Rinca to enjoy the magnificent panoramic views. Here you will also see the Komodo Dragons. Rinca is a place visited less than is neighbor Komodo and one of the few places left in the world where you can find these ancient animals. After lunch we have a final snorkeling-stop before we return to laid-back Labuan Bajo.
Overnight at Golo Hilltop, Superior Room (Standard Class) Overnight at Puri Sari, Deluxe Room (Comfort Class)
Day 8: 2017 Labuan Bajo Departure
„.,.. In the morning you will have time to wander around Labuan Bajo. You can also visit the local market. Around noon your will be transferred to the airport.
Selamat jalan — have a safe trip!