Flores, A Perfect Place for Exploring the Extraordinary

Flores translates adventure travel in its own right. It is strangely hidden from the up-market adventurers who seasonally dock their yachts in Labuan Bajo, the nearest town to Komodo National Park. Flores is in fact the island for the many fantastic wonders, intertwining natural, cultural, and religious metamorphic genesis.
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The crescent of white sandy beach in the island of Rutong in Riung, Ngada is nearly untouched. The tranquility is a remedy for the soul.

Wonderful Indonesia - Flores, A Perfect Place for Exploring the Extraordinary

When the world is so much fascinated with baffling crop circles, the people in Cancar Village, Ruteng has adopted a tradition of land division called Lingko, spearheaded by a Tu’a Teno, the chief of village. The translation of such tradition and belief of one God, called Mori Kraeng, is seen in this spider-web rice field. A Mangka or an effigy of Mori Kraeng  is actually placed in the center of the circle.

Spider web sawah in Ruteng Cancar, By: Anggun Nugraha

Two warrior Caci dancers shared the same sentiment toward the sacred game. Although the hit might injure one of them, the friendship would be unharmed. When the blood spills, all are happy as it indicates a glimpse of a successful harvest in the following season.

Two warrior Caci dancers shared the same sentiment toward the sacred game. Although the hit might injure one of them, the friendship would be unharmed. When the blood spills, all are happy as it indicates a glimpse of a successful harvest in the following season.

The other highlight of Flores is the untouched islands that offer tranquility as this. The corals are fantastic, where living school of fish and colorful creatures make it a safe home.

The other highlight of Flores is the untouched islands that offer tranquility as this. The corals are fantastic, where living school of fish and colorful creatures make it a safe home.

One of the highlights in Ende is the multihued Kelimutu Lakes. Two of the adjacent lakes display turquoise water during this season, as the other one is dark brown.

One of the highlights in Ende, Indonesia is the multihued Kelimutu Lakes. Two of the adjacent lakes display turquoise water during this season, as the other one is dark brown.

In Lamalera, a village in Lembata, east of Flores, people still hunt to support their lives. These traditional villagers are dubbed as one of the exceptional whale hunting tribes.

In Lamalera, a village in Lembata, east of Flores, people still hunt to support their lives. These traditional villagers are dubbed as one of the exceptional whale hunting tribes.

The gleaming water is extraordinarily refreshing for swimming or snorkeling. Parasols were built although very few people know the island even exists. Rutong Island is only 30 minutes from the harbor of Riung.

The gleaming water is extraordinarily refreshing for swimming or snorkeling. Rutong Island is only 30 minutes from the harbor of Riung.

An Italian family just arrived in Kanawa Island, a few kilometers from Komodo Island. Kanawa Beach offers a fantastic getaway, one of the hundreds of getaways in Indonesia.

An Italian family just arrived in Kanawa Island, a few kilometers from Komodo Island. Kanawa Beach offers a fantastic getaway, one of the hundreds of getaways in Indonesia.

Ruteng is the regional capital of Manggarai. Its weather is far much cooler than the eastern part of the island. A well maintained grand chapel stands so beautifully in the downtown of Ruteng.

The majority of the population on Flores is Catholic, By: Anggun Nugraha

Market in Bajawa, filled with smiling people everywhere, is one of the cleanest markets in the eastern part of Indonesia. Jackfruit is one of the local produce sold to make tasty homemade soup

Market in Bajawa, filled with smiling people everywhere, is one of the cleanest markets in the eastern part of Indonesia. Jackfruit is one of the local produce sold to make tasty homemade soup

A Bajo fishing boat moored at the village harbor in Riung. The village is around 3 to 4-hour drive from Bajawa, the administrative capital of Ngada Regency.

A Bajo fishing boat moored at the village harbor in Riung. The village is around 3 to drive from Bajawa, the administrative capital of Ngada Regency.

Fisherman boats are available for rent at the nearby harbor for island hopping. One of the boats insisted to float closer to the fruit bat island. The island is accessible only at noon during the high tide.

Fisherman boats are available for rent at the nearby harbor for island hopping. One of the boats insisted to float closer to the fruit bat island. The island is accessible only at noon during the high tide.

Liang Bua is a cave where Homo floresiensis were found. Their peculiar size to the land is a call for attention to the world of scientific research, a bridge to discover the past for clues of the future.

Liang Bua is a cave where Homo floresiensis were found. Their peculiar size to the land is a call for attention to the world of scientific research, a bridge to discover the past for clues of the future.

The dance begins when the time is authorized by the elders, no matter how hot or wet the weather is. Caci dance occurred during the rainy day.

The dance begins when the time is authorized by the elders, no matter how hot or wet the weather is. Caci dance occurred during the rainy day.

Andi and his friends, the children of the Bajo fisherman village in Riung were heading to their school, one hour walking uphill from their village.

Andi and his friends, the children of the Bajo fisherman village in Riung were heading to their school, one hour walking uphill from their village. (Photos by Anggun Nugraha www.

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