An Beginner’s Guide
It’s almost time for the third issue of Flores Plus digital magazine, which will be available on our website this October 2017. In between our issues, we keep our readers updated daily and weekly with interesting bits of news and insights into some of Flores’s most desired locations, traditions and other points of attractions which you can readily access here, on our website and also via our Facebook page and Instagram posts.
As we continue to share more on this captivating island, we get plenty of questions, which goes along the lines of, “Where is Labuan Bajo? Is that near the Komodo National Park? How far is Labuan Bajo from Ende? Where is Komodo Island and is it the only place where we can see the Komodo Dragons?”
So today we’d like to revisit some pertinent information on the island which we hope will give you a clearer idea of its captivating geography and lay of the land.
Komodo National Park & Labuan Bajo
When you think Komodo National Park (KNP), think Labuan Bajo. You can’t get into the KNP without landing in Labuan Bajo. Flores is a large island with 6 different airports in six different districts so it is important to understand that the gateway to the Komodo National Park is Labuan Bajo. Read more about how to get to Labuan Bajo here.
Labuan Bajo is located in the West of Flores. The island itself stretches 360km from West to East.
The Komodo National Park meanwhile, is a group of smaller islands located off the mainland of West Flores and covers a total area of 1733 km2 and includes Komodo Island, Rinca Island, Padar Island and Seraya Island as well as 26 other smaller islands.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Park is not only home to the Komodo Dragon; many other notable species seek refuge here including the orange-footed scrub fowl, endemic rat and the Timor deer.
The waters surrounding the Komodo National Park is one of the richest marine environments on earth. Thanks to its location, the park is part of the Coral Triangle and is home to over 1000 species of fish, 350 species of reef-building coral and 70 species of sponges as well as dugongs, sharks, manta rays, whales, dolphins and sea turtles.
As for the Komodo Dragons, you can find them on Komodo Island and on Rinca Island – both located within the Komodo National Park.
Flores From East To West
Explorers and travel enthusiasts would already know by now that Flores is so much more than its Komodo Dragons and the Kelimutu in Ende. With a long and colourful history, vibrant languages, culture and traditions, this expansive land that spans over 8 main regencies that await further discoveries.
Flores encompasses 8 different districts, each with its own capital city, unique languages, culture, history and tradition. West Maggarai’s capital city is Labuan Bajo. Ruteng is another major city, the capital of Manggarai and East Manggarai’s capital is Borong. Ngada Regency’s capital city is Bajawa; Nagakeo’s capital is Mbay, Ende regency’s capital is Ende, Sikka regency’s capital is Maumere and Larantuka for East Flores regency.
Flores from East to West is 360km of untamed land. Find out more on what lies in between here.
We hope that this has been useful to you on your upcoming travels. To find out more on Flores’s fascinating districts, click here and do leave a comment on our Facebook page and Instagram account to let us know what you think. Join us next week as we Rediscover Hidden Paradise and be sure to tag #floresplus to be featured!
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Flores Plus Magazine’s weekly newsletter is filled with important and interesting bite-sized information on everything you’d need to know about Flores and its surrounding islands, both above and underwater, from the Komodo National Park to the Komodo Dragons, Mount Kelimutu to the Drum Houses in Ende, spiderweb rice fields, pink beaches and thundering waterfalls to fascinating ceremonies, myths, traditions and village lives of the local people. Flores Plus is part of the PT. Trijaya Dewata family, a premier publishing and media brand in Bali and Indonesia. Established in 1996, it has decades of experience with multiple titles in three languages published over the years. With the launch of Flores Plus, the company now will lead the way as one of the pioneers of tourist media in Flores and Komodo. Available now in English and soon in Japanese, the magazine has a strong online presence and engagement via its website, daily e-newsletters and social media platforms which are updated daily.