Bajawa day trip: Volcanoes, traditional villages, and hot springs

[Bajawa, Flores – Indonesia] On my trip to Flores I stopped at Bajawa, which is about half way between Labuan Bajo (for Komodo National Park) and Moni (for Kelimutu National Park). If you are travelling overland in Flores it’s worth stopping regularly as bus travel is arduous. Bajawa is a small market city in the […]

Komodo dragons and coral reefs: Komodo National Park 2 day boat tour

[One of the many islands of Komodo National Park.] Komodo National Park is a protected watery expanse that covers a group of islands and reefs to the east of the island of Flores, Indonesia. Komodo is famous for the giant lizards of the same name, but it’s also home to some of the best coral […]

Where I’m At: May, 2014 – Dili

Travels in Bali, Flores, and Timor (West and East) Greetings from Dili, East Timor. I’ve spent the last week in the Island of Timor; West being in Indonesia; East being the independent nation of East Timor. Bali I spent two weeks in Bali, and my opinion has changed for the better since I was last […]

Hotel Review: Hotel Ikhlas, Ende, Flores – Indonesia

Hotel Name: Hotel Ikhlas Address: Jalan Ahmad Yani, Ende, Flores, Indonesia. I stayed at Hotel Ikhlas in Ende, Flores. I walked in off the street and there was a double room with fan and private bathroom available at 100,000 IDR (8.25 USD). My room was run-down but nothing out of the ordinary for a budget […]

Guesthouse review: Maria Inn, Moni, Flores – Indonesia

Hotel Name: Maria Inn Address: Jl. Trans Flores, Moni, Flores – Indonesia. On my visit to Kelimutu National Park I stayed in Moni – a small village close to the park entrance. If you want to see the sunrise over the volcano (and it is worth seeing) you will be staying in Moni as the […]

Hotel Review: Hotel Johny, Bajawa, Flores – Indonesia

Hotel Name: Hotel Johny Address: Jl. Gajahmada, Bajawa, Flores – Indonesia. I stayed at the Hotel Johny via a recommendation from an ojek (motorcycle taxi) who picked me up at the bus stop outside town. I’m usually reluctant to go with hotel recommendations from touts, but the price he quoted was cheaper than any of […]

Hotel Review: Gardena Hotel, Labuan Bajo, Flores – Indonesia

Hotel Name: Gardena Hotel Address: Jl. Soekarno Hatta, Labuan Bajo, Flores, Indonesia. Gardena Hotel is a budget hotel/guesthouse type accommodation in Labuan Bajo. The hotel isn’t bookable online and there isn’t a contact form on their site ( so I called them to reserve. When I arrived my name wasn’t listed (Ahh Indonesia!) Fortunately there […]