Ende

Ende is a city in Flores. It mostly serves as the gateway between Flores and Sumba or Kupang. However, Ende is worth a visit in its own right. Being the biggest city in Flores, boasting both a university and a hospital, it has a middle class and curious young people with good English skills.

Understand

Ende was the site of a kingdom that existed around the end of the 18th century. The name today refers to the capital of the Ende regency, which includes the two autonomous territories of Lio and Ende.

Get in

By bus

Buses from Bajawa stop at a warung near the airport for lunch. From Maumere they stop at the terminal 9 km outside of town, however, most continue towards Bajawa and can drop you near the airport.

By boat

Pelni serves Kupang and Sumba on a 2 week schedule. The boat leaves for Kupang, then returns 3 days later for Waingapu, rinse and repeat. Breakdowns and delays make it impossible to post a schedule. The very helpful Pelni office is on the same road as the Ikhlas Hotel. Just follow the road towards the port, and you can't miss it.

By plane

Wings air (Lion air) flies to Bali 3 days a week with a stop in Labuanbajo - Transnusa also covers this route. Merpati and Nusantara also flies to Kupang. If you are flying Wings Air, flights can be purchased with foreign credit card from the Lion Air website - otherwise tickets are best bought at a travel agent. Once again, the ever helpful Ikhlas Hotel can be your one-stop-shop.

H. Hasan Aroeboesman Airport is located within 10 minutes walking distance of the Ikhlas and Safari Hotel, but an ojek is worth it if you have a heavy bag.

Get around

Central Ende is very small and everything of interest to the traveller is literally within walking distance.

See

Not far from the site of the tomb is a hill called Wolo Wita . It is believed to be the spot where the ancestors agreed to disperse to inhabit the various regions of Lio-Ende.

The village is located 17 kilometer from Ende. It takes half a day to reach it on foot. About 20 years ago, the inhabitants still wore loin cloths made of tree bark. Now they wear clothes.

In every traditional house, or Sao Nggua, many sacred items are kept. They maybe pieces at gold shaped like sickle, chains, elephant tusks, cannons, swords, knives, book concerning Christianity, and bowls for the preparation of rice mounds. Woven Ikat cloths are produced in cottage industries. The largest pproducers are the southern areas such as Mbuli, Wolojita, Nggela, Ngtupolo, Wolotopo, Ndona, and Ende. Sarongs and shawls from Ende have various motifs each reflecting the social status of its wearer.

Eat

Walk in any direction for 2 minutes and you will have passed at least one warung selling Sate, Mie Goreng, Padang etc. Up-market restaurants are scarce, if any.

On Jl Ahmed Yani, near the soccer field, is a street vendor selling Martabak (chocolate pancake) which is excellent. Buy an extra one to take with you if you are flying with Wings Air because there is no food on board.

Sleep

Besides the hotels listed here, several homestays are located on the same road towards the port. These 2, however, are head and shoulders above the rest.

Drink

There isn't much nightlife to speak of in Ende. If you're desperate for a beer, try Star One.

Connect

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