Flores island is part of the Lesser Sunda Islands archipelago and it has some of the most amazing landscapes in Indonesia. Spectacular volcanoes, lakes, hidden beaches, green rice fields, exotic cultures and unique fauna are only a few characteristics that make Flores a must-visit for every traveller thinking of visiting Indonesia
During the 16th century Portuguese colonists arrived to the island led by Antonio de Abreu, a navigator and naval officer. The first Portuguese visit took place in 1511, since then their influence has been present in some cultures, language, religion and even the name of the island which means ‘flowers’ in Portuguese. Nowadays there are many languages spoken on the island and many linguistic differences in almost every village. The population is almost entirely Roman Catholic Christians creating a religious border with the rest of the Indonesian islands (predominantly Muslim).
The most popular places in the island are the crater lakes at Mount Kelimutu which change colours on a regular basis. Flores has also great spots for snorkelling and scuba diving that are constantly praised for their beautiful coral reefs. For wildlife enthusiasts, the west coast of the island is one of the few places where the Komodo Dragon can be spotted in the wild.
Labuan Bajo is a fishing town located at the west of the island where tourism is quickly growing as it serves as a base for many trips to the surrounding areas, including the Komodo National Park and Rinca Island. Also, the village of Wae Rebo is a must for travellers seeking to witness traditional Manggarai rural life and the fauna and flora unique to the area.