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Village in Bajawa

Bena

Resting on Inerie's flank, Bena is one of the most traditional Ngada villages. It's home to nine clans and its stone monuments are the region’s best. Houses with high, thatched roofs line up in two rows on a ridge. …
Volcano in Bajawa

Wawo Muda

Wawo Muda (1753m) is the latest volcano to emerge in Flores, exploding in 2001 and leaving behind a mini-Kelimutu, complete with several small crater lakes coloured variously burnt orange, yellow and green. Pine tre…
Village in Bajawa

Luba

Tucked into the jungle like a beautiful secret at the foot of Gunung Inerie, this traditional village is only a few hundred metres from Bena and much more intimate. Four welcoming clans live here in a baker's dozen …
Desserts in Bajawa

Maiwali

On the main road beneath an unmarked white canvas gazebo, between the tourist office and Cinnamon Guesthouse, is a smiling lady selling traditional sweets from a glass cabinet. Pick from the likes of sesame balls, g…
Village in Bajawa

Totolela

A mere 4km trek from Bena (about 90 minutes) brings you to this seldom-visited Ngada settlement which consists of three linked traditional villages. Residents love receiving visitors (donate at least 20,000Rp per pe…
Indonesian in Bajawa

Rumah Makan Anugerah

This small and spotless family-run rumah makan (eating house) with plastic gingham tablecloths is a great choice for a cheap lunch. Some menu items veer into almost-Chinese territory, while others such as nasi babi …
Indonesian in Bajawa

Lucas 2

Not to be confused with other Lucas venues in the street, this one is on the 2nd storey of a wooden building up some stairs. Yellow ceiling beams and painted tables up the decor ante in the dining room, which serves…
Indonesian in Bajawa

Dito’s

Westerners are drawn to this rattan-walled, plastic-flower bedizened dining room with tire chairs out the front. It can be hit and miss, but you'll find Indonesian standards, Western and Chinese dishes and left-fiel…
Indonesian in Bajawa

Camellia

Open since 1993, this tiled dining room gets its charm mainly from its husband-wife owners. There are a few Western dishes, but try the chicken sate – it comes with a unique sweet, smoky pepper sauce. Good for big g…