If you're planning a trip to Komodo National Park and Flores Indonesia, and you only have 5 days, do not worry, you're in for a real treat! This region of the world is renowned for its stunning natural beauty, unique wildlife, and rich cultural heritage. Whether you're a snorkeler or a scuba diver, there is plenty to see and do in this corner of the world. In this blog post, we'll take a look at what you can expect to experience during a 3-day/2-night snorkeling or scuba diving trip, followed by a 2-day/1-night excursion to Wae Rebo village.
Day 1-3: Snorkeling or Scuba Diving in Komodo National Park
Komodo National Park is one of the most spectacular places on earth to explore the underwater world. The park is home to an incredible array of marine life, including sharks, rays, manta rays, and a diverse array of fish and coral species. If you're a snorkeler, you'll be able to get up close and personal with these creatures from the surface, while scuba divers can dive deeper to experience the full beauty of the underwater world.
The best way to explore the park is by taking a liveaboard dive boat. These boats are specifically designed for diving and are equipped with everything you need for a comfortable and safe diving experience. The boat will depart from Labuan Bajo, the main town on Flores, and will take you to some of the most popular dive sites in the park, such as Batu Bolong, Crystal Rock, and the Manta Point.
During your 3-day/2-night liveaboard trip, you can expect to make several dives per day, with the opportunity to explore different dive sites and marine life each day. The boats usually offer 3 dives per day, one in the morning, one in the afternoon and one in the night. As well, as possible even opportunities to do Night dives, which are a great opportunity to see the nocturnal marine life.
Depending on you Komodo Tour package, you can choose a leisure trip or Komodo scuba diving combo. Whatever you choose, you are sure to see some amazing things!
Day 4-5: Wae Rebo Village
After 3 days of diving and snorkeling, it's time to explore the cultural side of Flores. Wae Rebo is a traditional village located in the remote mountains of Flores. The village is home to the Manggarai people, an indigenous group that has lived in the area for centuries.
To get to Wae Rebo, you'll need to take a 2-day/1-night trek. The trek can be challenging, as it involves climbing steep hills and traversing rugged terrain, but the views are absolutely breathtaking. You'll pass through lush rainforests, terraced rice paddies, and traditional villages.
Once you reach the village, you'll be greeted by the friendly locals and will have the opportunity to learn about their way of life and culture. The village is home to a unique type of traditional houses called Mbaru Niang. These houses are made of wood, bamboo and thatched with alang-alang grass, and are unique architectural structures.
You'll also have the opportunity to participate in traditional activities such as weaving, cooking, and farming. The villagers will be more than happy to share their culture and customs with you.
At night, you can enjoy the traditional dances and music of the Manggarai people. You'll be able to experience the traditional way of life of the Manggarai people, and learn about the importance of community and family in their culture.
Wae Rebo village is not just a place to visit but it is a cultural and environmental conservation project as well. The village has been working on preserving the traditional culture, and the environment, it is also a great way to support the local communities and to experience the real cultural heritage of Flores.
On the last day, you'll make your way back to Labuan Bajo, where you can reflect on your incredible journey through the natural and cultural wonders of Komodo and Flores. Your 5-day trip will be an unforgettable experience, filled with adventure, culture and natural beauty.
In conclusion, if you're planning a trip to Komodo and Flores and you only have 5 days, you're in for a real treat. The region offers a perfect balance of adventure, culture, and natural beauty. You'll be able to explore the stunning underwater world of Komodo National Park while snorkeling or diving and then immerse yourself in the traditional culture of Flores by visiting Wae Rebo village. It's a great way to experience the best of what this part of the world has to offer in a short amount of time.