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A sprawling and sunwashed port city, Ende is not exactly a tourism hotspot but has a certain maritime, beachy charm that becomes apparent after a few days of exploration on the outskirts.

The capital of Ende regency, the town hosts a considerable Muslim population as compared to the interior of Flores, which gets along well with the majority of Catholic Christians. Ende entered Indonesian history when President Sukarno was exiled here by the Dutch government from 1934 to 1938, who hoped (in vain) that placing the charismatic activist here would prevent him from challenging the status quo. It's rumoured Indonesia's iconic "Pancasila" national philosophy came to Sukarno as he sat under a breadfruit tree in Ende, which still stands in the park near the town soccer field.

Accommodation choices are limited here, but Ende and its surrounding areas make for a lovely motorbike holiday, with black sand beaches, friendly small villages, and jaw-droppingly gorgeous jungle and mountain scenery all within easy reach.

Most visitors blow through here on the way to Kelimutu, Moni or Bajawa, but it's well worth a couple of days of exploration. Spread out and scenic with little in the way of traffic, this is one Flores town that really rewards those who rent a motorbike.

Orientation
Ende is backed by the Savu Sea on both its east and west sides with the distinctive twin volcanoes of Gunung Meja and Gunung Iya to the south. Jalan Ahmad Yani is the main drag through town and connects the east coast and the west. The airport is towards the east coast and the harbour to the west.


ATMS are plentiful and cover major Indonesian banks, and regional air carriers have offices at the airport here, allowing you to easily purchase tickets to points onward. The small airport sees flights head to Denpasar, Labuan Bajo and Kupang, among other destinations, via Merpati, TransNusa and Lion. Check with an agent for the latest schedule.

WiFi access is available at the Mentari Hotel and the Grand Wisata but is frustratingly slow, making Ende a rather poor choice for telecommuting tourists. The rundown-looking internet cafe and laundry across the street from the Safari Hotel offers by far the fastest speeds in town -- but be aware, there's no bathroom there.

Guides and travel agencies
Flores Tour and Travel Service
T: (0813) 3923 9783
flores_travel@yahoo.com
This local tour and travel company run by the rather bombastic and fluently English-speaking Vincent offers car hire to Kelimutu and surrounding areas, day tours to cassava plantations, Wolotopo, Blue Stone Beach, and Maumere. Vincent can also sort out package tours, and is a talkative source of useful information on the area. He works out of his home and prefers to meet with you at your hotel or at a restaurant.

Ifan, Ende guide at T: (0852) 3925 4778
Suggested Ende guide for the city and points beyond.

Sri Wahyuni at T: (0813) 5317 9577
Very professional young female guide who speaks good English and knows the Ende area well. Wolotopo, Ende Beach, Kelimutu, and other points further afield are all possible. Sri is a student of local culture and enjoys explaining motifs and architectural styles.

Roland Tour and Travel
Jl Garuda No 39 (Wisma Amika), Ende
T: (0381) 23214; (0812) 3793 0888
http://rolandtravel.co.id
We didn't try this outfit, but they came suggested at the Grand Wisata Hotel as one of Ende's limited travel agency options.



Text and/or map last updated on 8th May, 2013.

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