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Pictures: Places of Interest at Maumere, Flores, East Nusa Tenggara

Maybe you have visited the legendary Lake Kelimutu the other day and now you have a full day in Maumere. Below are list of places of interests in Maumere where you can see more culture of the region. Shall you need day tour from Maumere for sightseeings or day trip to Lake Kelimutu, fee free to contact Getaway Tours; Indonesia Tour Operator.

SIKKA OLD CHURCH
This church was built in 1899 by a Portuguese priest, JF. Lecocq D’armanddaville and Sikka king, Yoseph Mbako Ximenes Da Silva. The building is made of teak wood which was probably brought from Java. Though there was some renovation, the church original architecture is preserved. The church is located nearby the ocean.

 

POPE CHAMBER
Pope John Paul II visited Sikka on 11-12 October 1989. He stayed overnight at Seminari Tinggi Santo Petrus Ritapiret Maumere, at one of the chamber and this chamber has been a pilgrimage site for Catholics. There is a relic of Pope John Paul II is also places in the chamber. 

BIKON BLEWUT MUSEUM
This museum has collections of some fossils and artifact found during excavation in Flores and Lembata by Pater Verhouwen. The museum actually has large collections but the building could not display them all. The museum is located in Seminari Tinggi Santo Paulus Ledalero, Nita village. 

 

 

 

Traditional Market
We can find some interesting this that the locals sell here. From daily needs, vegetable, weaving, horse, chicken, and also local liquor. 

 

 

 




SIKKA CHOCOLATE FACTORY
You maybe want to try chocolate bar from Sikka? You can stop by at CHOSIK factory, to purchase chocolate bar or seeing the chocolate making process.

 

 

 

MAUMERE BEACH
You can enjoy relaxing day at the beach of Maumere. There are some resorts located at Larantuka Street, where you can enjoy swimming and sunbathing while sipping coconut water. 

 

 

THE SUNRISE AT MAUMERE
Stay at one of the resort nearby the beach and in the morning you will be greeted by the golden sunrise. There are various options from budget to up market resort. For budget stay, you can try Pantai Paris Homestay or if you like something better, try Coconut Garden Beach Resort or  Capa Resort. 

PICTURES: Tumpak Sewu Waterfall, Malang, Lumajang, East Java, Indonesia

Below are Tumpak Sewu Waterfall pictures taken by the team of Getaway Tours: Indonesia Tour Operator. The waterfall can be visited by children to senior citizen and best time to visit is during dry season (May-September). If you want to visit with your friends on small group, we can provide with lunch menus provided by locals. Shall you need any inquiry to the waterfall please inform us.

Located a little off the beaten path, this waterfall has drawn visitors who wants to witness its beauty.
Viola, Tumpak Sewu waterfall consists of numerous horse tail waterfalls covering the large area of canyon.
The waterfall can be reached by about 45 minutes walk. Please prepare with water friendly footwear when visiting the waterfall. Do not forget your hat and sunscreen and comfortable outfit for this adventure.
Spare one day to visit Tumpak Sewu waterfall, and you can access via Malang or Lumajang. Malang has more hotel options. Lumajang is located in between Bromo and Ijen. Both Malang and Lumajang is possible for an overnight when you do the other two must-visit destinations in East Java, Mt Bromo and Ijen. At least 4 Days 3 Nights duration for visit to Tumpak Sewu Waterfall-Mt Bromo-Ijen Crater.

This waterfall, Kapas Biru Waterfall is located in the area of Tumpak Sewu Waterfall as well.

PICTURES: Tololela Hamlet, Bajawa, Ngada, Flores, East Nusa Tenggara

Photo Credit: Ary Suhandi (Indecon).
From the air can be seen Tololela is surounded by lush green forest. The forest are their source of life where they find daily food: coconut, keladi, passion fruit and many more.
Tololela Hamlet has preserved their architecture, tradition for centuries. The houses (locally called as SAO) are made of wood, the roof is made of grass and there are some stones located in the house area, as the symbol of each ancestor who had died.
Welcome ritual for group of guest by slaughtered pig. For small group usually using chicken. The elders then read the intestine if the guest arrival will be good or the opposite.
There are small bamboo species can be found in the hamlet area, and locals have used the bamboo for flute. This one is music troupe of the village.
Tololela Village has high number senior citizen who live healthy and full of life. This might be because of their daily activity which involves walking and farming. Tololela also mostly eat organic food from their land. Their daily food are not just rice, but banana, keladi, beans, corn, leaves of some plants, casava and passion fruit.
Local still make weaving colored with natural dye. They use tarum, turmeric, secang and other plants.
Tololela weaving has the motif of horse, chichen, ngadhu and bhaga.
Women coloring the yarn.

Visiting Java of Indonesia during Peak Season Period or Idul Fitri Period

Best time to visit in Java is during dry season that it is more convenience to explore the area either for natural or cultural attractions in Java. Dry season usually starts from April to September.

Peak season in Java is during Idul Fitri Holiday period, this means D-7 till D+7 period. As majority of people in Java are moslem, the price for transportation, driver, hotel are more expensive during this period. Cost of transportation and hotel will rise up to 50%-120%, and guide service will be double price than normal season or 100-130%. If you want to avoid this, you can check first Indonesia calendar or ask tour operator about this. During Idul Fitri period is when locals return to their hometown to celebrate, that the traffic can be unpredictable. And also when Indonesians visiting some places of interests in their own country.

And other peak season is in the Christmas and New Year Period. As in other areas, hotels in Java also apply compulsory dinner on Xmas/New Year eve and guest may not check out on the 31 December. You can check to your hotel regarding this to anticipate any cost for your travel.

On Idul Fitri period, usually train ticket and flight will be fully booked. If you really want to travel to Java during peak season, recommended to book at least 2 months in advance. Some tour operators does not arrange tours on the peak season period.

If you are on a good budget, it will be no problem, but if you are on a tight one, you must be really careful to manage your convenience to travel. To get the most of what you pay for, you can book tours with driver only, without tour guide enroute, yet local guide for some a little difficult activities like hiking can be included. However for your information, in Jawa, there is very limited number of English Speaking Driver. Driver usually knows a little English and however they often go on such tours though. If there is train available connecting some destinations/cities, ask tour operator to connect your trip with train, for example to/from cities like :Yogyakarta/ Surabaya/Probolinggo/Banyuwangi/Bandung/Jakarta.

Not just traffic, some natural and cultural attractions will be more crowded as well with domestic tourists. For example, Mount Penanjakan Bromo will be full of tourist, that usually tour operator will recommend other view point with less people. And due to the limited number of hotels in some locations, especially at Mount Bromo, Wonosobo, Lumajang, better book in advance to make sure you will stay in a decent one with a good location.

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. 

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. 

 

 

 

 

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.