Things to do in Flores

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Bugis schooner at dusk, Flores Sea Photo: Christina Pfeiffer

A 400-kilometre-long island in Indonesia, which has recently become more accessible to travellers through new Garuda Indonesia Explore flights from Denpasar, Flores is the new Bali. Home of the Komodo dragon, it is rich in natural and cultural wonders. There’s plenty to discover and the good news is there are few pesky souvenir sellers. So pack your surf board and sense of adventure. Here are our top 10 things to do in Flores.

1Explore Labuan Bajo

A small town on the west coast of Flores, Labuan Bajo is a laid-back gateway to the region.

There are a few good restaurants, such as Café Selini and the multilevel Treetops Café, which has harbour views and tables made from restored teak from old fishing boats.

For a dash of adventure, crawling through the Batu Cermin Cave, which has stalagmites and stalactites and plenty of bats hanging on the ceiling.

2Cruise the Flores Sea on a Bugis schooner

3Komodo dragon hunting

4Island hopping

5Discover the wonders of the ocean

6Delve into history at Bung Karno museum

7Watch the sunrise on Mount Kelimutu

8Visit Saga Traditional Village

9Sample local food

10Discover weaving traditions