Island paradise in Indonesia

Posted: 10/19/2011 in all marine news

BC Local news –

Flores is the most fascinating and beautiful island in Indonesia. Long hidden in the shadows of its more famous neighbour Bali, the island of Flores is finally emerging as a unique destination of its own.

Flores spells adventure, diving, eco-tours and mountain climbing interspersed with visits to prehistoric heritage sites, traditional villages and cultural events.

While on vacation you can swim in pristine lakes and waterfalls, dive at one of the 50 spectacular dive sites, go kayaking among craggy coasts and mangrove shores, explore mysterious caves and be warmly welcomed by the island’s people in their rituals, dances and daily life.

The Florenese waters reveal a rich and colourful parallel universe of marine life. The area around the Komodo National Park, which is home to over 1,000 species of fish and more than 350 reef-building corals, is a world-famous dive site.

On many of the small islands around Labuan Bajo you do not even have to go scuba diving — just snorkeling brings you close to many different species of fish. Divers find themselves swimming along with huge manta rays, dolphins and dugongs, while whales can be seen passing Flores’s east coast during their migration period.

Until recently, many tourists have only been familiar with Labuan Bajo, the small port located on the western-most tip of the island, and  the taking off point for a visit to the last natural habitat of the prehistoric Komodo dragons, the islands of Komodo, Rinca and Padar.

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