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There are many “must see” weaving highlights in the Lesser Sunda Islands of Indonesia but not all of them are accessible by boat. We therefore want to offer our guests a three-day pre-cruise option to visit these villages overland, see an interesting Lio weaving cooperative close to the city of Ende, and visit a traditional mountain village. Why not get into the swing of our Textile Cruise early, by joining us to explore a beautiful part of the rugged Ende Regency that even visitors to the Kelimutu Crater Lakes never get to see? Sign up for our three-day pre-cruise option, for which we will be using the modern, conveniently situated, Kelimutu Ecolodge at Moni as our base. As a group we will travel by land to some of the more remote villages on the island of Flores, where you will witness natural dyeing techniques, have opportunities to buy textiles from the villagers, taste local culinary favourites and see the famous towering Kelimutu volcano with its three, multi-coloured crater lakes. At the end of the three days we will join our seabound home, the Ombak Putih, in port at Maumere.
Note: Flights from Bali to the start point of Ende are included in the tour package and will be booked by the SeaTrek office, and guests will have rooms reserved for them at the Kelimutu Ecolodge. Flights back from Flores to Bali at the end of the cruise are not included, but our reservations specialists in Bali are more than happy to help arrange domestic flights on your behalf and advise on scheduling. We book hundreds of flights each year on behalf of our guests and we only book with IATA-approved airlines that have met with international standards of safety and dependability. If you are booking by yourself, please check with us first to find out the best routes to take, and to ensure that you arrive at your destination with plenty of time to spare. Except for Bali, transfers to and from local airports to the boat are also included.