Wae Rebo Trekking & Turtle Camp
Wae Rebo is perhaps the most unique cultural icon on Flores. A series of houses built according to ancient Manggarai design. Resting atop a hill in the caldera of an long-dormant volcano, surrounded by fog-shrouded forests…this is a truly stunning location. With no roads or electricity, yet rich and very enriching…each visit brings a sense of timelessness.
Our Wae Rebo Trekking trips offer a unique itinerary that explores the South coast of Flores. Our tours spend one night at the Wicked Adventures base camp which is home to the only Turtle conservation center on Flores and is a protected part of the vast Savu Sea Marine Protected Area. Remote, off-the-grid and free from any developments…this means pristine seas, silent nights under crystal clear skies and more than 1.5 km of beach reserve. You can then join in our nightly beach walks for turtle nestings and hatchings.
You will then head off for a trek through the ricefields, then the hills of remote Southern Flores as you slowly ascend towards the cloud forest that enshrouds the Wae Rebo UNESCO site.
This trek, the places you sleep, the people you meet are all part of a unique and truly rewarding journey.
minimum 2 person
NUMBER OF DAYS
3 Days 2 Nights
One A Week
Wae Rebo Trekking and Turtle Camp Itinerary
The less strenuous route, this option is a short transfer from our base camp and we start at Denge Village, just north of Dintor.
The approximately 7km trek is well trodden and clearly marked. It is strongly advised to use a guide/porter. This does not mean it’s simple! However, it is accessible to most people, including children 10 years and up. The trek is about a 750m slow but continuous ascent. This usually means around 3 hours at a gentle pace and 2 hours for the practiced trekker.
This route would overnight at our own Turtle Conservation Camp – Pante Hera – for sunset, dinner and chat around the fire pit. From here, atop the cliffs we can head out for the nightly beach walks, looking for obstacles for nesting turtles, checking on nests and enjoying the long beach free from light or sound pollution.
Day 1 – Depart Labuan Bajo 08:00.On the return trip to Labuan Bajo there are opportunities for an optional waterfall trek, visits to traditional farms, trek to a Spiderweb Rice field viewing point (optional) – and many amazing vistas. Arrive 15:00 at the base camp and turtle conservation center. Join the team for evening beach clean and then a clifftop dinner overlooking the Savu Sea. Simple accommodation in bunkhouse or inside tents atop the cliffs.
Day 2 – If you wish, you can join the team in seeking new nests and checking protective fences on our sunrise patrol. A big breakfast on our clifftop dining area. The morning can then take us to the local hotspring, bike ride along the wild coast or photographing the amazing landscape. After lunch we head on local transport – Ojeks – to the trail head at Denge Village. From there we ascend through the forest to Wae Rebo village. Enjoy the village and enter a different pace of life. Simple meals served and then sleep inside the massive traditional house.
Day 3 – Early rise for a stunning sunrise in the caldera of this long dormant volcano. Freshly grown/roasted/ground coffee to start the day while surrounded by the cloud forests. Then a hearty breakfast before the descent. this usually takes less than 2 hours. We return to Turtle Camp for Lunch, with time to stop at various clifftop viewpoints. The trip home is through the ricefields on the Lembor plataeu. If an afternoon flights are scheduled – we can arrive in Labuan Bajo by 15:30.
This Wae Rebo Trekking Itinerary is very much dependent on the weather and the conditions along this remote adventure. Changes can be made to portect your safety.
Wae Rebo & Turtle Camp Inclusions:
- 1 night camping in expedition tents (or in bunkhouse if you prefer)
- 1 night stay in traditional Manggarai House
- Professional guide
- Ranger and local guide fees
- All meals on expedition
Wae Rebo Trek – Not included
- Wae Rebo Accommodation (325,000 idr per person) or Ceremony fees (depends on number in group)
- Waterfall Admission – (25,000 idr per person)
- Spiderweb ricefield viewing (50-75,000 depending on group size)
- Flights either domestic or international (though we can help arrange these for you)
- We do not include gratuities in our prices
- Alcohol or soft drinks are not included
- Accommodation before or after the trip
- Other incidental expenses can not be covered by Wicked Adventures – this can include souvenirs, snacks before/after trip at hotels and on tours
As always, Wicked Adventures and our staff make every effort to assure your safety but there is no way that we can prevent accidents and acts of God. This is not an ordinary trip, so please purchase travel insurance that covers you for remote locations and potential evacuations. We have continual contact with the base camp and can arrange care for almost any accident or incident that happens – but we may not be near to a facility that can cater to our needs. We recommend Nomads as a very good company designed for these kind of expeditions. Wae Rebo is a rewarding journey, but we always recommend good spirits and a sound body before joining!