ENDE

 

Capital (ibu kota) is Ende which is the second biggest town on the island. Ende has a nice setting on Ende bay with views over the Sawu Sea (sunset). In front of the bay is Ende Island. Ende is blessed with plenty of banks, eateries and supermarkets. Here you find the house of Soekarno, once the first president of Indonesia who was banned at that time.

Some people choose Ende to start their journey from east to west. It is more close to Moni/Kelimutu than Maumere although there are more highlights on Flores further east and north. Plus there are no direct flights anymore between Ende and Denpasar.

http://wikitravel.org/en/Ende


SLEEP

For a city like Ende it has not so much in the way of decent accommodation. The best hotel at the moment is Berlian on jalan Kelimutu.

see this section


EAT

Plenty of small restaurants in Ende. A good one is Bangkalan on jalan Achmad Yani, near the airport. There is another Bangkalan on jalan Kelimutu. On this street there are also a few padang restaurants and at the end are some Javanese eateries. Near the beach, at pantai Ria is a stretch with a lot of small warung with cuisines from allover Indonesia and of course ikan bakar, the grilled fish.

 

SUPERMARKETS

Ende also has a few decent supermarkets including Hero, Roxy, StarMart and Sinar Mas (most comprehensive).

 

LIQUOR

On jalan Kelimutu is a liquor store. Not a lot of choice but at least you can buy local whisky, wodka and imported wine.


TRANSPORT see also
 

 

BY AIR

There are direct flights to/from Kupang, Labuan Bajo, and Tambolaka (Sumba) and to Denpasar (Bali) with a transit in Labuan Bajo or Kupang. The flight Ende-Labuan Bajo-Denpasar goes via the south coast with views on gunung Inerie, Komodo and Rinca and the south of Sumbawa. Ask for a windowseat on the left side of the plane for Ende-Labuan Bajo-Denpasar or on the right side for Denpasar-Ende.

 

The airport is close to or actually within town and within walking distance of the hotels Safari and Ikhlas. Cars and ojek (motorcycle) await you at the airport. These days the airport also has their own fixed charter prices. For example to Moni is Rp 500.000 drop off.

 

BY ROAD

 

Bus long distance

There are buses to Maumere, Larantuka, Mbay, Riung, Bajawa, Ruteng and Labuan Bajo. No fixed schedules, starting early morning. Usually buses stop on their route for some 20 minutes.

 

Bus within town

Bemo/angkot Rp 3000

 

Car with driver

Available at the airport or to be booked via your hotel. You also can contact me to find a driver.
At the the airport there are fixed prices. The most useful ones are:

  • within Ende Rp 50.000
  • Ende - Moni (for Kelimutu) Rp 500.000
  • Ende - Mbay Rp 700.000

A car with driver from Moni to Kelimutu and back is Rp 300.000. Ssk your guesthouse

Also check car with driver

 

Ojek (motorcycle taxi)

A motorcycle is quick and in Ende it's nice to feel some wind in your hair. Rp 5000 to

Rp 10.000 for a ride depending on distance and your negotiation skills.

To rent a motorbike in Moni you can askyour guesthouse. Rental is Rp 100.000. If you want the motorbike as an ojek (with driver) the price is Rp 150.000

 

Travel

This is a kind of shared “taxi” (a big car or minibus which runs from door to door). They run the same routes as buses. Costs Rp 100.000 - Rp 150.000. Some examples:

  • Ende - Bajawa vv Rp 100.000
  • Ende - Maumere vv Rp 120.000
  • Bajawa - Moni vv Rp 220.000 (seat has to be paid for Bajawa-Maumere

To be booked with Gunung Mas. See Transport section

 

BY SEA

Pelni ferries to Kupang

https://www.pelni.co.id/?lang=en

ASDP ferries to Waingapu (Sumba) and Kupang (Timor)


WHERE TO GO OUTSIDE ENDE?

 

The road from Maumere to Ende and especially the Woluwaru to Ende stretch is one of most beautiful parts of Flores, so take your time.

 

Moni is a one street village with fine views over the valley with lots of accommodation and a few nice (touristrestaurants like Good Moni, Santiago, Rainbow and Mopi's. (live music). Moni is around 3 hours from Maumere and 2 hours from Ende by public transport. With your own wheels 2,5 and 1,5 hours non stop. It is also the startingpoint for your trip to Kelimutu which is 13 kilometers away. Most visitors rush through the village although there are waterfalls, a hot spring and many traditional villages in the area. Plus a nice and cool climate at the elevation of 750 meters.

http://wikitravel.org/en/Moni

 

Kelimutu

Kelimutu is the name of the volcano and the three coloured lakes and one of the absolute highlights on Flores. The colours of the lakes change from time to time and in the meantime they had many different colours like yellow, red, green, many shades of blue, brown and black. Most travelers visit Kelimutu early morning to see the sunrise (around 6:00 am). Therefore you have to leave Moni around 4 am. From the parking it is a 30 minutes walk through the forest.

I visited Kelimutu four times, the last time in October 2018 but I never went there to see the sunrise. If you visit the lakes later on the day, after 8 am or so you will have this wonderful Spielberglike decor almost for yourself. Everytime I was there, there were only a few visitors. Another good option is visit Kelimutu later on the day when the light is soft (photographers!)

After the walk you first see the two biggest lakes (like twins). Later you can climb the stairs as far as the monument to have an overview of all three lakes. Clouds or rain? Just wait untill they are chased by the sun which gives awesome pictures. Enjoy the serenity and nature with a capital N.

Have a ginger coffee or tea or an instant noodlesoup when coming back from the forest. It can be nasty cold up there. The area is also gorgeous for trekkings. Maps are available at the parking.

With your own wheels it's even more comfortable.

For Kelimutu you can rent a motorcycle at one of the guesthouses Rp 100.000 or Rp 150.000 as an ojek (sitting on a back) in Moni or share a car with other travelers. A car for Kelimutu will be Rp 300.000, all guesthouses can provide one. Sometimes people choose to be taken to the entrance, enjoy the lakes and walk down all the way back to Moni with or without guide within 3 hours. Take care of good shoes, maybe a sweater, a raincoat en some plastic bags to protect your camera.

See also stories: I see your true colors

For entrance fees check

 

Nduaria fruit-& vegetable market

About 5 kilometers from Moni (in the direction of Ende) the road is dotted with fruit- and vegetable stalls on the right side of the mainroad. Be keen on paying local prices!

 

Detusoko

This cool village is about 45 minutes from Kelimutu and an alternative for Moni. Sometimes people choose to overnight here in the monastry but the accomodation is quite basic. The scenery here is gorgeous. Deep valleys and green mountains, beautiful ricefields en many waterfalls.

 

Traditional villages

Woloara, a traditional village near Moni settled in lush forest and easily reachable from Moni. On the way back from Kelimutu you also can visit Waturaka village.

Wologai is the first traditional village when coming from Moni which is a few kilometers off the Trans Flores Road (right side coming from Moni). You can stay the night at Wologai. Get in touch with ibu Ida Leta. Tel nr +62 82237845206

Just before Ende there is the weaving village Ndona. East of Ende there is dramatic coastline and the traditional village of Wolotopo about 45 minutes away.



Road Ende-Nanggaroro

This part of the Trans Flores Road runs along the sea and offers spectacular views as the road twists half of the way. On the left side of the road you will also find some simple places for a coffee break while enjoying the views.

 

Penggajawa (blue stone beaches) near Nangapanda

On your way to/from Bajawa or Riung you will pass the blue stone beaches near Nangapanda. The beach is full of blue, turquoise en green stones which are collected and sorted for export as a base for creative designs for houses and gardens. The stones are an export product for other (wealthy) countries in Asia, like Japan and South Korea but are also exported within Indonesia to Bali and Java.

These days the area has become more populair as a lunch stop and there are also a few simple rooms available as an alternative to overnight in Ende.