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Do you want to have a guided tour of Flores?

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Do you want to have a guided tour of Flores?

Flores is a beautiful scenic country as yet unspoilt by tourism where you can have a real experience with the people and their culture.

We booked through Udayana Eco Lodges who organised the whole trip for us. They are well organised, very professional and the price was great value. We were a family of 5 adults and they organised our accommodation, transport, tours, meals and entertainment.

We took 10 days to wind our way through the countryside. The roads are very windy but our driver Dahar took it slow and safe to ensure a comfortable ride. We had the best guide on Flores, Hendrik, who made the journey not only enjoyable but educational. We stopped at many cultural places and everything was explained clearly. He has a great sense of humour and was fun to travel with. His English is good which was great because we don't speak Indonesian, although we tried to learn a bit as we travelled.

We would highly recommend Eco Lodges to organise your holiday and get to see the real Flores.

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1. Re: Do you want to have a guided tour of Flores?

Hi,

We had a fabulous guide Dino Lopez (http://www.flores-overland-online.com/) for a 11 day trip in Flores as part of our 7 week honeymoon in Indonesia. We found a posting on the Lonely Planet forums and decided to take a chance and it was one of the best decisions we made.

We booked a 11 day overland trip from Maumere (2 nights), Moni (1 night where Kelimuntu is), Rueng (2 nights ), Bajawa (2 nights), Ruteng (1 night), Labuanbajo (2) nights and 1 night cruise to Komodo. This was Dino's proposed itinerary and a great amount of time for a first visit to Flores and showed us at least the highlights of Flores with some time to relax as well. While Flores may not look too big on the maps, the roads make driving times a lot longer than you think (but very very scenic).

Every place we went had something unique and different and a million miles away from the touristy parts of Indonesia. Some of the highlights were bathing in a hot spring with local villagers, visiting the 3 crater lakes at sunrise (Kelimuntu), stopping at a roadside "restaurant" for goat satay just chopped off the goat, going to 2/17 islands in Rueng for snorkling on a private beach and a fabulous fresh seafood BBQ, being the only tourists in the village of Bena, which is a traditional village ruled by women and fabulous local food the entire trip (calamari, snapper just fished from the Flores sea, beef, tempe, tuak (local whiskey)).

We initially were not going to book the boat trip to Komodo but after talking to Dino and seeing the photos of our boat, we decided to take the trip, which was yet another great recommendation by Dino. We were in a private comfortable boat for 2 of us, with a crew of four who made the most delicious meals (every meal was a multiple dish feast).

Dino got our flights from Denpasar to Maumere and met us at the airport and started our trip. Dino is a great combination of a guide (who speaks fluent English) and an excellent driver (critical for the Flores roads) who also knows all the best (and hidden) places to visit, eat and stay in Flores. A Flores native, Dino is extremely knowledgeable about all areas of Flores and whatever he recommends just go for it - he really knows what he is doing. We felt very well taken care of the entire trip - from Dino hosting us at his house for a fresh seafood BBQ, checking in on us after we flew to Java to meet up with another friend of his to guide us there, and checking with us to make sure that the schedule worked for us (after day 3 we just agreed to whatever he said knowing it would be perfect). We will be returning to Flores for another trip with Dino, hopefully soon.

He does request a deposit up front via wire transfer, which makes sense so he knows for sure that you will make it to Flores. We figured it was worth it to get a truly fabulous guide.

Keep in mind, Flores is not Bali and it is rustic but considering the places you visit, the experiences you have, it is such a worthwhile trip.

We didn't know if randomly going with a guide from one Thorn Tree post was the best idea, but figured it was worth a try and it worked out better than we thought and we highly recommend either Teddy or Dino for anyone who wants to go to Flores and have an incredible time.

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2. Re: Do you want to have a guided tour of Flores?

any idea how to contact your driver/guide?

We would like to do almos the same trip arriving in Flores (maumere or LB) around Sep. 15th. Trip for 9days.

We are looking around and some agencies want to rent us a car+driver and an extra guide (exactly 2 persons) because the driver does not speak English well enough to explain local things. This will be very expensive.

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