Flores Island, Nusa Tenggara
Flores is located to the east of Bali and belongs to the Small – Sunda – Islands. In company with the island Sumba, the western part of the island Timor and a few smaller islands – Alor, Sabu Rote, Solor and Lembata – Flores belongs to the province Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia whose capital Kupang is on West Timor.
Flores is the most fascinating and beautiful island. Long hidden in the shadows of its more famous neighbor Bali, the island of Flores is finally emerging as a unique destination of its own. So, after visiting the lair of the Komodo dragons, take time to marvel at some of the wonders of Flores. Here you can swim in pristine lakes and waterfalls, dive at one of the 50 spectacular dive sites, go kayaking among craggy coasts and mangrove shores, explore mysterious caves and be warmly welcomed by the island’s people in their rituals, dances and daily life.
The name means ‘Flowers’, and that is what there area – profusion of wild flowers spilling out of every hedgerow and craggy nook, but most of all hydrangeas, the most typical plant of the Azores. At 55 square miles in area, neither one of the largest nor one of the smallest islands, in some ways Flores could be considered typical of all the islands. The 5,000 inhabitants work mostly in the fields, growing cereals, fruit, vegetables and vines, or derive their livelihood from the sea.
Flores spells adventure, diving, eco-tours, and mountain climbing interspersed with visits to prehistoric heritage sites, traditional villages and cultural events.
Lake of Kelimutu is one tourist attraction that is very interesting volcanic tourism, the lake is the mainstay of tourism on the island of Flores. Flores Island is an island located in the eastern Indonesian archipelago.
The Three Colored Lakes of Keli Mutu are recognized as a natural wonder. The colors of the lakes have changed over the years, is it the changing chemical or biological composition of the craters’ water causing this color change – ponder on it while you view one of Indonesia’s most mysterious and dramatic sights. The colors, however, have changed continually since the eruption of Mount in Ende in 1969.
Labuan Bajo – West Flores
Labuanbajo, also spelled Labuhan bajo is a traditional fishing village, lies at the extreme western part of Flores Island. It has recently developed as a local diving destination and serves as a jumping off point for the trip to Komodo Island. There are many other interesting places to visit around Labuanbajo, the petrified forest and several spectacular caves like Batu Cermin, Batu Susun and Waraloka Cave, antique ceramics have been found at the latter. Flores Island is also known as the habitat of giant Lizards know as Komodo Dragons which have been found in Manggarai, Riung, Ngada and the northern areas of Ende.
Batu Cermin Cave
A white shining rock formation which, seen in a certain light, resembles large mirrors, gives this locale its name. Batu Cermin is the Indonesian name for Mirror Rock. Shown is the limestone Mirror Rock that gives this outcrop its name. Depending on the time of year the sun shines into the canyon between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. and is reflected on the walls.This creates a spectacular visual effect.
The main cave is located at the centre of Batu Cermin. A ladder walkway connects the central area where the main cave is located. The walkway leads through a series of chambers before opening into the main narrow canyon of the “Mirror Rock.’’
Observe bats and spiders in the caves. While bats are found in abundance, you have to be very lucky to see the local spiders who, when approached, quickly scamper out of sight.