The top East Nusa Tenggara travel destinations

Komodo National Park one of the top East Nusa Tenggara travel destinations credit to Christopher Harriot

White sandy beach, World class diving spots, waterfalls in the traditional villages, magically beautiful volcanoes are some attractions offered by East Nusa Tenggara travel destinations, in Indonesia. Kupang is the capital city of East Nusa Tenggara.

Here’s the list top Nusa Tenggara travel destinations that should be your next travel destination.

Nusa Tenggara travel destinations

1. Komodo National Park

Komodo National Park is located in the center of the Indonesian archipelago, between Sumbawa and Flores island, established in 1980. Komodo national park was initially to conserve the unique Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis) and its habitat. However, over the years, the goals for the Park have expanded to protecting its entire biodiversity, both terrestrial and marine. In 1986, the Park was declared a World Heritage Site and a Man and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, both indications of the Park’s biological importance.

There are 3 main island in Komodo National Park, those are Komodo, Rinca and Padar, part from other smaller islands creating a total surface area (marine and land) of 1817km (proposed extensions would bring the total surface area up to 2,321km2).

It is not only a home for the rare Komodo dragon, it is also for many other species such as the orange-footed scrub fowl, an endemic rat, and the Timor deer.

And it is also home to more than 1,000 species of fish, some 260 species of reef-building coral, and 70 species of sponges. Dugong, sharks, manta rays, at least 14 species of whales, dolphins, and sea turtles.

The Park also offers one of the richest marine environments including coral reefs, mangroves, seagrass beds, seamounts, and semi-enclosed bays.

Komodo National Park one of the top East Nusa Tenggara travel destinations credit to Christopher Harriot
Komodo National Park one of the top East Nusa Tenggara travel destinations credit to Christopher Harriot

2. Alor Island

Alor is one of the easternmost islands in Nusa Tenggara. It is a pristine and unspoiled island which makes it an ideal dream travel destination that should be on your bucket list to visit. Kalabahi is the capital city of this paradise on the earth.

It offers a world class diving and snorkelling spots featuring its scenic beaches, including Mali, Maimol and Batu Putih are favored for sunbathing and relaxed swimming.

Soaring volcanoes in the center of Alor form a formidable barrier, and islanders often use wooden ferries to travel to different parts of the island.

Alor East Nusa Tenggara Indonesia
Alor East Nusa Tenggara Indonesia

3. West Timor

West Timor is situated at the eastern end of Nusa Tenggara archipelago, it is the Indonesian half of the Timor island, while East Timor is an independent country.

Kupang is the region’s main city and the capital of East Nusa Tenggara as well. Nearby attractions include the coconut palms, white sands and clear blue waters of Lasiana Beach and the underground natural swimming pool located at Crystal Cave.

Kupang is also a good place to shop for authentic ikat textiles and hand-carved wood tokens. West Timor’s offshore islands of Kera and Semau offer excellent opportunities for snorkeling and diving.

West Timor, East Nusa Tenggara Credit to Felix Dance
West Timor, East Nusa Tenggara Credit to Felix Dance

4. Flores Island

Flores island sits on the east of Sumbawa and to the west of Lembata in Nusa Tenggara, the long island of Flores offers an array of natural and archeological wonders. It is where the magical three colors lake Kelimutu volcano caldera located, and is also one of the main attractions here.

A prehistoric bronze boat is on display near the village of Maumere, the villages of Bena and Luba are known for their Stone Age megaliths and at the Liang Bua Cave is western Flores, skeletons of the previously unknown species Homo floresiensis, nicknamed “hobbits,” were discovered in 2004.

Read the ultimate guide to Mouth Kelimutu. 

Kelimutu Sunrise Flores Credit to Michael Day
Kelimutu Sunrise Flores Credit to Michael Day

5. Sumba

Sumba is rugged, remote and peculiarly, located in eastern Indonesia. Not to be confused with Sumbawa, it is one of the Lesser Sunda Islands and is in the province of East Nusa Tenggara.

Tourism infrastructure is very basic and it is not an easy destination for independent travel except for the most hardy of traveler. If you do make the effort though, you will be rewarded by experiencing a unique culture and some stunning beaches.

Sumba, the mysterous paradise on the earth, East Nusa Tenggara - Credit to Jacques Beaulieu
Sumba, the mysterous paradise on the earth, East Nusa Tenggara – Credit to Jacques Beaulieu

6. Ende

Ende is the seat capital of the Ende Regency, East Nusa Tenggara province of Indonesia. Ende is located on the southern coast of Flores Island. It is a relaxing and beautiful port town and is a gateway to 3 lakes colors Kelimutu volcano.

7. Labuanbajo

Labuan Bajo is the gateway to Komodo Island from from, it also has world class diving and snorkeling sites.

Labuanbajo Credit to Jacques Beaulieu on flickr
Labuanbajo Credit to Jacques Beaulieu on flickr

8. Maumere

Maumere is is the the main transport hub in Flores.

Mesmerizing Maumere view Credit to Johanes Randy Prakoso on flickr
Mesmerizing Maumere view Credit to Johanes Randy Prakoso on flickr

9. Waingapu

Waingapu is the main city of Sumba and gateway to this most mysterious of islands.

River near Kambaniru Dam, Located in Waingapu Credit to a_rabin on flickr
River near Kambaniru Dam, Located in Waingapu Credit to a_rabin on flickr

10. Waikabubak

Waikabubak is a remote town but the largerst town in West Sumba located just an hours from Tambolaka airport. It offers spectacular landscape views and panoramas featuring some stunning beaches.

This charming town is also the gateway to central and southern area of Sumba.

Waikabubak Panorama Credit to Jacques Beaulieu
Waikabubak Panorama Credit to Jacques Beaulieu
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