Willing a good driver? Go to Flores!

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Finding a good driver is always a problem and basically a deal between internet reviews and price.

I contacted several people and finally we decided for Sipri Muda.

I discussed with him the route and fixed the price. 4.200.000 IDR for 2 people.

Few days before landing in Labuan Bajo, he contacted me just saying that he got an important familiar appointment and he would have send his big brother, Agustin.

This is something that didn’t make us happy, anyhow we decided to trust him and we did our trip with Agustin.

Agustin is really first of all a great man and for sure a safe and relaxing driver.

In Flores, like in other part of Asia, the traffic has his own rules that we, western people, cannot understand. Everything look like a complete disordered mess… even though, Agustin let us feel relaxed and safe. He was always proud and curious about his land and we just felt like our “brother”.

He speak a really good English, his car is a Xenia, new, with air condition, really comfortable and last but not least, he is really helpful whatever you asked and he came always with us during the visit!

This is the trip we’ve done:

Day 1: Labuan Bajo – Todo Village (Manggarai tribe) – Spider web Rice Fields near Cara Village – Ruteng (overnight).

Day 2: Ruteng – Ranamese freshwater lake – Aimere arak distillery – Bajawa (overnight).

Day 3: Full day trip in Bajawa: Trekking to Tululela Village (1½ hours) – Gurusina Village (Ngada tribe) – Bena Village (Ngada tribe) – Mangeruda Hot Spring – Bajawa (overnight).

Day 4: Bajawa – Boa Wae Village – Viewpoint of Embulobo active volcano – Penggajawa blue stone beach – Ende – Saga Village (Lio tribe) – Moni (overnight).

Day 5: Moni – Kelimutu Crater Lakes – Maumere airport

This is the contact information:

email : agustinusfloreslantana@yahoo.co.id

website: http://www.discoveryfloresindotours.com

webmail: info@discoveryfloresindotours.com

WA number + 62 81 339 898 865

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Something about boat tour in Flores (Komodo)

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As soon as I decided to visit Flores, I started my research on Internet about the best cruise I could afford.

I contacted basically all the best reviewed in Trip Advisor and then I decided to do with a local, Indonesian Boat and tour, in Tripadvisor the best of the local ones.

Even if the price was not so cheap in comparison with others (7.000.000 IDR for 2 days for 2 person with AC), as the picture of the boat was the best in compare of what the other locals sent me, I confirmed everything at the end of January and reconfirmed again 2 weeks and 1 week before my arrival.

Yanto, this is the name of the owner of Indonesia Boat and Tour, the day before our departure, at 19:00 (!!!) send me a text, saying that due to reorganization of the boats I would have another one, but with the same specification… I asked for the picture and… It was not the same as discussed…

Quello proposto e confermato a gennaio

Cambio del giorno prima!!!

Cambio del giorno prima!!!Cambio del giorno prima!!!

The manager of Wae Molas (Rajab Halla) helped me to find a boat directly at the harbor and I decided to do 2 days with 2 different Boat, without overnight.

The cost per day was 1.300.000 IDR, the boat clean and the tour, both of the day really amazing…

Just after my experience these are my recommendation:

1.      Do not use Indonesian Boat od Yanto and for sure do not send money in advance!

2.      If you want to book in advance, do it, but with Wunderplus. It would cost 15.000.000 IDR for a private tour for 2 person on the Mimic all included. The boat is really good, safe and clean. European standard

3.      Snorkeling equipment could be rent in the shops close to the harbor for 15.000 IDR. I do suggest to come with your own mask and to rent just only the fins.

4.      I do suggest to arrive in Labuan Bajo and to go directly on the harbor and find a deal with a local person, better if you would be with some person of your hotel (Rajab of Wae Molas was really a great help!). The price, food included should be around 4.000.000 IDR for the 2 days for the complete boat for 2 person. No A/C.

a.      Be aware that the engine is the most important part of the boat. The sea is really dangerous around there and would be better to have 2 in good condition

b.      The toilette: this is the second important thing. Please check it, not only if proper, but only if it works

c.      Bed and overall cleanness

And remember, HAVE FUN!