Photo: Deserted beachfront east of Maumere.

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Diving in the Maumere area ranges from muck diving and shore dives through to trips to the offshore islands and wreck diving. When we dived here, we spotted the elusive mimic octopus, a curious cephalod that specialises in imitating other creatures as a survival technique. We also spotted flying gurnards, mantis shrimp, reef cuttlefish and an absolute profusion of nudibranches, as well as some ... Read more about Diving around Maumere .

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This ikat-mad town was the centre of power for the king of Sikka, who ruled eastern Flores until the arrival of the Portuguese. The small seaside town, on the south coast of Flores, more or less opposite Maumere, retains a bit of Portuguese flair and has a serious tradition of ikat weaving. Particularly interesting is the elegant pink cathedral here, which was constructed by the Jesuit priest ... Read more about Sikka .

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This small and pleasantly dishevelled museum is maintained by the Roman Catholic seminary at Ledalero, run by the SVD fathers who have a considerable presence on Flores. The profusion of both cultural and natural items on display in the one-room museum were collected starting in the 1960s by the late Father Piet Petu. Attractions here include ikat from across the island, lurid paintings of ... Read more about Blikon Blewut Museum .

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Maumere? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Indonesia.

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