The islands of East Nusa Tenggara are among the most wild and remote in Indonesia; home to dramatic landscapes, ancient cultures and real-life dragons. On this journey we focus on Flores, Indonesia's 'Next Big Thing'. Situated near Komodo National Park, Flores is known for its komodo dragons, smoking volcanoes and stunning hidden beaches.

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Take a boat trip to Komodo National Park to view the incredible Komodo dragon.

Visit Luba, the most impressive of all Ngada villages with stone megaliths.

Visit a local arak factory and see how the locals make this typical alcoholic drink.

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Day 1

Ende - Moni

Upon arrival at Ende Airport, a local EXO Travel guide will welcome and transfer the guests to Moni on the east of Ende. Enjoy dinner at the hotel. (D)

Day 2

Moni - Kelimutu - Bajawa

After an early wake-up call at around 04:00, proceed to the mysterious Mount Kelimutu to discover the most amazing natural phenomenon in Flores. Kelimutu consists of three uniquely colored lakes from brilliant aquamarine, to ochre red and chocolate brown. Over the years, the 3 crater lakes have often changed colors. While a scientific reason for the color changes may be the varying mineral contents of the lakes, local people still strongly believe that the 3 lakes are gathering places of ancestral spirits, each color being related to a different Karma. Note: Easy access with a 30-minute walk from the parking area of the Kelimutu National Park.

Drive back to the hotel in Moni for breakfast and time for changing and packing. After checking out, drive back to Ende where former President Soekarno was exiled by the Dutch from 1934-1938, stopping on the way for a visit of Nduria bustling fruit and vegetable market and Saga, a traditional Lionese village. Lunch at a local restaurant in Ende.

Drive to Bajawa this afternoon, a small and quiet town surrounded by mountains in the middle of Flores. Along the way, enjoy scenic view over the southern coast of Flores and its beautiful mountainous landscapes dotted with some macadamia nuts trees. Stop on the way for a walk along the unique blue pebble beach near Nagapanda.

Late in the afternoon, visit traditional Ngada village while stopping at Wogo. The village hosts impressive ancestral stones as well as the typical Ngadhu and Bhaga shrines representing the clan’s ancestors. Upon arrival in Bajawa, check-in to the hotel. Dinner this evening will be served at the hotel or local restaurant. Overnight in Bajawa. (B)(L)(D)

Day 3

Bajawa - Ruteng

Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, first visit to a bamboo plantation with also some very scenic views over Mount Inerie. Continue to Luba, another traditional Ngada village and from here, take a 15-minute walk to Bena. It is the most impressive of all Ngada villages still with stone megaliths besides the ancient houses that overlook Mount Inerie.

Lunch at local restaurant.

Proceed to Ruteng in the afternoon. Stop enroute to visit local arak factory near Aimere and see how the people make this typical alcoholic drink. There will be the chance to get a snapshot of Ranamese Lake and rest in nearby black sandy beach.

Arrive in Ruteng, capital of the Manggarai district and the largest rice-producing area of Flores as well as an important Indonesian coffee-producing area. Ruteng is located around 1100m in the volcanic highlands and offer a cool climate. Spend tonight in a Catholic Convent and dinner will be served at a local restaurant. Overnight in Ruteng. (B)(L)(D)

Day 4

Ruteng - Cancar - Labuan Bajo

After breakfast, start today’s excursion with a short visit to traditional village of Ruteng Pu’u. Continue to Cancar where a 20-minute hike to the hilltop is required for an overview of the unique lingko spiderweb rice fields. With their round, spider-web structure, these unique rice-fields are particular to the Manggarai people: the central point is used for ceremonies celebrating the unity of the male and female and heaven and earth.

Arrive in Labuan Bajo in the afternoon and enjoy a late lunch at a local restaurant overlooking the beautiful bay of Labuan Bajo and its charming harbor Check in at the hotel in the mid-afternoon. Remainder of the day is free at leisure to relax by the pool. Dinner will be served at hotel. Overnight in Labuan Bajo. (B)(L)(D)

Day 5

Komodo National Park

Awake early this morning for a full day boat trip to Komodo National Park. It was founded in 1980 to protect the Komodo dragon, the world's largest lizard, and became also a protected marine habitat for other species as part of the Coral Triangle containing some of the richest marine biodiversity on earth. Komodo National Park has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B)(L)(D)

Day 6

Labuan Bajo

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Labuhan Bajo for the return flight to Denpasar on the island of Bali. (B)

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