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What to see and do in Bajawa, Flores Island, Indonesia

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.

9)MALANAGE HOTSPRING
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. 

 

 

 

 

 

PICTURES: Mount Penanggungan Hiking Clmbing

Climbing Mount Penanggungan you will not only be passing forest, but also some old sites which locals call it as candi. There are more than 100 candi sites located scattered on the slope of Mt Penanggungan. The most famous is located at Seloliman, Jolotundo Holy Spring where you can enjoy the bath to rejuvenate after hiking. Before returning to Surabaya you can stop by at rice terrace.

Sunrise from the peak of Mount Penanggungan. Get prepared with the warm jacket as at the peak can be very windy and chill.
Mount Arjuno-Welirang seen from the peak of Mount Penanggungan
Camp site at Lurah Temple
Lurah Temple Camp Site
Carik Temple

Putri Temple


Jolotundo Holy Spring Temple
Rice Terrace at Seloliman Village
Mount Penanggungan-Mt Arjuno Welirang


Pictures: Mount Inerie Hiking Pictures, Bajawa, Ngada, Flores Island

Below are some pictures taken by Getaway Tours Indonesia Tour Operator team during Mount Inerie hiking. It takes about 4-5 hours hike to the peak and then about 4 hours descend.

The resting area about 2 hours hike from the starting point.
The view from slope of Mount Inerie, we can see Watunariwowo and also Aimere coast line.
The gradation view of the mountainous landscape.
The highest peak of Mount Inerie seen from the second peak. From the second peak we can see the dead crater.
The narrow path to from the second peak to the highest peak.

The highest peak of Mount Inerie

Pictures :Mt Sindoro Hiking

During the 2 days camping trip to the peak of Mount Sindoro, one of the highest in Java and in Indonesia. Mount Sindoro we offer starts from Yogyakarta or Magelang or Borobudur or Wonosobo, via Kledung basecamp. The total hiking is amout 5 hours hike to the peak and about 3,5 hours descend.

Below are pictures taken by Getaway Tours, Indonesia Tour Operator team on the hike of Mount Sindoro.

Shall you have any queries about hiking to Mount Sindoro or other peaks in Java, feel free to contact our tour planner.

Pictures: Gili-Noko Island, Bawean Island, East Java, Indonesia

Below are pictures of Noko-Gili Island located geographically at Bawean Island. It is recommended to take a day trip here and enjoy lunch with seafood menus here. You can enjoy swimming, snorkeling and enjoy sunset at Noko Island. In the afternoon some birds can be found at the sand island of Noko Island.

Below are some pickture of Gili-Noko Island of Bawean Island taken by Getaway Tours: Indonesia Tour operator team.

Sunset from Noko Island.

The sand Island of Noko is connected to Gili Island and can be crossed by walking when the ride is low.

Some sea birds can be seen at Noko Island

NOko Island

Gili Island can be reached by boat about 30 minutes.

You can buy super fresh fish for grilled to have lunch at Gili Island.

PICTURES: Lake Kelimutu, Moni, Ende, Flores Island

Even though Lake Kelimutu is well known to be visited in the morning when sun rises come, however, it is actually good to be visited in the morning and during afternoon. Off course it depends on the weather, often the mist comes in the day time and afternoon and morning as well. But regarding the sun direction, it is good to take picture in the afternoon than morning. Morning is back-light to take picture.

There are some view point to enjoy Lake Kelimutu. The main view point is where visitors usually expect sunrise, as the morning comes, it is usually will get crowded with people especially on weekend. After sunrises you can walk to another view points which can be reached by walking about few minutes.

Lake Kelimutu consists on 3 lakes, 2 lakes has green colors and the other two has green Tosca colors.

There are macaques inhibit the lakes area, sometimes you can see them enjoying the morning at the edge of the lake.

Below are some pictures of the legendary lake, taken by Getaway Tours, Indonesia Tour Operator team. Feel free to contact us for queries to visit Lake Kelimutu.



PICTURES: Ijen Blue Fire Tour 2019 in May

Ijen Crater in the morning.
Sulfur Smoke of Ijen Crater

It is recommended wearing gas mask to visit Ijen to avoid inhaling sulfur.
Stars at Ijen Crater, yes, you can also see the milkyway from Ijen Crater area.

*** Getaway Tours, Indonesia Tour Operator

Pictures: Labuan Bajo in the sunset time and evening

Labuan Bajo has been a destination for ocean and diving lovers. It is the gate to Komodo National Park which offers safari to see Komodo Dragon and well-known diving, snorkeling paradise. The hotels in Labuan Bajo has grown rapidly from dorm, homestays to a 5 star resort.

The city of Labuan Bajo is very small and easy to explore within few hours. There is a beach located a bit off the city where some resorts located., called as Waecicu Beach where you can swim without going to National Park area. About 30 minutes drive you can go to Rangko Cave.

The sunset time is very mesmerizing in Labuan Bajo. You can enjoy it from the hill side or even at the harbor area. If you stay at the main street area nearby harbor, you can walk to some coffee shops of some accommodations above. One of the is Ciao Hostel, at the third floor, the sunset view is amazingly beautiful.

Around sunset time you can stroll along the harbor and see street food stalls are prepared, with various kind of seafood from fish, crabs, lobster, shrimp and more. All are fresh.

Evening, you can enjoy dinner at some nice restaurants. One of the best restaurant which offers live music on Saturday night is Le Pirate.

Below are some pictures taken in Labuan Bajo during late afternoon and evening by Getaway Tours, Indonesia Tour Operator.

Labuan Bajo on sunset time from above
Labuan Bajo sunset seen from Ciao Hostel
Labuan Bajo sunset time at Bajo Bridge
Labuan Bajo harbor
Seafood food stall nearby Harbor

Pictures: Komodo National Park

Below are some pictures taken at Komodo National Park. Not just seeing Komodo Dragon but also enjoying the nice view of white sandy beach, the panoramic curving beaches at Padar Island and snorkeling. On some season usually you can stop by at Manta Point, it has circle current on the surface. Some season Manta can not be found though.

Komodo Dragon in Komodo Island-Labuan Bajo
Komodo Dragon in Komodo Island -Labuan Bajo
Trekking Route at Komodo Island-Komodo National Park
Komodo Dragon at Komodo Island
Pink Beach-Komodo National Park
Snorkeling at Pink Beach

Padar Island Panorama at Komodo National Park. It takes bout 45 minutes to the highest view point. As it is hot there,be ready with water bottle, hat, sunscreen, and walking shoes. If you like, coconut water is also available to buy there.