We are taking our 9yr old son to Flores in Feb/March and wanted to know of others experiences. I cant find much on the net.
What were the highlights? Dangers? Must see and Do experiences
Going to see the Komodo Dragons on Komodo/Rinca Island, it is easier to spot them on the latter, which is the only one I visited from Labuan Bajo. This town is very touristy though is worth a bit of time. I believe this changes as soon as you start heading south which I didn't do. I would be very careful what operator you use if you decide to do it. There are alot of dodgy operators and safety standards on many boats in Indonesia is a bad joke. I wouldn't touch Perama Tours with a barge pole because the boats are cr@p, the way of getting on them is dangerous in the extreme & certainly not suitable for children & one of their boats sunk off Komodo Island during the wet season when seas are rougher. Komodo dragons are good swimmers. Most of the safety equipment didn't work including their including their 2 rescue boats. I'm amazed they weren't eaten alive.
You can do day trips out to these islands from Labuan Bajo, rather than the 2 night 3 day trips Perama do from & back to Lombok but whatever operator you might decide to choose you will need to do you're homework carefully especially with children in tow. Seeing the dragons and monkeys on the island is really worth the trip however.
Any good travel guidebook will tell you about the must sees further south in the island, I think there's some kind of tribal village with bee hive huts or something. almost 9 years ago
Maybe have a look at these guys & find out what their reputation is.
Kelimutu volcano & the 3 summit crater lakes of different colours is a major attraction.
One of the villages, probably not the easiest accessible one however it will give you an idea of the architecture, there's also Bena Village. The village on link is 11km hike from Bena Village. This link also gives other good info about Flores.
http://floresexplore.com/belaraghi-an-excursion-beyond-bena-village-of-bajawa-central-flores.html almost 9 years ago