Flores is one of southern islands in the Nusa Tenggara chain and continues the line of volcanoes from west to east. This is the home to the extinct Homo floresiensis nicknamed the ‘Flores man’. The 670 km Trans Flores highway snakes its way through tropical rainforest covered highlands visiting remote villages which are mostly catholic with animistic traditions. The mountain village of Ruteng is a good base to explore the natural beauty of the surrounding spiderweb rice field as well as trekking the highest peak in Flores.
The highlight of the interior is the volcano crater lakes at Kelimutu. These lakes continuously change colour due to thermal movement below and watching the sunrise is a truly magical experience.
To the west we have the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Komodo National Park. These amazing islands have beautiful beaches along the coast and excellent trekking to picturesque viewpoints over the area. This is home to the endemic Komodo dragon and the marine areas are a must for divers and snorkelers especially if you are interested in spending time with manta rays!