Flores Island, Indonesia

Trip Start May 2005
Trip End Sep 2005

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Saturday, February 18, 2006

Flores island lies between Sumbawa and Timor islands is an abbreviation of Cabo da Flores which was used by Portuguese sailor in the 17th century to identify the cape on the eastern end of the islands because of its underwater gardens. The sea gardens extend a long most of the northern coastline and offshore reefs and they are most profuse near Maumere where a diving resort and and also Riung. Divided by mountain chains and volcanoes, the island populated by ethnic groups with their own traditions and languages.

We travelled to:
Mt. Kelimutu, 1.690m fifty years ago, has three volcanic lakes: Ata Bupu (Lake), Ata Polo and Nuwa Muri.

Village of Nage, where age-old Ngada beliefs and practices have been preserved. Here, you'll see symbols of this continuing tradition - "bhaga," which resemble miniature thatched roof houses, and umbrella-shaped "ngadu," with carvings of axes, cassavas, dragons and flowers twisting around their wooden stems, said to contain hoards of treasure.
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