The Moni region of Flores is a must-visit for all travelers. From hiking to the mesmerizing Kelimutu crater lakes to visiting traditional villages, Moni offers a unique travel experience.
If you’re looking for a place to enjoy a craft beer in Moni, try Mopi’s Place. They have 24 Iowa brews on tap and also offer delicious food.
1. Mopi’s Place
Located in the heart of Moni, Mopi’s Place is the fanciest place in town without any pretension. It has a relaxed vibe and great service, with mellow music playing in the background that will make you feel like you’re in a Caribbean dream.
The menu here is varied and the food is delicious. You can try everything from the Greek classics to burgers and sandwiches. There is something for everyone here, even picky westerners. They also have a great selection of wine and iced coffee.
While in Moni, you can’t leave without trying Babi Kelempung – pork cooked inside a bamboo tube. The locals swear by this dish and believe it is a must-try while visiting Moni. The region of Moni is a hidden gem that should be on every traveler’s bucket list. From hiking to the mesmerizing Kelimutu crater lakes to experiencing traditional villages, the Moni region has something for everyone.
2. The Geckos Homestay
Homestays are a great option for travelers who want to stay close to the Kelimutu volcano and get a true feel of local life. The Geckos Homestay is located in a small village and has comfortable rooms and a delicious menu.
It also provides guests with a car rental service to get to the trailhead of the Kelimutu hike. This is a cheaper alternative to hiring a private driver and it’s a great way to meet other people who are hiking the same route as you.
The Geckos Homestay is a 2-star property and offers free parking and a paid airport shuttle service. It has a terrace and a patio with outdoor dining areas. All units at the homestay are fitted with a wardrobe. Guests can enjoy a garden view from their room. There is also a kitchenette available for guests. This is a great place to try local food for breakfast and lunch. The staff is very friendly and will make sure that you have a memorable experience in Moni.
3. Rago’s Homestay
Located just a stone’s throw from Rago Sagar Lake, this homestay is surrounded by lush gardens bursting with flowers. Guests can look forward to delicious Marwari meals, with ingredients plucked straight from the garden.
The homestay also offers free Wi-Fi and breakfast daily, including a choice of warm dishes, pastries and bread, fruit juices, pancakes, and toast. It has been rated highly by previous guests and provides a comfortable place to stay while visiting Moni.
The homestay is well-positioned for exploring Moni’s local attractions, with Danau Kelimutu and Bukit Pengilon just a short drive away. It is also a popular base for hiking to the colorful lakes of Kelimutu National Park. In addition, it is possible to visit local villages and take part in a number of unique festivals. These include the Pati Ka Du’a Bapu Ata Mata festival, where Lio people honor their ancestors. This is a spiritual event that should not be missed!
4. The Kelimutu Lodge
If you are seeking a place to stay in Moni that is environmentally friendly, well run and with an upmarket feel, then The Kelimutu Lodge is your choice. It has a range of hotel rooms and freestanding bungalows with a lovely area by the stream. Prices are high, but it’s a professionally operated operation and the best option in Moni for this type of accommodation.
The Kelimutu Crater Lakes Eco Lodge is located in the small village of Koanara, close to Mt Kelimutu. Visitors can access the lodge by ojek, motorbike taxi, car or bus (buses to Ende from Maumere pass through the village).
With 24-hour front desk services, guests can feel confident in their travel plans as the team is on hand to assist with booking tours and activities. The onsite restaurant provides a convenient way to enjoy meals without leaving the property. Breakfast is included in the room rate. In-room conveniences like refrigerators and desks help make your stay comfortable.