Flores is part of the East Nusa Tenggara province in Indonesia. It is a group of islands that forms an arc which starts from Java and covers an area of 14,300 square km. To the west of Flores is the famous Komodo National Park and to the north, across the Flores Sea, is the island of Sulawesi. The main town on Flores is Maumere and the total population on Flores is 1,831,000 people.
The Portuguese discovered Flores in the 16th century as they were exploring the Sunda Islands. After it was discovered, traders and missionaries arrived and sandalwood became a main export of Flores until the 19th century when Flores became part of the Dutch East Indies. After World War II and the Japanese invasion, Flores became part of Indonesia.
Flores is a volcanic island that forms part of the Ring of Fire and it has two active volcanoes which are Mount Egon and Mount Inerie. There have not been any recent eruptions but as the island lies on a path where multiple tectonic plates collide, there have been major earthquakes with the most recent in 1992.
As a tourist destination, Flores is a late bloomer compared to the rest of Indonesia. The most frequented area is the Komodo National Park for the Komodo dragons and scuba diving but there is so much more to see and do. Other unique experiences in Flores include Mount Kelimutu that has three different colored crater lakes, caves at Liang Bua where paleoanthropologist have found small skeletons of hobbit-like people, and even a pink sand beach.
Head out on a hiking trip to see the colored crater lakes of Mount Kelimutu or hop on a boat trip out to the Riung 17 Islands Marine Park. Also visit the Liang Bua and definitely make a trip to Komodo Island or Rinca Island to see the Komodo dragons.
Fly to Frans Seda Airport in Maumere via Wings Abadi Airlines which departs from Bali or Kupang.
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