Flores has absolutely great potential for touring around on various roads using bicycles. Pedalling across idyllic villages, passing rice fields, lakes and forests and enjoying a nice picnic at a spot of your choice is just a wonderful experience you can have while on the island.
Compared to other, more crowded parts of Indonesia, the island of Flores is still a paradise for cyclists! With wonderful panoramic views, cycling along Flores’ off-the-beaten trails will never get boring. Furthermore, it is really nice to chat with all the curious local people on the way. The communication with these warm-hearted Florenese people will enrich your trip.
You never know you may end up at places other travellers haven’t seen yet. If you look for more challenging cycling trip, many medium to demanding mountain trails to cycle are around Flores to be discovered.
Cycling in Flores is an adventure fitting for small groups and individualists and is best done by bringing your own, well maintained, bicycle from home country. Alternatively, rent a bike in Bali and transport it either to Labuan Bajo or Ende and back. A classical mountain bike with medium broad tyres fits most of Flores’ road conditions. Bring a helmet, gloves and lights as well as air pump, good chain oil and an all-purpose toolset with you.
At the moment, only there is only one tour operator Flores Cycling Tours offering cycling trips in Flores. Information about cycling in different areas of Flores will be available soon at Tourist Information Center in major towns of Flores.