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Kelimutu National Park is the smallest among six national parks in the stretch between Bali and the Nusa Tenggara islands. Its size obviously does not matter much when it offers one of the most spectacular wonders that nature has to offer. There are three lakes on the mountain sharing the same name, Kelimutu, meaning ‘the boiling lake’. Each has its own colors and a local name. But all are believed to be the resting place of departed souls.

Kelimutu lakes are unpredictable as to when and what color they will change into. Sometimes, the colors are blue, green, and black, and some other times they turn to white, red, and blue. The last time a traveler saw them, one was dark brown, just like a pond of chocolate. Previously, the east lake was red and the middle lake was blue.

Lake Kelimutu is part of the Kelimutu National Park, presenting a highly aesthetic value and surreal experience. The national park’s highest point is 5,679 feet at Mt Kelibara (1,731 meters), and 5,544 feet high (1,690 meters) at Mt Kelimutu. It is a national park that protects 19 endemic and endangered animals, among which, the Floresian punai (Treron floris), Wallacea owl (Otus silvicola), Floresian kancilan (Pachycephala nudigula), Floresian eagle (Spizeatus floris), and Timorese tesia (Tesia everetti).

If you want to get there, You can start fromKoanara village, in the Wolowaru sub-district is closest to Mt Kelimutu, and is about 66 km from the town of Ende, or 83 km from Maumere. Moni is the closest small town, lying at the foot of Mt Kelimutu. It is the gate to Lake Kelimutu. The distance between Moni and Kelimutu is 15 km. Or  You Can also get the information at  www.florestodaytour.com We will pleasure to guide you on how to get there.

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It’s enchanting to learn about the people of Flores in East Nusa Tenggara and their traditional woven fabric. When you visit the island, you will see people wearing tenun ikat throughout the region.

“This ikat fabric is very important for us,” Yosef Gervasius, an organizer of the Bliran Sina cultural center in Watu Blapi village, Maumere.The fabric must be present at all cultural occasions such as births, weddings and death ceremonies. It is also an important form of dowry that should be presented by a bride to her groom.

Read also: Two days Getaway on Komodo National Park

“At a wedding, the groom can bring money instead of woven ikat, but the woman should bring ikat,” Yosef said. “But if the bride-to-be brings fabric called kikir kobar, then the groom should be ready to bring a dowry worth the price of horse,” he said.

“How we determine dowries is not about how much we have to pay, but it’s about equality. It symbolizes eternal unity, so they must work hard together and save up for the next generation.”

Flores women play an important role in preserving this heritage. They must master the skill of weaving as they are the ones responsible for making fabric for their husbands and children.

“There must be someone who can weave in almost every house,” Yosef said.

Read also: Strolling Through Megalithic Village of Bena

Yosef said girls usually started to learn about making fabric in the fourth grade of elementary school. Their first lesson is about rolling threads. The weaving lessons start later, when they reach the fifth grade of high school. First, they learn to make clothes for men. After mastering that, they start to make clothes for women.

Ikat in Sikka regency is made manually using natural dyes, although Yosef said that nowadays a lot of fabrics were made using synthetic dyes, which could produce brighter colors.

A popular pattern features a gecko, which locals call a dragon, a symbol of luck for those who see it. Flores people also keep old sacred fabrics that can only be worn at special ceremonies. These fabrics are usually handed down for many generations and are considered precious for the family. The cloth displays certain patterns, usually with one main strip featuring different motifs, such as pineapple flowers, a symbol of women’s fertility, or a plate for offerings.

Up to 52 patterns have been registered as trademarks by the regency administration, which is currently registering other designs as well.
“At the moment we are waiting for an announcement from the Law and Human Rights Ministry that no one has filed a complaint about our attempt,” said Sikka regent Yoseph Ansa Rera.(jakartapost)


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Wednesday, 17 January 2018 00:00

Top 10 Destination in Labuan Bajo

Labuan Bajo is the capital of the district of Manggarai Barat (West Manggarai) and is located at the westernmost tip of the island. there are many other interesting places worth exploring in Labuan Bajo. We  recommend at least 10 points of destination that must be visited in Labuan Bajo namely;

1.Komodo Island
As the natural habitat of the largest lizard in the world, Komodo Island has been known worldwide. This island has been appointed as Komodo National Park alongside its neighbors, Rinca Island and Padar Island, together with the other smaller islands. Aside from the gigantic lizards, Komodo Island is also known to possess enchanting beaches and coral reefs, which become a true magnet for travelers around the globe.

2.Rinca Island
Somehow this island managed to gain more fame compared to its neighbor, Komodo Island. This fame is partly due to the island’s landscape of savannah and tropical forest that allow the visitors to undergo a spectacular journey while observing the lizards from up close. Besides, the chance of meeting the lizards is also higher than in Komodo Island. Rinca island provides more facilities for tourist as well.

This place is quite similar to Padar Island. It is due to its hills, actually. From the top of these hills, you can witness great scenery. Though, it takes much energy to get here. Make sure you have prepared enough stamina. In a nutshell, hiking is the most popular activity in Gili Laba. It is the main activity here. In order to reach the summit of the hill, you need to spend approximately 40 minutes. It can be either faster or slower. It depends on your stamina.

4.Gili Laba
Gili Laba is a small island near the main island Komodo. Gili Laba is an uninhabited island located one hour away from Komodo Island. From Labuan Bajo, it will take around four hours to get to the island. The island has become a popular travelers’ destination since the rise of many sailing trip tours offered by tour service agents in Flores and Lombok.
The island offers one-of-a kind view of the Flores sea from the top of its hill. When you arrive at the island, you will be greeted by the white, clean sand completed by the clear water with amazing combination of blue and green. The whole island has hills all over, with green savannah that turns yellowish when the dry season comes.

Read : Amazing Trip, Two Days Getaway on Komodo Sea

5.Pink beach
This peculiar beach gets its color from red coral fragments. It is definitely a great place to spend some time by just laying back or enjoying the underwater world with your snorkeling equipment.
Another pink beach smaller in size can be found on Komodo Island as well. The shallow reef begins just in front of the beach. Being deep enough to snorkel at low tide and not too deep at high tide, it is one of the best snorkeling spots in the park.
Snorkeling is a favorite activity to do here. Accompanied by the sea breeze and the flying birds, it will give you the perfect feel of tropical paradise. Eventhough Gili Island is located near Komodo National Park, you don’t have to worry about the predators. There isn’t any known komodo living in the island.

6.Batu Cermin Cave
Batu Cermin cave is set within an impressive prominent rock formation near Labuan Bajo. Through a hole in the cave, rays of light find their way into the cave’s inside walls where they perform a spectacular show of reflected sunlight. This fascinating effect is caused by some slick, mirror-like rock surfaces that reflect the light. Hence the cave’s name, Batu Cermin, which means ‘mirror rock’ in Indonesian. If you want to experience this visual delight in all its beauty, make sure to be there at the right time: depending on the time of year, the sunrays only hit the hole between 9 and 10am.
However, the cave is a lovely site not only during these morning hours, but at any time of the day. Batu Cermin lies in a fantastic natural environment with an excellent panoramic view over the mainland and the islands nearby. It is surrounded by forests where long-tailed monkeys and wild boars live.

7.Cunca Rami Waterfall
The impressive Cunca Rami waterfall, with its many pretty pools that offer a refreshing, natural swimming experience, makes a fantastic day trip from Labuan Bajo. Starting from Werang, which is located 35km southeast of Labuan Bajo, it takes you about a 1½  hour scenic walk through an area which seems to be relatively untouched by modern civilization. Hiking through small villages and agricultural land, this walk is also a lesson in culture and agriculture. If you are with a local guide, it will be easy for you to get involved in conversations with villagers and farmers along the way. The trail leads you across various villages before it stretches out into open farmlands with water buffaloes, pigs, and goats grazing freely in the fields.
You can observe the various stages of rice cultivation and the traditional drying methods throughout the trail. Keep an eye out for banana, cacao, vanilla, and avocado plantations – it is amazing how everything grows and prospers seemingly effortless in this fertile area.

8. Mount Mbeliling
Mount Mbeliling, located in West Manggarai, is the highest mountain in this region. The Mbeliling Forest Reserve, which spans over an area of 15,000 hectares, is the habitat of numerous endemic plant species and birds. Its large variety of flora and fauna make it a perfect trekking destination, especially during the dry season.
Roe Village, situated at an altitude of 600 meters above sea level at the foothills of Mount Mbeliling (1239m), is the ideal starting point for a trek to the mountain. The village is located only 27km away from Labuan Bajo on the Transflores ‘highway’.

9.Cunca Wulang Canyon
Cunca Wulang Canyon, located 30km east of Labuan Bajo and nestled in a tropical rainforest setting, is one of Flores’ most striking spots for outdoor activities. Impressive waterfalls cascade into beautiful, fresh-water pools and lead into a series of smaller waterfalls and rivers a few kilometers downstream.
In recent years, Cunca Wulang gained popularity among the canyoning community as an excellent destination for this popular outdoor sport. Even if canyoning is not your favorite sport, the area still offers good hiking and swimming options. The medium-impact hike to Cunca Wulang from Wersawe Village is pleasantly seamed by paddy fields in different stages of their planting and harvesting cycle. Vanilla, coffee, candlenut, and cacao can also be seen along the trail; and the last, steep part leads you through a section of lush tropical rain forest.

10.Sano Nggoang Crater Lake
Sano Nggoang Crater Lake is located approximately 35km east of Labuan Bajo. With depths of up to 500m, it is said to be among the world’s deepest crater lakes.
The lake and an overall surrounding area of 5,500 hectares are proposed to become a protected area due to the remaining forests and endemic bird species such as the native Flores crow and the Flores monarch. Enthusiastic bird watchers and nature lovers should make sure to bring along their binoculars. Besides the birds, there is an abundance of attractive flora and fauna that can be spotted in this area.

Sano Nggoang offers the full range of nature tourism attractions and activities, from hiking to bird watching, swimming, or simply relaxing in a natural hot spring. What’s more, it offers you to gain an insight in the local people’s customs, traditional farming practices, and everyday life.

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East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Property Businessmen offers 10 exotic place in Labuan Bajo to Arab  Saudi  investor. In the first Saudi Arabia Investor Forum for Real Estate Conference the consultant of PT. Flores Today Indonesia Julius Slamet propose some place to be a resort,hotel and some tourism place to be manage by Arab Saudi investor.

“ We have a lot of place in NTT. It is primarily in Labuan Bajo and Sumba. You can get it. all the island  are close with Komodo Island, he told Monday( 15/1/2018) in Saudi Arabian Embassy for Indonesia building.

Meanwhile the Director PT. Flores Today Indonesia Rudi Sembiring Melaila elaborate that they will welcome to investor who interested in developing the resort and hotel in 10 island.
“There are 10 island available to build resort and villa. It has a good prospect for business. The people in Flores and Sumba always warm welcome to all people,” he said.

For the security of proprietors he told, there is a regulation. The investor could have 75 % proprietary then 25 %  for the green open space.

He said, there are some area in NTT has been managed by  foreign investor.  60% comes from Australia, and other such from Italia Jerman, Amerika, Belgia, Perancis and Jepang.

All the foreign investor that they cannot get the land in Indonesia unless they joined with the local firm to get a land.
“The foreign investor must be under company and their stock must be corporate with the local company”.

In this event there are 200 Saudi Arabian investors together with Indonesia entrepreneurs.
This event aim to present the opportunities investment  in real estate Indonesia to Saudi Arabian businessmen.


Source : detik.com

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For those of you who want to see Komodo dragons and enjoy the scenery of the island padar while do snorkeling to enjoy the beauty of underwater scenery, Here we provide some  beautyfull  place  for you. The first place is Padar Island.  The journey will start from the port of Labuan Bajo.

At 07:00 am, the trip to Padar island will take 1 hour by speedboat, arriving on the island Padar, you only need about 2 hours to do trekking, along the hills to enjoy the beauty of the scenery which is amazing, from the top of your hill can see the beauty of beaches and charming hills.

After completing the trekking on the island of Padar, the journey will continue to Pink Beach, a unique beach because it has pink sand. Pink beach or red beach is one of only 7 pink sand beaches in the world, In addition to its unique and beautiful beach conditions, the underwater life at Pink Beach will keep you hypnotised.

There are various types of fish species, millions of types of coral reefs, and various types of other marine biota. Here you can swim and snorkel as much as possible and swim and enjoy lunch.

Read: Amazing Tour, Two Days Getaway on Komodo National Park Sea

Once satisfied swimming and snorkeling then the journey will continue to see the life of Komodo, arrived on the island of Komodo, trekking approximately 2 hours to see the way of life of ancient animals Varanus Komodo in the wild and other animals such as wild deer, wild pigs, monkeys and wild buffalo.

After finish trekking on Komodo Island then the trip will be forwarded back to Labuan Bajo port, upon arrival at the port then your tour journey is complete. We are sure you have had a wonderful trip for 1 day.

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Komodo National Park in Flores, East Nusa Tenggara, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. With a total size of 1,817 square kilometers, the place covers three major islands, namely Komodo, Padar and Rinca, in addition to numerous islets.

Established in 1980, the park was initially intended to conserve the endangered Komodo Dragon and its habitat. As its popularity increased, more tourists could be found visiting the site to explore its other attractions as well.
Here are the top five recommended destinations available at the national park according to kompas.com.

Loh Buaya
Loh Buaya is the main habitat of Komodo dragons in Rinca Island. It takes two-hour boat ride from Labuan Bajo to reach it.
While in Loh Buaya, tourists will be accompanied by a tour guide, allowing them to learn more about the giant lizards. Other recommended activities in Loh Buaya include trekking and chilling on the beach.

Pink Beach
Pink Beach is among the must-visit places in the Komodo National Park. Its unusual and striking color comes from a microscopic organism called Foraminifera, which produces a red pigment on the coral reefs. According to Wonderful Indonesia's website, this beach is the perfect place for snorkelers and beginner divers as its shallow water allows amateur sea explorers to catch a glimpse of the breathtaking underwater life.

Read also: Let's Explore Komodo, Rinca Three Days

Padar is mostly savannah-covered, surreal landscape fringed by bright green-capped mountains of fairy-tale shapes. It’s all surrounded by three turquoise bays, and curiously, each one of the bays’ beaches has different coloured sand: One is pearly white, another charcoal black, and a third is a very rare baby pink. It is a rare combination, a quirk of this unique island.

Gili Laba
Gili Laba is a small island in Komodo National Park. Popular for trekking, the small hills allow adventure-seeker to enjoy breathtaking views of the national park. During the dry season, the green hills turn into a yellow savanna.

Komodo Tourism Village
In Komodo Tourism Village, tourist will be able to witness a day in the life of Komodo natives. Home to 1,700 residents, the place also allows tourists to purchase some unique souvenirs, such as Komodo dragon wooden sculptures. (jakartapost)

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Kupang - The population of Komodo dragons in the Komodo National Park has reached 3,012 heads in 2017, according to Sudiyono, head of the park.

"Last year, the population was 3,012, and it tended to increase, particularly those on Gili Motang Nusa Kode isles, where its population was very small in the past," he stated here on Thursday.

He explained that the population of Komodo dragons (Varanus Komodoensis) in Labuan Bajo, West Manggarai District, is stable and not on the brink of extinction.

The giant lizards are found on the isles of Padar, Gili Motang, Nusa Kode, Komodo, and Rinca.

Adult Komodo dragons eat wild boars, deer, and horses, while the smaller ones consume insects and poultry.

Founded in 1980, Komodo National Park is home to the endemic Komodo dragon, the world?s only surviving prehistoric giant lizard.

Read Also : EXotic Tour, Three Days Explores the Wonderfull of Komodo

The park includes three larger islands, namely Komodo, Rinca, and Padar, as well as numerous smaller ones, with a total area of 1,817 square kilometers.

In 1977, Komodo National Park was named a biosphere reserve by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). In 1991, UNESCO named the island accommodating around three thousand komodo dragons as a world heritage.

Source : Antaranews.com

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Jakarta - Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan said on Tuesday (09/01) that the government will adopt an integrated approach to develop four priority tourist destinations this year.

"We will do everything applying an integrated approach, which will help us avoid mistakes. Developing tourism is the fastest way to create employment," Luhut said at a press conference in Jakarta.

The destinations are Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Borobudur Temple in Central Java, Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara and Mandalika in West Nusa Tenggara. They are part of Indonesia's "10 New Balis," which the government has been promoting heavily.

The minister said in the area of Borobudur also Karimun Jawa and Solo will be developed.
Luhut added that despite lack of tourism development in Lake Toba and Labuan Bajo, an increase in tourist visits was recorded there last year and the government will seize the potential by prioritizing their tourism infrastructure.

Labuan Bajo, for example, struggles with waste management, clean water supply and roads. In spite of these problems, however, the number of visitors increased threefold from last year.

Read : Exotic Tour, Three Days Visit Wonderful of Komodo

"There was a 300 percent increase in the number of tourists, even though a lot needs to be fixed. Now we are speeding up our efforts and hoping to finish before the annual meeting," Luhut said, referring to the annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in October.

The meeting will take place in Nusa Dua, Bali, and is expected to have 15,000 participants from 189 countries. Labuan Bajo's proximity to Bali and increasing popularity are likely to make them extend their visit.

Developing the tourism industry in Mandalika, according to Luhut, includes cooperation with Qatar, which expressed interest to build two five-star hotels, and state-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura I to extend the Lombok International Airport's runway.


Source : Jakarta Globe

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