The traditional village of Wae Rebo in the district of Manggarai on the island of Flores, East Nusatenggara, has recently received the Top Award of Excellence from UNESCO in the 2012 UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage Awards, announced in Bangkok on 27 August 2012.
This small and isolated village was recognized for its rebuilding of the traditional Mbaru Niang traditional house based on the spirit of community cooperation towards a sustainable tradition, while at the same time improving its village welfare.
Wae Rebo is a small, very out of the way village. Located some 1,100 meters above sea level, where the air is cool and the village completely surrounded by panoramic mountains and the dense Todo forest. This tropical forest is rich in vegetation, where you will find orchids, different types of ferns and hear the chirping of many songbirds.
Starting Point : Labuan Bajo, west Flores
Ending Point : Labuan Bajo, west Flores
Tour Price : On client’s request
Day 01. Arrival at Labuan Bajo Airport – Hotel
On your arrival at Komodo airport Labuan Bajo, west Flores, you will be fetched and meeting service by the local tour guide, and transferred to your chosen hotel. In the afternoon will visit Batu Cermin cave to see nice stalagmite and stalagmite, big black spiders, and some marine fossils as well. Bring back to the hotel through the paradise hill to enjoy fantastic sea view and some beautiful scenery of Small Islands around Labuan Bajo as well as enjoying the spectacular sun set.
Day 02. Labuan Bajo – Cara Lodok – Denge village (D)
After being breakfast at the hotel will drive to the mainland of Flores. Stop at Melo view point. Visit Cara village to see the unique shape of the rice-field that looks like “Giant spider’s web. It is part of tradition of Manggarai tribe to divide the farm-land. Continue your trip to the village of Denge as a starting point of your trek to the original traditional village of Wae Rebo, and here is also a village where you will stay for overnight, and Dinner will also be served at Denge village Guest House.
Day 03.Denge village – Wae Rebo traditional village (B,L,D)
Early breakfast at Denge Guest House, then will trek to the untouched village of Wae Rebo through the pure and dense jungle takes about 3 or 4 hours. Along the trekking you can find so much different vegetation is one of great interest, from the families of orchids, palms, ferns, etc. Natural voice of various type of singing birds will entertain you along the trip. WaeRebo is also one of the best places for Manggaraian cultural researching. The clear and fresh water river on the way up to the village is a good point to take rest. In the village of Wae Rebo, we can discover a pure traditional conical houses construction of Manggarai ethnic, which is one of them is a ‘drum house’ with a very unique architecture, place for holding meetings, rituals and Sunday-morning prayers. The drum house is a communal building for a clan or clan branch, symbolizing the ideal unity of patrillineal descendent. Lunch will be served in villager’s house, Dinner & Overnight are also at traditional village of Wae Rebo
Day 04.Wae Rebo – Denge – LabuanBajo (B,L,)
Early breakfast at the village, then start trekking down in the same way back to Denge village about 3 hours. Continue driving back to Labuan Bajo through the same road. In the afternoon will arrive in Labuan Bajo and check in at your chosen hotel.
Day 05. Labuan Bajo – Rinca island – Komodo island (L,D)
After being breakfast at the hotel will be transferred to the harbor to catch a wooden boat leaving for Rinca island approx. 2 ½ hours. After arriving on Rinca Island, you will do the trek that’s accompanied by the local Ranger to explore the island to see Komodo dragon on their natural habitat. Komodo dragon is a giant monitor Lizards on earth which is about 100 kg its weight, and more than 3 meter length. Rinca Island is also home for some wild animals like: Wild Water Buffaloes, Deer, Long Tail Macaques, Wild Board, Wild Horse etc. Keep your eyes up to the trees, if you are lucky sometimes you will also find small Komodo dragon on the trees to avoid themselves from adult dragon. After trekking on Rinca Island will get back to the boat to continue trip to fabulous white sandy beach of Pink Beach on Komodo island about 2 ½ hours to snorkel, relax, and swim. At noon will ride the boat to one of the small islands around Komodo for overnight on the boat. Lunch will also be served on boat.
Day 06. Komodo island – Manta point – Sebayur Island – Labuan Bajo (B, L)
Breakfast on boat, then trekking to explore the island of Komodo. Along the trek you will be welcomed and entertained by beautiful concert of much kind of tropical birds. This island is also home for Deer, Wild Board, Wild Water Buffalo, etc. After trekking will get back to the boat to continue trip to Manta Point to snorkel with huge Manta ray. If you are lucky, you can even watch them from the boat (Trip to manta point is not 100% guarantee to go and see manta ray. it’ll not take this trip if the sea condition is quite extreme such as: strong current, high wave or strong wind). After spending your time in Manta point will continue trip to another fabulous white sandy beach called Sebayur for swimming, relaxing, and snorkeling in the crystal clear water with the nice coral reef and thousands of colorful fish. In the afternoon will get back to Labuan Bajo. Lunch will be served on the boat, overnight is at your chosen hotel in Labuan Bajo.
Day 07. Hotel – Mirror Rock Cave – Airport.
After having breakfast at hotel, you will do city sightseeing tour around Labuan Bajo to visit daily local market and Batu Cermin cave (Natural Crystal Rock Cave), to see the beautiful stalactite and stalagmite, big black spider, little fruit bats and some marine fossils. After visiting the cave will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight for the next destination.