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Top Choice National Park in Kelimutu

Kelimutu National Park

Kelimutu National Park is a Nusa Tenggara must. Its centrepiece is Gunung Kelimutu, crowned by three startling lakes that shift colour thanks to dissolving minerals. Try to swallow your outrage at locals paying only…
Top Choice Cafe in Moni

Mopi's Place

Moni has a surprisingly contagious vibe, and this is the heart of it. The open-sided Indo-Australian affair starts with local coffee, house soy milk and freshly baked bread; progresses to exceptional Indonesian main…
Top Choice Indonesian in Ende

Sari Rasa

This sparkling-clean, bare-walled restaurant is filled with travellers out for a taste of of local food, but who come back for Martin, the charismatic owner and self-appointed "captain of the boat". He'll explain th…
Top Choice Seafood in Paga

Restaurant Laryss

Don't miss this beachside fish shack. Sit at a tree-shaded table on the sand and order the catch of the day or a soul-stirring ikan kuah assam (tamarind fish soup). The sambal here demands second helpings. Owner and…
Top Choice Indonesian in Labuan Bajo

Pasar Malam

Bajo town's most atmospheric dinner spot. Stalls with hand-painted names are fronted by tables of fresh seafood, with others specialising in more affordable nasi goreng, mei goreng and bakso (meatball noodle soup). …
Top Choice Italian in Labuan Bajo

MadeInItaly

Bajo's best Italian is known for thin-crust pizza and fresh pasta. Sit in a stylish, semi-open dining room or air-conditioned cellar with river-stone walls. Ingredients are imported from Italy and grown on restauran…
Top Choice Beach in Paga

Pantai Koka

About 5km west of Pantai Paga, look for a small, partially paved road that runs for 2km through a cocoa plantation to a stunning double bay. Facing a promontory are two perfect crescents of sand; one protected and a…
Top Choice Viewpoint in Ruteng

Spider Web Rice Fields

The greatest local site is actually 20km west of Ruteng near Cara kampung. The legendary Spider Web Rice Fields are vast creations shaped as implied, which is also the shape of Manggarai roofs that fairly divide pro…
Top Choice Japanese in Labuan Bajo

Happy Banana

This inviting, wholesome spot has something for everyone, including vegans. Staff are trained in the art of sushi, with everything from udon noodles to gyoza made from scratch. The 'no rules' policy means you can st…
Marine Reserve in Riung

Seventeen Islands Marine Park

These uninhabited islands are as diverse as they are beautiful. The mangrove isle of Pulau Ontoloe hosts a massive colony of flying foxes and a few Komodo dragons, while Pulau Rutong and Pulau Temba boast picture-pe…