Destination Nusa Tenggara

Flores - The cape of flowers

Mountainous Flores could very well be the highlight of your visit to Nusa Tenggara. Considered by many to be one of Indonesia’s most beautiful islands, Flores has grandiose volcanoes, high mountain lakes, stretches of savannah, and tropical forests. One of Indonesia’s most fascinating ethnological regions, the island has intact tribes practicing their own brand of animism, as well as cultural and artistic traditions.

 

Approximately 400 km long, and an average of 60 km wide, frequently shaken by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, Flores is dotted with deep ravines and rugged valleys which account for the difficulty of travel and the island’s distinctive cultures. The spectacular ridge of extremely weathered mountains runs down the middle with volcanoes lazily spewing smoke softly into the sky. The peaks of these mountains range from over 2,100 m to the highest at 2,600 m. Flores interior and eastern parts are covered in tropical forests. The constant sound of running water through rice fields, fantastic views of surrounding volcanoes, the distant ocean, and the sound of running rivers make the atmosphere very peaceful.

 

Prehistoric giant bats, reptiles, stegosaurs, and one species of elephant once roamed this island. Seeing the eastern cape blooming flamboyantly, the Portuguese explorer S.M. Cabot christened the island Capo de Flores or “Cape of Flowers” in 1544.

 

Lake Kelimutu

 

Flores is famous for its volcano, Mount Kelimutu. Each of the three lakes atop this extinct volcano are separated by low ridges and have different coloured waters. Legend has it that Kelimutu is an abode of the dead. In the maroon lake live the souls of sinners, in the emerald green lake the souls of young men, virgins and the pure of hearts while in the turquoise lake dwell the souls of the elderly. Actually, the colours are in constant flux as their waters leak minerals from the earth, which dissolve and change the colour of the water from time to time.

Gili

A popular tourist destination, the Gili Islands (or just the Gilis) are very relaxed and laid-back, with countless little beachside cafes serving up elaborate seafood buffets, fresh salads and good quality western and Asian food.

 

All three islands feature superb, white sandy beaches, crystal clear water, spectacular coral reefs, and the best snorkeling and diving to be found anywhere between Bali and Lombok. Visitors from all over the world are attracted to the simple pleasures of sun, snorkeling, diving, beautiful beaches, and socializing. The absence of cars and motorcycles adds greatly to the leisure of staying on the Gilis.  With a wide range of accommodation available, the islands have maintained the lazy rustic charms of a tropical paradise.

 

Gili Island

 

Komodo

Komodo, The very word conjures up thoughts of mystery and myth. A Jurassic world where rolling hillsides of savanna grassland meet long stretches of palm fringed beaches. A place where massive tectonic plateaus collide beneath the Flores Sea,  driving rugged mountains skyward. Sea driving rugged mountains skyward. Active volcanoes and the strong currents of the Lint Straits create giant whirlpools, guarding the island from the outside world. Great reptiles bathe in the sun as the sounds of exotic birds bring the dense forest to life. This island supports a limited number of plant and animal species, only those who have been able to adapt to this harsh environment have survived. This is the world of the Komodo Dragon, the island of Komodo, Indonesia.

 

Komodo

Lombok

Mount RinjaniPart of West Nusa Tenggara, Lombok lies across the straits from Bali. Still unspoiled, it has some of the culture and arts of the Balinese and is easily accessible from Bali by sea or air.

 

An island of 4,594 square km, Lombok was formerly a Kingdom with its capital Mataram. The population comprises the native Sasak whose main religion is Islam; the western part of the island is inhabited by Balinese, where the Hindu way of life prevails, complete with ancient temples.

 

The island’s attraction are its white sand beaches at Senggigi and Kuta beach, the summer palace at Narmada and the floating court of Justice at Taman Mayura. The summer palace dates back to 1805, built by the Balinese monarch of Karangasem, and has beautiful terraced gardens, bathing pools and a lake. The mountain resort of Suranadi, 17 km from Mataram, gives a panoramic view of the countryside. Lombok’s mighty volcano, Mt. Rinjani, reaching 3,726 meters, waits to be climbed as a safe but arduous 3 day trek to view the turquoise water of its crater lake.

Sumba

Sumba is recognised as the source of some of Indonesia’s most handsome ikat fabrics, sandalwood horses, ritual tribal life, flawlessly built high-peaked thatch-roofed villages, and mammoth sculptured stone tombs. Here, you find an authentic ancient culture. About 300 km long and 80 km wide and oval shaped, Sumba’s 11,180 sq. km area is divided into East and West Regencies, with significant topographic, climatic, cultural, linguistic, and historical differences between the two halves. The island’s chief air and seaport, Waingapu, is the capital of East Sumba. Waikabubak is the capital of the West Sumba Regency.

 

Sumba

 

Megalithic cultures still exist in Sumba, particularly in West Sumba where you find large numbers of huge tombs and dolmens along roads, amid lush hilltop vegetation, around villages, and even in the front yards of houses. Also famous for its Pasola, a ritual ceremony where hundreds of horsemen fight wildly with spears. The ceremony takes place during the months of February and March.

Sumbawa

Gateway to Komodo & Flores Islands
Sumbawa is an Indonesian island, located in the middle of the Lesser Sunda Island chain, with Lombok to the west, Flores to the east, and Sumba further to the southeast. It is in the province of West Nusa Tenggara.

 

Residing in the Pacific Ring of Fire, Sumbawa is a volcanic island, including Mount Tambora (8°14’41”S, 117°59’35”E) which exploded in 1815, the most destructive volcanic eruption in modern history (roughly four times larger than the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa, between Java and Sumatra. By estimation 10,000 people were killed during the explosion and another 30 to 40,000 (some estimations say half the population) died of starvation. A vast area was covered under a 50 cm thick layer of ash, which killed all life. It also destroyed a small culture of Southeast Asian, known to archaeologists as the Tamboran kingdom. It launched 100 cubic kilometers of ash into the upper atmosphere, which caused 1816 to be the "year without a summer”.

 

Sumbawa

 

Sumbawa consists of two different parts: Sumbawa Besar in the west and Bima in the east. The island is three times the size of Lombok, while the number of people living there is about one third.  Approximately 85% of Sumbawa is too mountainous for agriculture, but the valleys of the river which are filled with volcanic materials bring in very wealthy harvests. These valleys used to be home to many small states. In a certain way Sumbawa is the most western island of eastern Indonesia. It is, traveling from west to east, the first island that isn't directly influenced by Hinduism cultures from Java and Bali. On this mainly Islamic island, traditions are still an important factor.

Nusa Tenggara Tour Packages

Kelimutu Colored Lakes3 Days / 2 Nights Kelimutu Colored Lakes

Morning flight to Maumere. On arrival transfer to a local restaurant for lunch. Then proceed to Moni with stops in Wolowaru village. Late afternoon arriving in Moni. Dinner and overnight at Flores Sare Hotel or similar.
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Komodo IslandKomodo & Flores Packages

The very word Komodo conjures up thoughts of mystery and myth. A Jurassic like world where rolling hills of savanna grassland meet long stretches of palm fringed beaches. A world where massive tectonic plates collided beneath the blue-green waters of the Flores Sea, driving rugged mountains skyward. Active volcanoes and the strong currents of the Linta Straits create giant whirlpools guarding the island from the outside world.
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Lombok4 Days /3 Nights Lombok/Gili Tour

Following your arrival, we will visit Lingsar Temple accommodating both Moslem and Hindus, a symbol of a harmonious life among the religion on the island. Next we visit to Narmada Water Palace, a miniature version of Lombok Rinjani Volcano.  Afternoon transfer to Hotel.

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Kelimutu Colored Lakes5 Days /4 Nights Flores Overland

After lunch at a local restaurant,  we drive to Ruteng with stops in Cancar to view the spider web style rice terraces and Ruteng Puu traditional village. Late afternoon arriving in Ruteng and check in at Wisma Bunda Maria for dinner and overnight.

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