Flores Island, Indonesia: where it is, when to go and what to see

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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Beautiful and wild, the island of Flores it is part of the Sunda Islands, in the central southern area of ​​the Indonesian archipelago, washed to the north by the waters of the Flores Sea and to the south by those of the Savu Sea.

Famous for its lush nature, it is home to urban centers (the most important is Maumere) and small and ancient villages, which make it characteristic and arcane. The territory of the island is mainly mountainous, adorned with thick and green vegetation. On the site there are active volcanoes: the most famous is the Kelimutu, 1.700 meters high, characterized by three wonderful lakes with colored waters: Tiwu Alta Mbupu, Tiwu Nuwa Muri Koo Fai, Tiwu Alta Polo.

If you are thinking of organizing a trip to Indonesia, we absolutely recommend that you stop on this island. Here's one guide on the island of Flores: where it is, when to go and what to see!


  1. Travel informed: useful information
  2. Where it is
  3. When to go? Info on climate and best time
  4. 10 things to see: beaches and places of interest
  5. What to do in Flores: excursions and tours
  6. How much does a holiday on Flores Island cost? Prices, offers and advice
  7. User questions and comments

Travel informed: useful information

  • Inhabitants: 1.831 million
  • Capital: Jakarta (Indonesia); the capital of the island is Ende
  • Languages: Balinese, Indonesian, English
  • Local currency: Indonesian rupiah (IDR) / € 1,00 = IDR 15.533,30
  • Weather: tropical climate, with uniform and high temperatures all year round; the hottest period is from September to November, when it easily reaches 35/37 °
  • vaccinations: no vaccination required; recommended vaccines against tetanus, typhus, hepatitis A and B
  • Entry requirements: passport with residual validity of at least 6 months, passport photo, visa application form, return flight ticket; the entry visa has a duration of 30 days and must be requested directly at the border; for stays of less than or equal to 7 days no visa is required
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

    Where it is

    As already mentioned, the island of Flores it is part of the Sunda Islands archipelago, located in the eastern area of ​​the wonderful South-East Asian state: Indonesia.

    How to reach us

    • From the main European capitals: even from the main European capitals, at least one stopover will be required in one of the most important international airports; the duration of the trip is around 19/20 hours. The flag carriers are: Turkish Airlines, Malaysia, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Etihad - Compare flights to Flores - from € 470,00

    When to go? Info on climate and best time

    • Weather: tropical, with a sultry and rainy season from December to March and a dry season from June to September; high temperatures throughout the year, reaching a maximum peak of 35/37 ° in the period between September and November; sea ​​temperature ranges from 29 ° (November to May) to 27 ° (July and August) - find out more about the climate of Indonesia
    • Best time: from June to August, a period in which you can enjoy the beaches and the sun, which is warm but tempered by the breezes; the rains in this period are sparse and short
    • Period to avoid: from September to November, a period in which it is very hot, with highs of 35 °, and with very frequent and violent rains
    • Advice: bring light clothes (possibly natural fiber), sun hat, scarf and light sweatshirt for the evening, trekking shoes, sweatshirt or sweater for any high altitude excursions; snorkeling equipment and water shoes for coral reef excursions; raincoat and umbrella for travel between December and March

    10 things to see: beaches and places of interest

    1. Cunca Wulang waterfall: one of the most evocative places on the island, at the end of a path immersed in the jungle, plants and trees of all kinds, from bamboo, to coffee and cocoa plants, to the vanilla tree. The waterfall is 40 meters high.
    2. Melo Village: one of the most authentic villages on the island, where Indonesian traditions and culture are more alive than ever. Entering the alleys of this village will allow you to get in touch with the soul of the place and why not ... also to taste the Sopì, an excellent typical drink.
    3. Mirror Cave: breathtaking panorama, a light that penetrates the streaks of the quarry, where once everything was submerged. A unique and unmissable scenario.
    4. Taman Nasional Komodo National Park: one of the most famous places on the island, where the luxuriant nature captivates the visitor's eyes. In this park it will be possible to admire the wild monitor lizards, which have now become an Indonesian icon.
    5. Mount Kelimutu and lakes with colored waters: Considered the main active volcano in Flores, Mount Kelimutu is perfect for an adventure hike. The wonderful lakes present on the spot have the curious characteristic of changing color based on the gaseous activity of the Kelimutu craters.
    6. Maumere: the most important urban center of the island, where traditions blend with modernity. The Maumere coastline will also be perfect for scuba diving or snorkeling.
    7. Ruteng: another very ancient and beautiful village, where you can witness the practice of the caci, an archaic dance that involves the use of whips.
    8. Liang Bua: a must-see near Ruteng is the archaeological site of Liang Bua, where the remains of Homo floresiensis were found in the s.
    9. Bajawa: a very small town famous for its plantations of coffee, cocoa, cloves, tropical fruits. Do not miss the landscape, characterized by barren mountains, volcanoes and thermal springs.
    10. Rice fields of Cancar: with their characteristic spider web shape, these rice fields extend over a vast territory. They are unmissable and definitely unique.

    What to do in Flores: excursions and tours

    How much does a holiday on Flores Island cost? Prices, offers and advice

    The island of Flores touristically appears still little known and little explored. This makes for a trip to this wonderful place, too the average costs to be incurred on site are not too excessive.

    We recommend always book your international flight in advance (for example in winter in view of a trip in summer). Indonesian domestic flights, wherever you want to move, are quite cheap, with fares very similar to European low cost airlines.

    The internal costs of transport, food, accommodation and excursions are quite affordable: it is not strange to find hotels that offer bed + breakfast for only € 20,00 per night per person, or spend € 5,00 for a meal, opting for example for warung, street stalls that sell excellent and authentic Indonesian food ; or again, spend just over € 10,00 for an excursion that includes snorkeling and lunch based on fish and tropical fruit, directly on board the boat. With small precautions and well in advance in the reservations it will therefore be possible to organize a wonderful trip to one of the most beautiful islands in the world.

    • Hotel and b & b starting from € 394,00 per room -
    • starting from € 470,00

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