Set a short drive from the bustling fishing port of Labuan Bajo in north-west Flores, the small resort hotel of Bintang Flores opened fully in late 2009 and has been extended with a new building, due to be completed by March 2018. The hotel offers stylish modern comfort in a region of Indonesia still remote from the main dive tourist route.
The hotel sits on a small stretch of quiet yellow sand beach, against the grassy backdrop of hills leading to the volcanic mountainous interior of Flores, and finally the summit of Mount Keli Mutu. This hotel offers an ideal base in locally rated 4* accommodation, giving a very comfortable introduction to the more remote areas of Indonesia.
The hotel offers around 120 rooms over 5 floors, with a mix of garden and sea views, including some suites. En-suite rooms offer king-size double or twin beds, with air-conditioning, satellite TV, safety deposit box, tea & coffee facilities, mini fridge and telephone.
The hotel has an attractive swimming pool. The top floor ‘Horizon’ bar and restaurant serves a mix of Indonesian and international cuisine. There is also a small shop and a laundry service.
The hotel is situated on the north-west of Flores island, approximately 10 minutes from Labuan Bajo airport. Many bars and restraurants serving local and international cuisine are available in Labuan Bajo.
The diving is run by ORCA Dive Club, an established and professionally run dive centre based at the Jayakarta Hotel (daily transfers to the jetty are provided by ORCA). They offer PADI and SSI training, as well as daily boat dives to the spectacular dive sites of Flores, Komodo and the Rinca Islands.
Until recently one of the more remote and seldom visited regions of the Indonesian archipelago, improved air and sea transportation has opened up Flores to the world. Named Cabo da Flores or ‘Cape of Flowers’ by 17th century Portuguese sailors, referring to the spectacular coral gardens visible under the surface of coastal waters, the mountainous topography of Flores has led to the development of numerous distinct traditions and languages with intriguing aspects of Portuguese culture adding their influence.
Part of the Lesser Sunda islands situated east of Bali and Sumbawa, the island of Flores sits in a fascinating stretch of water at the eastern edge of the Komodo National Park, part of the vast Coral Triangle. With at least 40 dive spots accessible from this Flores resort, the underwater exploration has only just begun in this region rich in wonderful macro life. Visited by relatively few divers, the dive area also supports a number of larger species on the dive sites more exposed to currents. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the peak of Mount Kelimutu, Flores is a destination that cannot disappoint above water, as well as below.
With access to an ever growing number of dive sites, basing yourself on the island of Flores offers an easy land based option to access the Komodo National Park, including Rinca and Komodo islands. The tranquil fishing village of Labuan Bajo, 1.5 hours internal flight from Bali, is your start point for the diving adventure of a lifetime.
Frog fish, Sea Horses, Mantas and more…
Stay under water long enough, and eventually you may have a frog fish to match every colour of the rainbow. Sharing these waters with a large range of macro species, it is not uncommon to encounter Manta rays and sharks on reefs exposed to stronger currents. Most dive sites offer fantastic water clarity and a sense of peace at the end of the dive as your head pops above the surface to spectacular scenery.
Here be dragons!
At the eastern edge of the famed Komodo National Park, Flores offers an above and below water carnival of weird and wonderful wildlife, including Komodo Dragons. A more challenging trek to the jungle and waterfalls of Labuan Bajo’s backyard may be arranged subject to local conditions, or twin your stay with one of our Bali dive resorts.
orca dive club
The ORCA Dive Club is an established and professionally run dive centre based at the Jayakarta Hotel (daily transfers to the jetty are provided by ORCA). They offer PADI and SSI training, as well as daily boat dives to the spectacular dive sites of Flores, Komodo and the Rinca Islands.
ORCA pilot their own private 18m boat to access the dive sites, offering diving for all levels of experience and ability. Divers will experience spectacular dives with manta rays or sharks, and visit The Komodo National Park, part of the famous Coral Triangle, recognised for having the largest marine biodiversity worldwide.
Options available include 3, 4, 5 and 6 day packages, each offering 2 boat dives per day. Please discuss your requirements with the Regaldive team, who will prepare a quotation suited to your needs.
A range of diving courses is available for those looking to learn to dive. Please enquire for details.
Extras in Resort (payable locally)
Prices listed below are an indication only, and subject to change.
- Komodo National Park fee (€20 per day)
- National Park ticket (€12.50 Monday to Saturday & €18 Sunday and public Holidays)
- Trekking on Rinca Island: €32 per day
- House Reef Bidadari Island: €40 for 1 dive
- Night dive: €40 if available
- 3rd dive: €20 supplement
Equipment rental per day:
- Full equipment including computer: €22 per day
- Dive computer: €6
- Mask & Snorkel: €4
- Wetsuit: €5
- BCD: €5
- Regulator: €6
- Torch: €5
At the eastern edge of the famed Komodo National Park, Flores offers an above and below water carnival of weird and wonderful wildlife, including Komodo Dragons. A trek to the jungle and waterfalls of Labuan Bajo’s backyard may be arranged, or twin your stay with a Bali resort.
Flores has an equatorial tropical climate, with day-time temperatures averaging 30°C (mid-80s°F) throughout the year.
The wet season falls between October and March, and humidity can be high during this period. The resort may have an annual closing in the wettest months around January / February.
The dry season, between April to October is the best time to visit, peak season is June to September. The dry season is generally sunnier and less humid. However, downpours can occur at any time but are normally short lived and a relief.
Annual closure: Dates are confirmed annually, but likely January & February.
22 - 28 degrees. 5mm suit recommended.
Flores is GMT +8 hours.
Indonesian Rupiah (IDR). Approximate rates:
£1 = 18,931 IDR
€1 = 16,750 IDR
$1 = 13,653 IDR
Cash payments are accepted at the resort and dive centre in Euro and US Dollars. It is recommended to change a small amount of IDR before you travel and then change more locally, where you will likely receive a better exchange rate.
Visa and Mastercard are accepted. A Euro 5 charge applies per transaction.
You can draw cash in Rupiah from the ATMs in Bali airport. You can draw up to Rp 3,000,000 on a Visa or Mastercard inside the banks (you must present your passport with your credit card). Local banking hours may vary; most close early afternoon.
Although entirely voluntary, tipping is a recognised part of life in this region of the world. Some local staff may look to guests for personal recognition of particular services offered.
Flights are with Singapore airlines, via Singapore, into Bali's Denpasar International airport who have the most frequent connections to the island. Singapore offer a Manchester departure (touchdown Munich) - supplement applies.
Alternative flights with KLM, Qatar, Garuda Airlines, Malaysian Airlines or Thai Airways.
An internal flight Denpasar to Labuan Bajo is organised to reach Flores; an overnight in Bali may be required subject to flight times.
Stopovers in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok can easily be added on to your package.
London - Singapore 12 hours and 40 minutes
Singapore - Denpasar 2 hours and 30 minutes
Passengers travelling to Indonesia should have minimum six months valid on their passport from the date of return to the UK, plus one full page free. Hotel receptions may be required to take a photocopy of your passport for registration purposes.
British nationals travelling to Indonesia can enter the country without a visa for up to 30 days at certain airports' Immigration Check Points: Soekarno-Hatta Jakarta ( CGK ), Ngurah Rai - Bali (DPS), Kualanamu, Medan (KNO), Juanda - Surabaya (SUB), Hang Nadim - Batam (BTH).
You won’t be able to extend your stay beyond 30 days if you enter under this visa waiver scheme. Entry via Manado and certain other entry points is still subject to a visa on arrival at a cost of $35 (30 day visa) and $15 (7 day visa). Please note that visitors must purchase a visa if their ultimate destination is not one of those listed above e.g. guests going to Manado.
For further information about entry requirements, visit the website of the Indonesian Embassy in London or your nearest Indonesian embassy.
There are no compulsory vaccinations for travel to Indonesia, but we recommend protection against typhoid, tetanus, hepatitis A and polio. Vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed before departure with your GP or local travel clinic. Advice on Malaria should be sought.
Small hospitals are located in Maumere, Cancar and Lela, Flores. Private medical care in the larger towns and cities tends to be good quality. There are plenty of chemists and dentists in Bali and a recompression chamber in Denpasar Sanglah General Hospital.
Further information regarding vaccinations for travel to this country can be found at www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk and from your local healthcare provider.
At Regaldive, we offer tailor-made scuba diving holidays to Indonesia, including flights from the UK, transfers, accommodation and your scuba diving activities.
The price panel above provides an indication of a lead-in price for your holiday, based on the cheapest time to travel. Prices shown are per person, and based on two persons sharing.
Our friendly and experienced team can arrange holidays of varying durations for singles, couples, friends and dive clubs. We can also advise you on the best time of year to travel to maximise your scuba diving experience, and receive the best value for money. Flights from regional UK airports may be available, depending on your destination and date of travel.
We can also arrange extensions to your diving or snorkelling holiday, including cultural tours, nature and wildlife-focused activities, plus city breaks.
Please call 01353 659999 or e-mail Regaldive, using the link below, for a quotation.
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