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
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.
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!
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.
WHERE TO STAY IN MAUMERE
Coconut Garden was an absolutely beautiful resort. A spacious room with a large bed (a mosquito net and air conditioning! Full glass panels lets you admire the view while staying cool) and an open air bathroom in the back. More on booking.com here
Here’s a handy dandy Google Map to give you a sense where everything is. Big thanks again to Skyscanner for organising and sponsoring this experience. Check out all my Flores posts if you are planning a trip to Komodo for more ideas on things to do.