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.
Bintang Flores Hotel
The diving was tremendous!
"We were a bit late into Bali, but the pickup was there and the Solaris Hotel was fine. The dive kit was no problem on the Garuda flight. From what people told us in Labuan Bajo, Garuda are reliable and highly regarded. We were slightly delayed on the return to Bali, but the pickup was again there as expected.
Bintang Flores was also good, and we had a nice few days in Labuan Bajo, which is quite a bustling little town.
The Emperor Raja Laut is very nice. The crew and guides were fantastic. Briefings were clear, particularly so when we were diving some of the more challenging sites. Sophie and Flo were also great hosts, sitting with us and chatting in the evenings. We spent the week diving with Tamrin, a local Indonesian free-lance guide who was on the boat for the week. He was great: nice and slow, just as we like it, and great at spotting things. We asked for Spanish Dancers on a night dive and got two! The boat crew were friendly and helpful all week.
Food was good too with ample veggie catering. We were lucky to only have seven guests on board, so there was plenty of room.
The diving itself lived up to expectation. The corals are amazing and we had some great wildlife, from mantas to tiny squid and all points in between! I'd definitely go back to the area again. The land trips to see the dragons and walk up to a couple of viewpoints were also impressive, and seeing the dragons from the RIB in Horseshoe Bay was a highlight.
We'd definitely recommend the Raja Laut, Flores diving and this itinerary. "
Sean B and Clare D.
- Stockport | 21 August 2018
Bintang Flores Hotel
Our Accommodation Was Beautiful & Dive Facilities Were Superb
"We would like to thank the team at Regaldive for our superb diving holiday to Indonesia. It was a tailor-made, two center holiday, taking in a week in Bali and a week in Flores. Everything ran extremely smoothly and allowed us to relax knowing every small detail had been taken care of. The accommodation was beautiful with extremely helpful staff. The dive facilities were also superb. The dive guides were excellent and extremely knowledgeable. We had some of the most remarkable diving that both of us have ever experienced.
Once again, many thanks.
John & Karin"
- UK | 05 April 2016
Bintang Flores Hotel
Flores - Fantastic Holiday
Sorry it has taken a few days to get in touch – been hectic since we got back.
We had a great time in Flores … the Bintang Hotel was very good. It was very quiet with only a few rooms occupied but they gave a good service and the room was very clean and in excellent condition. Food was excellent but they were a bit confused with the full board arrangement – it took some help from Katherine in the dive centre to explain what it meant.
Lagona Divers were great – we had the boat to our selves – great crew and Katherine was an excellent guide. We used a local boat which was fine for us – she did say that some guests didn’t like the local boats – their own boat is nearly finished and looks good.
I wouldn’t hesitate to use them again – we’re looking at going back next year – maybe with a liveaboard as well as the diving is fantastic – it reminded me of Manado in the mid 90’s.
There was no nitrox as advertised – they have problems getting O2 so are changing their advert to “nitrox available on request”.
We were the first guests of the season and they had only just got back from Germany but still looked after us well.
Alam Anda (Bali) was consistently as good as last year – a very relaxing week.
Hope this helps when sending others out to Flores. We had a fantastic holiday…
Many Thanks and Best Wishes
Tim & Debbie Wallis
12 October 2012