We all know a thing or to about the Pink Beach, the Komodo dragons of Rinca and Komodo islands, hiking in Padar, and diving in Batu Bolong—to list a few—but Flores is hardly those destinations alone. Going on a Komodo tour is already a dream on its own for its pristine, remote spaces. But what if within the remote spaces, you venture even more out of the beaten path? Nusa Tenggara Timur has so much to offer if you’re willing to walk beyond the paved roads.
Komodo tour – explore beyond the typical itineraries
If you’ve experienced Komodo tour with a liveaboard or a resort before and felt satisfied of what the destination managed to offer, that doesn’t mean you’ve experienced all of Flores. We’ve visited this fascinating destination again and again and we always come with a new story when we come back.
Visit the Riung islands
Riung islands are more commonly known as the 17 islands marine park and it’s one of the most delightful island-hopping in Indonesia that you could experience. The 17 islands of Riung is pretty well-known among the locals of Flores. However, not many foreign tourists know about this place. But it’s certainly worth it going outside of the usual routes of Komodo island tour packages to visit this fascinating destination.
Chose a homestay over resorts
One of the most delightful experiences that you need to experience while traveling anywhere is connecting with the locals. You haven’t traveled the place before you actually talk to the inhabitants of the place. And just like the rest of Indonesia, the Flores locals are generally very warm and welcoming towards tourists. As long as you make an effort to talk to them first and put in the effort to speak a few Bahasa, they’re likely going like you in an instant. It’s no different in Komodo island trip and staying with a local is certainly a more enriching experience compared to staying on hotels or resorts.
Visit Koka Beach Flores
The Koka Beach is one of the most fascinating beaches that you can find in Flores during your Komodo tour Indonesia. It’s certainly not in most liveaboard destinations (unless of course you charter a boat privately to yourself and tailor the itinerary to your interests). What, or rather who, you’re going to find here are locals instead of foreigners. During the weekends some locals would take their family here. Other than that during the weekdays you’re going to be able to feel as if you have the beach to yourself.
Located in Wolowiro village, Sikka Regency, this beach is located right between two hills that created the feel of a protected hidden beach. The name of the hills are Rodja, located on the west of the beach, while Ndate hill is on the east side. There’s a cave known as Lia Wio that can be accessed only when the ocean recedes.
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