Explore Indonesia: East Nusa Tenggara

The province consist of over 550 island, but its dominated by the three main island; Flores, Sumba and Timor. The arid landscape of eastern and southeastern Nusa Tenggara is the result of hot, dry winds blasting in form the Australian continent. In fact, in many coastal areas not a drop of rain falls during the most of the year. Flores is a Portuguese name, which means, “Flower”, and ideally described the beauty to be found here. These long island between Sumbawa and Timor is crowded with volcanoes and mountains, dividing it into several regions with distinct languages and traditions.

Predominantly Catholic and heavily influenced by the Portuguese, there are many examples of a strong Europen cultural heritage, like the Easter procession held in Larantuka and the royal regalia of the former king in Mauemere. Formerly known as Sandalwood Island. Sumba is now famous for its horses and its superb style for ikat clothe. West Sumba is famous for its enormous megalithic tombs and traditional thatched and peaked huts raised on stilts. Timor is the principal island in the province in tern of population and it is here that the provincial capital of Kupang is located.

Places of Interest:

Kupang
The provincial capital of East Nusa Tenggara in western Timor is the center of government, business, trades, and educations. The only sandalwood oil factory in Indonesia is located in this town. Kupang is also the spot for International game fishing every October.

Camplong
A lovely community about 45 km from Kupang with regular market days and a natural swimming pool, where local people bathe, do their laundry, and socialize as they have for thousands of years. Camplong is also a forest reerve protecting rare animals such as “Cervus Tismerenis” deer an several species of parrots and monkey

Maumere
A port town on the northeastern coast of Flores is a good place to stopover on the way to Ende or the Larantuka. It is well connected by air with Kupang, Denpasar and Ujung Pandang, and noted for its good beaches. The bay of Maumere is considered the best diving spot in Flores, paradise for divers, underwater photographers, and anyone interest in marine biology. Ledalero museum on the outskirt of Maumere has an interesting collection of ethnological objects should be made. Ledalero is also home to major Catholic Seminary where many Florinese priests are trained.

Ende
This town contains the home-in-exile of the first Indonesian president Seokarno during the early period of nationalist movement 1936. The house has been repaired and is today a meseum.

Semau Island
thirty minutes by boat from Kupang, this untrained island paradise is well worth a stopover. The surrounding crystal-clear water offer exceptional snorkeling and swimming. Bamboo bungalows are available on the white sandy beach, and you can barbeque your freshly caught dinner while enjoying a spectacular sunset.

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