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150 miles from Kupang

ENDE – SOUTH FLORES. 8°50.812S, 121°38.495E

Ende is always worth a mention because of Iya, the spectacular live volcano on the southern headland. Anchorage on the west side is in 8-14 metres off the commercial port and ferry jetty.

All the usual fuel and provisions are available in the town sprawled in the low areas between the two volcanoes. In the northwest season alternative shelter can be found on the other side a half mile north east of the long fuel pier in 8-14 metres off the fringing reef at 8°50.941S, 121°40.305E with the airport runway bearing directly west.

Ende has that big country town feel about it with a relaxed laconic attitude among the locals. The airport is close to both anchorages and there are daily flights to Labuan Bajo and further west. From here you can visit the famous multi-coloured crater lakes of Kelimutu volcano on the Flores Plateau, although it is an arduous mountain drive. Well worth the stop for photographers to capture Lya volcano oozing lava and the amazing colours of the Kelimutu lakes.

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