Needing to get away from the usual hot spots in Indonesia like Bali, Sumatra and Java? Want to be a trailblazer? Perhaps a travel pioneer amongst your peers? If you are looking for a new place to go in Indonesia, then head out down to one of the Lesser Sunda Islands and step into the typical lush, scenic and beautiful Indonesian wonderland – only this time it’s Flores.
Flores you say? Please explain a little bit about the island. Ok, no problem. Since it is not as visited as say Bali, Sumatra or Java, the island may need a little explanation. If you find Java on the map, keep following it east until you reach the very tip. Cross the ocean and voila, there is Flores.
Ok. So now you know where it is. So, what’s there? You heard of the Komodo Dragon? Well aside from its more famous home in Komodo, these gigantic lizards also call Flores home. Another huge animal resides these islands. Is it a result of island gigantism? Who knows? Hold your scream for a little bit because this animal is the Flores Giant Rat. It is about 40 centimeters in length with a tail ranging from 35-7- centimeters. In case you were wondering, this is twice the size of your typical rat. Eeek!
Alright, let’s get down to the fun part. One of the most famous attractions in Flores is Kelimutu, a collection of three colored lakes in the district of Ende. Just keep watching. These lakes do change color, ranging from aquamarine, bright red, reddish brown, dark brown and green right before your very eyes! Flores has good snorkeling and scuba diving sites in several locations along the north coast, most notably Maumere, the island’s largest city and Riung town.
If you like to observe simple village life, there’s tons on the island! Witness tribes and locals as they go along with their daily routines. Who knows, you may be treated to a tribal village dance or ceremony!
So, there you have it. Simple yet filled with enough things to do and places to go to satisfy just about any visitor. And if that isn’t enough, head on over to Komodo afterwards, the official home of the gigantic lizards.
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