This week-long itinerary of western Flores is for the adventurous traveler seeking an authentic experience over a comfortable one. Accompanied by an English-speaking driver as well as local guides for excursions, you'll start in Labuan Bajo, working your way through rugged terrain to secluded caves and remote villages before embarking on a three-day boat trip through the Komodo archipelago. You'll overnight in traditional homes, break bread with locals, hike through Indonesian jungle, and snorkel stunning coral reefs.

Highlights

  • Swim in the otherworldly Rangko Cave
  • Hike to the village of Wae Rebo and overnight with locals 
  • Observe Komodo dragons in their natural habitat
  • Snorkel with manta rays in the Savu Sea

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Flores - Explore Gua Rangko & Batu Cermin Labuan Bajo
Day 2 Hike to Wulang Canyon - Drive to Pusut Pusut
Day 3 Explore Pusut - Trek to Wae Rebo Wae Rebo
Day 4 Flores: From Wae Rebo to Labuan Bajo Labuan Bajo
Day 5 Navigate & snorkel the Komodo archipelago  Komodo Island
Day 6 Explore Rinca & Komodo Islands Komodo Island
Day 7 Snorkel Manta Point & Kanawa; Return to Labuan Bajo; Depart  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Flores - Explore Gua Rangko & Batu Cermin

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

Welcome to Flores Island! Arrive in eastern Indonesia's Komodo airport and meet your driver for the short trip along the coast to  Labuan Bajo. Here 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 the coral floor and otherworldly environs, before eating lunch aboard the boat. Return to Labuan Bajo in the late afternoon, stopping along the way to visit another cave, Batu Cermin. Take the evening to dine on grilled seafood on the harborfront after checking into your hotel.

Day 2: Hike to Wulang Canyon - Drive to Pusut

Wulang Canyon
Trek to Wulang Canyon

This morning you will head inland to Cunca Wulang (1 hour) for a bit of trekking. With a local guide, hike to the limestone Liang Rodak chasm and onward to the Wulang Canyon (2 hours). Cool off with a refreshing swim, before enjoying a picnic lunch. After drying off, take to the road and drive further east to the village of Pusut and your homestay. Here you will meet your hosts who will introduce you to the property, its simple amenities, as well as showcase regional crafts. 

Day 3: Explore Pusut - Trek to Wae Rebo

Spiderweb Ricefields
Enjoy a morning hike for striking vistas over nearby "spiderweb" ricefields

Take the morning to hike the hill just outside of Pusut for breathtaking views over the "spiderweb" rice fields below (1 hour). From there, you'll switch gears and drive to Ruteng, picking up your local guide before stopping to trek the rest of the way to the small village of Wae Rebo. In the heart of Mangarai country, you will meet the village chief first before learning more about local rituals and traditions from your guide. Here you will spend the night sharing a traditional cone-shaped hut with a local family.

Hike duration (to Wae Rebo): 3 hours (with a 1,640 foot or 500 m elevation gain)

Day 4: Return to Labuan Bajo

Wae Rebo
Admire the traditional cone-shaped buildings in Wae Rebo

Share an early breakfast with the villagers before gearing up for your hike back to the road outside of Wae Rebo and to your driver for the return journey to Labuan Bajo (5 hours). Upon arrival, settle into your hotel before taking the rest of the afternoon to spend as you like.

Hike duration: 3 hours (covering a decline of 1,640 feet or 500 m)

Day 5: Navigate & snorkel the Komodo archipelago 

Clown fishes
Snorkel the Savu Sea and discover the colorful wildlife like the clownfish

After breakfast, transfer the short distance to Labuan Bajo's port to board your home for the next few days. Enjoy the seaside views as you navigate your way to the Komodo National Park. Along the way, there will be opportunities to snorkel and explore the multicolored seabed. At sunset, from the vantage of your "floating hotel," you'll get to see the thousands of giant black bats make their nightly migration from their home in the mangroves to eat on Flores.

Day 6: Explore 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 the wildlife, and introduce you to your first Komodo dragons (2 hours). Afterward, you will return to Komodo Island to explore the famous Pink Beach, so named for the color of its sand, a mixture of crushed red and white corals. In the afternoon,  accompanied by another ranger you will walk to discover other specimens native to the island, including lizards, wild pigs, and parrots. 

Day 7: Snorkel Manta Point & Kanawa - Return to Labuan Bajo - Depart

Manta Point, Komodo
Manta Point, Komodo

Take the morning to snorkel, beginning in Manta Point, where if you're lucky, you'll swim with the rays as well as turtles and sometimes harmless coral sharks. Continue to Kanawa for additional snorkeling and see if you can spot scorpion fish, parrot fish, and rays common to the area. Next, you'll return to Labuan Bajo in the early afternoon for your transfer to the airport and your onward journey home. 

Map

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