Visit Malanage Hot Spring On Flores Indonesia
Flores in an island is Indonesia, close to Bali and Nusa Lembongan. Flores has a ton of volcanoes, craters and mountains. As a result of this, Flores island houses some amazing natural hot springs. One of the best hot springs in Flores, Indonesia is the Malanage hot spring or Wae Bana Malanage.
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How to get there
The best way to visit the the hot spring is by motorbike, it’s about a 1 hour drive from Bajawa (the centre of Flores, Indonesia). And you can perfectly combine the hot spring with a trip to the Bebe Village.
In Bajawa there are many nice hotels and home-stays. In the village you can rent a motorbike for about 75K IDR per day. The entrance to the Malanage hot spring is 10K IDR, or approximately 60 euro cents per person.
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What can you expect
When you get to the hot spring you will see a small river with large rocks in it. The main source for this river is water boiling up from the earth. This water is heated by volcanic activity and has a slight sulphur smell. On the left a small stream enters the river with cold water. On the location of the hot spring the boiling and cold water mix, creating an awesome natural bath!
When you are in the hot spring you will notice a distinct gradient in temperature in the water. Especially, the gradient between the warm water and hot (boiling) water is very sudden, so be careful.
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Timing Is Key
These hot springs are a great place to relax and soak in the warm water. However, avoid going there on Sunday afternoon, as many locals go to this hot spring to wash their clothes and themselves. Making the water look quite dirty because of all the soap.
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Eat Fruit That Tastes Like Fruit Yoghurt
Besides the hot spring there are many fruit trees. When this fruit is ripe, it will fall off the tree, so watch your head?. The orange fruit is a special treat, as it literally tastes like a super juicy fruit yoghurt. The owner of the land told us about it and showed us how to get them. Take a stick and slab against a few branches and there you go. You can eat the orange fruit without pealing it, but do not try to eat the “bean” on top, as it is very hard.
Cook Your Own Snack
A really fun thing to do in this hot spring is to boil an egg and eat it as a snack! The water in the stream is almost boiling, so you can definitely prepare a nice egg in there. And what tastes better than something you’ve prepared in nature?!?
The water in the hot spring smells like sulphur and even though it looks clear, the water leafs a yellow stain. You’ll see these stains on your clothing, but also on your nails hair. When you go into the hot spring in Flores, Indonesia make sure you wear an old bikini and put your hair up in a bun.
Hot Spring Surroundings
On the road towards the hot spring you will see how rich the nature on Flores, Indonesia is. There is wild jungle, historical villages, waterfalls and the Inierie Volcano. So keep your eyes open when you’re there.
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