Flores is home to beautifully unique, untouched beaches. When travelling with children, swimming in the crystal blue water and combing the shallows for shells and coral, are ideal activities for a day off from exploring inland. The temperate waters filled with rare and exotic marine life are perfect for snorkeling, or even just splashing around in the shallow waters. Our friend, little 3-year-old Henry, supervised by his Dad, swam unassisted with manta rays. Unparalleled to others in South East Asia, Flores beaches provide unbeatable sunsets, and a place to relax and have fun for the entire family.
Travelling by boat in Flores is the best way to get around, and perfect fun for the family, even when docked. The gentle waves of a moored boat rock children to sleep as you relax on the beach, or the excitement of speeding across the water, watching as you pass by some of the most beautiful beaches Indonesia has to offer is enough to get your entire crew on board, and having a great time. Time to enjoy a Bintang with the ocean spray on your face!
Though this deserves an entire article on its own, it would be remiss not to mention Komodo National Park. While the island itself is home to the largest (man-eating) lizards in the world, the national park is so much more than that. Sailing the pristine waters, exploring the islands of Rinca and Padar, watching dolphins swim alongside the boat, and snorkeling the beautiful reefs are just some of the adventures you can go on with the kids.
Flores people are family-oriented people with a deep, affectionate love for children. Every time we visit Flores, we are overwhelmed by the passion and care had for our kids from everyone we meet. We’ve had a cook put our baby to sleep, our toddler covered in lipstick kisses as we leave the airport, and locals lining up to meet or hold our children. Sure; the picturesque views of Flores are a drawcard, but it's the local villages which are not to be missed. The kind, playful children surround you as they ask to play with the kids you’ve brought along, sharing in the joy of a simple game of soccer. You will meet a community of in-built baby-sitters, with the knowledge your kids are in safe hands as the adults look out for all as if they were their own. Meet the beautiful families, form friendships, and create priceless memories with the wonderful people of Flores.
Written by Chrissy Hammond