What is the activity that we can do while visiting the islands of the Komodo National Park than to see the hometown of dragons animals? Okay, we can goes tracking up to the hill on the padar island or gili laba, then snorkeling to see the beauty of the underwater and we will definitely be visiting the one unique beach. They called Pink beach.
Named pink beach because the sand beaches have pink color with textured like pepper. The pink color from red coral reefs affected by ocean currents and broke into small grains then swept by the waves into shore. You may also directly snorkeling to see coral reefs, but don’t touch because the coral could be damaged even die by the touch of human hand. Besides that the pink sand is also not allowed to take home. So traveler, keep the beauty nature.
For your information the beach has pink sand there are only 5 place in the world, one of which is here in the islands of the Komodo, Indonesia. Cool, right? So when you visit here?
Padar Island Tour – Well, the world has already admitted that the Komodo islands is the only one place an ancient animal habitat, Komodo. The uniqueness of last dinosaur has a charm of its own in place. However, since 4 last years ago they have other unique thing and become to high-light in social media. Yup, Padar Island. Just try type “#pulaupadar” on instagram or twitter, there must be tens of thousands photos will appear on the your smartphone screen. The Padar Island has become a new icon. The traveler who visited dragons island will feel there is something missing if you don’t take pictures on the hill of the padar island with Gong Komodo Tour
Padar Island Tour Package
The located Padar Island is between Komodo and Rinca island. The famous spot located on the hill of the island, with the overall landscape of the island, the beach and the blue ocean make anyone definitely fall in love at first sight. To reach the hill, you must first trekking for around 30-45 minutes. Prepare your mineral water because the track is enough to make you sweat. Anyway, as a traveler with responsible, please don’t litter. Then we have to suggest you that wear the sandals mountain or running shoes so you don’t slip on the track. And when you arrived on the top hill, it will be pay off.
The best time to explore is morning or evening time. Why? Because the sun getting warm, so you can see the sun rise or sunset beautifully. And besides that during the daylight there are a lot of the high waves so many boats are don’t want to stop at the island.
So, what are you waiting for? Lets discover Indonesia with us.
Please contact Gong Komodo Tour availabe Tour to Komodo Island and Other package.
The regency of West Manggarai is subdivided into 7 districts and 121 sub-districts. Labuan Bajo is the regional capital of West Manggarai. West Manggarai is the regency covering the westernmost area of West Flores, located within the Indonesian province of East Nusa Tenggara. In 2003, West Manggarai was elevated to the status of a regency in recognition of its role as an important gateway to Flores.With the established of the regional administration in Labuan Bajo, transportation access to Labuan Bajo, by land, sea and air continue to be enhanced. Numerous economic and tourism developments are now in an advanced planning stage or under construction in West Manggarai.
Labuanbajo, also spelled Labuhanbajo, is a city at the tip of Flores Island in Indonesia. It is the launching point for trips to Komodo Island and Rinca Island to see Komodo dragons and the surrounding sea is idyllic for diving and snorkeling. Nearby Seraya Island is a great opportunity to do some diving and snorkeling and every evening at Kalong Island thousands of flying fox bats put on an amazing display.
Labuanbajo can be accessed by ferry from Sumbawa or by public bus from Ende and Maumere. There are also daily flights between Labuanbajo and Denpasar.
A number of companies organise 4 day sailing trips between Lombok or Bali and Flores for around Rp1,000,000 passengers should be aware that these trips can cross open waters and are on boats with no navigation or safety equipment other than some lifejackets (ie. no radio, flairs or life rafts).
What to Do:
Komodo National Park encompasses a lot of water and islands west of Labuanbajo. If you want to go to Rinca or Komodo islands, or dive in the park you will have to buy a 3 day park pass for 15 $USD. Money from such user fees goes into conservation efforts (including armed patrols) that are apparently overseen by the WWF.
Rinca Island (Indonesian: Rinca Kecil or Rinca Pulau) is a more convenient place to see Komodo Dragons than Komodo island. Some dive operators might be convinced to combine a stop at the island with a days diving. There are big dragons that are often right in front of the pier when people arrive.
Scuba Diving within the park is excellent. There are three main dive operators that offer day dives as well as live aboard opportunities: Bajo Dive Club, Dive Komodo, and Reef Seekers. The Komodo Diving dive master is a true enthusiast of manta rays (clearly evident by the tattoo on his back), who often spots manta rays from the boat between dives. He has been known to join divers in jumping into the water with snorkel gear to have a look at them.
Seraya Island (Indonesian: Seraya Kecil or Seraya Pulau) is an idyllic island and a great opportunity to get away from civilization and do some snorkeling and diving. Seraya is little more than a small, arid island outside of the Komodo National Park with a few bamboo huts for tourist lodging, a restaurant, and some villagers who let their goats graze on vegetation.
The island’s cove is protected from the sea providing calm and clear water for snorkeling. At low tide the coral is exposed and local fishermen walk on the reef in search of prey. Rowboats can be rented and taken to nearby islands for snorkeling and diving. Make sure to run up to the top of the hill behind the resorts and check out the sunset. The lodges on the island do have showers, but running water is only available a few hours a day. The resort on Seraya is operated by Gardena hotel in Labuanbajo and a stay on the island can be booked at Gardena’s front desk.
One of the more spectacular displays of nature in the area is at Kalong Island (Indonesian: Pulau Kalong; also spelt Kalung), which literally means “Flying Fox Island.” The name is quit appropriate as the island is home to thousands of Kalong, or giant flying fox bats. Boats to Kalong can be chartered from Labuanbajo for around $30 for a return ride, including a snorkeling stop at a nearby island before you reach Pulau Kalong.
Your boat will situate itself next to the mangrove island and at dusk literally tens of thousands of flying foxes emerge from the mangrove island and move over your boat towards Rinca Island. For the entire colony to emerge will take roughly twenty minutes of continuous waves of bats passing over your boat. The boat ride to/from Labuanbajo will take roughly one hour.
Ferries to Sumbawa Island to the west (towards Bali) leave daily and very crowded public buses leave for Ende and Maumere. For those going on to points in the east of Flores another more expensive option is to hire a car.
The “Komodo dragons” which are indigenous to the regency are a tourism icon of West Manggarai. Komodo was named a World Man and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in1977 and added to the list of World Natural Heritage Sites by in 1991. The Government of Indonesia proclaimed a National Park in 1990. The Park’s land area is 603 km2 while the total size of the park, including sea areas, is 1,817 km2.
West Manggarai occupies an area of 9,450,000 km2 (land and sea).162 islands are contained within the boundaries of West Manggarai, 84 of which are part of the Komodo National Park. Only 17 of West Manggarai islands are inhabited. Because of the world renowned reputation of Komodo, the rich local marine environment and the natural beauty the region – both the regional and national governments of Indonesia have acknowledged the strong tourism potential development of West Manggara
Breathtaking is the perfect word to describe Flores’ natural wonders that are abundant along its narrow mainland. Named the cape of Flowers by the Portuguese, it is the perfect place for nature lovers who will be mesmerized by its alluring scenery. Flores offers everything, including white-sand beaches, deserted islands, undulating landscapes with beautiful rice fields interspersed with volcanic mountains. Come and experience the unspoiled natural beauty for which Flores is renowned. Truly a hidden paradise, Flores promises indulgence with pristine beaches of Rii Taa, Pemana Besar,and Kecil Island, Pangabatang, Babi Island, In the east.
Take a leisurely stroll through beautiful rice fields on the gentle slopes of Tengkulese’s hilly landscape. Flores’
treasured waterfalls, Cunca Rami and Cunca Wulang in west Manggarai, are admired for their magnificence. Murusobe, the twin waterfall, and Liwulegur in Sikka of Eastern Flores, are also must see attractions. Flores’ distinct rugged landscape with its complex V-shaped valleys an knife- edged ridges formed by an impressive volcanic mountain range which spans is length. Fourteen of the volcanoes are still active, Poco Ranaka in West Flores being one of them. Others, like the famous Mount Kelimutu in Ende and Ranamese, are extinct but nonetheless impressive with their crater lakes and calderas surrounded by dense rain forest.
Abound with complex mangroves and old growth rain forests, Flores is home to a diverse variety of tropical flora and fauna. The vast rain forest area of Mount Ndeki is home to rare endemic bird species including Loriculus flosculu, the Hanging parrot, and Otus Alfredi, Flores Scops Owl. Mount Mbeliling’s green woodland is home to Monarcha Sacerdotum, the Flores Monarch, and Loriculus flosculus, Wallace’s Hanging Parrot. The isolated forest of Wae Rebo – one of the most biologically rich habitats in Indonesia –and the outback fauna, such as pachycepala nudigula nudigula, the Bare-throated whistler, and rare flora, such as Begonia Kelimutuensis, Rhododendron renschianum, and vaccinium varingiaefolium.
Exotic plants and orchids, the mimicry of insects, reptiles, and the chorus of birds are nature’s delightful lullabieas that keep wildlife lovers always coming back to the lush, unspoiled wilderness of Flores.
Flores is one of the main islands of east Nusa Tenggara which are consist of Flores, Sumba, Komodo, Solor Alor, Roti and west Timor. There are many small islands on the water of flores such as Rinca, Ende, Adonare, Tomblem, Pador, Besar, Pomana, Babi, Pamana, and Palu. At the beach of West Flores, north sea of Komodo there are group of small islands consist of Sebayur Besar, Sebayur Kecil, Tataba, Siaba Besar, Mapean, Papagaram Besar, Papagaram Kecil, Panakia, Pimpe, Boasala, Kaaba, Kalong, Kelor, Bangko, and many specs of atols.
The People of Flores
Administratively Flores is under East Nusa Tenggara Province separated from Bali around 1950s, and now has the center of administration is at Kupang city on West Timor island. There are 8 sub-ethnic group live on the island including it’s small island ; (1) The Manggarai, (2) The Riung, (3) Ngada, (4) Nage-Keo, (5) The Ende, (6) The Lio, (7) The Sikka, (8) Larantuka. Subno 2,3,4 and 5 culturally shows slight difference, yet compare to Manggaraian shows significant difference including physical traits. The Manggarai people has the marked physical characteristic of Mongoloid-Malay, but some small characteristic showing the other group above.
The skin color of the Manggaraian is brighter like other Western Indonesian people with more people have straight hairs. The other ethnic groups shows great similarity of Malanesian people, although their skin color is not as dark as the people of West Papua. At the east tip of Flores there is a sub-ethnic living at Larantuka town showing great mix of people. this probably has been caused by the fact that Larantuka has become the center of Christian missionary from 17th century. So inter marriage have been taking place.
Marriage tradition of Floresian, especially among Manggarai, happened naturally as a result of the relation between youth and girl, but this type of marriage required big amount of gift to be given to girl’s parent. So the ideal marriage to avoid this high requirement is marriage between a youth with the daughter of his mother’s brother, and also marriage by fledging from home with the approval of both sides. Like other ethnics of Indonesia the procedure of marriage is almost the same, initiated by youth’s parents and relatives will come to girl’s parent to request their girl for their son. It is often that a man has married a woman but still can not give the gift to woman’s parents, so he has to work for some days or months to pay this at wife’s parents. Other type of marriage in Manggarai or Floresian is general is monogamy very rare of case polygamy like in Java, furthermore Floresian are already Christian observer. Kinship system of the Manggarai and Ngada is a big family base on patrilineal leanage, living virilocally, called a “Kilo” some kilos form a small clan or minimal leanage called “Panga” which traces their generation up to 5 to 6 generations. Today the relation within the Panga is not clear anymore except for the name tradition. In the past the unit of Panga will be bound by the traditional ceremony such as death ceremony, building public places and others. The bigger group of Panga is called “wa’u” who has a complex of same traditional elements, folklore, totem, and common ancestors, and ceremonies which all have been forgotten today.
In 1761 the kingdom of Bima in Sumbawa was taken over by Makassar from Karangasem kingdom of Bali with the help of Dutch on the area of Manggarai, but this was not long, as Bima was shocked by great explosion of Mt. Tambora in 1815. From the report of Bima kingdom staff at Manggarai it is known that the center of Manggarai kingdom was at Cibal. The original structure of Manggarai kingdom can still be seen until today. The kingdom was consist of units called “Dalu”. there were 39 Dalus, each Dalu consist of some Glarang, and each Glarang consist of some villages or “beo”. Every Dalu usually controlled by a clan or by a wa’u. The head of a Dalu is called a “Kraeng Adak”, while the most important Dalus such as Todo and Bayo, their head were called “Sangaji”. The presence of word kraeng is no doubt that it it originated from the dialect of Bugis in south Sulawesi, while Sangaji is from Bali. Important officers in Manggarai are “tu’a tana” a person who expert in land ownership, and “raja bicara” a diplomat. These officers were presence at head level of kingdom, Dalu and Glarang. 5 social layers is also introduces based on originality of their place on the society or in more clear tense is seniority. The Kraeng in Manggarai, and Gae Meze in Ngada are the borjouise, while “Ata Leke” in Manggarai and “Gae Kisa” in Ngada is common people, and the group of slaves which is not exist anymore. The traditional belief of Floresian in general by concept is the same as other ethnic groups of Indonesia, basically they respect the ancestors, plus holy souls of nature. In Manggarai and Ngada they have highest god called “Mori Karaeng”, while Ngada called “Deva”. a distinct Hindu influence
Komodo and Flores Tour “by Gong Komodo Tour
It’s the people that help make Flores a dazzling gem. The uniqueness of Flores lies in the its amazing wealth of cultures, language, and history. One of the explanation for the great variety of cultures lies in the island’s, Mountainous, terrain, which hindered access to the interior of the island thus limiting communication between single communities and thereby preserving long standing local indigenous traditions.
One of the remarkable cultural traits on Flores is the large number of local languages and dialects spoken by the Florenese who belong largely to the major ethno linguistic groups of Manggarai, Ngada, Nagekeo, Ende, Lio, sika and lamaholot. Part of the Austro-Polynesian family ,the languages of Flores contribute to its rich historical ,cultural, and traditional values, which are passed from one generation to anther thorough the songs sung from the ancient times by the adat or traditional elders. Flores cultural richness is impressive and it is definitely worth getting off the main tourist route to explore its appealing attractions. The Florenesse still perform sacred rituals such as :Penti, a celebration of the harvest season and new hope in Manggarai. Reba, a week long traditional new year festival for the farming season in Ngada Regency, and gren mahe , a ritual for thanks giving and universal balance performed by the tana ai clan in kringa. You can experience sanda ,an all night singing and dancing circle as well as martial arts, which are an intraparty of every adat ceremony.
The western and central regions of Flores are famous for Caci, the wll known whip fight ,and sagi, the exiting traditional boxing from Ngada. Flores is a journey filled with endless attraction. Bena and newly introduce Belarghi, are two of the larger villages which are most celebrated for their divine history and traditional cultural values, which are richly carved on the walls of their impressive traditional homes. Being agriculturalist ,the Florenese still apply unique agricultural land tenure division displayed by the linko of Cancar,which are parcels of land making a stunning spider-web shape.
Celebrate Flores fascinating past and present way of life thought ikat, an intricate craft of traditional hand weaving found in every corner of Flores. The time consuming process and the intricate patterns make ikat more art than just a piece of cloth. Watublapi is on of the place well know for its remarkable ikat, which has glorious colors created with organic dyes. Equally enchanting is the ikat from lewoklouk, which unlike others is produced by weavers who interweave shells into the cotton threads creating a handsome and unique form of Ikat patterns.