What to do and see in Bajawa, Indonesia: The Best Places and Tips

November 21, 2017 Alice Mieles

Bajawa is a town of Flores, Indonesia and the capital of the Ngada Regency. Ngada Regency is part of East Nusa Tenggara province and located to the east of Ruteng.
Restaurants in Bajawa

1. Bena Traditional Village

Off the Main Road to Bajawa, Bajawa, Flores, Indonesia
Excellent
50%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 311 reviews

Bena Traditional Village

Reviewed By Ben_Houghton78 - Reading, United Kingdom

This traditional village is a must do if you're in the area but remember to get a guide. Our local guide gave us information on history and the inner workings of the matriarcal society they live in. The animalism focus of religion was similarly explained with the enthusiasm and humour only found with a local guide who continues to live this way of life. It's a very fascinating place and a beautifully simple way of life.
It's quite open so wearing a hat would be advised and remember to take water but no visit to Bajawa will be complete without a visit here.

2. Riung

Bajawa, Flores, Indonesia
Excellent
37%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 141 reviews

Riung

Reviewed By PCMTBeeGees

Difficult place to reach (poor road) and hardly developed for tourism, so sleeping is basic. But still worth to go there if you have the time.
The coral is of varying quality, but some spots are defintely worth the trip.
The captain of the boat prepared a excellent BBQ lunch.
In the village, make sure to visit Rico Rico near the beach for wonderful food and cold Bintang!

3. Malanage Hot Springs

Bajawa, Flores, Indonesia +62 813-3787-1760
Excellent
48%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 99 reviews

Malanage Hot Springs

Reviewed By mtp99mjr

Donation to sit in hot Springs. This is where two rivers join. The cold one from the streams and a hot one heated underground by volcano so slight sulphur smell. Not far from road.

4. Mengeruda Hot Spring

Bajawa, Flores, Indonesia
Excellent
38%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
6%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 73 reviews

Mengeruda Hot Spring

Reviewed By LLAMA_LIMA - Berlin, Germany

Springs are nice and very warm.
No real bathroom or changing rooms.
Garbage left behind.
Some people kill their chickens and grill them next to the Springs.
A few tourists and many locals.
Women bathe with a t-shirt and pants because the surrounding villages are muslim .

5. Ngada

Bajawa, Flores, Indonesia
Excellent
60%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 39 reviews

Ngada

Reviewed By Boleslav - Colorado

We have rented a motorcycle and explored the area on our own. There are many beautiful traditional villages where people still live the traditional way of life. The houses are very unique with lot of history.
What we found incredible, were the people. On few occasions we had to stop to look at a map, and suddenly there was always a local stopping asking if we need a help and trying to point us to the correct direction, just out of goodness of the heart. These people are so nice and genuine that they have won our hearts.

6. Mount Inerie Peak

Bajawa, Flores, Indonesia
Excellent
84%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 25 reviews

Mount Inerie Peak

Reviewed By sarahflokl - Bangkok, Thailand

We couldn't gain the top.
Definitly to recommend for sporty people. The hike is very steep and more like stairs.
Lots of rumbles and loose rocks and the way down is very difficult and unstable.
Even at almost the top the view of the sunrise was beautiful and worth the effort made.
It gets very cold - make sure you are properly covered to start the ascent.

7. Tololela Cultural Village

Manubhara, Jerebuu, Bajawa, Flores 86411, Indonesia
Excellent
54%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 15 reviews

Tololela Cultural Village

Reviewed By paularps

Charming and welcoming indigenous Ngada village. Can be explored on a 3 hour trek from Bena which also includes Gurusina. We did our trek with Alfredo Sua who has an eco tour office along the tourist hotel road on the outskirts of town. His small offices has a plaque "tourist Information" not to be mistaken from the bigger official Flores Tourist Information a few meters further along the street. Alfredo speaks good English and has a background in tourism and comes from Bajawa so knows a lot about flora, fauna and culture.

8. Wawo Muda Lakes

Jl. Wolter Monginsidi, Bajawa, Flores, Indonesia
Excellent
30%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
26%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 23 reviews

Wawo Muda Lakes

Reviewed By nickenhanneleen - Bornem, Belgium

Beautifull walk into the heights of Bajawa, it takes around 90min to go up. The views are amazing but the vulcano lake is a bit disappointing if you have allready seen Kelimutu. Walk can be don without a guide, After 60min there is a coffeebar which also serves cold refreshments.

9. Bobou New Market

Kelurahan Faobata, Kecamatan Bajawa, Kabupaten Ngada, Bajawa, Flores 86419, Indonesia
Excellent
51%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 6 reviews

Bobou New Market

Reviewed By Ed-Henry - Indonesia

This is a relatively new market in Bajawa. It's located 5 km east from the town, but because the road's condition, it will take around 20 minutes drive.
But it's a very nice place to see what the locals sell and buy. We bought some fruits (avocado, mangosteen, durians) and spices. They also sell traditionally woven fabric (Tenun Ikat).
You can bargain, but don't bargain too low as they are not like sellers who target tourists.

10. Ena Bhara Beach

Jl. Pantai Ena Bhara, Bajawa, Flores 86418, Indonesia
Excellent
67%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3 reviews

Ena Bhara Beach

Reviewed By jerryjeremia

feels like private beach. so quite. if you want to eat here. you can buy the fish from the fisherman around. the road to this beach was very though

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