Welcome to Flores
A lush green island peppered with traditional fishing villages,
mysterious colour-changing lakes, and coffee plantations, Flores is
among the best undiscovered holiday destinations in Indonesia. Not
as well-known as the more frequented islands of Bali, Java or
Lombok, holidays in Flores are gaining popularity by travellers
searching for a less commercial and touristy experience.
The island's rugged topography is formed by a chain of volcanoes
creating angular valleys and ridges, meaning travel on Flores can
be difficult; however it has also allowed diverse cultures to
flourish in relative isolation. These cultures continue to thrive
alongside a strong Catholic influence.
Labuan Bajo is the most frequented town on the island, popular
as a launching point for the islands of Komodo, Rinca and Padar.
Other villages, including Bajawa, Ruteng, and the capital Ende, are
great places to see traditional culture and ethnic
Flores is a popular ecotourism destination, and the lush
landscape offers many outdoor activities like scuba diving,
kayaking, hiking and swimming. Labuan Bajo offers excellent scuba
diving and snorkelling sites, as well as Maumere and Ruin.
The most famous attraction in Flores is undoubtedly the crater
lakes of Mt Kelimutu, three lakes that dramatically change colours
from bright turquoise to chocolate brown, green, and even bright
red. The lakes are most easily reached from Ende or Moni, where
most mountain treks begin.
Information & Facts
Bahasa Indonesia is the official language, but many
dialects are spoken. English is widely understood in Jakarta and
Rupiah (IDR) is the official currency and is divided into 100
sen. Foreign currency can easily be exchanged at banks, hotels and
money changers in major tourist destinations; US dollars is the
most accepted currency. Cash often yields a better exchange rate
than travellers cheques, which are not always accepted. It is
recommended that travellers cheques also be in US dollars. Most
major credit cards are accepted at hotels, restaurants and stores
catering to the tourist trade. ATMs are available in main centres.
Small change is often unavailable so keep small denomination notes
and coins for items like bus fares, temple donations and cool
Indonesia spans three time zones. GMT +7 (West, including
Java and Sumatra), GMT +8 (Central, including Bali, Sulawesi and
Lombok), GMT +9 (East, including Irian Jaya).