Flores island is a home of the unique culture, nature beauties and more.. It lies between Sumbawa and Timor islands is an abbreviation of Cabo da Flores which was used by Portuguese sailor in the 17th century to identify the cape on the eastern end of the islands because of its underwater gardens. Divided by mountain chains and volcanoes, the island populated by ethnic groups with their own traditions and languages. Predominantly Catholic, the have retained several aspects of the Portuguise culture such as the Easter parade held annually at Larantuka on the eastern part of the island and the Royal Regalia of the former King of Sikka
North coast of Flores island offers great spot for diving, small rare critters, it is well worth a visit. Frogfishes, mimic octopus and special nudibranchs. The area is also known for a lot of endemic species approximately more than 1200 species of fish, including some new to science.
Flores northern coast consists of beautiful tropical landscape surrounded by the mountain and volcanoes. The islands on the outer edge of the bay have nice coral reefs with steep walls covered with hard corals and large sea fans. Pulau Besar is the largest of the islands with high mountains and together with Dambilah and Pangahbatang it forms a barrier to the water flowing in and out of the bay. For this reason the bay is calm at most times and dolphins, sperm whales and whale sharks like to come here. Dolphins and pilot whales are common and can be seen during the whole year, mostly if the sea is calm. Sperm whales can be seen during the rainy season from November to December. The best time to see whale sharks seems to be April and May but they are around the whole year, it seems, though, that if there are waves they are very difficult to spot from the boats.
The best time to see whale sharks seems to be April and May but they are around the whole year, it seems, though, that if there are waves they are very difficult to spot from the boats.