MONI AREA FLORES

Moni is a small village at the foot of Mount Kelimutu National Park, and is surrounded by the natural environment and the scenic rice fields.  This village is accessible either from Maumere airport (3 hours), or from Ende airport (1.5-hour).  When the weather is clear, you can see the summit of Mount Kelimutu from Moni. 

Places to Stay   

Staying in Moni is a stay which is not aimed at looking for luxury as the general conditions inland Flores except at Labuhan Bajo of West Flores. The stay in Moni is usually a short overnight-stay of one or two nights as a stop-over rest before visiting the three-color-lake Kelimutu, the main natural attraction of Moni. Moni offers to its visitors various places to stay, from a small guest house at Idr. 250.000 per night to a luxury small hotel of charm with comfort at Idr. 800,000 per night. However, we have summarized the few places to stay as follows.

Kelimutu Ecolodge

A small comfortable hotel of charm at a river bank where you may stay in tranquility. The villa, the room, the bed, the toilet, and other facilities are all in western standard.  The rate is around Idr. 800,000 per night for double bed inclusive of daily breakfast. Kelimutu Ecolodge is suitable for individual as well as group travelers who look for comfort in natural environment. 

Bintang Lodge

A four-room  lodge situated in the village of Moni. The room, the toilet, and the bed are very clean, and of a western standard. This lodge is suitable for individual and small group travelers. The rate is about Idr. 400,000 per night for double bed. The rate is very suitable to the quality provided. 

Floressare Hotel

A small hotel as another option to stay for group as well as individual travelers if Kelimutu Ecolodge and Bintang Lodge are not affordable.  If we decide to stay here, we have to be ready with the unpredictable conditions such as the ceiling condition, the room humidity, the fresh water, etc.. The rate is about Idr. 300,000 – Idr. 500,000 per night for double bed, inclusive of daily breakfast. However if we do not have other choice, so Floressare is the solution.

Maria Homestay

A small home stay in the village. The building and the rooms are newly built up, the room and the toilet are clean. Maria consists of bungalows and  rooms at reasonable rate  (around Idr. 300.000 per night for double bed).  If you want to feel closed to the community while observing the daily life of the villagers, staying at Maria is your right choice.  

Places to East   

Each hotel has restaurant for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, however you may try Bintang Café  or Bamboo Café in the village. If you stay at Kelimutu Ecolodge or at Floressare Hotel,  you need a transport to take you there, and the transport provider is only the hotel for Kelimutu Ecolodge’ guests if you are travelling alone, or your travel agent if you travel with guide and driver.

Activity  

During your stay at Moni, you may consider to do various sportive activities or cultural visits:

  • Guided soft trekking to The Three-Color-Lake of Mount Kelimutu.
  • Guided soft trekking to Mountain Keli Lepembusu.
  • Guided soft trekking through the scenic rice fields to Ndete Napu - fumaroles field.
  • Guided soft and hard trekking to Egon Volcano  (stay in Maumere).
  • Guided cultural visits to traditional villages and hand-weaving centers:  Ngela – the best traditional village around Moni  (16 km from Moni);  Woloara (500 m from Moni); Koro One (5 km from Moni);  Pora (14 km from Moni); Jopu (6 km from Moni); Wolojita (10 km from Moni);  and Ranggase (6 km from Moni).
  • Overnight-stay in the local host.
  • Learning how to weave.
  • Learning the ethnology of Flores. 

Travel Arrangement 

Arrangement is necessary to do in advance because traveling in Moni is not like  traveling in Bali or Lombok where you can find guide and transport, and get the necessary information easily. When traveling alone in Moni, it is almost impossible to get the detailed information, and the arrangement  easily  on what you wish to do. However if you can speak English, the arrangement is rather easy to do directly, but normally it needs time. This direct arrangement is not recommended for travelers whose limited time and poor English comprehension, as well as for those who wish to travel conveniently.  

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