East Nusa Tenggara Province Travel Guide

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Pulau Flores

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    Pulau Flores Things to Do

    Komodo National Park was established in 1980 and was declared a World Heritage Site and a Man and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1986. The park was initially established to conserve the unique Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis), first discovered by the scientific world in 1911 by J.K.H. Van Steyn. Since then conservation goals have expanded to...


    Pulau Flores Things to Do

    PULAU RINCA is originated from an erupted mountain which happened some thousand years back. This is one of islands in Komodo National Park territories. All traveler come to this island to see the Giant lizard 'Komodo Dragon'.A boat trip from Labuan Bajo take about two hours, the tour operators at Labuan Bajo arrange this trip according to how many...


    Pulau Flores Things to Do

    Pulau KOMODO is one of most big island in Komodo National Parks, the home of giant lizard 'Komodo Dragon' , an endemic species with small population and now Komodo island is one of special island to conserve this nearly in extinction Varanus komodoensis.It takes about 4 hours to reach the island by boating from Labuan Bajo Pier at West Manggarai.An...



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  • Harvesting coral

    Kupang Local Customs

    Also seen at Tablolong village: a shed where people were unloading corals newly harvested from 10 m depth in Kupang Bay. They were put in basins with seawater to be later sold to Jakarta.We wonder whether this is a legal trade, and if it is we think it should not be. Yet the workers at the shed seemed not to be aware that they were doing something...

  • The Dutch Cemetery

    Kupang Things to Do

    A relict of colonial times is the Dutch Cemetery. The tombs are falling apart and overgrown with weeds. There must be decendants of those buried here living in the Netherlands or elsewhere – are they aware of the neglect of the cemetery?The weeds around one tomb had recently been cleared when we visited, the tomb of Th. F. Drysdale, Koopman en...

  • Sasando

    Kupang Things to Do

    When my trip here, I was so enjoy the music of sasando, the traditional music from Nusa tenggara Timur. The main part of sasando is a bamboo tube that served as the frame of the instrument. Surrounded the tube is several wooden pieces served as wedges where the strings are stretched from the top to the bottom. The wedges function is to hold the...


Pulau Komodo

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  • First time liveaboard experience, you...

    Pulau Komodo Off The Beaten Path

    I had no idea how lovely a cruise could be until i was taken -by my wife- to Indonesia for a trip aboard the WAOW.This boat was made using ancient carving techniques and all I can say is 'WOW' this vessel is stunning. I spent 10 days cruising the indonesian archipelago and tried my first scuba dive. What a rush! I saw a moonfish the size of a Mini...


    Pulau Komodo Transportation

    To get to Komodo island is fly via BALI Ngurah 'Ray' airport to Labuan Bajo West Manggarai 'Komodo Airport' by AVIA STAR "TRANSNUSA" airline or by "MERPATI" airline.TRANSNUSA is more reliable schedule with the fare from IDR 600 K up to IDR 1000 K and would take about one hourTake a morning or an afternoon flight and Don't miss a beautiful scenery...


    Pulau Komodo Things to Do

    Enjoy sailing from Labuan Bajo pier towards Komodo National Parks, please take a very nice moments seeing a green savannah and the blue ocean along the trip. so many small island also a geat landscape worth a visit



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  • Rinca Island

    Labuhanbajo Things to Do

    We took the two-day Rinca and Komodo Islands tour. But if your main purpose is to see komodo dragons and you are pressed for time, take a one-day tour to Rinca Island. We saw many more komodo's on Rinca than on Komodo.Rinca Island is closest to Labuan Bajo, so you do not spend too much time on the boat. The one-day tour to Rinca Island usually...

  • Booking a Komodo National Park tour

    Labuhanbajo Things to Do

    We arrived at Labuan Bajo without a pre-arranged tour. We found that it is easy to book one, either through one of any agents on main street (Jalan Yos Sudarso) or by making a deal with one of the boatmen waiting at the charter boat jetty.(1) We booked a 2-day tour to Rinca and Komodo Islands through 'Putri Komodo Tour' run by mr. Jeffry Buana. Of...

  • Snorkeling at Pink Beach

    Labuhanbajo Things to Do

    Pink Beach or Pantai Merah on Komodo Island gets its name from the red particles in the sand, which from a distance show up as a pink strip just at the waterline. The fist day afternoon activity of our Rinca-Komodo trip was snorkeling near this beach. When we had jumped in the water from the boat, we soon climbed onto the boat again: there was such...



See all 36 Ende Tips
  • Ipi harbour revisited

    Ende Off The Beaten Path

    Lying on the neck of a peninsula, Ende has two harbours: Ende harbour on the west, and Ipi (or Ippi) harbour on the east. Where a ship was allowed to moor used to depend on the season. When Theo arrived here in December 1971 the ship Stella Maris had to round the peninsula to approach Ipi beach; that was where the surf was calmer.Nowadays, since...


    Ende Things to Do

    Pantai Ria is just in walking distance from Ende City Center (Ende Ground Zero)....located at the west side of Ende Harbor...this is one of a favorite place for hang out for Endeness.....everybody would not miss a very stunning beauty of sunset....in a faraway the visitors could see a remote island Pulau Ende ...everybody said one could find a...

  • ENDE Ground ZERO-City CENTER

    Ende Things to Do

    The city center of ENDE is ENDE Ground Zero, was a wide Landscape of ENDE City where one could find a sQuare as a football playground ... this is the place where someone would find a beautiful scenery of Gunung Meja and Gunung IYA from the west side of the sQuare.


Pulau Roti

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  • The palace of the raja of Ba'a

    Pulau Roti Things to Do

    'Palace' may me be too grand a title for the house, but no doubt it is the most attractive colonial building in Ba'a. Moreover it is well maintained and so is its garden.We paid a courtesy visit to the residing descendant of the raja family, mr Johan Wilson Kedoh, born November 4th, 1939. His father Joel Simon Kedoh was the last reigning raja;...


    Pulau Roti Sports & Outdoors

    NEMBRALLA is a popular place between all surfer around the world, it was one of surfing destination if one traveling to Pulau Roti, world surfing competition was also held here where the enthusiastic surfers all around the world gather here to participate in a competition All surfing equipments


    Pulau Roti Transportation

    It was a convenient way to explore the touristic places on this small island of ROTE, as you get down the fast ferry at BA'A seaport, some motor ojek offer you to take you to your destination please do a bargaining for the fee and ask the motor driver to take you around, the fare was in the range of Rp 50, 000,- to Rp 100,000,- to go around the...



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    Maumere Things to Do

    PADANG BUI Sea Port is one of a gateway to Flores island....established since 16th Century when Portuguese come to Indonesia and play its important role as a colonization Administration in Indonesia, especially on the island of Flores....it is also called as L SAY HARBOR....an access seaport to Flores island


    Maumere Things to Do

    It was said that WAI OTI Airport is one of big airport on the island of Flores..../and of course one of an old Airport in Flores island....the Air Port now have a new face....recently renovated and got its a new name ....FRANS SEDA AIRPORT....the name is picking from one of a popular man in Indonesia originated from Flores island...Frans Seda is a...

  • MAUMERE Down Town

    Maumere Things to Do

    Although almost everyone in Flores island agree with the statement said that Maumere is the largest town in Flores...don't imagine it is as a big city....Maumere is developed since it was in Portuegese colonization in 16th Century....It can be said that Maumere was more developed than any other city throughout Flores island...Actually it was a...



See all 12 Bajawa Tips

    Bajawa Things to Do

    While in Bajawa ask around if there are any festivals taking place in the area where there are a few Ngada villages. Ngada people came around 200 years ago from Java and settled the area south of Bajawa. They are hunters and farmers, very skilful horse riders too. Your guest house will know this and arrange a tour for you. The villagers are...

  • A kampung founding ceremony

    Bajawa Local Customs

    Mrs Maria who guided us through New and Old Wogo, then inquired whether we would be interested attending a ceremony for the founding a new kampung (living compound). Of course we were. So we drove with her about 25 km direction Maubawa where the new kampung was to be established - the old one having become too small for the growing population.At...

  • New and Old Wogo traditional villages

    Bajawa Things to Do

    Wogo is another traditional Ngada village, one of the largest, with nine ngadhu and bhaga which is to say that there live nine family groups in the compound. A ngadhu is a conical thatched roof on a pole representing a male ancestor, and a bhaga is a miniature thatched-roof house representing a female ancestor.When we arrived here, the place looked...


Pulau Rinca

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  • Swim and Snorkell

    Pulau Rinca Sports & Outdoors

    on the way from Pulau Rinca to one site of Komodo bay, a swimming or snorkelling at Pulau Kambing is one of tour package service... swimming and snorkelling eQuipment was generally prepare by boat captain...or you could also bring your eQuipment


    Pulau Rinca Things to Do

    Flores islands is fascinating with its green mountain and hills, from a boat on the way to Pulau Rinca, everyone would find this gorgeous view of its geographic condition, the shoreline with green mangroves, mountains and hills with green and dry savannah


    Pulau Rinca Restaurants

    Strolling along Labuan Bajo, in particular at Soekarno Hatta street, the street which paralel to Labuan Bajo shorelines, there are so many Restaurants and Cafe which offer anykinds of Seafood, one of a decents Restaurant is Matahari Hotel and Restaurant, or you could also find this kind of Restaurant and Cafe at Hotel Gardena located at Hillside...



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  • Sonaf Tamkesi, ritual centre (2)

    Kefamenanu Things to Do

    While the Biboki people profess to be Roman Catholics, they also maintain their traditional political system. The sacred objects Taninu Fienabas are kept in a traditional building, a square ume, which remained closed for us. It may only be opened with due ceremony on certain occasions, so we cannot tell what is in there. We were shown into the...

  • The Taolin palace

    Kefamenanu Things to Do

    The Insana kingdom counted four ruling families, one of them by the name of Taolin. One of the sights to be visited from Kefa is the palace of the Taolin kings. It is located in Oelolok, only a litte sidetrip when one returns from Tamkesi.In the grounds there are three buildings, all in good repair. The actual palace looks like a Dutch country...

  • Building a 'lopo' at Tamkesi

    Kefamenanu Things to Do

    We were fortunate seeing the people at work building a new of lopo or round house, a job in which all men take part. Good use is made of bamboo and other natural materials. A bamboo pole on which offshootshad been left serves as a ladder.They were tying up a ring of branches to connect the bamboos for the conical roof. The floor under the thatched...



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  • Wai Waru waterfall

    Riung Things to Do

    We went to this waterfall in Waru river by boat after seeing the so-called Riung komodo (previous tip). But it is cheaper to go there by ojek, just 10 km to the west on a well-paved road. The road leads to Damu village. In the village, just across the Waru river bridge, a sign points upstream to the waterfall, 3 km.At this point we paid an entrance...

  • Bat Island

    Riung Things to Do

    A half hour's boat trip takes you to Pulau Onteloe, better known as Bat Island, and by far the largest around Riung Bay. Your boat will approach the shore where hundreds of flying foxes roost in the mangroves during day-time. Here a small boat like Pak Duking's (see tip Hiring a Local Boat) is an advantage, because it can come in closer. But if you...

  • The 'komodo's' of Riung

    Riung Things to Do

    As the Lonely Planet Guide states that there are komodo dragons in the Riung area, we asked about them. Yes, said Pak Duking (see tip Hire a Local Boat), there are buaya darat ('land gators') kept in captivity in a village west of Riung. But he made a phone call to make sure they were there, as he had never been there yet.It was a full two hour's...


Pulau Alor

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  • Getting by plane to Kalabahi, Pulau Alor

    Pulau Alor Transportation

    From Kupang and TransNusa allmost every day 450 000 up to 750 000 Rp.Kupang to Denpasar, Surabaya, Jakarta, Makassar, Rote, Sumba, Maumere, Ende by Lion Air, Garuda, TransNusa....http://www.lionair.co.id/

  • Diving

    Pulau Alor Sports & Outdoors

    Diving is excelent, but probably not for beginners, there are strong and changing courents.http://www.alor-divers.com/http://www.divealor.com/index.html

  • Getting by boat to Kalbahi, Pulau Alor

    Pulau Alor Transportation

    From Kupang by ferry tuesday and saturday around 12.00, arriving in Alor early in the morning.Every monday from Larantuka around 12:00, every tuesday and saturday morning from Lewoleba. The journey takes about 20 hours.Pelni:Two Pelni ships, the AWU and the SIRIMAU, stop in Kalabahi. The time very elastic, has to be checked one or two days before....



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  • ROWIDO Beach

    Larantuka Things to Do

    One of beautiful beach at the foot of ILE MANDIRI mountain worth a visit is ROWIDO beach, from here you could see the blue mountain of Adonara island and Solor island , one of a beautiful spot to see sunrise at Larantuka .... many boats criss cross at Gonzalu straits, a straits which separated Larantuka and Adonara ......

  • SEMANA SANTA an 'Easter Procession'

    Larantuka Local Customs

    ONCE in every single year, generally in APRIL ....Larantuka hosts the famous Easter Procession. "Semana Santa" (Holy Week)..... the week before Easter, is an important time of religious celebration for the devoutly Catholic peoples. The celebrations center on two religious statues, one of Jesus Christ and one of Virgin Mary The procession in...


    Larantuka Things to Do

    ILE (mount) LEWOTOBI....is a twin mountain located at southwestern of Larantuka, this is one of an active volcano in Flores island. According to local people, the twin volcano is divided into Lewotobi laki – laki (male), has 1.584 meters high and summit crater of 400 meters diameter open, which frequently active during the 19th and 20th centuries....


Pulau Semau

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  • the only way to cross

    Pulau Semau Transportation

    Public boat will bring u to Semau island from Kupang and to go back, from 6/7 am to 6/7 pm [sometimes later]. Depend on the weather , and wait for other customers. There will be each our boat to go from each sites.Tt costs IDR 5,000 per person or IDR 25,000 per motorbike. That's the fix price whether passengers carry heavy things or not. Just my...

  • Fishing Time!!!

    Pulau Semau Things to Do

    I joined the fisherman from 7pm to 9am, it was really nice experience! They were looking for squids, so i just needed to prepare my own fishing equipment, and could use their squids as my bait. I didnt pay anything to join them. When i asked how much if i want to rent it [?].... "just need to buy them petrol [solar] for their boat - in one...

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  • Liang Bua cave

    Ruteng Things to Do

    Excavations in Liang Bua cave near Ruteng have unearthed fossilized bones of a human species the adults of which reached a height of only 105 cm on average. The excavations took place in 2003 and subsequent years, the remains of at least 7 individuals have been discovered. The scientific name of the species is homo floresiensis, but the nickname...

  • Rumah Wunut or Raja's House

    Ruteng Off The Beaten Path

    There are few landmark buildings in Ruteng. Apart from the old and the new cathedrals there is the traditional house that used to be the residence of king Baroeng of Manggarai. This adat house located in Ruteng town is just an example of many Mbaru Wunut, this being the local term for a traditional Manggarai house. The octagonal design with conical...

  • Compang Ruteng ceremonial centre

    Ruteng Things to Do

    The meaning of compang is a stone altar that functions as traditional ceremonial centre. The Compang Ruteng is located in a roughly circular field on an elevated site surrounded by a low parapet built of rock wide enough to walk on. In the centre stood a banyan tree (Ficus benjamina), but after its demise it was replaced by a much smaller dadap...


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