Traveling Across Flores Island, Indonesia

Flores Island, Indonesia is one of the most visited islands in the country, along with Bali and Lombok, given its close proximity to the latter two islands, and also its practical position as the jumping point to the Komodo National Park where the infamous Komodo Dragons can be spotted.

Many people base themselves in Labuan Bajo from where boat trips and/or diving trips within Komodo National Park are easy to organise. Others travel right across Flores island from Labuan Bajo to Maumere or vice versa.

Because Flores Island, Indonesia is quite diverse, it is home to many different activities, so if you have time, traveling right across it by land would be the best way to take in a lot of what it has to offer.

View on top of Padar Island, travelling accross Flores island indonesia

Traveling Across Flores Island, Indonesia

We always promote independent travel, without the need of an organised tour, but if you have difficulty planning your own trip, or you are short on time, we suggest that you take a look at the trips by Viator and G Adventures.
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Several companies and freelance drivers will organise a trip across Flores island over a number of days, with some of them stopping at the main attractions. The trip can also be done overland in a minimum of two days with an overnight stop at Bajawa, although this is discouraged as it would not give you sufficient time to see any of the attractions properly.

Since Flores Island, Indonesia is home to an airport at each of its ends, i.e. both in Labuan Bajo and Maumere, and also in other central spots on the island such as the town of Ende, it is very easy to drive overland on one part of the island and fly to the other, or even fly right across the island if you would like to avoid being driven along winding mountain roads at heart-stopping, gut-wrenching speeds.




Finding a Driver or a Tour

Private guided tours around the island are readily available. Alternatively, you can even find a driver to take you to the destinations of your choice. Although it is possible to use public transport around the island, this can be very uncomfortable and time-consuming.

We found that our most practical option was to use the widely-available “shared cars”, essentially public cars carrying a number of people around the island from one spot to another.

We found a recommendation for a shared car from Maumere to Moni on a Facebook group. We called the number, agreed on a price of IDR 150,000 (about € 9.38) each, (which was pretty standard for the route) and waited for the car to collect us from Maumere airport after which we were driven straight to Moni, with other passengers being picked up on the way.

From then on, we kept calling the same number whenever we needed a ride and a shared car was always available to pick us up close to our hostel and take us to our next destination within Flores Island, Indonesia.

Related: Places to Visit and What to do in Yogyakarta

Nikki and Michelle from Cheekpassports enjoying a cold morning sunrise at mount kelimutu - tavelling accross flores island indonesia

The rides are not the most comfortable. Drivers will normally squeeze in as many people as possible into the cars, but the arrangement is very practical and the service was pretty timely.

Are there public transport options available on Flores Island, one might ask? Well, yes there are, but they do not operate from airports, and would require the rental of a secondary means of transportation (ojek or bemo) to get you to the departing terminal. Seat reservation is not possible, and schedules are very volatile!

Furthermore, it seems the buses departing from Maumere are scheduled until early afternoon, whilst most flights land in the late afternoon! Unless you plan to spend an overnight in Maumere, transportation by public transport is not really an option.

Labuan Bajo

This is the starting point for traveling in Flores Island, Indonesia for many people, who make their way here from Bali or Lombok either via air, or a combination of ferry and land transport (which takes around 24 hours), or via a multi-day boat trip. The same journeys can of course be done in reverse.

Labuan Bajo is mostly a harbour town with facilities catering to tourists attracted by its proximity to the Komodo National Park, which although not technically part of Flores, is the most popular attraction for people visiting Flores Island, Indonesia.

Labuan Bajo is essentially built around a couple of streets, packed with hotels, restaurants, dive shops and agents all offering the same tour packages to the islands in Komodo National Park. Many people typically spend 3-4 days in Labuan Bajo depending on whatever trips and excursions they wish to take.

Labuan Bajo Liveabords - travelling accross Flores island indonesia

Tours to Komodo National Park

Packages vary from single-day to sleepover multi-day boat trips, which usually include destinations such as Komodo Island, Rinca Island, Padar Island, Pink Beach and Manta Point among others.

Komodo dragons are residents of either Rinca Island or Komodo Island. The dragons can be seen in the “wild” and indeed most people are lucky enough to see some roaming around. After a tour around the island you will normally be taken to the rangers’ house where a few fat dragons might be lazing around, apparently waiting for food, even though rangers claim that the Komodo dragons are not fed and hunt all of their own food.

a menacing look from a Komdo dragon at the Komodo National Park - travelling accross flores island indonesia

You will also very likely see deer, buffalo and wild boar on the island, although they won’t be anywhere close to the dragons of which they are petrified. The Komodo dragons seemed totally unbothered by our presence and lazily gave us some very passive (I thought/hoped?) looks.

The rangers kept us at a safe distance from the giant lizards and we did not feel unsafe at any point, although some of the other females in our group did freak out when we were told that the lizards are attracted to menstruating women!

The rangers can guide you on a short, medium or long trek on Komodo island, but because we were on a multi-attraction boat tour, we could only do the short trek.

Related: Bukit Lawang, Home of the Orangutans in Sumatra

a Komdo Dragon's long tongue at the Komodo National Park - travelling accross flores island indonesia

Padar Island offers a magnificent panoramic viewpoint you can climb to, from which all three bays can be seen simultaneously, making it a very popular and spectacular selfie spot! If you do go on a boat tour, do make sure that this destination is included since it was probably our favourite spot on the whole trip, and try to get there early to avoid  the crowds!

It would be best to wear sturdy shoes to walk up to viewpoint because of all the dust and gravel. I slipped several times whilst wearing my flipflops and we saw people who were scared of climbing up to the top because they felt that the path was way too slippery. Carry a bottle of water with you, you will be thankful for it after the hike!

The view on top of Padar Island, Komodo National Park - travelling accross flores island indonesia

Pink Beach was our least favourite spot. Firstly, the beach is only very slightly pink so don’t expect any of the reddish sand which you might have seen in over-saturated photos. The beach is pleasant enough and there are some fish and corals just off the beach around which you can snorkel, but compared to other snorkelling spots in Indonesia, we found it to be rather underwhelming.

Pink beach, komodo national park - travelling accross flores island indonesia

Manta Point is an area rich in plankton which attracts a large number of Manta rays. Our experience there was almost comical. Several boats were “patrolling” the area looking for mantas. We were told to put on our mask and fins so that we could jump into the water as soon as a Manta is spotted although this was in no way guaranteed.

After a few minutes of circling around in the clear waters we heard a cry of ‘MANTAAAA!!!” at which we (a boatload of 10 people) all jumped off without actually knowing where the gentle creature was, or in which direction we should swim. Unsurprisingly scared off by all the commotion, the manta disappeared before we could catch a good glimpse of it.

We all climbed back aboard, amidst a very dangerous and chaotic atmosphere as other tour boats circled around us in “too-close-for-comfort” proximity. This process was repeated a further two or three times, until eventually, we did manage to observe the beautiful creatures graciously swimming away from us as fast as possible (despite their grace, they are fast!). It all felt like a bit of a circus at the end of the day and we enjoyed a more authentic Manta experience in Raja Ampat, way more than that in Komodo. Our friends who went to Manta Point the day before we did, failed to see any Mantas due to the strong currents that day.

Manta Ray at Manta point, Komodo National Park - travelling accross flores island indonesia

Boat tours can be booked the day before you wish to join the tour, we believe that there’s no need to pre-book days in advance. The tours are very similar so it is mostly a matter of bargaining for the “best” price. Ensure that masks, fins and lunch are included in the price. Agents will want to fill up their boats so you will normally be successful when trying to bargain a price for the next day.

Boats do not normally have a dedicated agency, so there is really little means of ensuring the quality of your trip. Furthermore, boatman will take people from different agencies on board so no matter what you spent on the package tour, it’s only the quality of the packed lunch (prepared by the agent) which varies, the rest of the experience is quite similar.

Without pre-booking a tour, you run the small risk of having all the boats filling up quickly in peak season, so if you prefer pre-booking a tour, you can easily use Viator to do this.

A day tour including Komodo Island, Padar Island, Pink Beach and Manta Point set us back 400,000 IDR each (about € 25, excluding park fees). Most agents were offering the same tour for over 500,000 IDR, so do shop around! The couples sharing our same boat had paid 600,000 IDR (about €37.20) and had nicer disposable lunch plates and better quality food!

Related: All About Traveling to Karimunjawa Islands in Java Indonesia




Diving in Komodo National Park

Labuan Bajo’s main strip is home to many dive shops offering similar packages. Because of Nikki’s medical condition, (read his tips on Diving with Diabetes), he is always thorough when researching dive-shops he chooses to dive with, and Uber Scuba had some pretty good reviews!

Though not the cheapest available, we booked a package trip for the following day which included three dives for IDR 1,3000,000 (around € 81) and snorkelling for myself for IDR 600,000 (€ 38), which although is very expensive for a snorkelling trip, is actually the cost of joining a dive boat and taking the place of a diver.

Diving at the Komodo National Park - travelling accross Flores Island, Indonesia

As expected, we found the trip to be very professionally organised. The 15 divers were divided into 4 groups with one dive master per group. Pre-dive briefing was shared before every dive, including a description and specifics of the dive site.

The dive boat was one of the larger, more comfortable ones with a nice lounge area, which I found perfect for relaxing and reading my book. Lunch was a yummy affair of tempeh, chicken curry, rice and vegetables, whilst coffee and tea were available at all times. Doughnuts and fruits were also offered for breakfast and at different times of the day, so there’s really no risk of going hungry on the trip!

We were taken to some good dive and snorkelling sites in Komodo National Park, and the dives were amazing, though if we had to compare, we preferred the diving and snorkelling in Alor Island, Indonesia. This could be due to better conditions and near-perfect visibility in Alor!

If you’d like to read more about diving in Indonesia, follow this Guide to Scuba Diving in Indonesia, by Justin of “Art of Scuba”

Related: Raja Ampat on a Budget (of €30 a Day!)

Diving at the Komodo National Park - travelling accross flores island indonesia

Fees in Komodo National Park

Besides the price of your tour in Komodo National Park, you will need to pay several (and we do mean that) additional fees during your trip, which can sometimes amount to quite a hefty sum.

We have tried to list the prices here as accurately as possible but our readers should note that they are subject to change:

  • Komodo National Park fee per day: 150.000 IDR/person (about €9) (Sundays & Public Holidays 225.000 IDR/person – about € 14)
  • Scuba Diving fee per day: 25.000 IDR/diver (about € 1.56)
  • Snorkelling fee per day: 15.000 IDR/snorkeler (about € 0.94)
  • Komodo National Park tax on Komodo Island and Rinca Island: 50.000 IDR/person (about € 3.12)
  • Camera fee – 50,000 IDR/person (about € 3.12)
  • Trekking fee: 5.000 IDR/person (about € 0.30)
  • Park Ranger Fee on Komodo and Rinca: 80.000 IDR/group (about € 5 – maximum of 5 persons per guide)

Accommodation in Labuan Bajo

Hotels and hostels in Labuan Bajo are on the expensive side when compared to other in Indonesia. We stayed at Siola Hotel in a room with a private bathroom for about IDR 150,000 (about € 9.35) per night, a very simple but practical place located just off the main road in front of the night fish stalls.

The hostel, set around a long but narrow courtyard, reminded us of a prison, and the complimentary breakfast left much to be desired, but all in all, it was perfectly fine for a few nights, especially when considering the competitive price vis a vis other similar hotels in Labuan Bajo.

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Check the latest accommodation prices in Labuan Bajo on Booking.com or Agoda.

Where to eat in Labuan Bajo

The Fish Stalls

Our go-to place during the few days we spent in Labuan Bajo were the fish stalls on the promenade in front of our hotel. If you would like to go local and you enjoy eating fish, this is the place to go to for your dinner!

Every stall displays the freshly caught catch of the day and you get to pick whichever one (or several) you prefer, with the assistance of the seller if you are unsure. If you are unfamiliar with the fish, the seller will guide you on whether the fish is, for example, very bony or very flaky. Calamari and shrimp are usually also available and your item of choice is either fried or grilled depending on your preference and served with rice and a small salad of beans and eggplant.

We don’t have recommendations for any specific restaurants since they all seemed to be serving the usual tourist menu and western food, which we were not in the mood for during our time in Labuan Bajo.

Related: Spicing it up in the Banda Islands, Maluku

Grilled fresh fish at the Labuan Bajo night market - travelling accross Flores island indonesia

Other Things to do in Labuan Bajo

Labuan Bajo doesn’t only have to be about Komodo National Park. There are some other things to do around Labuan Bajo itself on Flores Island, Indonesia if you have time to spare.

What other activities may be done in and around Labuan Bajo?

Cunca Wulang Waterfall – about an hour’s drive away, this waterfall requires a short trek so wear comfortable shoes. You can jump into water to cool down once you get there! The waterfall isn’t spectacular so might not be worth the longish trip and entrance and guide fees which you are obliged to pay.

Batu Cermin Cave – full of stalagmites and stalactites, this cave is interesting but not particularly remarkable and 30 minutes are enough to explore all of it. A guide will take you through using a flashlight and explain its geology. Entrance fee: 20,000 IDR (about € 1.25).

Rangko Cave – this cave is accessed via a drive from Labuan Bajo to Rangko village and a short boat ride to the beach on Gusung Island. Drivers in Labuan Bajo will take you to the village and negotiate a price with the boatman. You can also hire a boat directly from Labuan Bajo harbour. The brackish water in the cave is cool and clear and makes for a good swimming spot!

the coast off Labuan Bajo - travelling accross Flores island, Indonesia

Ruteng

The town of Ruteng itself is unremarkable, but there’s lots to do and see around it, so it makes a good base from where to explore this particular area within Flores Island, Indonesia.

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What are the things to do in Ruteng?

Spider Web Fields, Cancar – Cancar Village is located a few km away from Ruteng and can be reached by bike or car or on the way from Labuan Bajo to Ruteng. There’s a viewpoint from where you can see the “spiderweb” rice fields which are aesthetically interesting but only worth going to if you’re riding your own bike in our opinion.

Spider Web fields in Cancer, Ruteng - travelling accross flores island indonesia - photo credit Firmanamff
photo credit: Firmanamff

Liang Bua (Hobbit) Cave – this can be visited as part of a day trip from Ruteng. What makes it interesting is the fact that skeletal remains of a “hobbit” woman (Homo Floriensis) were recently discovered. The museum next door explains all about the importance of this discovery.

Wae Rebo Village – this “traditional” village on Flores can be visited as part of a long day trip from Ruteng. Be aware that some trekking is involved to access the village, and you can even stay overnight. The authenticity of the village has been a little lost nowadays as hordes of tourists make their way to spend a night there, so if you’re looking for a more unique experience we believe that you are better off visiting traditional villages in Sumba and West Timor. If you will not be heading to those islands at all, Wae Rebo might provide some insight into tribal living.

Bajawa

This will probably be your overnight stop if you are planning on crossing the island in two days by land. The town is set in the highlands and provides great views over the imposing Mount Inerie.

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Things to do in Bajawa

Trek up Mount Inerie – not for the faint-hearted, being quite a challenging trek but well worth the wonderful views from the top!

Bena Traditional village – this is quite popular with groups and here is where you can see the Ngada people weaving traditional ikat. 25,000 IDR (about € 1.50) entrance fee.

Malange Hot Springs – pools with both hot and cold water at this natural spa! 10,000 IDR (about € 0.60) entrance fee paid to a local caretaker.

Cart at the Komodo National Park - travelling in Flores island indonesia

Ende

There’s really not much to do in Ende at all, although we did not mind spending a coupe of days in this town. The Blue Stone Beach is worth a visit but be aware that there aren’t as many blue stones as you might expect, since most have been collected for souvenirs!

Ende is also home to a small airport, with cheap connections to Labuan Bajo. This may turn out useful if you wish to skip the long and winding road between the two towns.

We stayed at Dazi Guesthouse for a couple of days (Tel +6285218638432) in a comfortable room with attached bathroom for 250,000 IDR/night (about € 15.50).

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Check the latest accommodation prices in Ende on Booking.com or Agoda.

Moni

Moni is the stepping stone to Kelimutu National Park, famous for the tri-coloured lakes which are one of the most beautiful spectacles you can experience on Flores Island, Indonesia, especially during sunrise if you are lucky enough to have clear skies.

Mount Kelimutu National Park

The park can be accessed via ojek (motorbike taxi) from Moni or by car. We paid 50,000 IDR (about € 3.12) each for a two-way ojek ride at 4am (the driver will wait for you in the parking lot). The park is a very cold (during the early hours of the day) 45 minutes’ steep uphill ride from Moni. You can also hire a driver to take you up in a car, if you prefer a more comfortable (yet more expensive) ride. We booked the ojek ride at Mopi’s Kopi, the cafe we had dinner at on the previous night – just ask the barman for details!

The entry fee to the park is 150,000 IDR (about € 9) or 225,000 IDR (about € 14) in weekends. After being stopped in the parking lot, you needed to climb some stairs, walk for 20 minutes along an easy path and then again a few more stairs to the viewing point.

If you’re there to watch sunrise, be aware that it can get really cold and a jacket is definitely needed, more so if you’re going up on bike.

Eccentric warning signs at mount kelimutu park - travelling accross flores island indonesia

The tri-coloured volcanic mineral lakes are gorgeous, in the right conditions. Two of the lakes are right next to each other with just a crater wall separating them, whilst the other lake is to the west of them. When we were there the “twin” lakes were different shades of blue, whilst the “separate” lake was black. The water colour changes according to the amount of sunlight, the water microorganisms and the dissolution of the volcanic chemicals, and can range from red to a deep green.

The westernmost lake is called Tiwu ata Mbupu (Lake of Old People) whilst the other two lakes are Tiwu Nuwa Muri Koo Fai (Lake of Young Men and Maidens) and Tiwu Ata Polo (Bewitched or Enchanted Lake). Legend has it that the lakes are guarded by ancient spirits which change the colour of the lakes. Whether or not you prefer the traditional colour-change explanation over the scientific one, the lakes are surely worth a visit!

Related: Mount Bromo Sunrise and Kawah Ijen Blue Flames Without a Tour

Sunrise at mount Kelimutu -travelling accross flores island indonesia

Where to stay in Moni

We stayed in a very large, clean room with a great bathroom at Andy Lodge – (tel: +6281337980855) for 350,000 IDR (about € 21.80) including breakfast, which is more than we normally budget on accommodation in Indonesia, but we found it difficult to find a room which provided more value for money at such short notice. Booking in advance is recommended especially in peak season.

Where to eat in Moni

We were only in Moni for one night and we had both dinner and breakfast at Mopi’s Kopi, a great little place offering live reggae music (during dinner) and serving all kinds of western and Asian food. The barman also arranged an ojek to take us up to the park at 4am the following morning.

Related: Lake Toba Travel Guide – All About Lake Toba

The waterfall near Moni Town - travelling accross flores island indonesia

Beaches Between Moni and Maumere

Doreng beach, Koka beach and Paga beach are worth a stop if you have time to spare on your way to Maumere. The white-sand beaches are popular with locals but few foreigners make it here and you can even spend a night at the homestays on the beaches too!

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32 Comments

  1. Janine Thomas
    13/01/2018

    I have wanted to see the Komodo dragons for ages. I just never seem to get to that part of the world.This looks like a fabulous way of seeing them. Getting up close at the rangers house – WOW! I would love that. Great photos as well!

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    • Cheeky Passports
      14/01/2018

      It was a great experience Janine! Glad that you liked our photography, thank you! 🙂

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  2. Yaswanth
    13/01/2018

    Loved the style of writing in your blog. The post is informative as well as easy to understand.
    It must have been quite an experience to see a Komodo dragon in the wild. Can imagine the thrill reading this.
    And the three colored lakes are awesome as well, suppose they are the most famous landmark of Flores.
    We missed Flores as we chose to visit Makassar and Rantepao instead. Glad to read your post to enjoy what we missed. Happy travels!

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    • Cheeky Passports
      14/01/2018

      Thank you for kind comment! 🙂 we are glad that you like our style! We also went to Rantepao and Toraja and loved spending time there, the Torajan culture is something special!

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  3. Lisa
    13/01/2018

    Living so close to Indonesia (Australia) our friends visit a lot and we still have yet to visit. I particularly want to visit Komodo Island – I would love to be able to photograph these amazing animals.

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    • Cheeky Passports
      14/01/2018

      The Komodo Dragons are indeed unique and seeing them is a great opportunity! We really hope you get to go soon 🙂

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  4. Jenn and Ed Coleman
    13/01/2018

    Flores looks amazing. It seems like a real natural playground. We would absolutely love to visit. The diving looks phenomenal and the view are outstanding. The price point on the island makes everything so affordable. You have some really good information we’ll use for travelling like which hotels look like prisons and which ones have private bathrooms. We’ll have to see Komodo Dragons in the wild.

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    • Cheeky Passports
      14/01/2018

      Thank you, we tried to include all we could! 🙂 Flores and Komodo National Park are definitely worth going to if you’re in Indonesia! The Komodo Dragons are unique! 🙂

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  5. DANIK
    13/01/2018

    These islands look amazing. I would be there in a shot to take in those amazing views. Thank you for sharing your beautiful experience and I am certainly going to look into this area.

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    • Cheeky Passports
      14/01/2018

      We really recommend this place, great adventures, good fun, beautiful views! 🙂

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  6. Alexander Popkov
    13/01/2018

    Lovely! It is not an easy place to get, but seeing from your photos, it really worth visiting. Looks good for a hike away from tourists.

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    • Cheeky Passports
      14/01/2018

      Yes Flores itself is rather beautiful and Komodo National Park is stunning! 🙂

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  7. Anu
    14/01/2018

    I have heard so much about Flores. I always wondered how everyone gets the lovely images of these giant lizards – now I know they are either too lazy or least bothered. Along with Pink beach, both these things are on my agenda list. Bajawa is something I discovered through this post of yours. Thank you.

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    • Cheeky Passports
      15/01/2018

      Haha yes they are indeed lazy since they seem to be pretty well fed! Hope that you make it to Flores at some point, it is worth going to!

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  8. Samantha
    14/01/2018

    Wow! The viewpoint pictures are incredible! I have to say that I was not aware that Komodo Island was part of Indonesia, but now that I know I have even more incentive to go visit!! Thanks for the detailed info, it looks like it was an awesome trip!

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    • Cheeky Passports
      15/01/2018

      Glad to see that you learnt something new! :)It was absolutely amazing!

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  9. Nisha
    15/01/2018

    There are some great photos and info here 🙂 I also love this post because it brought back memories of my own travels to Flores and Komodo. However you seem to have covered a lot more of the region than I could. Maybe another visit is in order 🙂

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    • Cheeky Passports
      15/01/2018

      So nice to connect with someone who has been as well! I personally wouldn’t mind going back at all! 🙂

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  10. Rhonda Albom
    15/01/2018

    Great recommendations you have here, I’ve been looking at travelling back to Indonesia and I’m feeling very inspired now. I would love to try the diving and go to Komodo Island. The pricing there is so low. Only 21 euros for a nice hotel room?

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    • Cheeky Passports
      15/01/2018

      Yes Indonesia is relatively inexpensive when compared to other destinations! You can get a good room for that price!

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  11. Hannah
    15/01/2018

    I’ll be honest, I hadn’t heard of Flores Island until now. I had heard of Komodo Island and the dragons of course, but didn’t realise there was so much nearby! I laughed at your Manta Ray story – what a circus, I can’t believe any Mantas would ever stick around to be seen during such a malaise! Seeing the sunrise up at Mount Kelimutu looks like a wonderful thing to do – so serene at that time of the day!

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    • Cheeky Passports
      16/01/2018

      Hi Hannah! yeah the mantas were not very amused by the whole thing! Despite that part of the trip, the whole experience was quite positive! 🙂

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  12. Skye Class
    16/01/2018

    Well, I’m sold! Both Labuan Bajo looks like such a fascinating place, and I can’t wait to see the Komodo dragons in person. For a moment there, the fantasy-novel-reading side of me honestly thought the other animals in the park were turned to stone by the dragons when you said they were petrified. It’s interesting to see how many fees there are for the park, including the camera fee, but it all seems to be quite cheap – even the private accommodations. I hope to be back in that part of the word by the end of this year, and I’ll keep these notes in mind for my visit.

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    • Cheeky Passports
      16/01/2018

      Definitely not petrified in the literal sense, but yeas the fear was very evident when spotting a Komodo dragon close by! 😉 let us know if you need any further tips for you visit! 🙂

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  13. anshul
    16/01/2018

    While the entire expanse of the region is really gorgeous and breathtaking, the Komodo national park looks really terrifying.
    Also, you take amazing photographs with great color composition.

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    • Cheeky Passports
      17/01/2018

      Thank you for your compliment! 🙂 yeah the dragons so not exactly look very docile though they seemed quite lazy to us! 🙂

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  14. Claire
    16/01/2018

    OMG you’re making want to book a trip here immediately!! Seeing Komodo Dragons in the wild is one of my dreams, they are scary looking creatures! I’d have to time it around the time of the month though, I had no idea they could sense even the slighest smell of blood in the air – creepy! The islands look incredible, I’d definitely go to the pink beach too, gorgeous!

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    • Cheeky Passports
      17/01/2018

      Oh yes the islands are indeed very pretty! Hope you get to go soon! 🙂

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  15. Cathy
    16/01/2018

    I’m definitely gonna keep reading this post of yours as it has everything that I want to know about the pink beach, Komodo island and the Flores island. Some of my friends have been here ( being invited by Indonesia Tourism ) sadly I wasn’t part of the trip but surely is I’m paying a visit here. I really want to see the Komodo dragons, they look very lazy right but based on stories, they can run fast if they hunt for foods! Like the Philippines, Indonesia also has stunning islands like Padar island! Love the photos there !

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    • Cheeky Passports
      17/01/2018

      Hey Cathy! yes you are right, the islands, especially Padar are stunning! 🙂 Hope that you make it to Flores and Komodo soon!

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  16. John
    02/04/2018

    Great article! Going there this september 3 weeks and after reading this very informative and easy to read post for non native english, I am even more excited to go! Thanks!

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