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Riung is a fishing village located in the northern coast of Flores, Indonesia and mostly known as the gateway for the 17 Islands National Park (Tujuh Blas Pulau). The village itself is sparsely populated, with wide streets lined with coconut trees and friendly locals.

Most points of interested are located on it's central area near the pier, market, several small shops, eateries, the diesel generator and the single ATM machine (Bank BRI). There isn't a beach on the village, the area near the pier is a mangrove with mud bottom.

Get in[edit]

By public bus[edit]

Buses from Bajawa depart around 12PM from the terminal located near the center of the town or your hotel can call and request a pickup. The bus goes around the town for another hour picking up passengers and cargo and once it departs Bajawa the trip takes around 4-5 hours. Prices for foreigners vary depending on the driver but shouldn't be higher than 40,000 RP. This trip is only 70km or so and covers an absolutely terrible stretch of road. For much of the trip, the bus will be crawling through enormous, mud-filled pot holes, sometimes at pretty scary inclines, along a very narrow, twisty and windy road. The bus always seems to make it, but its a slow, uncomfortable trip on a very bad and remote stretch of road (although they are starting to reconstruct it at some sections). Bring ample food and water, there is very little on the way, although the driver will stop at road-side stalls if you ask (in bahasa). One travellers spent 6.5 hours on the bus one day Bajawa - Riung, so be prepared! You'll get dropped wherever you like in Riung.

Buses from Ende depart from the Ndao Terminal, west of town. The trip takes around 5 hours. Going to Ende, the only bus leaves at 6am.

Some buses from as far as Maumere will pass through Moni where you may flag one down on the road. They briefly stop in Ende and then continue northwest towards Mbay. From Mbay (1.5h away from Riung) you may take a bemo or motorbike taxi to Riung.

By private car[edit]

Riung is a small town and there are hardly any private cars available. Paulus Mas Muda (Paul - +62 81 339 495 983) is a highly reliable driver based in Riung who can be booked for trips from or to Bajawa and Ende/Moni. The standard price for the trip from/to Bajawa is Rp 600,000, from/to Ende Rp 800,000, from/to Moni Rp 1,000,000 - all subject to negotiation as usual.

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Most visitors come to Riung for the 17 Islands National Park. Boats can be arranged through the hotels or alternatively, directly with the boat captain at the pier. Prices range from 500,000 rp to 800,000 rp per boat that can accomodate up to 2-6 people. Trips usually follow the same program and include a visit to a mangrove that is home to thousands of large fruit bats, a couple snorkeling spots, a fish barbecue at a deserted beach and one or two more stops at beaches.

Boat trip organized by RicoRico restaurant at the pier costs 350,000 per person for 2 people in one boat. For 3-5 people 300,000 per person. The price includes boat which stops at 4 islands for snorkeling (Pulau Tiga is the best) and one stop to see the bats. Also grilled fish lunch and the park entrance fee.

The park charges a 100,000 RP entrance fee per person.

Regardless of which captain you choose, you may purchase fruits and vegetables at local market to complement your Lunch.

You can visit Watulajar beach which is 20 min away from Riung. It is a brown sand beach with nice sunset views. You can stay at Eco Eden resort (with Om Lipus) which is on the beach. To get there you must take the morning bus to Maumere and tell the driver to drop you off at Pantai Watulajar. You can also do island hopping from here.

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Besides the options listed below, there are a couple local eateries/warungs spread around the village. Two of those may be found immediately next to the market area.

  • Murah Mariah, (Behind market). Most likely your better option to eat in Riung. Vegetarian dishes and soups cost around 25,000 rp. Other dishes are around 45,000 rp. Their specialty spicy & sour fish soup and the squid sate with ginger sauce are recommended. They may close early at night if not busy. Beware all of the marauding cats there! 25,000-45,000 rp.  edit
  • Cafe Del Mar, (Off main street). A nice place to have a Bintang after a visit to the National Park. They do not display a menu, the menu consists of plain rice, vegetables and a grilled fish of your choice. A meal for two is usually around 100,000 rp, depending on the size and type of fish. Fried noodles can be ordered for 30,000 rp. 30,000-100,000 rp.  edit
  • PATO, (First street rigth west of BRI atm). Nice restaurant with indonesian food for westerner taste. Just 4 tables under a roof with open sides but well protected when it rains. Nice sweet and sour fried fish and the pasta with vegetable (more like italian taste). Price are reasonable. Everything is fresh so be ready to wait for preparation or ask what is quickly available as it is a one man business. For example the vegetable soup take more time as all the vegetables need to be peeled and cut !  edit
  • Rico Rico Cafe, (Next to the pier). Nice and small place with excellent customer service just right of the pier. Grilled fresh fish is highly recommended! They also arrange boat trips to the marine park. Main dishes 10,000-35,000 rp.  edit

Also one or two masakan padang places dotted around for quicker eats, but they run out of food pretty quickly if you're not early.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Restaunts stock cold Bintangs and the standard price is 35,000 rp per bottle (45k per bottle at some accommodation).

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Riung receives few visitors and thus has few lodging options. Most are very clean and confortable for Flores standards. Besides those listed below, there are a few very basic homestays located in the pier area and Hotel Florida, on the road as you arrive in Riung.

  • Nirvana Bungalows. They have 8 modern and fresh bungalows all for the same price. All have private bathroom with cold water and include breakfast served at your porch. All bungalows have AC and go for a price of 300.000 - 350.000 and up. Updated June 2016. No wifi here. Their boat trips follow the standard itinerary, but have a fantastic seafood BBQ lunch on a deserted beach. Run by a pretty cool Rasta guy called Tam 300,000rp and up.  edit
  • Pondok SVD. Run by missionaries, it's located close to the market and generator (which can be heard at night). Rooms are clean and equipt with a crucifix on the wall. Prices start at 120,000/200,000rp for a single/double fan room. A double AC room goes for 275,000rp 120,000 rp and up.  edit

Get out[edit]

To the east: A bus bound for Maumere departs Riung around 6 AM. Your hotel can call with prior notice and request a pickup. This bus goes through Mbay (1.5 hours with a 30mins stop there), Ende (4-5 hours) and Moni (5-7 hours). Cost around 80k per person. In Ende, you'll be dropped at the western terminal where you have to take a local bus or motorbike taxi (10k) into town.

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