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 day or so of exploration on the outskirts.
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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.
Ende has a decent range of accommodation and places to eat (at least by Floresian standards) and while 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, don’t be surprised if you’re one of the very few ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 600 words.)