Travel Blogs from Flores, Indonesia

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No room at the inn..., Ruteng, Flores, Indonesia travel blog

No room at the inn...

A travel blog entry by idarich

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... dotted the rural landscape. At about 8.30pm we reached the mountain town of Ruteng, situated on the slopes of Gunung Ranaka, Flores' highest volcano. The bus dropped us off at our choice of hotel.... ah, I forgot to mention this wonderful plus-point of ...

Bajawa to Labuanbajo, Flores, Indonesia travel blog

Bajawa to Labuanbajo

A travel blog entry by leeandcathy

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... a hard boiled egg, we're n the bus by 7am. We're travelling to Labuanbajo on the west coast of Flores, a journey of 9 hours. The mountainousterain on Flores means the road building is particularly difficult, involving endless loops, twists and turns ...

Motorbike touring the back roads of Bajawa., Bajawa, Indonesia travel blog

Motorbike touring the back roads of Bajawa.

A travel blog entry by markandjade

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Highlights. Ojek tour around Bajawa. We paid for 2 guys to give us a tour of the surrounding area of Bajawa using their bikes. This was a much cheaper way of doing it rather than a private car plus it was a lot more fun. The guy who explained everything ...

South Africans on dragon safari, Komodo and Rinca, near Flores, Indonesia travel blog

South Africans on dragon safari

A travel blog entry by idarich

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... Thursday morning, 8 September, we made our escape from crazy Kuta and boarded a Merpati flight to Labuanbajo on the eastern island of Flores. For the duration of the two-hour flight we enjoyed excellent views of the string of islands to the east of Bali, ...

Flores - Labuanbajo and Komodo National Park, Flores, Indonesia travel blog

Flores - Labuanbajo and Komodo National Park

A travel blog entry by leeandcathy

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... and a better chance of seeing dragons. It's another beautiful day as we follow the dramatic jagged volcanic coastline of Flores, south to Rinca. We pass tiny isolated fishing villages, coral ringed deserted islands and small, one man, sail powered ...

A beach haven and a wreck dive, Maumere, Flores, Indonesia travel blog

A beach haven and a wreck dive

A travel blog entry by idarich

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... a bemo together and sat around chatting while we waited for the plane (which ended up leaving an hour late). Goodbye, Flores and Lembata! We'd been absolutely enchanted by the friendly people and dramatic scenery of this far eastern corner of ...

Deutschlanders and dragons, Larantuka, Flores, Indonesia travel blog

Deutschlanders and dragons

A travel blog entry by laurenandkris

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... our boat to the reef as one of our ship-mates had forgotten the old addage "don't sh@t where you snorkel!". Flores itself was a complete enigma. The bus rides were spectacular, if at times horrifying, journeys past steaming volcanoes and dense jungle. ...

Colourful crater lakes... and a robbery, Moni, Flores, Indonesia travel blog

Colourful crater lakes... and a robbery

A travel blog entry by idarich

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Early on Monday morning 12 September we said goodbye to our super hosts in Ruteng and boarded the bus to Moni, the village from which to explore Kelimutu, the extinct volcano famous for its three coloured crater lakes. We had decided to skip Bajawa, ...

Overnight in Bajawa, Bajawa,  Indonesia travel blog

Overnight in Bajawa

A travel blog entry by faff

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On Monday evening we tried to organize transport East. We decided to combine Rinca (our opportunity to see Komodo dragons in the wild), with our boat journey back to Lombok. Unfortunately, there were no options other than local bus to Bajawa. We didn't ...

O come all ye travellers, Riung, Indonesia travel blog

O come all ye travellers

A travel blog entry by technotrekker

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... Thank you Riung! Riung is a tiny fishing village (pop. 1,200) nestled amongst coconut and banana palms on the northern coast of Flores - a large and central island in the Nusa Tenggara chain. It's pretty 'off the beaten track' and is the gateway to the ...

Surabaya to Flores, Flores, Indonesia travel blog

Surabaya to Flores

A travel blog entry by leeandcathy

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... someone approaches and starts asking 'Where you from' etc., etc. We speak to Julius again, and meet Mert,who's a barber on Flores, Ferdin who's a farmer and Cornelius who's at Uni in Meang, near Surabaya. Julius is 22, very friendly and funny. Last ...

Beaches, Boats and Diving, Labuanbajo, Flores, Indonesia travel blog

Beaches, Boats and Diving

A travel blog entry by worldofbintang

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... North of the island and very quiet and isolated. Normally Gili Trawangan is a party island but because of the recent troubles in Indonesia it was really quiet and much more laid-back than usual. We met up here with our Canadian friends Martin and Annie ...

Village People Moni, Maumere,  Indonesia travel blog

Village People Moni

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... been staying in places over 2000 meters and have had to wear our warm clothes. This is as far east as we will travel in Indonesia. The rest of our trip will be a meandering trip back to Denpasar. D&A P.S. They love their soccer here and are totally ...

A Whale of a time, Pulau Lembata, Indonesia travel blog

A Whale of a time

A travel blog entry by worldofbintang

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... behind the city of Maumere we took a 4hr bus ride to arrive at Larantuka, a small port town at the Eastern tip of Flores. The journey was uneventful apart from the occasional 'clucking' from the chickens underneath our seat. A lot of the hotels here were ...

Christmas in Flores (Bajawa and Moni), Bajawa, Indonesia travel blog

Christmas in Flores (Bajawa and Moni)

A travel blog entry by worldofbintang

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... a shower!) we caught a bus from outside the market to Maumere, a four hour drive away. Maumere is the largest town on Flores and so this is a good place to find a comfortable hotel, catch up on internet and maybe even find Paul some new sandals before ...

Reluctant Return to Civilization, Maumere, Indonesia travel blog

Reluctant Return to Civilization

A travel blog entry by youngtravellers

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... .  We were dropped at the hotel we'd requested, which was much more expensive than we would have liked (all prices up in Indonesia, after all), but there was nowhere else for us to go and the staff was friendly enough.  We settled in.  ...

Bajawa, Indonesia: See ya Later Dutchies, East Manggarai, Indonesia travel blog

Bajawa, Indonesia: See ya Later Dutchies

A travel blog entry by samber

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Of course the one time we decide not to be ready bang on time the bloody bus arrives 15 minutes early. With Sam in the shower, my bag unpacked and goodbyes needed with our Dutch friends what should have been a relaxed morning rapidly turned into a mad ...

Another Overnighter, Ruteng,  Indonesia travel blog

Another Overnighter

A travel blog entry by faff

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Just another overnighter here. We stayed at the one after LP's best pick which was a dump and expensive. We wanted to stay at Sante Marie which is a convent but all their rooms were occupied for the night. The nuns were really nice and organized a guy to ...

"Oh my!" OR A bus full of shallots

A travel blog entry by youngtravellers

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... the bus continued.  Then the Indonesians started vomiting.  In China we met a couple who had started in Indonesia and they mentioned that Indonesians are not the greatest bus travellers and plastic bags are always provided on ...

Riung, Indonesia: Squelch of Poo Between Toes, Ngada, Indonesia travel blog

Riung, Indonesia: Squelch of Poo Between Toes

A travel blog entry by samber

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... , Sam returned triumphant and we were soon settling into a much nicer hotel run by quite possibly the nicest man in all of Indonesia, Leo. Being a very small town we walked the streets in search of life but came up empty handed. After a few wrong turns ...

Surf and Turf, Flores, Indonesia travel blog

Surf and Turf

A travel blog entry by shyoungstr

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Our final day of diving was to Haji's Wall which was quite beautiful, followed by an excursion to Moyo Waterfall. Upon arrival to the humble seaside Muslim town, Jeremy disappeared to a second level bungalow to negotiate with the locals before we were ...

Labujuan Bajo, Flores, Indonesia travel blog

Labujuan Bajo

A travel blog entry by shyoungstr

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Another early morning rise and diving by 7:07AM today we started with a site called The Passage. This was a straight off the boat entry into a fairly shallow dive of 12m the majority of the hour that we were down. Crossing paths with a turtle, at least ...

Welcom to Komodo, Flores, Indonesia travel blog

Welcom to Komodo

A travel blog entry by shyoungstr

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Today was a full packed day starting at 7:00AM we took a dingy over to the park entrance for an hour stroll to see the Komodo dragons. Upon arrival we were greeted by the monkeys and our guides. These young kids were going to be our protectors against ...

First Holy Communion, Bajawa, Indonesia travel blog

First Holy Communion

A travel blog entry by hildreth75

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Once we got to Flores we stayed one night in the port town and headed out for an 11 hour jaunt on a bemo the next morning. Bemos are suped up mini vans. They like to squeeze as many people in as possible - even on the roof. We didn't get b'fst that ...

In Search  of Strong Current, Flores, Indonesia travel blog

In Search of Strong Current

A travel blog entry by shyoungstr

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The next few days seem to be all about finding the strong current aka tons of fish. First attempt was aborted leaving us to dive Crystal Boomie which in the end was a huge success. We zigzagged the reef for the full hour, seeing giant Travellys circling ...

Komodo Adventure, Misadventure, Indonesia travel blog

Komodo Adventure

A travel blog entry by hildreth75

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... the ocean we left a trail of bright green behind and around us - it was really beautiful. On the 4th afternoon we pulled up to Flores. The tour had supposed to be 4 nights, but we were told that if we stayed on boat we could sleep, but we wouldn't be ...

Party Island, Gilli Trawagan, Indonesia travel blog

Party Island

A travel blog entry by hildreth75

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We left for the port before 6am and had to wait a while for the ferry. In this time we spoke to a man about doing a 4 day 4 night tour to Komodo Island on a boat. We'd been looking into it and the only other company doing it charged a fortune. We booked ...

And Then There Was An Octopus, Flores, Indonesia travel blog

And Then There Was An Octopus

A travel blog entry by shyoungstr

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Once I could check off Turtle, Shark and Manta Rays from my checklist, I said to Lauren that the list would be complete if I saw an Octopus. Well sure enough on our first dive this morning we did just that. It was cool to see him slivering along the ...

Hey Moni, Moni!, Moni, Indonesia travel blog

Hey Moni, Moni!

A travel blog entry by dawn_smedley

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... as we were up at 4 the next morning to go and see the beautiful crater lakes at Kelimatu and our main reason for coming to Flores! It's basically an extinct volcano with 3 lakes - one light turquoise, one olive green and one dark brown (they used to be ...

Come fly with me...Merpati this time!, Maumere, Flores, Indonesia travel blog

Come fly with me...Merpati this time!

A travel blog entry by dawn_smedley

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Another bright and early start this morning to get a taxi to the airport for our flight to Maumere in Flores via Bali and also our 5 month anniversary since we started travelling! We decided to celebrate the occasion with some Dunkin Donuts!!!! We were ...

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