The road from Bajawa to Borong which is the capital (ibu
kota) bends for one hour south to Aimere, then continues along a stretch of beach and turns to the north inland again. Manggarai Timur doesn’t receive
many foreign visitors and Borong is usually only a place to stop on route from Bajawa to Ruteng or Labuan Bajo). Here are some padang and
Javanese restaurants en a few hotels.
SLEEP In Borong are a few, mostly basic hotels see
If you don't intend to visit the area, traveling westwards to Ruteng is a better choice to spend the night. Heading to the east the guesthouses in Wae Langga, Aimere or Bajawa are more comfortable and appealing.
TRANSPORT see also
There is no airport in Borong. The closest one is in Ruteng 1,5 hours away.
Bus long distance
There are buses to Bajawa, Ende, Labuan Bajo and Ruteng and Labuan Bajo.
Bus within town
Bemo/angkot Rp 3000
Car with driver
A car with driver is best to arrange in the main tourist towns like Bajawa, Ende, Labuan Bajo or Maumere. Also check car with driver
Ojek (motorcycle taxi)
Rp 3000 to Rp 10.000 for a ride.
This is a kind of shared “taxi” (a big car or minibus which runs from door to door). I am not sure if there are travels starting in Borong. If not, you can call Gunung Mas who can pick you up on their route between Ruteng and Bajawa. Costs are usually for the full stretch Rp 100.000 - Rp 150.000.
There is a seaport in Borong but not usefull for travelers. As far as I know the nearest port for passengers is in Aimere (to Waingapu, Sumba) in Ngada
WHAT TO SEE IN MANGGARAI TIMUR?
Just beyond the border with Ngada there is Mbalata Beach, a black sand beach with views of the majestic Gunung Inerie across Aimere Bay.
Poco Ndeki is the same word for nature. About 10 kilometers before Borong (coming from Aimere) turn left and right again at the t-juncction. Trails are not so clear however. A few kilometres beyond Borong you will find Cepi Watu a beach where huge stones cover the coastline. Like elsewhere on Flores, nobody there outside the weekends.
From Borong the road goes inland further norther as in the south are huge mountains. Lake Ranamese is a nice place to stop on the way to Ruteng. It is easy accessible (fee is a steep Rp 100.000) and only a short stroll downstairs you will meet the green and fresh lake full of natural life. There is also a waterfall reached via another path. Only a few hundred meters further on they have built an ugly wall (with graffity) to keep you away from the nice views down there.
The north coast is even more seldom visited and actually only reachable via Reo (Manggarai). Near Dampek are fine views from the road high above the sea. Wonderful sunsets here. Further east in the
neighbourhood of Pota you will come across a prehistoric landscape with blue rivers and huge stones, ricefields and.... bad roads.
In this area also live komodo dragons but the chance you will spot them here is almost zero. The kind of komodo dragons are slightly smaller than those in Komodo National Park.