8 Awesome Tourist Attractions in East Nusa Tenggara (Must Visit)

East Nusa Tenggara has been in a fame recently ever since many people realized there are quite a lot of tourist attractions they can enjoy there. Being next to Bali has given the region an advantage since international tourists who visit Bali may also want to experience the beauty of the island. Not only international tourists but also domestic tourists are attracted to visit it to witness its natural beauty.

Speaking of tourist attractions, there is a lot you can enjoy when you visit the island. They are spread in different areas of the region, from Kupang to Ende. The places you can visit including beaches, traditional villages, national parks, waterfalls, mountains, and so on. On this article, I will uncover 8 of them and point out the reasons why you definitely have to visit them. Without further do, let’s get to it!

1. Melo Village

melo village east nusa tenggaraMelo Village is located in Labuan Bajo. What you can expect from the village is that you can see the uniqueness of its tradition practiced by the villagers. The Melo males perform Caci Dance, a traditional dance of Manggarai tribe. These male Melo dances dress in traditional clothes that will attract your eyes.


Apart from the traditional dance, Melo Village also has another attractive thing to offer which is its natural beauty. The view in the village is undeniably outstanding. It is surrounded by natural forest, valleys, and mountains.

2. Komodo National Park

komodo national park indonesiaAnother place located near Labuan Bajo is Komodo National Park. It seems like the place is the icon of East Nusa Tenggara. Every time you mention East Nusa Tenggara, Komodo National Park is always included. It is what other regions in Indonesia does not have. It is the one and only, only happen to be in East Nusa Tenggara.

Not a while ago, Komodo National Park was suggested as one of the world’s seven wonders. Now I tell you why. In this place, you can see the rarest and unique lizards in the world, called Komodo dragon lizards. There are more than 4,000 of them live here. They are physically big and strong with at least 3 meters long.

3. Kelimutu Lakes

kelimutu lakes nusa tenggaraNext tourist destination you can pay a visit is Kelimutu Lakes. It is situated in Ende, one of the administrative areas in East Nusa Tenggara. Kelimutu Lakes displays three different colors of water which look amazing. However, you have to hike for a bit in order to enjoy the beauty of it because it is located at the peak of the Kelimutu mountain. Not only can you enjoy Kelimutu Lakes, the view that surrounds it is also beautiful and surreal.

4. Ruteng

ruteng the city of thousands of churchesRuteng has a lot to offer to attract visitors. There are different names to call it; the city of thousands of churches, the rainy city, the clean city, and so on. In fact, when you visit the city, you will know why they name it that way. Ruteng is often called the city of thousands of churches because there are so many churches built in the city which come from the Catholic majority of the people.  It also tends to be colder than the other areas of the region due to the frequent rainfall hits the place. Moreover, the city also looks clean and fresh.

5. Tablolong Beach

tablolong beach tourism indonesiaWhen you visit Tablolong beach, you will figure why it is different from the other beaches in the region. The sand in Tablolong beach is pink and the water is a combination of blue and green. You also do not have to pay a lot to enjoy the beauty of the beach. It only costs IDR 5000 per person.

6. Kolbano Beach

kolbano beach travel indonesiaThe unique part of Kolbano beach is that you will not find sand but colorful rocks. To get to the beach, it takes approximately 4 hours from Kupang. The beautiful view of Kolbano beach pays off the long journey you take to the location.

7. Ape Island

indonesia ape island wkwk landBeing located in the middle of the ocean makes the Ape Island very attracted to visit. The island can be seen from Kupang beach and takes about an hour by fishing boat to get to the island. Not only can you see apes on the island, but also beautiful view and white sand with purplish and greenish water.

8. Oenesu Waterfall

kupang oenesu waterfall indonesiaBeing located in Kupang, Oenesu waterfall has been an oasis of the dried city. It is surrounded by tropical green trees which adds to the freshness. Many visitors often visit the waterfall to have pre-wedding photo sessions, take selfies, and swim. Best time to visit the waterfall is on dry season, especially when it is a hot sunny day.



From the 8 awesome mentioned places above, which one do you want to visit the most? Make sure you don’t miss out the fun by interacting with locals once you have a chance to visit it.