Flo­res Es­sen­tial Info

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Health

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

Labuan Bajo

Jl. Gabriel Gam­pur 0385 2381900

St. Jospeh Clinic [pri­vate]

Labuan Bajo

Kelu­ra­han Wae Ke­lambu, Labuan Bajo, In­done­sia 0385 41407

Maumere

RSUD Dr. TC Hillers, Maumere [pub­lic]

Maumere

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

Ende

RSUD Ende [pub­lic]

Ende

Prof DR. WZ Yo­hanes, Ende, In­done­sia 38122026

Ruteng

RSU Ruteng [pub­lic]

Ruteng

Dr Soe­tomo 1, Ruteng, In­done­sia 0385 21386

Ba­jawa

RSU Daerah Be­jawa [pub­lic]

Be­jawa

Dipone­goro 5, Be­jawa In­done­sia 0384 21030

Laran­tuka

RSUD Laran­tuka [pub­lic]

Laran­tuka

Sudirman, Laran­tuka, In­done­sia 0383 21287

Money

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.

Shop­ping

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.

At­las South Sea Pearl

At­las Pearl’s ex­ten­sive range of ex­cep­tional qual­ity jewels fea­tures South Sea pearls cul­ti­vated at the five At­las Pearl Farms lo­cated through­out the In­done­sian ar­chi­pel­ago. Th­ese farms pro­duce some of the world’s best South Sea pearls, nur­tured by the lov­ing hands of its ded­i­cated per­son­nel be­fore mak­ing their way to you. Its Labuan Bajo show­room show­cases both new and clas­sic col­lec­tion as well as loose pearls and all pur­chases come with a Cer­tifi­cates of Au­then­tic­ity.

At­las Pearls Labuan Bajo Show­room Pu­lau Pungu Ke­cil, Ke­ca­matan Ko­modo Labuan Bajo, Mang­garai Barat - NTT

Ph: +62 811 384 8212

GPS. S08 31.260 E119 47.631

Email: ko­modo.show­room@cipindo.com Web­site: www.at­las­pearls.com.au

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