Exploring Flores – a True Gem in Indonesia
Flores in Indonesia is an Island famous for being home to the carnivorous Komodo Dragons, it’s gorgeous Pink Beach and stunning diving & snorkelling spots. In recent years it has become one of Indonesia’s hottest tourist destinations, and there are big plans for this Island to make it to everyone’s Travel Bucket List.
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Getting to Flores From Bali
Getting to Flores from Bali is easy with a direct flight into Labuan Bajo. The flights are only one hour & 10 minutes long and see you land close to the city if Labuan Bajo. Flights from Bali to Flores, Indonesia range from 500,000 Rp ($35 USD) – 1,000,000 Rp ($70 USD) each way, depending on which airline you fly and when.
You can also book private 2, 3, or 4-day trips from Bali to Flores (see below)
Where to Stay in Flores, Indonesia?
There are several accommodation options both in Labuan Bajo & on the surrounding Islands (which you need to take a boat to reach once you land at the airport). For our trip with based ourselves at Labun Bajo’s first ever five-star resort, AYANA Komodo. This resort is what holiday dreams are made of, and it’s only a 10-minute car journey from the airport.
TIP: There is no online transport or traditional taxis in Labuan Bajo yet. To get to your accommodation you can either arrange this through your hotel or negotiate with a local driver at the airport. The going rate is 50,000Rp into Labuan Bajo township, 100,000 Rp to AYANA Komodo Resort.
Things to See and Do in Flores, Indonesia
When it comes to romantic occasions, AYANA Komodo does it better than anyone! You can catch the famous sunset on a floating raft set up with a picnic or dinner, enjoy a rooftop romantic dinner set up with hundreds of candles, take your breakfast on the private seaside deck, or enjoy a dinner cruise at sunset on their cruise boat AYANA Lako Sae.
The team at AYANA Komodo really go the extra mile to ensure that your special occasion is well and truly catered to. No detail is left out from music, to candles, to food, to decor…. we even quickly found that even every staff member was so good at taking photos, it was like having a personal photographer there with us for the whole trip!
AYANA Komodo is home to a range of dining and drinking destinations. From UNIQUE Rooftop Bar to the ocean front, live grill KISIK Seafood Restaurant, there are a total of seven outlets within the resort to enjoy the five-star cuisines and carefully curated drinks. We especially enjoyed Naga Bar during our stay, which is located at the end of the iconic pier at the resort. Here you literally dive right into the beautiful blue ocean waters right from the bar itself!There is a lot to explore both on and off the water in Flores and these are just some of the highlights…
This resort is not just for couples though. It has an amazing kids club and a lot of kids’ activities too. AYANA Kids Club caters to kids of all ages and has lots of fun experiences for kids to enjoy during their stay. Kids and adults can even take some time to make a difference in KOMODO’s preservation during their stay while taking part in the resort’s coral planting program.
Of course, the true star of the show on this Island is the nature and you must take some time to enjoy it! AYANA Komodo arranged all our adventures for us. They own a range of boats that you can charter or join a group trip during your stay.
There is a lot to explore both on and off the water in Flores and these are just some of the highlights…
Komodo Island is part of the Komodo National Park and is UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is home to the famous Komodo Dragons, the largest monitor lizards on the planet. A trip to Komodo Island must be taken with a guide, and you must follow their instructions. It is a real treat to get up close and personal with these amazing animals, but they can be dangerous…so listen to your guide!
TIP: You can combine a visit to Komodo Island as part of an Island Hopper adventure where you also get to visit Pink Beach, Padar Island and take some time to snorkel in the gorgeous turquoise waters. Click here to book a day-trip to Komodo Island from Labuan Bajo.
Snorkel at Manta Point
Beside motorbike tours the resort also offers guided hikes through the rice fields and down to the river. We didn’t get to do this during our stay but plan to do it next visit. The guide will take you right through the rice terraces and down to the river, explaining the local area to you.
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