Flores is quite poor for friuts
Favorite thing: So better bring your own favourite fruits from Bali. The market in Labuan Bajo works only on Saturday and the fruit choice is very limited - some bananas, pineapples and sometimes sisrak. The market in Ende is also very poor and fruits are nonappealing and expensive. Only the market in Bajawa are very colorful and has plenty of choice. You can find rambutans, apples, custard apples, sirsak and something else. Local people say that sisrak and custard apple are the same fruit but they look and taste so different! Try buy one and keep it for 3 days until the flesh becomes soft as human hand. Then kut it for two halves and eat by spoon. It's amazingly delicious!
Fondest memory: sisrak
Rinca / Komodo: see the Komodo dragons
Favorite thing: From Labuanbajo you can easily arrange daytrips to Rinca or even Komodo to do a hike and see the the Komodo dragons.
Rinca is much closer to Flores and therefore much cheaper to arrange the trip. The big attraction are the lizards, that are the biggest in the world and only exist on these small islands.
We went to Rinca and did a 3 hour walk with a ranger on the island. The island is very beautiful, desolate landscapes, amazing trees, dry riverbeds and hilly. We saw 9 dragons and also wild buffalo....really worth it!
- Hiking and Walking
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Lubuanbajo: convenient base for daytrips
Favorite thing: . Lubuanbajo is sitauted on the West Coast of Flores, and an ideal base to organise some activitities
Tourist numbers in Lubuanbajo are much higher than in the rest of Flores, mostly because of the daily arrival of tourist boats from Lombok. On the positive side it means that there are some very decent places to stay and eat.
The town itself is not very interesting. The best things to do is organise a boat trip and go diving or snorkelling, which is awesome here!!
You can also book excursions to Komodo/Rinca (to see the dragons) or to nearby traditional villages. The inhabitants are mellow and very friendly, as I found out on several occasions.
For the best beaches you have to go a bit off shore to some islands were you can overnight as well (all very cheap).
- Budget Travel
Superb diving from Lubuanbajo
Fondest memory: Just finished my padi-divecourses in Thailand a few months before, I decided to organise some diving from Lubaunbajo.
With the cheapest diveshop around I took a boattrip to Komodo Marine Park. We went down to 30 meters and I really didn't believe my eyes. The pinnacle was completely covered with the most stunning and colourful soft and hard table coral, completely intact and healthy, supplying home to thausands of amazing little creatures.
When I looked up I had a crystalclear view until the surface (30 meters), where big schools of tropical fish were filling the waters.
A dozen of (reef-)sharks were resting on the little plateaus or swimming around a bit. 2 eaglerays came by, huge Napoleon wrasses passed by. The waters here are so rich!
If you're skilled enough you can take trips were dolphins, whales and bigger sharks are commonly seen, but be warned, the infamous stong (down-)currents can bring you into probs easiliy!
NB: I dove with Oceanic, $40-$60 2 dives incl. lunch.
- Budget Travel
- Diving and Snorkeling