Flying 30 mins or 17 hours on a rickety bus?!!

Trip Start Oct 03, 2012
Trip End Nov 28, 2013

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Flag of Indonesia  , East Nusa Tenggara,
Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Sky Aviation to Ende turned out to be a really good time saving idea and thanks to Kirst phoning ahead we were to be picked-up at Ende by the brother of the Homestay owner in Moni. Our instruction was to wait outside the airport and look out for a bright orange Bimo called 'No Money, No Honey'. Luckily, Hannah our Dutch diving companion and a German couple who were on the flight with us broke down the cost of hiring a Bimo.

The approx 2 hour ride from Ende to Moni took us along some windy roads into the hills and the scenery was absolutely fantastic. We rolled into Moni around 5 in the afternoon and got dropped off at Bintang Lodge. Moni is really small and is nestled at the bottom of Kelimutu - for this reason it's popular as the main stopping off point for Kelimutu. The temperature in Moni is a lot lower than anywhere else we've experienced on Flores to the point where a jumper and trousers were required to keep warm (particularly at night time) - a welcome change from the heat of Labuan Bajo.

Anyway, Moni is our base camp for Kelimutu. We decided to sample the delights of the local Moni cuisine and visited Chenty restaurant. There aren't that many places to eat in Moni but Bintang Lodge Restaurant (seemingly the most popular place amongst travellers) and 'Chenty Restaurant and Internet' and the 2 key ones.

The Lonely Planet recommended Chenty's famously good potato cakes so Kirst and I opted for a treat and they were really something (if not really really small and took about 2 hours to make).  Hannah opted for the Gado Gado and won out - it looked a great option and the Satay sauce was something else.

Chenty is advertised as offering the only internet in Moni and that may well have been the case when the Lonely Planet guys rode through Moni.  Sadly, no Internet is currently provided, but half of Chenty is given over to computers covered in sheets that don't work anymore.  When asked if there was Internet at Chenty's the guy shrugged and said 'No Internet - this is Moni!'...

Anyhoo, our room in Bintang Lodge was a bit damp, dark and basic for anything longer than an a nights stay. We'll find somewhere nicer tomorrow (after our free banana pancake).
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