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BENA TRADITIONAL VILLAGE

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Bena village is one of the megalithic village located in Ngada, Flores. Precisely in the Village Tiwuriwu, Aimere District, about 19 ​​km south Bajawa. This village located on the eastern slope of the mountain Inerie. Can be reached by motorbike, car, and public transport. Its presence at the bottom of the mountain are the hallmark of the old society as a devotee of the mountain where the gods. According to the villagers, they believe in the existence of Yeta, who reigned in the mountain gods that protect their village.

Bena villagers gardening. Their crops are coffee, clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
From this village can do trekking for about 2 hours to the other traditional villages, namely Tolela and ends at Gurusina. Line trekkingnya very fun because going up and down and through the lush forest. Bena villagers are very friendly.

WAE REBO TRADISIONAL VILLAGE

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Wae Rebo is an old Manggaraian village, situated in pleasant, isolated mountain scenery. The village offers visitors a unique opportunity to see authentic Manggarai housing and to experience the everyday life of the local community. In the village of Wae Rebo, visitors can see mbaru niang – traditional, circular cone-shaped houses with very unique architecture. Nowadays, it is still a place to hold meetings, rituals and Sunday-morning prayers together.

The village can only be reached by way of a three-hour hike (depending on your physical condition) from the lowlands. The dense rain forest along the narrow path to Wae Rebo is one of a stunning biological diversity. Not only does it host interesting vegetation, including orchids, palms, and different ferns, but also an impressive population of singing birds.

Wae Rebo has been supported to become the major culture tourism attraction in West Flores. Together with a team of Jakarta-based architects and the Indonesian government, the local community renovated four of their mbaru niang – or ‘drum houses’ in the Manggaraian language.

The circular, cone-shaped buildings were all rebuilt in a traditional way. In contrast today’s rectangular buildings, the hearth is situated in the center of the house. The massive roof, made out of palm fiber, is supported by a central wooden pole. The ceremonial house differing in size from the other buildings – is the place where sacred heirloom drums and gongs are stored, and where different ceremonies and rituals are held. This house is a communal building, gathering eight families who are descended from a common ancestor under its huge roof. Its structure symbolizes the unity of the clan, with the sacred drums considered the clan’s medium to communicate with the ancestors.

When you visit Wae Rebo, you will not only see the authentic Manggaraian housing, but also get an opportunity to experience the daily life of the local people. Most of the people work in their gardens from early morning until dawn, busy with harvesting coffee and processing the beans. Even though weaving is not a major activity in Wae Rebo, you may encounter some women weaving traditional songket cloth. Visitors are welcome to spend the night in the mbaru niang, and to socialize and dine with the Wae Rebo community. You will sleep on a tikar, a woven mat made out of pandanus leaf, in the mbaru niang, and get a taste of how life used to be when the extended families still lived their lives under one roof.

In Denge, start the hike by taking the path between a local homestay and village SDK (elementary school). The hike will lead you across three rest spots. The first one is at Wae Lomba River, which is less than an hour from Denge. After another hour of trekking, you will find the second one, Pocoroko. This is an important place for villagers (and visitors) who want to make phone calls and send text messages from their mobile phones, as there is no mobile signal in Wae Rebo. From Pocoroko you will reach the third post, Nampe Bakok, which takes about 40 minutes. From here, enjoy the beautiful hill scenery before you reach Wae Rebo.

KELIMUTU THREE COLOUR LIKES

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Mount Kelimutu, with its tri-colored crater lakes, is probably the most amazing natural phenomenon in Flores. Scientific explanations aside, there are many myths about the origin of Kelimutu. This is one of the reasons why Mount Kelimutu was, and still is a sacred place for the local people. Over the years, the three crater lakes have often changed color. At present, one of the lakes is black-brown, one is green, and one is currently changing from green to a reddish color. A reason may be the varying mineral contents of the water.

Another explanation suggests that the changing colors are caused by the neglected ancestral souls. The first lake is named Tiwu Ata Mbupu (lake of the ancestors’ souls ); the second is named Tiwu Nuwa Muri Koo Fai (lake of young people’s souls); and the third is called Tiwu Ata Polo (lake of evil spirits). The first and second lakes are situated close together; while the third lake is about 1.5km to the west. Kelimutu is a beautiful place at any time of the day. However, the best time to enjoy this magical place is in the early morning when the clouds haven’t yet covered the view. Many visitors prefer to see the sunrise.

The most popular and convenient starting point to visit Kelimutu is Moni, a village close to the Transflores ‘highway’. Where as until not too long ago visitors had to hike all the way up to Kelimutu, there is now a paved road to a parking lot where you can enjoy a 30-minute walk through a lush forest full of birdsong, before entering the lake area. Moni, too, is worth a stay. You can do many nice treks in the fertile surroundings of rice fields, forests, and hills. Relax in the hot springs nearby, look at some fine Lio ikat in the market, or enjoy a performance of local dance and music. Another starting point to Kelimutu, and a good alternative to Moni, is Detusoko village, which is about 33km from Kelimutu.

KANAWA ISLAND

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Kanawa Island is within the Komodo National Park in Flores. Kanawa is a small beautiful tropical island, fully surrounded by white sandy beaches and coral reefs. It is located at the border of Komodo National Park, just one hour flight away from Bali. Kanawa is the perfect destination for relaxing, snorkeling, diving and exploring the park.

Kanawa Beach Bungalows resort (wwww.kanawaislandresort.com) is located on the southern part of the island. The northern part is left completely untouched to preserve the island’s flora and fauna. A hill in the middle of the island gives refuge to a variety of birds and animals, including eagles and wild goats. The surrounding coral reefs are home to stingrays, dolphins, turtles and many different types of tropical fish.

Kanawa Beach Bungalows is the only resort on the island. The resort has 18 bungalows. As of 2015, bales and camping are no longer offered. A bungalow with private shower & toilet is IDR 700,000 / night, which should be considered very high considering the state of the bungalows and repeated sightings of bedbugs in 2015. Rates may change depending on season and availability. Rates include a basic breakfast (2 slices of bread, an egg, a banana, and tea and coffee) but exclude 10% tax.

KALONG ISLAND

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Kalong Island is a place where you can enjoy the bustling activities of thousands of flying foxes every evening. It is located only 16km from Labuan Bajo.  Few minutes after sunset as it is going to be dark, the kalongs make start flying out of the forest to continue to Flores looking for food. If you want to see them return to the forest, you have to get up  at 04.00 -05.00 am.

 

KOMODO ISLAND

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Komodo is the island of Komodo Dragons Indonesia located between Flores Island in the east, Sumbawa Island in the west, Sawu seas in the south and Flores seas in the north. Komodo Island is biggest Island in Komodo national park where Komodo Dragons are living and survival until today that the reason why called Komodo Dragons island. Komodo Island mostly covered by monsoon forest and savanna with rocky typical land. It makes Komodo Island is hot temperature hole the year with short rainy season come on December to March. Komodo Island is well-known by Komodo Dragons the biggest reptile rested from Dinosaurs with length ca be 3 meters and height to 80 kilo grams for one big Komodo Dragon.

Komodo Dragons are spread out all part of Komodo Island when they are living in natural habitats. Their prey is Buffaloes, Deer, wild pig and some kind of birds are living together on Komodo Island as their daily food. Hunting is main activities of Komodo Dragons to get wild animals for their food to survive their self. As cannibals Komodo Dragons also attack each other for their food in their habitats, it makes difficult to find their skull after dead on the Island. Learn more about Komodo Dragons and wild animals with your tours to Komodo Island Indonesia.

RINCA ISLAND

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Rinca is an island located in Nusa Tenggara islands. Rinca and Komodo island along Padar island of Komodo National Park is managed by the Central Government. Rinca island to the west of Flores Island, separated by the Strait of Mola. The island is also part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as is the Komodo National Park along with the island of Komodo, Padar and Gili Mota. The highest point of the island is located in Doro (Mount) Ora, 670 m above sea level. On this island live many kinds of animals such as dragons, wild boar, water buffalo and birds. Rinca island can be reached by small boat from Labuan Bajo on Flores western. Administratively, the island including the District of Komodo, West Manggarai regency, East Nusa Tenggara Province, Indonesia. Rinca Island is one of the breeding grounds where wildlife Komodo Rinca island became one of the destinations to watch the dragon and the wildlife that still, are found here such as deer, wild boar, wild buffalo, etc.