4 picturesque reasons to visit Maumere in Flores

Most people visit Indonesia’s Flores Island to go to Komodo and see the Komodo Dragons, but if you can swing time longer than a long weekend getaway, Maumere is definitely another spot worth checking out. Here’s why:

 

THE AMAZING KELIMUTU CRATER LAKES

Ende Kelimutu Green Sunrise
Sunrise over Kelimutu
Ende Kelimutu Blue Ridge
The colours are pretty unreal looking

You can fly into Ende to get to the lakes, but Maumere also has an airport, and may be a viable option if you want to head to Sikka Village or other arts of Maumere first – check on Skyscanner how to fly into Maumere. Full details on my Kelimutu Crater Lake experience here.

 

THE PRETTIEST AND PRISTINE KOKA BEACH

You know that feeling you get when you unwittingly stumble into the most amazing place ever? That’s a little bit of what I felt when we ended up on Koka Beach. Located about an hour each way between Ende and Maumere, this perfect piece of paradise was surprisingly quiet with only another couple of tourists around. We had the entire place to ourselves most of the time.

Pin it: Koka Beach, Flores

Flores Koka Beach Pano
Look at that amazing cove – there’s another cove to the left of this one!
Flores Koka Beach Coconut
Beautiful fine white sand and coconuts = perfect afternoon by the beach
Flores Koka Beach Water Me
Perfect blue and crystal clear waters
Flores Koka Beach Water Clear
Look how clear that water is!

 

WEAVERS OF SIKKA VILLAGE

For something a little more traditional, head over to the Sikka region to see their women do some traditional Ikat weaving. Each piece is individually hand dyed and painstakingly handwoven, which can take years to complete! Just watching them at work makes you appreciate these handcrafts so much more!

Flores Maumere Sikka Church
The Old Church in Sikka Village. We had to duck in there as it started pouring down – lovely but quaint little church
Flores Maumere Sikka Weaving
She’s got a long, long way to go to complete that piece!

THE MOTHER OF ALL NATIONS

Head into the hills of Maumere to visit the Mother of All Nations (Bunda Segala Bangsa) to check out the giant Mother Mary statue on the hill. They hold religious services here on special occasions, but otherwise it’s usually open to the public to come and visit. Impressive statue aside, you get a great bird’s eye view of surrounding Maumere and Flores below you. You’ll know you’re headed the right way as you will pass by several smaller dioramas of Catholic scenes along the way up! The spot is about an hour’s drive from Sikka Village.

Flores Maumere Mother Mary
The giant Mother Mary statue watching over Maumere
Flores Maumere Mother Mary Wefie
Gotta wefie with Mother Mary thanks to Casio’s super wide angle Exilim FR100

 

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