Let’s get it out of the way first: There’s no place like this place, anyplace. Komodo is obviously well-known for its dragons (gigantic lizards, really, but who’s nit-picking?), but there’s so much more to the island — plus nearby Flores and Rinca — than just massive fauna. You’ll spend much of this nine-day trip on Flores, soaking in the beautiful scenery (including Mt Kelimutu, a volcanic crater full of vibrantly coloured water) and traditional ways of life amongst the local people. On a boat trip to Komodo and Rinca, look out for Komodo dragons and spot even more of the native wildlife. Ready to see the wild side of Indonesia?
Day 1 Sanur
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Sanur/Moni (1B)
Hop on a plane to Ende and drive to your ecolodge in Moni, a lush hill town.
Day 3 Moni/Bajawa (1B)
Wake early and embark on a one hour hike to arrive at the Kelimutu crater lake viewpoint for sunrise. After breakfast leave for Bajawa. Stop on route at Blue Stone Beach for a lunch break (and possible swim!)
Day 4 Bajawa/Ruteng (1B, 1D)
Drive inland to Ruteng and take in the stunning surrounding mountains. Head out this morning to visit Bena, a traditional village in Ngada where you will meet with local tribes and learn more about the region’s architecture and way of life. Afterward, a midday stop at Malanage Hot Springs will revitalize you on your lunch stop.
Day 5 Ruteng/Labuan Bajo (1B)
Travel to Labuan Bajo, and explore this bustling harbour town with some free time. En route, take a quick hike to a viewpoint over the spider rice fields at Cancar.
Day 6 Labuan Bajo (1B)
Wake early this morning and head into the tropical jungle. When the car can go no further, an easy trek through the rainforest brings you to the beautiful Cunca Wulang Canyon. A jump into the waterfalls pools will you cool off.
Day 7 Labuan Bajo (1B, 1L, 1D)
Sail to Rinca and Komodo islands in search of the famed Komodo Dragon and other wildlife.
Day 8 Labuan Bajo/Sanur (1B)
Catch a flight back to Bali. Enjoy another night in paradise.
Day 9 Sanur (1B)
Depart at anytime.
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