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East Nusa Tenggara - Indonesia Komodo Island, Kelimutu Lake, and Labuan Bajo

Updated on March 31, 2016
Komodo Dragon in East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
Komodo Dragon in East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia | Source

East Nusa Tenggara

East Nusa Tenggara is near to Bali Island in Indonesia. East Nusa Tenggara is Komodo Island in Indonesia, and famous with Kelimutu Lake and beautiful submarine Labuanbajo sea diving spot. Bali has 16 best places to visit as the top popular destination in Asia. From Bali you just sail to East Nusa Tenggara. Nusa Tenggara is occupying a unique position at the junction of Australian and Asian submarine. It has exotic marine environment and species of coral and fish. East Nusa Tenggara consists of over 550 islands, but is dominated by three mayor islands: Flores, Sumba, and Timor. Nusa Tenggara has been shaped by the force of enormous chain of volcanoes.

Flores is the Portuguese name which means “flower” and describes the beauty to be found there. It is crowded by calnoes and mountain. Sumba is now famous for its horses and excellent style of woven-cloth. There are some enormous megalithic tombs in West Sumba that where incredible rituals take place such “Pasola”. This ritual is where hundreds of horsemen fling spears at each other in of uninhabited white-sand beach. Are you ready to travel from Bali to Lombok then to Flores Island and dive in the best spot at Alor beach? Are you dare to feeding the extraordinary giant lizard the Komodo Dragon Island? Let’s reveal the exotics of East Nusa Tenggara.

How big is komodo dragon?
How big is komodo dragon?

Indonesia Komodo Island

Komodo Island is a small island of the 280 square kilometer and located between the island of Sumbawa and Flores. The island is famous for its giant lizard Komodo which is considered the last of their kind reminding in the world today. The unique and rare species Komodo Dragon (Varanus Komodoensis) is actually a giant monitor lizard. Growing up 3 up 4 meters in length, its ancestors roamed the earth up to about half a million years ago.

Maumere Port Town

Maumere is a port town in the northeastern coast of Flores (East Nusa Tenggara) and stopover on the way to Ende and Denpasar, and Makassar, and noted for its good beaches. The bay of Maumere, Waiara, is considered the best diving spot named Flores Marine Resort as it promise extremely rich marine life. Take your diving equipment, let’s go there.

Ende Kingdom

Ende was site of kingdom that existed around the end of the 18th century. Ende today is capital of Ende regency. In 1934, Indonesia nationalist leader, Soekarno who then become Indonesia first president, was exiled to Ende by the Dutch colonial government. You can find unique culture of Ende and Lio people in this exotic area.

Kelimutu Mount
Kelimutu Mount | Source

Kelimutu Lake and Mountain

Mysterious and dramatic sights East Nusa Tenggara can be found on the top of Kelimutu Lake and Mountain, some 66 kilometer from Ende, or 88 kilometer from Maumere. Kelimutu has three crater lakes with their respective color. The Kelimutu is located at the back of Mount Kelibara, in the Wolowaru District in the Ende, Regency of Central Flores. This mountain is holy to the local people because it provides fertility to the surrounding areas.

Alor the Heaven of Divers
Alor the Heaven of Divers | Source


Labuanbajo is a little town inhabited by fishermen, lies at the extreme western part of Flores Island. The town serves as a jumping off point for the trip to Komodo Island. It is a beautiful area in East Nusa Tenggara for water skiing, wind surfing, fishing and many other marine activities. You can also sailing with fishermen to catch the fish with traditional boat, are you interesting?

Alor the Heaven of Divers

If you would like to diving in the best spot, well come to Alor. The place is now famous among tourists, especially divers from all over the world as “the best”. Lembata Island is known throughout the world as the home of traditional whaling. Big fish, sharks, pristine coral and spectacular walls that drop to infinity combined with breathtaking panorama above water, make it the ultimate dive destination.

Pasola Spear Festival
Pasola Spear Festival | Source

Tips: Culture and Art

East Nusa Tenggara has many traditional culture like horse rider in Pasola Ceremony, Padoa Dance, flute instrument player, Flores traditional culture, Flores stone sculpture, Flores motive pabrics, and Sasando string instrument. You can arrange your travel to Indonesia starting from Bali Island then next to West Nusa Tenggara and East Nusa Tenggara. What do you waiting for? Prepare your ticket and diving staff now? Well come to Indonesia.


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