Cycling in Flores and pedalling to the most remote and extraordinary region by your bike is an extraordinary experience! The landscapes are a feast to the eyes and the challenging distance of 680 kilometres from Labuan Bajo to Larantuka is perfect to fill up your adventure thirst. The Trans Flores cycling trip can be managed in five to six day-stops. I recommend using a good touring bike with medium broad tyres, a small backpack and two panniers fits at the rear of your bike.
You can bring your own bike or rent the mountain bike at the official Tourist Information Centre in Labuan Bajo, Bajawa, Moni and Ende (addresses at the bottom of this article). Do not forget to bring along a raincoat, sun block, sunnies, hat and insect repellent, lights and the major spare parts, including some repairing tools.
You will find a small but sufficient selection of basic hotels or homestay to stay overnight but strongly recommend to have some extra days as base stops for further cycling without baggage; first in Ruteng to experience mountain cycling at 1,000 metres altitude and then in Bajawa to visit traditional villages nearby. Stay the night in Ende for coastal road cycling trips and volcano hiking of Kelimutu tri-coloured crater lakes. Finally in Maumere to relax and snorkel on the beach or climb Mount Egon before departing to Larantuka and enjoying its island-scenery and get fascinated by the cultural mix of Florenese with Catholic Portuguese. From Larantuka, you can fly or by ferry to Kupang or hire a private transport back to Maumere to depart to Denpasar.
To escort your trip by car please contact Mr. Leonardus Nyoman, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The art of slow travel is you will see more. Enjoy exploring Flores on two wheels!
Article and photos by Oskar Ruch.