Komod Dragon, Komodo, Indonesia

Flores and Komodo

Flores is often the starting point for a journey aboard a traditional Indonesia sailing boat – a Phinisi and is interestingly almost entirely Roman Catholic in a majority Muslim country.

Flores is part of the Lesser Sunda Islands and is located east of Sumbawa and Komodo, generally used as a stopping off point to see the endangered dragons of Komodo and part of the Komodo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Indonesia, Flores & Komodo, Dunia Baru corals

A little more about Flores and Komodo

With active volcanoes and prehistoric dragons, the islands of the Komodo National Park are among the most rugged and hostile on the planet. But they also contain stunning tropical scenery, with lush jungle and aquamarine seas.

Explore the traditional island tribes of West Flores, and discover the unique wildlife of Rinca Island, including monkeys, wild boar and buffalo and, of course, Komodo dragons. A trip to the Gili Lawa Darat and Moyo Island offers incredible snorkelling and the chance for a beach barbecue on a genuine tropical island paradise. The pristine waters of the Flores sea are notably flat making it an attractive option to even the timidest of sailors.


Explores some of the best experiences and activities to be found in and around the Flores and Komodo regions.

Aerial view of Rascal yacht.

Rascal Conservation Voyages

Cruise with Rascal Voyages on one of their Conservation International adventures and journey to remote areas in the company of scientists and leading conservationists. Tag manta ray and embark on exploratory dives to aid research.

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Sailing Komodo, Tiger Blue, Komodo, Indonesia

Charter a Yacht

Explore idyllic and remote islands at your own pace by boat – charter a private yacht or join Tiger Blue or SeaTrek on one of their fixed departures.

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Stilted villages over the water.

Mesa Island

Discover more about the lives of the Bajau Sea Nomads on the small island of Mesa, situated between Flores and Komodo and home to a traditional fishing village.

Two men engaged in a Caci dance, a traditional Indonesian dance from Labuan Bajo in Indonesia

The Strongmen of Flores

Travel into the interior of West Flores and the village of Melo where local ‘strongmen’ perform the whip-dance, typical for West Flores.

Komod Dragon, Komodo, Indonesia

See Komodo Dragon

Board a traditional schooner and explore Komodo National Park in search of Komodo dragon.

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Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Aqua Blu £££££

  • Indonesia

Sailing between the islands of Komodo in the summer months before moving to Raja Ampat during the winter, Aqua Blu is a long-range explorer yacht with a strong naval heritage. Formally the British Naval Explorer HMS Beagle, Aqua Blu has been stylishly refurbished to offer sublime cruising throughout this compelling destination.

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Bintang Flores Hotel £££££

  • Indonesia
  • Beach and Island Escapes

The Bintang Flores is set in spacious gardens on a small stretch of beach, conveniently located to explore the nearby Komodo Island and some world-class dive sites. The 101 rooms have views of either the gardens or sea and additional facilities include a free form swimming pool, restaurant, bar and on site dive centre.

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Amanwana £££££

  • Indonesia
  • Beach and Island Escapes

Amanwana, meaning peaceful forest is the only resort located on Moyo and is set on a beach in a secluded cove overlooking the Flores Sea. The protected marine park offers some of the best scuba diving and snorkelling in Indonesia, and the camp’s fleet of boats can take guests to Rinca and Komodo islands. Accommodation in 20 luxury tented suites, a jungle spa and a tented restaurant serving the local catch of the day, make Amanwana the ultimate wilderness hideaway.

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A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Clare Higginson

It was my passion for languages that first encouraged me to leave the UK behind and grab my rucksack. Since then, it’s been a mixture of intriguing cultures, jaw-dropping landscapes and the wonder of seeing animals in their natural habitat that sees me continuously extending my travel wish list.

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