Bajawa is connected by flight from Labuan Bajo, just 30 minutes flight. And if you want to do land trip it is going to take about 10 hours drive. Unlike the sultry Labuan Bajo,
Getaway Tours team summarizes must visit paces in Bajawa as below:
1) JEREBUU VALLEY
This valley has an outstanding view of the green forest. There is a small lodge located overlooking Jerebuu Valley which you can stay the night there. It has also bar which plays live music every weekend. There are three popular traditional hamlets which can be visitied in JEREBUU Valley. They have traditional houses and still practice the old culture.
2) TOLOLELA HAMLET
This hamlet is located a little bit off the road at Jerebuu valley Visitors can either walk for about 40 minutes or take motorbike to reach the hamlet. The local house which is called as Sao is also provided as homestay. The owners provide bed with mosquito net which can be assembled. Women of the hamlet still make weavings with natural dyes from tarum, turmeric and secang plant.
3) BENA HAMLET AND GURUSINA HAMLET
These hamlets are also located at Jerebuu Valley, and lile Tololela, the hamlet provides bed for guest and and especially Bena is popular for its weavings. Gurusina hamlet was caught by fire a year ago, only few houses still left. But in the next years the houses will be rebuilt again.
4) MOUNT INERIE
As the highest peak in Flores Island, this mountain is worth climbing. It takes about 5 hours hike to the peak of 2,245 m. The very steep slope takes effort, endurance and carefulness. From the peak we can see Aimere town and other peaks in the vicinity.
5) OGI WATERFALL
The 30 meters high horsetail waterfall is located about 30 minutes drive. Recommended too reach the waterfall by motorbike.
6) WATUNARIWOWO HILL
This beautiful high exotic hill is also located about 30 minutes drive from Bajawa City. The hill beauty is due to its narrow path in between two cliffs and also the view of Mount Inerie.
7) WOLOBOBO HILL
Wolobobo Hill is popular to see sunrise. The view overlooks Mount Inere. Unlike Watunariwowo which takes short hiking and a little extreme path, Wolobobo Hill is easier and is family friendly.
8) MALANAGE HAMLET
This hamlet still has traditional houses even though some has been rebuilt with modern material like metal roof. Local women make lontar leaf into some beautiful box, bag, coaster. If you love crafts, this hamlet is worth a visit.
This hotspring is located not not far from the road. The hot water flow and meets the flow of cold water. If you want to bath, try the low stream first before going to the upper stream which is hot.
10) SOA HOTSPRING
Located not far from Bajawa Airport, SOA, this hot water spring is worth a visit. The water temperature is very hotel and not mixed with cold water.
11) BAJAWA COFFEE
Bajawa has a good quality coffee. You can try or purchase Bajawa coffee which is organic and processed carefully since the harvesting stage. If you go on a group you can also do the guided coffee walk from the plantation to processing and packaging.