SIKKA

 

 

Capital (ibu kota) is Maumere, the biggest town on Flores. Here the distance on Flores from north to south is only 15 kilometers. Maumere has a good beach scene east and west from town, which is populair during the weekends. The seaport (Pelni and cargo) is northwest of town. The ASDP seaport is in Kewapante east of Maumere.

Check also http://wikitravel.org/en/Maumere


 

SLEEP

Maumere has many hotels also on the beach which stretches east and west from the city. From basic penginapan to luxurious resorts

see separate section


 

EAT

Many Padang restaurants and Jawa eateries. There is Ikan bakar (grilled fish) which is supposed to eat with your hands, near the port. Roxy is an useful supermarket.

 

WINESHOP

On jalan J. Sudirman nr 1 (the road to Larantuka) there is a wineshop where you can buy imported liquors like Johnny Walker, Bacardi, Chivas Regal, Absolu Wodka etc. Wines are mostly from Australia and Italy and imported via Bali starting around Rp 300.000. Unfortunately they are also out of stock from time to time, but if you are in the neighbourhood you could try your luck.


 

TRANSPORT (see also)

 

 

BY AIR

The airport Frans Seda or Waioti is 5 km east of town. There are direct connections with Kupang and Denpasar (Bali). There is no direct connection with other airports on Flores.

 

BY ROAD

 

Bus long distance

It takes 4 hours to/from Larantuka. No fixed schedules. Bustickets are Rp 60.000. Sometimes the bus stops in Boru for 20 minutes (toiletbreak, eat).

There are also buses to Ende (5 hours) and Bajawa (8-10 hours). For Moni you can take the bus to Ende (around 3 hours).

 

Bus within town

Bemo or angkot. Rp 3.000

 

Car with driver

At the airport or via your hotel are cars with driver available. Prices vary Booked via hotels be prepared for steep prices. If you need a car you also can contact me.

 

Ojek (motorcycle taxi)

A ride should be between Rp 3.000 and Rp 10.000 depending on distance and your negotiation skills.

 

Taxi's

Sorry no real taxi’s in Maumere but cars are available from the airport into town and to the airport from bigger hotels (like Sylvia).

 

Travel

This is a shared “taxi”, a big car or minibus which runs from door to door. To Larantuka or Ende, which is also useful for Moni costs are around Rp 100.000 - Rp 150.000. Gunung Mas is recommended.

 

BY SEA

 

Pelni ferries sail to Makassar and Labuan Bajo.

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

Ferries ASDP  (KMP Uma Kalada) to Larantuka, Adonara and Kupang (but not very convenient as the harbour in Kewapante is on the northcoast, 15 kilometers from Maumere)



 

WHAT TO SEE?

 

Pasar Alok

Traditional market in Maumere

 

Kampung Watublapi and kampung Dokar

Two villages 1 hour east of Maumere where you can enjoy ikat weaving, traditional dances and try betelnut.

 

Kampung Wuring

This is a village (kampung) with houses on stilts in the Flores Sea, a few kilometers west of town. You can see village life here along the shore of the north coast and even a mosque built on water. Take care if you wander around as the small sidewalks are broken and not so steady. To get there take the road in the direction of Magepanda and follow the sign. Children will follow you asking for candy and ballpoints.

 

Road to Magepanda (and on to Kota baru)

This road with sea- and mountainviews is an attraction itself especially the views around Wair Nokerua. Also an interesting spot for sunset. Further west there is a lake near the coast Tiwu Bowu (Ende regency) and a nice beach just beyond. Travel 30 minutes further west and you will find yourself in a beautiful river landscape.

 

Nilo Hill

The huge statue of Mother Mary on Nilo Hill is overlooking the valley. Half an hour drive from Maumere and good to combine with a day out to Sikka, Wuring and Magepanda. From Maumere go south following the road to Ende, the junction is on your right. The small road crawls into the mountains. There is a parking for cars and motorbikes. At the time I visited Nilo there was nobody around to pay a fee or something like that. Probably you also need to buy and burn a candle. If the weather is good there are some fine views overlooking the area and Maumere town.

 

Sikka Nara

The town of Sikka has an old church (1899) and is 30 km from Maumere. Follow the road to Ende to get there. There is a large sign on the road (turn left). If the church is closed they will open the door for you. You can leave a small donation.

 

Koka Beach

Following the road further west you will first meet Paga Beach where tourguides or drivers intend to stop for a break. You'd better travel a little further to Koka Beach (2 km off the Trans Flores highway) with the big black rocks just to soothe your hunger for taking photo’s. This is one of the prettiest beaches of Flores and outside weekends you will have the beach, which are in fact two bays, for yourself. You also can overnight on the beach in basic accomodation. See the hotel section.