Flores the island named ‘Flowers’ by 6th-century Portuguese colonists, has become Indonesia’s ‘next big thing’. In the far west, Labuan bajo is a booming tourist town that combines tropical beauty with nearby attractions such as Komodo National Park, myriad superb dive spots and beach-dappled little islands. The often lush interior is attracting an evergreater river of travelers who,in just a few days’ journey overland, encounter smoking volcanoes ,spectarcular rice fields and lakes ,exotic cultures and hidden beaches. You’ll even see plenty of steeples,as away from the port towns most people are nominally catholic. And may more people are part of cultures and groups that date back centuries , and live in traditional villages seemingly unchanged in millennia . the 670km serpentine,yet raplidy improving , Trans- Flores highway skirts knife-edge ridges that sheer into spectacular river canyons , brushes by dozens of traditional villages , and always seems to have a perfectly conial volcano in view.roads of varying quality branch off into areas few tourists have explored.