NICE TO MEET YOU...
My name is Anne Mieke de Hoon
This website is made by me. I was born and I am (still) living Eindhoven, the Netherlands. I have a tourism background and traveled to many countries in particular in South East Asia, some parts of the Middle East, northern Africa and Europe. It was in August 1987 when I was in Indonesia for the first time joining a group and following a busy program through Sumatera, Java, Bali and Sulawesi. More than 36 years later I have traveled the country from east to west, from Sabang to Merauke and visited “only” 47 islands (out of some 17.000) and still counting. Three times a year, never boring. My favourite part is east Indonesia: Maluku, Papua and Nusa Tenggara Timur with Flores as the undisputed number 1.
For a long time I was thinking what to do with all the information and knowledge as traveling in Indonesia together with photography had become a way of life.
Thanks to local people I had the chance to discover every corner of Flores to find potential “new” tourist spots. Not only the classic route Maumere to Labuan Bajo is interesting but beyond the classic route and off the beaten track there are many unspoiled and undiscovered roads, villages and landscapes.
What to expect from this website?
This website is intended for information about Flores and to help you to find your way around the island. About what to do and see there, practical info like where to find a laundry, what
the roads are like, where to book flights. Just a few examples.
However I am not an agent, I am not selling any service.
So I am working on information about Flores and try to find the undiscovered gems which is not too difficult. The only drawback is the lack of decent infrastructure in some parts of the island
but it is getting better and better. Most destinations I have checked myself. Three times a year I "survey" the island to check roads, hotels, try new parts of Flores. Everything with the
intention to promote the island as, to my opinion, Flores has potential to become one of the biggest tourist attractions of Indonesia.
In the last decade Flores has become favourite with travelers and Labuan Bajo is hosting 95% of them. Off the west coast you will find yourself in a fairy tale of gorgeous islands, undoubtedly beautiful. However there is more than Komodo National Park; the rest of the island is relatively untouched and far less touristic. Check out the stunning interior, the well kept traditional villages, the virgin jungle and active volcanos and fly back home with lots of memories.
Why I do this?
First of all I am a traveler myself for a long time. My mission is to help other travelers to enjoy this beautiful island and get tourism on Flores on a higher level (apart from the beaten tracks including Komodo NP) and thereby helping the people of Flores to get an income from tourism. Since June 2020 I can spend fulltime on this website.
In love with the island? Oh, yes, definitely, it was love at first sight. But, this one I want to share with the rest of the world. Be my guest.
This website is very complete and frequently updated and you will find most of the answers to your questions.
You need an itinerary? Here you go, 26 routes from 2 tot 22
Other questions? Here you will find most answers in the Q&A section
Hire a car with driver? Read this first and the Q&A's
You need help to find a driver? Please contact me but tell me all relevant info about flights, dates, from where tot where, number of travelers, adults, children (ages), amount of luggage. All these info is important to find the right car and driver in the right place.
Please note that I am not a travel agent!
Still questions? See the options below.
Email* to firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact form: see below
Languages: English, Nederlands or Bahasa Indonesia
*Emails and messages via contact form will be answered within 48 hours. The more information you give me, flights, amount of travelers, amount of luggage, etc etc, the better I can help you.
Tel +62 81284773377 for last minute WhatsApp messages only when you leave soon*
*please note the possible difference in time
**Messages via WhatsApp usually faster, but only suitable for short and quick answers when you leave very soon, eg within one week
Please keep in mind the possible difference in time. When not on Flores I live in the European Central Time Zone.
Anne Mieke -AM PHOTONESIA©-