From snorkeling with coral sharks to sleeping in a traditional cone-shaped hunt, this weeklong itinerary is full of off-the-beaten-path adventures. You'll explore western Flores and the Komodo Archipelago, accompanied by knowledgeable local guides and rangers. Work your way through rugged terrain to secluded caves and remote villages, overnighting in local homes and breaking bread with locals. Then embark on a three-day boat trip through the Komodo archipelago that features jungle hikes, wildlife-viewing walks, and underwater excursions where you'll have the chance to snorkel with colorful fish.

Highlights

  • Swim in the otherworldly Rangko Cave
  • Hike to the village of Wae Rebo and stay in a local home 
  • Observe Komodo dragons in their natural habitat
  • Snorkel with manta rays in the Savu Sea
  • Sleep in a traditional cone-shaped hut

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Flores & Explore Gua Rangko Labuan Bajo, Flores
Day 2 Hike to Wulang Canyon & Drive to Pusut Pusut, Flores
Day 3 Explore Pusut & Trek to Wae Rebo Wae Rebo, Flores
Day 4 Return to Labuan Bajo Labuan Bajo, Flores
Day 5 Snorkel the Komodo Archipelago  Komodo Island
Day 6 Get to Know Rinca & Komodo Islands Komodo Island
Day 7 Snorkel Manta Point - End of Trip  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Flores & Explore Gua Rangko

Indonesia - Labuan Bajo - Gua Rangko Cave
Cave swim in Rangko Cave

Welcome to Indonesia! You'll start your trip on Flores Island. Take a short trip along the coast to Labuan Bajo, where you will board a boat to explore Rangko Cave (commonly referred to as the Secret Cave). Spend some time swimming in the cave's turquoise waters, taking in colorful coral and the otherworldly environs, before eating lunch on the boat. Return to Labuan Bajo in the late afternoon, stopping along the way to visit another cave, Batu Cermin. Dine on grilled seafood on the harborfront after heading to your hotel and getting some rest.

Day 2: Hike to Wulang Canyon & Drive to Pusut

Wulang Canyon
Along the trail to Wulang Canyon

This morning you will head inland to Cunca Wulang for some trekking. With a local guide, you'll hike to the limestone chasm of Liang Rodak, then onward to Wulang Canyon. Cool off with a refreshing swim before enjoying a picnic lunch. Afterward, you'll drive further east to the village of Pusut and your homestay. You will meet your hosts and enjoy a simple meal before going to sleep in their guest quarters.

Day 3: Explore Pusut & Trek to Wae Rebo

Spiderweb Ricefields
Striking vistas over "spiderweb" ricefields

This morning, hike up the hill just outside of Pusut for breathtaking views over the "spiderweb" rice fields below. Then switch gears and drive to Ruteng, picking up your local guide before trekking to the small village of Wae Rebo. In the heart of Mangarai, you will meet the village chief and learn about local rituals and traditions. You will spend the night sharing a traditional cone-shaped hut with a local family.

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Day 4: Return to Labuan Bajo

Wae Rebo
Traditional cone-shaped huts in Wae Rebo

Share an early breakfast with your host family before gearing up for the hike back to the road outside of Wae Rebo. You'll make the return journey to Labuan Bajo, which takes about five hours. You'll arrive at your hotel in the early evening and have some free time to relax or sample regional cuisine in a local restaurant. 

Day 5: Snorkel the Komodo Archipelago 

Clown fishes
 Colorful fish in the Savu Sea

This morning, travel a short distance to Labuan Bajo's port to board a boat — your home base for the next few days. Enjoy the seaside views as you navigate your way through the Savu Sea and Komodo National Park. Along the way, there will be opportunities to snorkel. At sunset, from the vantage point of your "floating hotel," you'll get to see thousands of giant black bats make their nightly migration from their home in the mangroves to hunt on the island of Flores.

Day 6: Get to Know Rinca & Komodo Islands

Komodo Dragons
Count the Komodo dragons

After breakfast on board, you'll transfer to Rinca Island to join a local ranger who will take you to panoramic viewpoints over the archipelago, teach you about native wildlife, and point out Komodo dragons in the wild. Afterward, you will return to Komodo Island to explore the famous Pink Beach, so named for the color of its sand: the hue is created by a mixture of crushed red and white corals. In the afternoon, accompanied by another ranger, you will go on a nature walk to discover other wildlife on the island, including lizards, wild pigs, and parrots. 

Day 7: Snorkel Manta Point - End of Trip

Manta Point, Komodo
Snorkeling near Manta Point

Take the morning to snorkel, beginning in Manta Point. If you're lucky, you'll swim with rays, turtles, and harmless coral sharks. Continue to Kanawa for additional snorkeling to see if you can spot scorpionfish, parrotfish, and rays before returning to Labuan Bajo in the early afternoon. You'll transfer to the airport for your onward journey home. Safe travels!

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Map of Explore Flores & the Komodo Archipelago - 7 Days
Map of Explore Flores & the Komodo Archipelago - 7 Days