Feedback about Flores - great guide in Bajawa!
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Mar 28, 2013 1:34 AM Last Post By: DShan
Apr 26, 2012 6:04 AM
Feedback about Flores - great guide in Bajawa!Hi everyone,
I am currently travelling on Flores. It is a beautiful island, and not really touristic yet.
Definitely recommend coming here!
A few feedback so far about Flores:
I bought a ticket in Denpasar at 7am at skyaviation counter for 795,000 IDR for the flight at 10am which takes 1h30 to get to Labuanbajo. They actually even open at 5am if you want to go earlier.
That day Merpati was 909,000 IDR and Aviastar was 1,400,000 IDR, so skyaviation is the cheapest so far.
Gardena Hotel was 110,000 IDR for single room and 150,000 IDR for double room.
Basic but correct and great view. No internet but you have wifi in many restaurants around.
In Labuanbajo, I did 3 days 2 nights on a liveaboard with Komodo cruises. Really great 8 dives, great food, great cabins, great instructors and great atmosphere. Would definitely recommend. Price is between 420 and 500 dollars for this, depends of how full the boat is and season etc.Their shop is just in front of Gardena Hotel.
From Labuanbajo to Ruteng you can take a local bemo for 50,000 IDR, in front of Komodo Cruises.
They may tour around the city for an hour though before to leave. Took it at 7am and did 3 tours, so left really at 8am and was in Ruteng around 1.30pm
Other possibilities: Book with Gardena hotel directly, it may cost 60,000 IDR but leave straight.
Landscape is gorgeous.
Met a guy who booked with Flores Charm Tour and Travel, it was 220,000 IDR from Labuanbajo to Ende.
He also booked a plane ticket with them to leave Flores from Maumere (east of the island)
In Ruteng, I slept at Hotel Rima. The rooms are really basic but the people are very friendly. You come for the staff there, and the atmosphere. They have a good internet connexion for 4,000 IDR an hour, and also wifi for 25,000 IDR for 24hours. They can help you out with bus tickets. Laundry is a bit expensive there.
There were buses at 7am, 9am and 2pm for Bajawa. Ask for tickets as soon as you get in Ruteng if you know when you want to leave. Bus of 7am was full when i was there. Price was 70,000 IDR to Bajawa.
In Bajawa, the hotel Severini or something, recommended by the LP asked me for 250,000 IDR for a room. This is much more expensive than the price advertised in the LP (as often...), although I ran into a girl today who paid 100,000 IDR but she was arriving by motorbike from Ende and her ojek guide had negotiated the price for her, so you never know. It is quite outside of town though.
The hotel Kortina is a good value, 100,000 IDR for the room. You can ask for a basket of hot water to shower for 10,000 IDR. There is laundry the house on the right for 10,000 IDR per kg.
There is an internet shop just in front, which opens from times to times. 5,000 IDR per hour.
There is a bus going to Moni at 6.30am for 80,000 IDR. You can book it directly at your hotel.
In Bajawa, I would like to recommend Marselino Toa for a day trip.
He speaks perfect English and knows a lot about plants and culture.
I enjoyed my day with him, going to Wolobobo, an old volcano crater, and the traditional villages of Luba and Bena. He explained me an incredible lots of details about every symbol in the village. And so much about all the plants around. Great guide, really!
Contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org
phone number: 08 52 39 13 13 31
There are 2 small eateries in front of the BRI ATM, you can eat some good Indonesian food for really cheap. I tried the left one, for a rice and vegetables eggs peanut sauce paid 6,000 IDR and 3,000 IDR for tea.
Hope that's useful information if you are planning a trip there!
Apr 26, 2012 6:11 AM
1Ah, and I forgot to add.
I found an incredible book about Flores, published by the tourism office in partnership with Switzerland. I bought it at the Hotel Rima in Ruteng. It is called Flores: A glimpse of the people and culture. It is a bit expensive, 130,000 IDR, but the money goes to projects, and it also self-published and they worked hard on it, really great stuff in this book.
It is the best guide book about Flores I found so far.
Made me discover tons of unexplored treks and villages to go discover.
Check it out when you are here!
Apr 26, 2012 6:23 AM
2Thanks for your posts.
I stayed at Hotel Rima in Ruteng last month. I used ojeks to visit the Hobbit cave and the village of Compang Ruteng. The staff at Hotel Rima were helpful in telling me if I had underpaid/overpaid the ojek driver.
Hotel Rima is built almost entirely from wood. There were lots of Norwegian university students also staying there. They were doing research assignments on Flores culture and politics.
Apr 26, 2012 12:44 PM
3I guess the hotel in Bajawa is the Silverin?
They have lots of different types of rooms with different prices....the cheapest are even less than 100,000 while the best ones are around 300,000 (before bargaining at least).
Anyway...you are right that its a long way out without transport,but its a very nice place-good breakfast on the terrace and a great family run it.It has a restaurant across the road too....and a Hindu temple next door which I found interesting (never expected to find a Hindu temple in Flores).
Apr 28, 2012 2:53 AM
Apr 30, 2012 4:03 AM
5Here you can buy the book online: http://www.fairunterwegs.org/shop/produkt.html?tt_products%5BbackPID%5D=267&tt_products%5Bproduct%5D=215&cHash=5fbe835e8e217635da6d75e05a9d0f77
Apr 30, 2012 9:34 PM
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Aug 23, 2012 10:33 PM
9The book recommended in this post was published by WiSATA – Regional Tourism Development on Flores Island in collaboration with Swisscontact. Their website is one of the better tourist website I have seen on Flores. It has tons of photos. Even better detailed maps of hiking treks in Flores
Christiane Moser: Flores: A Glimpse of the People & Culture, Swisscontact 2011, 132 Seiten, ISBN: 978-3-9523834-0-7, CHF 13 / Euro 10.50 (Richtpreis); nur in Englisch erhältlich.
Stephanie Heighes: Flores: Diving around Komodo, Swisscontact 2011, 108 Seiten, ISBN: 978-3-9523834-1-4, CHF 13 / Euro 10.50 (Richtpreis); nur in Englisch erhältlich.
Sep 3, 2012 5:58 AM
10I just visited Bajawa and was in contact with Marselino. He is a cool guy and he rented me his bike for 80k for the day. The following morning he dropped me up to the bus station. I would highly recommend calling him if you need a guide or want to rent his bike
Mar 27, 2013 8:41 AM
Mar 28, 2013 1:34 AM
12I am also thinking of going to Flore in April. I have planned 7-10 days. May I know how many days were you there for? I'm not sure if I will have the time to go from west to east in 10 days, taking into account travelling time. Any other places to recommend that is possible to fit into the 10 days? I plan to start in Labuan Bojo for diving and some nearby sight seeing, and need to fly out of Indonesia at the end.
@OP did you buy your tickets on the spot out of Bali or prebooked it?
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