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Seek for advice from anyonen who explored Flores before or who are familiar with Flores.
I plan to explore Flores after a LOB Komodo dive trip, the boat will drop me in Labuan Bajo around noon, one of my friend will join me for the extend stay. We have roughly 7 days 6 Night (but the day 7 leaving Flores - Maumere / Ende around 7-8am) for a connection flight at 1pm in Bali back to our home.
My plan for the overland route is something look like this On 25 April 2016: Depart Labuan Bajo to Dintor / Denge (either Wae Rebo Lodge/ Denge - Wae Rebo lodge look nice as staying near the paddy field and beach side which can spend some visit?). Depart from Labuan Bajo around / 1pm-2pm, Then arrive the homestay overnight
On 26 April 2016: Go to Wae Rebo trek, stay overnight at the village on top of the hill or come back to the Dintor/Denge on the same day evening for another night at the bottom.
On 27April 2016: Go to Bajawa, maybe some hotel / homestay nearby Mt Inerie
On 28 April 2016: Plan A: Sightseeing around Bajawa n Surrounding Mt Inerie, then travel to Moni/Kelimutu area Plan B: Trek up Mt Inerie, then sightseeing Bajawa, another night at Bajawa.
On 29 April 2016: Plan A: Visit Kelimutu then go to Maumeeree or Edne Plan B: Bajawa to Moni/ Kelimutu area, explore around
On 30 April 2016: Plan A: Explore Maumeree. Or Explore Plan B: Visit Kelimutu then go to Maumeree or Edne
On 1 May 2016: Fly back from Maumeree / Edne to Bali (morning flight7am) then to Malaysia (afternoon flight1pm)
-Ideal plan is to cover Wae Rebo, Mt Inerie, Kelimutu, and a little bit on Maumere/ Ende, as not so sure the exact duration that will be taken from one point to another, really appreaciate some advise so we could see if our plan route is feasible or not, or we need to either drop Wae Rebo (e.g Labuan Bajo to Ruten then Bajawa- Kelimutu- Maumere/Ende) or Mt Inerie/ Maumere/Ende (Plan A or Plan B)
-How long is the journey from Labuan Bajo to Dintor / Denge? -Is it easy to get a Taxi or Private Car at Labuan Bajo? Believe by the time we reached either Dintor / Denge it is late night already. -Any one stay in Wae Rebo Lodge before? How far is the Wae Rebo Lodge to Denge travel information hut? and do you know if they will arrange the Wae Rebo trip (as we may need transport to go) or it is recommended to directly stay in Denge to skip the transport issue. - Is it possible to do day trip up and down on the same day for Wae Rebo? (Guess, If stay overnight then we will be back on next day afternoon to continue the journey to Bajawa)
-How far from Denge / Dintor to Bajawa? Easy to get transport from there who willing to bring us Bajawa? if we depart around 12pm/1pm, possible to reach at night to any hotel nearby Mt Inerie or have to stopover one night at Ruteng? Guess the spider web paddy field is on the way.
-Heard there is one call Manulalu Villa is nice in Bajawa, anyone stay there before? is it close by to the visiting places like traditional village, hot srping and Mt Inerie? or is it recommend to be at the town? How far is the Bajawa town to the visitor places?
-For Plan B seem there is no time to explore either Maumeree / Edne as i guess we will arrive either of those town late afternoon or evening. If Mt Inerie is a difficult trek, and if there are other simple route that we could still see the nice banjaran of the mountain without hiking it up, we could drop the idea of Plan B, is Plan A enough for one traditional village nearby Mt Inerie and a simple trek (not hike up) around the Mt Inerie? There are many traditional village at Bajawa, which one worth the visit with our limited time?
-How far from Bajawa to Edne/Moni/ Kelimutu area? Is it recommended to stay Edne on the day before Mt Kelimutu trek? or Eco Lodge at Kelimutu a better option?
-After Kelimutu visit, thinking the two nearest airport is Maumeree or Edne, which of it worth more to explore? As we only have half day or some time if so happen those nice places are located on the way during the journey to stopbyl (if we are with Plan B)/ one day (if we are with Plan A), so far only know Sikka village with a nice Portogues Church at Maumeree and also a floating village wuring, not so sure about Edne.
-welcome for any good homestay/ hotel/ guesthouse recommendation, also for any good driver, we are ok with limited or just simple English speaking as we are from Malaysia, able to speak a little Bahasa Indonesia.
Thaks for all advices in advance
Maumere is in my opinion more interesting then Ende (spent in both places some time waiting for Pelni)
For Kelimutu I would stay in Moni as it is closest and you might want to watch the sunrise, when you walk down be careful with "shortcuts" they might lead you only to places selling (very nice) Ikat textile and large detours.
Only the surrounding of Bajawa is interesting not the town, for that a car would be good to have (public transport, Bemos, is possible but time consuming).
Roads are small and winding and slow, to my knowledge it's easy to find car with driver (you might have to bargain hard, but I used public transport).
(travelling at the moment, using iPod)
Hello [VT member 19ffc0],
My wife and I made an extensive Flores tour four years ago with own transport.
You may want to read my Pulau Flores page and follow the links provided there for Labuan Bajo, Ruteng, Riung, Bajawa and Ende:
[original VT link]
We did not go to Dintor/Denge, so I can't tell you about that. Instead we visited Nunang.
It will be easy to rent a car in Labuan Bajo, but more difficult in the other places. If you do not want to use public transport, I think you should rent a car for the whole journey up to Maumere.
And you should fly back from Maumere, not Ende, because there are no regular flights to and from Ende (at least not four years ago).
For Mount Inerie you best seek out Mr Lucas, owner of Lucas restaurant. He is a very knowledgeable guide and climbs Mount Inerie often. He guided us to several traditional villages. The best accommodation in Bajawa is Hotel Silverin, where you may also chance to meet mr Lucas, But the hotel is a few km out of town. In town center, close to Lucas restaurant there are several options.
As Lotharscheer says, for Kelimutu stay at Moni. There is sufficient accommodation at Moni. Ende itself is not that interesting, but we saw a couple of traditional villages ear Ende.
I would fly to Ende on the 25th & work my way back to Labuan Bajo. I would plan to arrive in Denge on the 28th.