Our People
  • Amy snow biking Our Team

    Steppes Travel is made by the people who work here. Incredible holidays are made possible because of their vast travel experience and the great enthusiasm they bring to their work.

  • Chris Packham Our Tour Experts

    We carefully select our experts based on their knowledge, companionship and influence, ensuring that you can travel with the most knowledgeable leaders in the field.

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
Indonesia

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.

Experiences

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

Rascal Conservation Voyages

Cruise with Rascal Voyages on one of their Conservation International adventures.

Charter a yacht

Explore by boat – charter a private yacht, join Tiger Blue or SeaTrek on one of their fixed departures.

Mesa Island

Discover more about the lives of the Bajau Sea Nomads.

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.

Komodo National Park

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

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Bintang Flores Hotel £££££

  • Indonesia
  • Beach and Island Escapes
  • Wilderness

The Bintang Flores Hotel, a four-star property situated in Labuan Bajo, is set in spacious grounds with a private beach. It is a convenient base for visits to nearby Komodo Island and world-class dive sites along the coast of Flores.

Amanwana £££££

  • Indonesia
  • Beach and Island Escapes
  • Wilderness
  • Wellness and Spa

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 Amanikan, the camp’s 32-metre coastal cruiser takes 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.

View Property

Meet our experts

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. I also seek adventure; exploring the deep blue or hiking a peak often winning favour. Although it’s my time horse herding in Mongolia that I regularly want to relive.
Talk with our experts
  • 01285 601 784

Deborah Brock-Doyle

My first journey for Steppes was in 1999 when I set off to explore Thailand to gather those little details that constitute Steppes Travel’s trademark knowledge. I have since been lucky enough to travel extensively in Southeast Asia, China, the Middle East and India. A few special memories include being joined at dinner by an otter in Laos, proudly being shown an illicit picture of the Dalai Lama in Tibet and diving with manta rays on Christmas day in Indonesia. I’m pretty sure I always leave a country wishing I had done more, seen more, learned more ….. but I also always hope to return …
Talk with our experts
  • 01285 601 784

Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise sets us apart. So too our curiosity. A curiosity of the world and of you, and your passions. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you.

Are you ready to discover extraordinary?


Why Steppes