Think of Indonesia and Bali is what comes to mind first. While I was planning my first ever trip to Indonesia I decided to spend my whole vacation in Bali as most people do. But the more research I did the more days I kept reducing my days in Bali and allocated it to some other island. Flores definitely struck out the most, it seemed like the perfect paradise for a beach bum and nature lover like me.
Sandy beaches, lush green forests, volcanic lakes up on the mountain, seeing dragons up close, tropical beach resorts and so much more. My mind was exploding with new ideas, places to cover and everything in between.
Flores is one of the Lesser Sunda Islands, a group of islands in the eastern half of Indonesia. The best time to visit Flores is during the dry season from May to mid-October and August is the busiest, you might want to avoid going then.
It's going to be the new Bali very soon!
I did this route solo after lots of research and I promise you it was the most liberating experience ever.
This is my suggested itinerary and things to do in Flores Indonesia, solo or not; covering all the treasures of this precious island.
Day 1: Fly from Bali to Maumere and spend the day relaxing at Coconut Garden Resort.
Day 2: Road trip from Maumere to Moni via Koka beach.
Day 3: Day trip to Kelimutu National Park and come back to Moni.
Day 4: Drive from Moni to Ende and then fly to Labuan Bajo.
Day 5: Explore Komodo Islands National Park on the overnight liveaboard.
Day 6: Hike up to Padar island, swim with mantas and return to Labuan Bajo.
Day 7: Explore the region around Labuan Bajo.
Day 8: Fly back to Bali from Labuan Bajo