About Flores

Welcome to Flores Island!!  Home of a unique culture, pre-historic animals, coloured volcanic lakes, coral & reefs, an incredible landscape and much more. It lies between Sumbawa and Timor islands. Its name is an abbreviation of Cabo da Flores (Flower Cape) which was used by Portuguese sailors in the 17th century to identify the cape on the eastern end of the islands because of its underwater gardens.The sea gardens extend along most of the northern coastline and offshore reefs and they are most profuse near Maumere. Then it lines down to the west at the seventeen islands of Riung with its nature reserve. On top of that Flores has mangroves forests, beautiful beaches, awesome volcanoes, tropical animals and the colourful pre-historic Komodo dragon.

Flores island is one of the islands of East Nusa Tenggara province. The East Nusa Tenggara meaures 49,880 sq km and it has a population of 3,500,000. Flores is one of the biggest islands on the territory of East Nusa Tenggara or NTT which comprises 566 islands, including many smaller islands which are not inhabitated and unnamed. The three main islands are Flores, Sumba and Timor.

Flores is a volcanic island and has unique and spectacular attractions. Mount Kelimutu has become a favourite destination, with its three crater lakes of different colours. Sumba is the island famous for its arts, handicrafts, particularly the textile weaving, and cultural assets. Timor, being the principal island with Kupang as its capital, serves as the centre of government and economic activities. Roughly 57 percent of the territory is hilly with mountains rising to 2427m (Gunung Mutis) in Timor and 1792m (G. Kelimutu) in Flores. The mountains of East Nusa Tenggara however are not as high as in West Nusa Tenggara where the highest mountain of all of Nusa Tenggara is Gunung Rinjani in Lombok (3726m). 

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