With its abundance of lush green forests, it is not hard to work out how this island got its name. Flores also offers white sand beaches, temperate bays ideal for snorkelling and diving and a skyline rimmed by volcanoes. It’s easy to see why Flores has a reputation as a tropical paradise. Quieter and more remote than many of its counterparts, the island is still something of a hidden gem, although it is increasingly regarded as the Indonesia's ‘next big thing’. A visit here wouldn’t be complete without visiting the Komodo National Park, where you have the opportunity to get up close with magnificent, if somewhat intimidating, Komodo dragons.
Airport: Labuan Bajo (komodo)
Local Language: Bahasa Indonesia
Fun Fact: The three coloured lakes on top of Mount Kelimutu change colour all the time as part of a natural phenomenon.
Flores is a very large island with a lot to offer. It is great for those interested in trekking as there are a lot of volcanic peaks. Homestays in this region are a really great experience that can be enjoyed with locals and other travellers. Flores has some unique cultural experiences that shouldn't be missed such as the Caci Dancing. Komodo island also has so much to offer, with treks, komodo dragons and pink sand beaches. Flores is still overlooked by many as a tourist destination. This is what makes it great as places are not too busy and you can take your time and enjoy the experiences.
Feria de las Flores (Festival of Flowers)- July/August
A 9 day festival with a lot going on and a chance to see local culture. There are flower parades, music concerts, dancing, feasts and so much more. You will not be left with nothing to do that's for sure as there are many events packed into these 9 days.
This event celebrates everything to do with the Komodo Dragon. This 6-day event will see activities including a Komodo parade, photography competition, beach volleyball, boat race, arts & crafts exhibitions, performing arts and musical performances, plus a whole lot more.
Kelimutu Festival- August
Held on Mount Kelimatu, hundreds of people make the pilgrimage to the lakes, this is one of the most important events of the year for the Lio people who believe that the crater lakes are their ancestors’ resting place. During the ceremony of Pati Ka Du’a Bapu Ata Mata, the Lio people will make sacrifices, offerings and conduct rituals for their ancestors to show gratitude for the past year and hold prayers for blessings for the coming year.
Caci Whip fighting- August
You can sometimes catch performances all year round. However you are guaranteed to get a good performance during the harvest festival in August. The event takes place at Pantai Pede in Labuan Bajo. Two fighters from neighbouring villages come together wearing traditional costumes and with a whip and shield to stage a fight scene.
The best time to go is May to September when it is dry and sunny. Rainy season is December to March. Temperatures average about 28°C however do increase between October and January.
The wet season has occasional heavy rain but it won’t spoil your trip.