Road Condition on Flores
The Trans-Flores-Highway, a small road which is winding up and down across Flores, connects Labuan Bajo in the west with Larantuka in the east. The road is new paved and more or less in a good condition. Nevertheless there are always some road constructions in some areas due to falling rocks, land slices, slope stabilisation or enlargements.
Even the road seems to be in a good condition, you have to be aware of possibly deep holes behind curves or steep ascendings. So please slow down in front of curves and be patient. The pavement doesn't have a very good quality and after heavy rainfalls during the rainy season the water could crack the pavement.
During the dry season the streets in the mountains are sometimes covered with a very thin layer of dust or sand. As a motorbike rider be especially careful. These roads are slippery.
Please note for a distance of 100 km on the Trans-Flores-Highway you approximately need three hours by car.
Almost all other roads in Flores are unpaved as you can say "dirt roads" with a lot of holes, soil, rocks or big stones. One needs a strong car with a good suspension to travel on it. During rainy season they are almost not accessable by vehicles. At least you need a four-wheel-drive.
Current Road Status Report
|Labuan Bajo to Ruteng
|3 hrs 30 min
|mainly status 1, partly status 2, a lot of curves
|Ruteng to Bajawa
|mainly status 2, partly status 1
|Bajawa to Ende
|road in the mountain from Bajawa to the cost status 1, partly 2, coastal road to Ende status 2
|Ende to Moni
|1 hr 30 min
|only ascending respectiv descending. Aware of land slices! During December to February the road could be closed for some days due to land slices.
|Moni to Kelimutu
|the road is very small and winding
|Moni to Maumere
|3 hrs 30 min
|Maumere to Larantuka
|Larantuka to Lake Waileben (Danau Asmara)
|very good condition, but a small asphalt road, no traffic
|Motong Wolo to Rota Beach
|partly asphalt, partly graveled and dirt road, use of scooters not reccommended
|Rota Beach to Larantuka
|Rota beach to Maumere along the north coast
along the north coast partly dirt, graveled and asphalt road
|Maumere to Mbay (north route) of Flores
Maumere to the junction heading to the west very good and scenic asphalt road
|Ende to Mbay
|Mbay to Riung
|flat but very narrow, bushes along the road grow over the road
|Bajawa to Riung
|Road in very good to medium contition in some parts
|Labuan Bajo to Sano Ngoang
|2, 4, 5
Road from the Trans-Flores Highway via Cunca Rami to Sano Ngoang only for four-wheel-drives or strong motorbikes (5)
road from the Trans-Flores Highway at Bambor to Sano Ngoang partly steep roads, partly asphalt, partly dirt road, be aware of potholes (4)
|Labuan Bajo to Cunca Wulang
|road from the Trans-Flores Highway to Cunca Wulang partly paved and potholes
|Labuan Bajo to Cunca Rami
|1 hr 40 min
road from the Trans-Flores Highway to Cunca Rami almost dirt-road. In some parts one have to get off the bike if one travel with 2 people on the bike, big holes and steep roads with lots of stones, often slippery
absolutely not recommended for scooters, heavy street bikes and sedan cars
partly broken asphalt and dirt roads
*pure travel time without any stops
|Roads made of asphalt and in very good conditions Easy to access and to travel by scooter, motorbike and car.
|Roads made of asphalt and in good conditions. Occasuanally there are some holes. But it occurs very seldome. However beware of rockfall!
|Roads made of asphalt. Often they are bumpy or there are deep holes especially at steep ascendents. Road constructions could occur.
|Usually graveled roads or sometimes there are some slight remains of a former asphalt cover. Very bumpy and deep holes. These roads usually can be driven by normal cars or motorbikes during the dry and rainy season. However a four-wheel-drive vehicle is recommended during rainy season and after big rain falls.
|Usually graveled roads or dirt roads. Sometimes there are some slight remains of a former asphalt cover. These roads can be only driven by a four-wheel-drive. It is possible to travel by light dirt motorbikes (Enduro). However sometimes one has to get off the bike and move it by hand. Scooters, steet- and touring motorbikes as well as sedan cars are absolutely not recommended.