Maumere and its surrounding areas
The smell of fish and the shouts of the fishermen will overwhelm your senses as you visit the fish markets of Maumere for the first time. Here your eyes will be led among an astounding selection of different fishes from Maumere Bay. Should you decide to purchase some fresh fish for your evening meal, you will learn the Floresian way of negotiating the purchase. Don’t buy it right away, instead take some time and enjoy the discussion about the unique qualities of these specific types of fish. Don’t worry; the guide will support you in this endeavor. At the weekly market in the city, you’ll learn about another side of trade and dealings. The farmers from the area and the merchants from the island offer a rainbow of the colorful products of Flores. Red chili peppers, green avocados, and exotic vegetables compete for your attention with masterfully woven fabrics and hand woven baskets. Between the stands, the merchant’s children play with simple games and toys and aren’t too shy to ask you’re your name and where you’re from. The next stage reveals the daily, simple life of the fishers of Flores. In the traditional fishing village of Wuring, wooden structures on stilts are pushed right up to the water. There are no windows, no curtains, and no gardens. The simple harbor with countless wooden fishing boats dominates the view in the scenery. Back and forth, a ferry rides along this area spreading the smell of burnt diesel fuel over the village. The sea here is not only the source of nutrition for the people of the island but also the easiest method of waste disposal. Depending on the time of day, fish waste and artificial waste waits for the tide to take it out to sea.
Aside from their work, the belief in god and the ancient spirits shape the life of the people here. In Nilo a massive brilliant white statue of Mary greets her visitors. She observes and protects the city of Maumere under her feet, and the people can always look up to her for advice and guidance.
Just as impressive is the magnificently decorated Portuguese church in Sikka, a fishing village on the south coast of the island.
At this time, the sun looms high in the sky, the perfect time for a break. The wild sea and the bright white beaches are a strong contrast to the tamed and darker relative of the northern coast. In Sikka, you can enjoy the vitality of the turquoise water, while the waves brush up onto land and sink back into the sea.
We encounter the most fascinating feature of the tour on our way back to the Budi Sun Resort. In Lela, believers have recreated the Santuário de Fátima.
Day tour in Maumere and its surrounding areas
Services provided: picnic on the beach, accompaniment by Budi Sun Team
Participant requirements: nothing
Order of events:
Ride to Maumere fish market
Visit the weekly market
Visit the fishing port in Wuring
Visit the statue of Mary looking over the sea in Nilo
Ride to Sikka
Tour the Portuguese church
Picnic and break on the beach
Ride back to Budi Sun
Besichtigung Portugiesische Kirche
Picknick und Pause am Strand
Rückfahrt zum Budi Sun