Flores Essential Info
Those travelling to Flores before 2016 would have said that health care facilities are very basic but with the recent opening of Siloam Hospital in Labuan Bajo this perception is now slowly changing.
There are also government-run public hospitals in Labuan Bajo, Maumere, Ende and in other districts within Flores and health centres established by Catholic missionaries from the time of the Dutch. You can opt for local doctors in town, with their own small examination rooms where they receive patients. Other districts each have their own public hospitals established by the Government, which have been serving locals and visitors alike since before 2016.
In the event of any diving emergency, you can call Divers Alert Network (DAN) Australia 24-hour hotline (+61-8-8212 9242) or the DAN representative in Bali (Peter Manz, +62 (0) 812 4655 281). There is no decompression chamber in Flores. The closest chamber is located in Bali at the Sanglah Public Hospital in Denpasar (+62-361-227 911 ext 232).
It is best to pack some medication with you as an act of precaution that could treat minor ailments such as headaches, light fever, diarrhoea, body aches and light pains. Traveller’s diarrhoea is the most common travel-related ailment due to compromised food and water, so do bring along an antibiotic and an anti diarrheal drug to be started promptly if significant diarrhoea occurs.
As an act of precaution against Malaria, do speak to your doctor on how to prevent contracting Malaria while travelling. As Malaria is transmitted via mosquitoes, try to avoid mosquito bites with the use of insect repellents. You may need to take prescription medicine before, during, and after your trip to prevent Malaria, depending on your travel plans.
Labuan Bajo Local Hospitals and pharmacies in Flores
There are local hospitals and pharmacies in Flores, but the advice on the internet is to visit a hospital in Bali or Singapore.
Siloam Hospitals Labuan Bajo
Jl. Gabriel Gampur 0385 2381900
St. Jospeh Clinic [private]
Kelurahan Wae Kelambu, Labuan Bajo, Indonesia 0385 41407
RSUD Dr. TC Hillers, Maumere [public]
Wairklau, Maumere, Indonesia 0382 21413
St Elisabeth Hospital Lela [private]
Near by Maumere
Lela, Sikka Regency, Oost-nusa Tenggara +1 618 234 2120
RS St. Gabriel [private]
Near by Maumere
Geliting, Kewapante, Maumere 0382 22056
RSUD Ende [public]
Prof DR. WZ Yohanes, Ende, Indonesia 38122026
RSU Ruteng [public]
Dr Soetomo 1, Ruteng, Indonesia 0385 21386
RSU Daerah Bejawa [public]
Diponegoro 5, Bejawa Indonesia 0384 21030
RSUD Larantuka [public]
Sudirman, Larantuka, Indonesia 0383 21287
There are many banks in Flores both government and private bank and they have ATMS where you can access your international bank account or change currencies. Most dive operators, 5-star hotels and luxury villas do accept credit cards although smaller, local-run establishments do not. We recommend that you bring sufficient Indonesian cash with you in cases of ATMS not working or if systems are down. Exchanging currency is also an option but better to be on the safe side and avoid matters that could be time consuming or inconvenient. There are official money changers available in both Labuan Bajo and Maumere, however in other parts of Flores; you will have to head to bank offices during office hours to conduct any money changing activities and transactions.
At the time of writing, there are no shopping malls in Labuan Bajo or other towns in Flores; instead, there are plenty of shops run by locals selling essential items for daily use. Do bear in mind that product range may be limited to a number of local brands. Imported cheese, meat and milk are not available except for the local variety. Each town is also host to a local hyper market called “Barata”, an air-conditioned building resembling malls selling everything from clothing, toys, groceries, electronics and books. The more nationally known Indomaret convenience stores are available in Ende and Maumere.
There are no shortages of souvenir stores selling the typical tourists essentials including T-shirts, wood carvings, keychains, other knick-knacks and the traditional cloth of Flores – “ikat”, a hand woven fabric with ornate patterns that denote its region of origin.
Do visit the local markets to experience local living and purchase seasonal fresh fruits, vegetables and ocean produce. The local markets are vibrant and colourful, and you’ll be able to observe how people travel from surrounding villages to sell their own farming products and vegetable produce.
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