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Flores island in East Nusa Tenggara province is one of Indonesia’s Lesser Sunda Islands. Situated to the east of Sumbawa and Komodo island and southeast of Timor; Flores sits just across the Sumba Strait from Sumba island. To the north, beyond the Flores Sea is Sulawesi. Flores island, whose name is derived from the Portuguese colonists’ word for ‘flowers’, is the 10th biggest island in Indonesia.
Dotted by volcanoes that are often surrounded by terraced valleys, then ringed by glorious beaches, the island of Flores is a fabulous destination for adventurers, nature lovers and explorers. The port town of Labuan Bajo on the west of the island is the entry point to Komodo National Park, a World Heritage Site that is home to the wild komodo dragon. With superb diving spots and rich marine life such as mantas, sharks, turtles, dolphins, dugongs and pelagics, the park also offers an underwater paradise.
This 4-day package combines your stay with 2 nights in a cabin room on a wooden boat and ends with 1 night in a comfortable hotel room; providing you with an opportunity to see the komodo dragons, to explore more of the Komodo National Park and to snorkle in the pristine waters of superb snorkeling spots. Extend your stay if you have the time and scuba dive to explore deeper into Flores; or even extend your stay longer for an overland journey to discover the culture at traditional villages and visit the three-color lakes of Mount Kelimutu.
Arrival Labuan Bajo – Rinca – Kelor – Kalong Island
Begin your trip with the first flight of the day to Komodo Airport in Labuan Bajo on the island of Flores in East Nusa Tenggara province. Once a small fishing village, Labuan Bajo is now a busy, bustling centre of tourism, since it is the entry point for trips to see the world-famous Komodo Dragons, or Varanus Komodensis. Meet your assigned guide upon arrival, then directly transfer to Labuan Bajo Harbour to embark on a local wooden boat with full air-conditioned cabin. A 2-hour boat journey gets you to RINCA ISLAND, one of the best locations to see the dragons in their natural habitat. Enjoy an approximate 2-hour soft trek on the island in search for the dragons, guided by a local ranger. Afterwards, proceed to KELOR ISLAND for snorkeling near the island (snorkeling gear is provided). After soft-trekking at LOH BUAYA, continue sailing towards KALONG ISLAND where you can observe bats filling the sky as they come home to roost at sunset. Your boat will be positioned nearby the island during your first night in the Komodo National park area. Lunch and dinner are provided onboard.
Overnight in cabin on boat
Kalong Island – Komodo Island – Pink Beach – Manta Point – Gililaba
Wake up this morning and breakfast is provided onboard as the boat starts sailing towards to KOMODO ISLAND, another island that is home to the komodo dragons. Arrive at the island, have a safety briefing then start following the trails of the dragon walking path, guided by a local ranger. Observe the dragons from a safe distance and have a quick stop at the local museum. The boat journey then continues on to PINK BEACH for swimming and more snorkeling (snorkeling gear is provided). A freshly cooked lunch is served onboard as the boat sails to MANTA POINT. Observe the rich marine life such as turtles, huge clams, various kind of sponges and cuttlefish, along with healthy reefs and corals. If you are lucky, you will get to swim with manta rays! In the afternoon, your boat takes you to GILILABA where your boat is stationed for your last evening on board with dinner provided.
Overnight in cabin on boat
Gililaba – Sebayur Island – Labuan Bajo
Enjoy breakfast as your boat sails back to the main island. En-route, have another opportunity for snorkeling nearby SEBAYUR ISLAND. Crystal clear water provides you great visibility to observe the marine life better while snorkeling. Freshly cooked lunch is served as the boat sails towards LABUAN BAJO. Arrive at the harbour, where a chauffeured vehicle is waiting to take you to a hotel for your last evening in Labuan Bajo.
Overnight at hotel in Labuan Bajo
Departure Labuan Bajo
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and check out afterwards. You will be picked up at the hotel lobby at the designated time depending on your flight schedule. Proceed directly to Komodo Airport for your onward journey with wonderful memories of your visit.