Ende Island

An interesting daytrip

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What we say: 3.5 stars

You can take a ferry to reach this volcanic island, which is predominantly Muslim and features some Portuguese ruins that date all the way back to the 1570 arrival of the Europeans on this isolated stretch of land.

The Euros arrived hoping to protect their nationals from attacks by Javanese pirates but they're all long gone now and what remains is a decidedly sleepy Indonesian island.

It's a quiet place where you can wander small towns, check out the local mosques, and flop down (somewhat conservatively dressed) on an isolated beach. There's very little to see at the old Portuguese fort, now located in overgrown forest near the village of Kemo, but it may be of interest to true history buffs. The ride takes about two hours on a somewhat unnervingly crowded boat, and costs about 15,000 rupiah.

It leaves in the morning and afternoon -- inquire at the harbour or at your hotel for the actual timings, which seem to fluctuate. Many Ende Muslims head to the island on the weekends to visit family members.

Find the ferry launch on the strip of black sand behind the market, located off Jalan Pesar.

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