Dragons do exist, and so does a volcano with three-coloured crater lakes – and they can be found on Flores island, located in East Nusa Tenggara province in Indonesia. While Indonesia is more famous for Bali and Yogyakarta, Flores should unquestionably be on your #1 list if you are looking for a destination full of adventure.

How to get there?

There are two major towns you can fly into to reach Komodo National Park. Take a flight to Labuan Bajo or a flight to Ende. There isn’t any direct international flight at the time of writing, so most flights will have to transit in either Bali or Jakarta.
flying to Flores
Labuan Bajo is a fisherman town located on the westernmost coast of Flores island. It is the nearest port to Komodo National Park, Indonesia’s very own The Lost Word. Ende is the biggest town in Flores, and the closest town to reach Kelimutu, the mythical volcano with three crater lakes of differing colours. 

I visited Labuan Bajo first before flying to Ende, and it was a great start to my magical journey in Flores. Nonetheless, there shouldn’t be any problem with whichever order you choose.flores airport
P.S: If you are looking for tons of Insta-worthy photos, you should visit Flores before it gets swarmed with travellers!

Komodo National Park

From this bustling town, we have to use a boat to reach Komodo National Park. Although it’s recommended to spend 2D1N or 3D2N living on board, a day-long boat trip is also possible. In fact, I would suggest to keep it short if you do not have much time on your hands because there are plenty of things ahead in Komodo National Park.
komodo national park
View from the hill nearby

Kanawa Island

The white sandy beaches and beautiful coral reefs make Kanawa Island a sweet spot for snorkelling. Get to the top of the hills to get a lovely panorama shot of the sunset.
Kanawa Island

Snorkeling at Manta Point

The underwater world of Komodo National Park is very famous among the scuba divers for its rich marine biodiversity and the almost-guaranteed sighting of the majestic Manta Ray. Not a diver yet? Fret not as the Mantas can also be seen just by snorkeling!
Snorkeling at Manta Point

Pink Beach

From the top of the hill, you can marvel at the soft hues of pink of the sandy particles, slowly getting washed away by the clear turquoise water. The pink coloration is caused by the red coral which gets weathered over time.
pink beach

Kalong Island

“Kalong” means “bats” in English and as the name suggests, you would come across bats in every corner of the island. The moment I loved the most from this island was watching the beautiful sunset at Kalong Island. The clear magenta sky was made lively by a large flock of bats searching for fruits. If only I could witness this every day!
Kalong Island