Located close to Flores Island in Indonesia, the Komodo National Park is much more than dragons. It’s a place with unique fauna and flora, beautiful from the top of the mountains to the bottom of the sea.
Komodo (Indonesian Pulau Komodo) is one of the 17,508 islands that compose the Republic of Indonesia. The island is particularly notable as the habitat of the Komodo dragon, the largest lizard on Earth, which is named after the island. Komodo Island has a surface area of 390 square kilometres and a human population of over two thousand. The people of the island are descendants of former convicts who were exiled to the island and who have mixed with Bugis from Sulawesi.
In addition, the island is a popular destination for diving. Administratively, it is part of the East Nusa Tenggara province.
Komodo National Park is a national park in Indonesia located within the Lesser Sunda Islands in the border region between the provinces of East Nusa Tenggara and West Nusa Tenggara. The park includes the three larger islands Komodo, Padar and Rinca, and 26 smaller ones, with a total area of 1,733 km2 (603 km2 of it land). The national park was founded in 1980 to protect the Komodo dragon, the world's largest lizard. Later it was dedicated to protecting other species, including marine species. In 1991 the national park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Komodo National Park has been selected as one of the New7Wonders of Nature. The waters surrounding Komodo island also contains rich marine biodiversity. Komodo islands is also a part of the Coral Triangle, which contains some of the richest marine biodiversity on Earth.
Approximately 50 km east of the city Ende is the famous Kelimutu National Park. The area of the park is home to the Kelimutu volcano, including three different colored crater lakes. The volcano Kelimutu has made it to the list of Ribu's in Indonesia, a list of mountains that rise higher than 1000 meters. The word Keli means "mountain" and Mutu means "boiling". However, the volcano is not famous for its eruptive activity, the last recorded eruption occurred in 1968.
One of the crater lakes is a little isolated about 1 km west from the other two, only separated by a small rock face, lakes. The single lake Tibu Ata Mbupu was initially dark blue to almost black, briefly whitish-green and is currently colored black again. He is called the lake of the ancients.
The two adjacent lakes are once the Tiwu Nuwa Muri Koo Fai - the children's lake - and the Tiwu Ata Polo, the enchanted lake. The former used to appear in turquoise color, then turned dark blue and is now dark green. The polo lake, however, turned from red to dinky green and now deep brown.
It is not a mystery that the colors of the individual lakes change color, but rather because of the activity of the volcano and the detachment of certain minerals due to the penetration of the water into the deeper layers of rock. The locals, however, follow their belief that the souls moving around are responsible for the color changes.
Flores Kelimutu National Park - Accommodation
During your trip to Kelimutu National Park, it is advisable to move to the small village of Moni. The name village is almost exaggerated, since Moni really has only a small thoroughfare with a few simple accommodations, two three restaurants, a church and some locals, including their small buildings. And that's exactly what made Moni really charming for us. Idyllic in the middle of the green, time has stopped in Moni.
In Moni, you can expect more expensive prices when it comes to overnight accommodation. More expensive than Labuan Bajo for example. Also, you should really book early. Since the selection here is very limited, the hostels are booked quickly, especially in the high season.
Myflorestour recommend the following accommodations for Moni:
Mahoni Guesthouse, Moni
The small Mahoni Guesthouse * is located on the main street, it is home to up to four people. The owner is super friendly and is currently rebuilding another room. The rooms are simple but clean. A small breakfast including delicious banana pancakes is available.
Bintang Lodge, Moni
Bintang Lodge is located on the main road and has a few more rooms than Mahoni Guesthouse. The rooms are spacious, bright, clean and have hot water showers, depending on the price range. Bintang Lodge is a bit more expensive than the Mahoni Hostel, but it is worth it.
Eating in Moni
The selection of restaurants in Moni is quite poor. And the highlight here is the Mopi's. Almost every afternoon we came here for coffee and porridge, which is brought either with milk or soy milk. There is pleasant music and in the evening the whole village feels here. The dishes are delicious and freshmade. And there are also constantly changing daily specials. Definitely worth a visit.
Myflorestour tips for Kelimutu National park
# 1: Ceremonies at Kelimutu
Each year, locals gather around Kelimutu National Park in mid-August to hold their annual ceremonies. They all play on the platform between the lakes and perform traditional dances, sing and celebrate in a traditional way. If you want to be part of it, plan your trip at this time.
# 2: Warm clothes!
Warm clothes are a must, especially on sunrise tours. It can be cold here at night and in the first morning hours.
Waerebo Village is an old, traditional village at 1200 meters above sea level, where the life of the Manggarai people is in the foreground. After a 9 km hike through dense green, you and your guide will stand 3-4 hours later in the middle of the village in the mountains and experience just a tiny little bit of Manggarais life.
The village consists mainly of 7 so-called Mbaru Niangs, the round conical houses built of bamboo, wood and grass. Four of these houses were recently restored when architects from Jakarta under the direction of the Indonesian government renovated the Manggarai's habitat. A house accommodates about 6-8 families.
The spiritual round house is the heart of each house. It is the center in which the ceremonies are held and what the storage of the sacred drums serving. The spiritual house is made of palm fibres.
During your visit, you will not only get to know the daily routine of the Manggarai, but you will become part of your everyday life. Day by day, the they are busy with the coffee harvest and processing of the beans, some women are dedicated to weaving. In order to be fully involved, you can spend the night on a thin mat in the round houses, giving you a perfect impression of life on the spot.
Myflorestour offer you tailormade tours to Waerebo village with an english speaking local guide and driver who can show you around there. We also offer you very comfortable pick up in AC quality cars from Labuan Bajo or Maumere airport straight to your hotel. The widest Indonesian smile of all our drivers is free😊
Myflorestour Insider-tips for traveling to Waerebo Village
Tip # 1: It makes sense to start your tour including hike early in the morning. We recommend spend one night after arrival
Tip # 2: Take enough water and sun protection for the three- to four-hour hike. During the hike, you can take a relaxing break at three spots. In addition to these essentials, rainwear is also an advantage as it can be very cold.
Tip # 3: Comfortable hiking boots are definitely a must! The path leads steeper, sometimes less steep along small paths.
Tip # 4: Once in the village, wait for your welcome ceremony in the main building. Only when this is over, you have the permission to take pictures. You are officially welcome to the village according to this traditional custom.
Bena village, Ngada district. Famous traditional village formed from and with megalitic stones. The village consists of two parallel rows of traditional, high thatch-roofed houses. Highly visible in the center of the village are ngadhu and bhaga, pairs of shrines – one for each clan of the village – representing the clan’s ancestors. The ngadhu is an anthropomorphic umbrella-like pole embodying the male ancestor of a clan. The trunk is decorated with carvings and is topped with a warrior-like figure. The ngadhu symbolizes fierceness and virility. After a new ngadhu has been carved out of a special tree, the men of the village carry the pole in a ceremonial way into the village. Experience ancient culture and tradition of an almost forgotten people of this region with many small villages like Bena village. You can buy traditional handmade artifacts such as ikat or machete style knife -parang.
Another distinct feature of Ngada culture, of which Bena offers an awesome sight, are the megalithic formations in the village center. Megaliths are a means to connect with the supernatural realm and to communicate with the ancestors, often by animal sacrifice. As with the ngadhu and bhaga shrines, there is also a stone altar to every village clan. Additionally a massive pile of flat stones called lenggi, represents a court where the different clans of the village settle their legal disputes. If you look closer at the houses in Bena, you often find them decorated with skulls and horns of water buffaloes and pig jaws which were sacrificed at different ceremonies.
At the end of the village, elevated on a small hill, a viewpoint with a Virgin Mary shrine gives you the opportunity to have a bird eye’s view over Bena and a wider view of the beautiful surrounding landscape, including Mount Inerie and the Savu Sea. The visit to Bena can also be combined with a hike that passes the villages of Tololela and Gurusina before ending at the Malanage Hot Springs.
Myflorestour offer you tailormade tours to Bena village with an english speaking local guide and driver who can show you around there. We also offer you very comfortable pick up in AC quality cars from Labuan Bajo or Maumere airport straight to your hotel. The widest Indonesian smile of all our drivers is free😊