[Flobamorata] #10 the Landscape of Lembata in a Dry Season

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a beach in Lembata captured on my way to Wailolong

It was when I travelled for a training, that I had a chance to be in this island which is famous with its whale hunting attraction held in May. I cant tell you about tourism places there because – honestly – I had no chance getting any of them. Sad.

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The Harbour of Lembata

I only want to describe my impression about this quite dry island. I got there from Maumere. Firstly, my collegues and I needed to go to Lewoleba Harbour located in the eastern tip of Flores Island – in Larantuka Regency – then take a boat. I forgot how much we should pay for the boat. Wkwkwk. actually, I was not the person in charge for this – tickecting – even, I didn’t hold the tickect by myself.
Yap. Mostly, the boat would be quite crowded, so you need to get inside earlier to make sure you can sit down. If not – or if you are quite kind – you can stand along the way. Hmmm. I didn’t prefer that, it was quite a long journey, around two hours. Because it was a small boat, it can go faster than the bigger one. This boat can take you to Lembata or Alor Island. The latter is less far, so before arriving to Lembata, the boat stopped at Alor Harbour – I forgot the name. actually it was a very small place just to unloaded some passengers, the more will be off at Lembata Island.
For about a week, we spent the whole time in a hotel. I felt far happier when we were visiting a village and spend a night there. After being bored with the meals at the hotel… finally I tasted delicious menus in the village, fish and fresh coconut… wwkwkwk, tempting. Actually it was only grilled fish. But somehow I liked it very much – basically I don’t like fish. perharps it was because the fish was fresh from the sea.

The village produced lots of coconuts and some people were fisherman for different purposes; daily consumption or selling. Quite different from Maumere, Lembata has more moslem, and in this village in particular – Wailolong Village – the numbers of moslem and catholic inhabitants were quite similar.

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quite a scenic landscape taken from a main road

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in front of my way

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the common view in a dry season in Lembata

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waiting for a sunrise

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a sunrise 🙂

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the kids! we’re waiting for your visit:D

[Flobamorata] #9 The Koka Beach: a Complete Package

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Koka Beach (1)

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Koka Beach (2)

Maumere has lots of beautiful beaches with white sand and sparkling water. Koka is one of the best. You can climb the hill nearby and see the panorama from there.

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The View Captured from a Hill Nearby (1)

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a View from the Hill (2)

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Another View from the Same Hill

To get there, you only need about 30 minutes from the city of Maumere. Car or motorcycle could perfectly take you there. The roads are quite good, but they still have some turnings and upp-down route. Make sure you are not a beginner in driving or riding.

Similar with other tourism spot in this regency, it still have no enough supporting facilities. There are only some huts (you need to pay 10,000 IDR to use one of them), parking lots, and toilets. Some locals are also selling some food and drinks there.

Oiya, it is also important to notice that swimming in this beach is not recommended. You can play around the narrow beach, but please do not go too further from the beach. It is very dangerous, many visitors swimming there have lost. Usually, local visitors would warn you about this.
Although we cant swim as we want, you still can do other activities to enjoy, such as building castles with the white sand, playing along the beach, and going up to the hill enjoying remarkable view. I bet your camera would be the best thing to use. This is a perfect place for photo hunting!
You also can go to the caves like my friends and me in this picture. It is breathtaking coming near the water and being sprinkled by the waves. But don’t forget to be careful ya!

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The Waves

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My Collegues

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What were they looking at?

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see you:)

 

[Flobamorata] #8 Morosobe Twin Waterfalls: the Hidden Paradise

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Murusobe Waterfalls in a Dry Season

These waterfalls are located in Poma Village, Mego sub-distric, Sikka Regency. Perharps it would be hard to find it on googlemap, hehehe. It is quite a remote area though. For most tourists, this place – maybe – would not be in their list to visit because of the remoteness. It will cost you quite a lot and spend a long time to get there.

So, why did I lost there? A good question. A friend of mine’s working area – working in a same project with me – was there. She was a strong and diligent staff working in a such remote area and travelling there almost every day. I cant imagine if it were me. hehehe. I accompanied and helped her doing her duties in the community there, just when I had a time to allocate or I had finished my own responsibilities.

Okay, back to the topic.

To reach this site, the first thing you need is a courage! And time as well. The route is quite extreme.

Actually, there are two routes to follow, from Wolodhesa Village or Loke Village. In my experience, I only have tried the Loke route. So, I will tell you this, ya.

From Maumere you can go by a motorcycle – I did – or a car. But if it is a car, you need to make sure that the car is high enough, you know the one like an adventure car. Don’t drive an Avanza or others that are similar or even lower that it. Actually the driver that will drop you there – if you rent a car with a local driver – is absolutely know this information, though.

This journey will be around 4 hours. So it is better to have other activities to avoid being bored along the way. The roads are quite – and sometimes extremely – challenging. However, don’t be afraid ya… the drivers are skilful and get used to it. Everything will be okay.

Normally, you will be dropped in the way before you have to walk through a forest for about 30 minutes – you can be faster than that. Because the site has not developed by the government, you only need to report your attendance to the local leader there. But don’t worry, you don’t have to go to his place on your own. The people you meet nearby will help you. this is needed because they want to make sure you will be fine during your visit. They also will send you some kids as your guide. If I am not wrong, there is no fee for this. However, I think you need to give something like snacks, sweets or something that those kids would like.

Why will you need a local as a guide?

There is no single sign to help you get the site. I guess you will get lost with no help. here is my documentation along the way of my first visit. It was in the end of 2014.

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An Area of Loke, the Waterfalls are behind the hills

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A Quite Narrow Road, but it is far better than others you’ll come across 🙂

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You only need to walk through the ‘forest’ and park your vehicles after come across this sign 🙂

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Sometimes you need to walk through the river, watch your steps! hehe,,

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Going Over the Bridge with Our Little Guide 🙂

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A bit more to see the full view 😀

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Here We Go! The Waterfalls 😀

Actually, you can also swim in the pool below the waterfalls. We just forgot to take some pictures of the pool and people that were swimming at that time. The water is quite clear, but one thing to remember, probably you’ll come across some leeches. I did too, even more than one! I just felt kinda annoyed 😦 But, don’t worry, it won’t kill you 😀 wkwkwk.

[Flobamorata] #7 Tanjung Kajubiru

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from quite a long distance

When I was in Flores, Tanjung Kajubiru was a part of my daily routine because it is located in Magepanda sub-district – my working area. I rode my motorcycle along the nearby road almost everyday. Did I use to go up there often? No. Just once I made an attempt till the top, the second and third one I only stopped at the lower ladder.

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going up the hill!

At the top of the hill there is a big crescent. And you can go there easily by ladders. These are the view you got when you go up there.

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the view from up there

Quite lovely being up there, you will be surrounded by the hills and the blue ocean. if you are lucky, the sunset will be quite a stunning scenery. Unfortunately, I have not witnessed that view though 😦

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be careful, don’t go too far:)

To get this place, you only need 30 minutes – from the city of Maumere – if your speed is not quite fast. The roads are friendly enough, there are some ups and downs, but those are tolerable, even for a newbie – like me at the first time there – you just need to pay your attention to your way, don’t be distracted by the gorgeous scenery surrounding you! Wkwkwk.

Sometimes, it is okay not to gup the hill, just stop right in front of the hill and you will get quite a scenic landscape, like the one below captured in different time.

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a view nearby the hill

If you are in Maumere, I would strongly advise you to explore this place; not far and quite lovely 🙂

[Flobamorata] #6 Let’s Get Lost in Larantuka

The most famous thing about the city located in the tip of Flores Island is the religious event called Semana Santa that is a kind of tradition heritaged by Portuguese (Catholic) that combined with the local culture. It happens every at Easter only. At the moment, the city always gets crowded. Because my visit was not at the moment, of course I did not have any story about it.

Hmmm, actually  was only answering my curiosity about the city. My adventurous friend could happily being asked to accompany me there.

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on my way

The city is in the east way from Maumere, the roads are not challenging as those toward Ende. Still, sometimes you will meet some turnings and up/ down roads. But this journey was interesting! I stopped at some sites just to take photos, wkwkwk. and in the area near the city, you will pass the road where along the way is a forest where lots of monkeys are living. I beat you come across with some of them in front of your way!

I did not take lots of photos there, only a few; in the way, in the city, and in its harbour. Yes, larantuka, like Maumere also has a harbour. Oiya, one fact about this city, in comparison with Maumere, the percentage of moslem is quite larger. You also can see that the main mosque there is far bigger than one in Maumere.

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The Statue of Mater Dolorosa

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The Church

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I’m not sure what it is, just randomly captured 🙂

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a statue in the city park

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the market

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the harbour

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the people

Have the pictures attracted you already to go there? Don’t worry, actually the real landscape is far more lovely… Also, I still save the pictures taken along the way of my journey in Flores, I’ll show you in another post. Bye!

[Flobamorata] #5 Getting Refreshed in Soa

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let’s see what’s available inside!

Located in Ngada Regency, this is another tourism attraction if you want to relaxing your body and mind as well. To be frank with you, this site was not lovely enough for me. Most of the facilities were not well maintained. Even the toilets were quite bad smell and the doors were broken. However, if you are in Bajawa, just go there 🙂

However, the main attraction itself – the hot water – was still worthed to enjoy though. After riding a quite long distance, sitting or laying down in the pool was really relaxing! Because my point was only exploring new places, I could say that my visit there was not too bad!

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do you wanna join?

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another spot

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another pool

 

As you see the pictures, this place is crowded on holidays. Almost all visitors are locals because in my visit I didn’t come across any foreigners.

 

[Flobamorata] #4 Bena Traditional Village

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Bena Traditional Village’s Panorama

Actually, in Flores Island – and other islands in East Nusa Tenggara Province – there are some traditional village developed for tourism. It is a kind of small neighbourhoods with theirs traditional houses and also other activities, like traditional ceremonies, and daily activities.

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Bena Village with the Mount of Inerie blocked by the thick fog

Visitors can spend some nights there, in the houses, engage in activities there, and also buy some souvenirs. In some of those, you have to pay for this in a particular amount, but in my experience spending a night at Bena, I only gave the house owners 50,000 IDR.

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The Family

From this village, you can clearly see the peak of Inerie Mountain (if the weather is friendly). My travel mate went to the peak a year before my visit. Honestly, I wanted to go there too, but I did not have enough time for it. My day off was quite limited, hehehe.

Unlike in ‘another’ traditional village, here you are allowed to take pictures as many as you want for free! So, it was very important to bring your camera during your visit 🙂 One thing to remember, you are not allowed to take pictures inside the house. The house owner said that to me. but the did allow me to do so. However, I won’t upload it here though. Just for my collection. Hehe.

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the long stones in front of the houses

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the stones as one of the most important part of this village

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the traditional scarfs as one of the locals’ source of living

If you want to reach there, the best option is renting a motorcycle, or probably if you are in a group, you can take a car. However, as far as I remember, the roads were quite narrow, so it would be difficult unless you ride a motorcycle. An important note to take is,, you need to acquire a more than basic skill of riding, the landscape, road, and route are quite challenging! It is also difficult to seek for a help if you have a crash because the route is a kind of forest, not all the way is near from people houses or farms. You could be the only people there.

So, do you want to visit there?