Nusa Tenggara represents a group of beautiful islands spreading between Java and Timor, and these islands are also known as the Sunda Islands. Each of these has its own appeal and its culture, yet they are not very popular. In this article, we’ll try to introduce some of the greatest sights of this area, in order to help you plan your vacation on Nusa Tenggara.
Nusa Tenggara Timur
Nusa Tenggara Timur is located in the eastern part of the Lesser Sunda Island and it’s the eastern province of Indonesia. Below, we’ll show you some of the most beautiful places of this province.
Komodo island: Dragon’s Paradise
The remote island of Komodo is located about 4 hours away from the Indonesian island of Flores. It’s a dry territory which is declared as a World Heritage Site on UNESCO list because of its primordial inhabitant – giant Komodo dragons. These huge lizards live only on Komodo, the island of Rinca and on the northwestern coast of Flores. They cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
The island, seen from afar, does not seem very welcoming, but about 1000 zoological specimens which are considered endangered, such as deer and water buffalo, live happily in this habitat.
Ende island: Take a Boat!
The Ende island, as its name indicates, is located off the coast of the homonymous city. This island is uninhabited and travelers usually visit it, thanks to sea transport from the port or in a boat, which is the regular way of traveling for many fishermen who are trying to sell their fish.
With its stunning view of the island of Flores, beaches and amazing hills which are an excellent choice for hiking, the island of Ende is certainly an interesting place to visit in Nusa Tenggara.
This small town is one of the most populated places on the Indonesian island of Flores. Located on the altitude of 1100 meters, at the foot of the volcano Ranaka, it is the ideal place if you are in need of escaping the heat of the coast and explore the surrounding plateau. You can get to this town by a winding road.
Ruteng offers you the overview of Labuan Bajo and plenty of things to do. However, you should not forget to take a look at the old cathedral and also the new one which is recently built behind the old one. There are four or five pretty nice small hotels in the town, including Rima. You will be amused while visiting the vivid colorful market of Ruteng where people from the hills come to sell their products.
Nusa Tenggara Barat
This Indonesian province includes western part of the Lesser Sunda Islands, excluding the island of Bali, which is an independent province. Following are some of the places you shouldn’t skip when you find yourself in Nusa Tenggara!
Sights of Lombok
· Medana Beach
Medana Beach is located on the eastern coast of Lombok, where you can stay at the Oberoi Resort. Even though the beach itself is not very comfortable since it is not really spacious and some sections are rocky, the tranquility is assured and both sunrises and sunsets are spectacular.
· Rinjani Mountain
The trek to Rinjani volcano is one of the best in Indonesia that can be completed by average hikers since it is not particularly rough path (though in some cases it can result with vertigo). It also isn’t a long one, because in 3/4 days you can reach the top, and this place is definitely worth it since it offers diverse natural beauties.
You may see many amazing sceneries, from the majestic volcano and path through tropical forest which suddenly disappears and turns into an emerald green lake in the crater of volcano. And then again, you’ll be able to notice a small volcano in the waters of the lake.