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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 architecture.

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 tourist resorts.

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 drinks.

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).
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