Are you ready for an exciting adventure? Prepare your snorkel, diving gears, trekking shoes, and all your adventure equipment for the Komodo Festival from March 5th to 10th, 2018. The festival will present you the best opportunity to explore the magnificent Komodo National Park and all of its outstanding attractions. This event will be centered at the harbor town of Labuan Bajo in West Manggarai Regency, East Nusa Tenggara Province.
The festival will be highlighted with various exciting activities such as Komodo Parade, Photography Competition, Beach Volley Competition, Rowing Competition, Komodo Beauty Pageant, Handicrafts Exhibition, Art and Music Performance, and a whole lot more. Moreover, there will also be a Cultural Carnival and Komodo Natural Adventure.
This is the perfect time for you to explore all the magnificent wonders of Labuan Bajo and all the islands in Komodo National Park, from pristine white sand beaches, as well as the unique and exceptional pink beach, breathtaking underwater scenery, amazing natural landscape, and the unique tradition and culture of the local people. So, be sure to bring along your camera to capture all of the amazing things.
According to the Head of the Office of Tourism of East Nusa Tenggara, Marius Ardu Jelamu, participants will be taken to visit the Papagarang traditional village during the festival. Situated between Labuan Bajo, Komodo Island, and Rinca Island, the village has a unique natural wonder: small sand islets that formed the number '9', hence, the name Pulau Sembilan or Nine Island. What makes it even more special, there are plenty of jellyfishes at the center of these islets which makes for an exceptional sight.
As the main highlight of the festival and the icon of Indonesia's wildlife, you would not want to miss the chance to have an "up, close, and personal" experience with the
"King of Lizards", the Komodo Dragon. So, be sure to drop by Komodo Island and Rinca Island for the best trekking experience and observe how these amazing creatures live in their natural habitat.
Make the most of your time there by visiting some of the other islands and explore all the wonders they hold. Start your journey with a little hike up the hills in Padar Island. The hills will give you some of the most jaw-dropping sceneries of the area. A lot of beautiful landscape shots in Instagram were taken here, so don't forget to take a picture and post it on your social media.
Meanwhile, located nearest to the port of Labuan Bajo, Kelor Island is surrounded by underwater splendors perfect for snorkeling and diving. There is also Kanawa Island with its crystal clear calm water and white sand beach. Snorkeling, swimming, or just relaxing on the beach, Kanawa will surely pamper you with its exotic beauty.
Among these islands, there is also one that is simply defined by its name: Pulau Bidadari or the Angel Island. As beautiful as an angel, Pulau Bidadari has vast stretches of pearly soft white sands and amazing underwater scenery. Situated only about 2 hours boat ride from Labuan Bajo, this is where you can find the most diverse coral reefs and unique sea creatures as compared to the other islands.
The Komodo Festival is the perfect time and place to visit Indonesia. Be sure to mark your calendar, book your flight, and arrange your trip. The exceptional wonders of Komodo National Park awaits.
Mornings are always crisp on the top of Mount Kelimutu in Flores. As the cool mountain breeze blows, the mist slowly vanishes, revealing the beauty of the surrounding nature and the majestic volcano with its three stunning crater lakes.
Mt. Kelimutu is one of Flores’ best tourist attractions in East Nusa Tenggara. The volcano is famous for its sulfuric lakes: Tiwu Ata Mbupu, Tiwu Nuwamuri Ko’ofai and Tiwu Atapolo, which have different colors that change over time.
Aside from the volcano's mystical and scenic crater lakes, what makes a morning on top of Mt. Kelimutu special is its coffee.
Every day, Salma Sona, who lives in nearby Pemo village, walks up to the top of Mt. Kelimutu as early as 3 a.m. Tourists usually arrive on the mountain top even before dawn, so Salma has to be there earlier. She brings with her a jar of grounded coffee, along with two thermos of hot water, a handful of ginger, instant noodle cups and, oddly enough, several sachets of instant coffee to serve them.
“In Pemo village, coffee trees grow in our yards. What I bring here is the coffee we grow and drink. We process it traditionally and bring some for tourists,” Salma told The Jakarta Post.
For every order, Salma will make a perfect cup of coffee to the customer’s preference.
“Sugar?” she asked. “Some tourists don’t like coffee with sugar. And also ginger. But we, Pemo villagers, drink coffee with a tiny bit of ginger. Not too much, just enough to add some strength to the coffee, you know, to make the taste bolder.”
She equally measures coffee and sugar into a small glass, then quickly peel the ginger using the reverse side of a spoon. Finished off by adding the hot water, a sip of this coffee will give you an extra strong kick to start the day.
Flores is one of Indonesia’s best coffee regions that is known for its high quality coffee beans, which have been exported all over the world.“We have three different types of coffee here in our village,” said Mateus Sino, one of villagers who sells coffee to tourists on the top of Mt. Kelimutu.
“The one with the smallest coffee bean is Ara, which tastes similar to Luwak if we don’t toast it with ginger. The second is Deli, which has a nutty flavor,” Mateus said. “For Deli, you must drink it with sugar, otherwise, the coffee will leave a sticky feeling on your tongue.”
“And the third one is Arabica -- the best one, the one we sell here.”
Mateus said almost everyone in his village had coffee trees, which they plant together with cacao and hazelnut trees.
“I have 30 trees in my yard. The harvest time for coffee is in January and August, and every harvest we get around 10 to 15 kilograms from each tree. We sell it to people from Maumere and Ende, whose business is coffee trading, for Rp 7,000 [53 US cents] per kg. It’s cheap, but they're raw beans.”
“If you want to buy the toasted beans, it’s Rp 27,000 per kg. But we mostly sell grounded coffee using a one-glass measurement," he added.
On the top of Mt. Kelimutu, tourists can buy packages of locally grounded coffee for Rp 10,000 per one glass-measurement.
“We toast the bean ourselves, using wood fire and clay pots. The pot used to toast coffee must be exclusively used for coffee and not for any other cooking. We drop a little bit of ginger into it also. You know, tourists here love coffee with ginger.”
Don’t forget to taste this local coffee if you ever visit Mt. Kelimutu. For one cup of coffee you only have to pay Rp 10,000, and you can bring home locally grounded coffee for the same price as well. Choices of light snacks such as friend banana, fried cassava and boiled eggs are also available as a perfect companion to your coffee. (jakartapost)
Traveling solo to an unknown destination might sound like a terrifying idea. But there are advantages to taking a trip on your own.
First of all, as pointed out by lifehack.org, it is a great way to discover your true self, as being alone out there on the road will require you to make decisions, overcome fears and rely on yourself. There will be experiences that test your ability to overcome obstacles, challenge you and help you grow as an individual. Don’t forget, all these challenges and chances to grow come with the beauty of a new place you have never been to. Feel like packing your bag now?
Choosing a destination for your solo adventure is at once exciting and thrilling. Especially if it’s a place you’ve never been to. And if you’re looking for a beautiful destination with a healthy dose of challenge in one place,Flores is the answer. You will meet the natives with their distinctive culture, and some of them will probably offer to take you to the hidden gems in the area. Not to mention you will also meet fellow travelers who may end up becoming your new friends.
Here are a few tips to get you ready for the adventure as compiled by tempo.co:
Double your travel budget
Among the perks of traveling with friends are splitting transportation costs and sharing accommodation. There is a possibility that you will meet a new friend along the way and split some costs with him or her. But it is better to be prepared with extra funds.
Choose the right port of entry
Take a flight to Ende from Denpasar if you are planning an overland journey. Bear in mind that upon landing, the locals will be rather pushy about offering their transportation services .
Typically, the next destination after Ende airport is Moni village, from where you can depart to the iconic Kelimutu lake for a spectacular sunrise. Another must-visit area is the town of Bajawa, famous for its cultural festivals, picturesque nature and natural hot springs. Consider also visiting Bena traditional village, spiderweb rice field, and trekking to Wae Rebo to see the authentic traditional houses where you can spend a night or two.
Meanwhile, if you are into island hopping around Komodo, choose a flight to Labuan Bajo from Denpasar. Living on board is a great option that will enable you to hop on and hop off the islands and beaches. Komodo Island, Pink Beach, Manta Point, Gili Laba, Kanawa Island and Padar Island make excellent places to include in your itinerary.
Consider air travel instead of land travel
Flores is a vast island. It’s a good idea to hop on a plane to get from one place to the next. If you want to combine overland journeying and island hopping, air travel is an even better option. From Labuan Bajo, you can fly to Bajawa or Ende. It is more time and cost efficient than long distance travel by rental car.
Count on 'ojek'
Taking an ojek (motorcycle taxi), is a good way to get around the island. Some destinations are well hidden and you need to take the road less traveled. You are in for hills, bends and slippery roads. Rely on the locals' knowledge of the area.
Prepare a cell phone with sim cards from different providers
There is a possibility you will lose phone signal in certain places. If that happens, try switching the sim card. A working smartphone and internet will help you find any information needed and help you stay in contact with friends and family back home.