3 Ecolodges in 7 Days
This tour is very flexible according to flight times and desires of the guest. It is either a 7 day tour as indicated or it can be shortened by two days by flying direct from Labuan Bajo to Ende.
After breakfast at The Udayana Kingfisher Eco Lodge, you will fly Denpasar to Labuan Bajo; picked up by our driver and transfered to our Bajo Komodo Eco Lodge for a welcome drink, check in and lunch, meet your guide and check your snorkeling equipment. After a siesta, you will proceed to Bidadari Island for snorkeling. Dinner and rest at the Lodge
An early start for a long day, you will proceed to the harbour for your boat to Komodo Island, the largest island and apart from the dragons, it is famous for its dry land habitat and variety of birds. Departure is at 05.30 after breakfast arriving at Komodo at around 0930. After checking with the park authorities, you trek for 2 km through the bush to a special site where Komodos are generally seen. During the walk you can see many species of birds, deer, pigs, and many orchids. Lunch is at the park headquarters where Komodos are generally lurking. If time is available, you will snorkel on the world famous “Pink Beach”. This whole day is full of sights of the park, birds, corrals, fish and wonderful scenery.
This is a long day and an early start is required after breakfast at the lodge. Travel will be continued to RUTENG (around 4 hours), a hill town located at 1,200 above sea level. There are optional stops at local villages and lunch will be taken in Ruteng. During travel you can stop for photos of spectacular scenery including volcanoes, beautiful valleys and sea views. After lunch a stop will be made at Ranamese Lake surrounded by tropical rain forest, then proceeding through valleys, a coastal area up to the mountain town of Bajawa with the impressive volcanoe of Aimere in the foreground. Travel Time around 8 – 10 hours
Also a long day, after breakfast, you will proceed to a traditional village of the Ngada, rich in their megalith culture; then proceed to ende for lunch. You can see and enjoy the beauty of Ende Bay where an export industry is based on the collection of blue stone of the beaches exported all over the world. A stop will be made to observe activities of locals collecting blue stone to be used for interior design in swimming pools and bath rooms. Ende is the commercial hub of this area and a port; it also has one of the best private schools in Indonesia and a house where Sukarno was exiled for many years by the Dutch. The last leg is 90 minutes from Ende through the mountains with spectacular scenery to the Kelimutu Crater Lakes Eco Lodge under mt Kelimutu. Travel Time (10 hours)
A very early start in the dark rising at around 0430; after a quick coffee/tea and snack make the 17km run to the lakes to be there at dawn. This is a unique experience and you will not only see a beautiful setting but be informed of the local folklore about the lakes. The songs of the birds (especially The Bare Throated Whistler with at least 17 different calls) are extraordinary. Breakfast will be served, and you will spend time walking in the area in the National Park and perhaps see some endemic bird species. You will be taken back to the lodge for lunch around mid morning via a hot springs.
After lunch take a siesta, and at 1600 a short bird walk will be conducted in a 6km area around the lodge. Dinner at the Lodge
The area around Moni is fascinating and the ikat weaving is spectacular. After breakfast, with your Guide, you will be shown villages where weaving occurs, other villages where you can talk to the locals and see something of the local culture. After lunch at the Lodge, you will have a siesta or just enjoy the lodge gardens to rest prior to your return home. An alternative program is hiking with one of our Guides; there are many beautiful walks in the area. It is an area to be enjoyed.
Depending on flight times you will either leave very early or around mid morning for Ende and go back the 90 minutes to the airport prior to catching your flight to Denpasar back to The Udayana Kingfisher Eco Lodge for dinner.
Airport taxes, drink, laundry and other personal expenses not mentioned above