Flores island is one of the island on East Nusa Tenggara province. It stretches between the east longitudes of 118° and 125°, and between the latitudes of 8° and 11° south. The east Nusa Tenggara cover the area 49,880 sq km and it has a population of 3,500,000. Flores becomes one of the biggest island on the territory of East Nusa Tenggara or NTT which comprises 566 islands, including many smaller islands which are not in-habitated and unnamed. The three main islands are Flores, Sumba and Timor from which comes the term ‘Flobamor’, which has been familiar as one of the names of NTT.
1. The most famous tourist attraction in Flores is Kelimutu; three coloured lakes in the district of Ende. These coloured lakes change colours on a regular basis. The latest colours (late 2004) were said to be turquoise, brown and black. Kelimutu is the name of a long extinct volcano that has become commonly excepted as one the most and if not the most wonderful and fascinating natural sight in the whole Indonesian archipelago. Its distinct feature is the three huge colored lakes at the top. The largest of which is a bright turquoise, a close by green lake and slightly further away a black lake. These wonderful sights owe there interesting colours to chemical reactions that occur in the volcanic craters and more interestingly these colours change throughout time and even on a periodic fluctuation basis, only 30 years ago the green lake was a maroon brown colour.
2. Bajawa – is one of the best areas in Nusa Tenggara to see indigenous architecture in local ethnic minority villages
Bajawa is a hinterland town for nearby harbors and is part of the coffee making system of this area. Located in the middle of Flores although close to the coasts, Bajawa is a highland village in the centre of a ring of mountains. Bajawa is a lovely little pace and well worth a visit if you are staying in any of the surrounding villages or passing through. This is due to the nearby volcanoes, the gorgeous hot springs and the surrounding villages that area of particular interest. These surrounding village have retained there unique traditions and social practices that are refreshing to view and consider, particularly the village of Ngada. Ngada is of particular interest in physical village set up and the culture within. Firstly the village consists of Indonesian style thatched huts that although are common in Indonesia, here area arranged and presented in a different way.
3. Ruteng – ethnic minority center interesting local villages
Labuan Bajo is port of entrance to Flores if taking the ferry from Bima sumbawa as well as the crossings from Denpasar and some crossings from Sulawesi and Bumba. Labuan as has a domestic airport receiving flights from Denpasar and other Indonesian Airports. Labuan is commonly used as jump off point to Komodo and Rinca in order to view the extensive wildlife on land and under the water in this protected area of incredible biodiversity including the almost exclusive residents, the Komodo dragons that are visible on the dry tropical land areas. However Labuan Bajo is my no means is a town to pass through for necessity only, Labuan Bajo is a beautiful, interesting and quaint enough place to spend a few days if you have them spare and witness the local culture and areas close by such as the villages and weavers.
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