Flores is home to some of the most astonishing beaches we’ve seen throughout SE Asia, and Koka Beach is up there as one of our favourites. Hosting a backdrop of palm trees, powdery white sand and crystal clear water, it truly is a hidden piece of paradise. Vast cliffs and a sand bar break up the beach into 2 separate coves; Each offers slightly different, yet equally breathtaking views. And if you are prepared to take a short climb to the viewpoint, you will be rewarded with a spectacular 360degree outlook of it all.
If like us you’re in Flores to escape mass tourism, then you certainly will not be disappointed here. With barely another local insight, let alone tourist, you can allow yourself to fully immerse into the beautiful surroundings. As well as absorb that well-needed vitamin sea.
If you’re in the area we highly recommend adding Koka Beach to your itinerary. And we’ve put together this short blog to help with anything you might need to know.
HOW TO GET TO KOKA BEACH
From MAUMERE, the drive is around 1.5 hours. Other than the road leading down to the beach which is extremely rocky, the roads are of good condition. We rented a scooter from Asli Authentic Homestay for 100,000 RP per day.
From MONI, the drive is around 1.5 hours. Other than the road leading down to the beach which is extremely rocky, the roads are of good condition. Scooters are available to rent from most guesthouses in Moni for 100,000 RP per day.
Another option from MONI is to hire a car or scooter with a driver, however, be sure to shop around for the best price, there is a tourist office there that can help with this.
*TIP – Download the Maps.Me app or offline Google Maps for the area. Directions to Koka beach can be found on both.
KOKA BEACH MAP LOCATION
The restaurants behind the beach have very basic accommodation available. Camping on the beach is also permitted.
Places to Stay in Maumere:
Budget- Asli Homestay – For a taste of authentic Floresien culture, we recommend this simple yet charming homestay. Here you will be treated like family by the owners.
Luxury – Capa Resort – For a touch of luxury, Capa Resort boasts the most amazing infinity pool overlooking the ocean. Although, if you’re on a tight budget, you can still enjoy the pool for free if you buy a drink or food. The food is delicious and it is also one of few places in town with wifi!
For more places to stay in Maumere, check the latest prices here.
Places to Stay in Moni:
Budget – Angi Lodge – New build bungalows with an amazing view, complete with on-suite western-style bathrooms.
For more places to stay in Moni, check the latest prices here.
Entrance Fee: No Entrance Fee
Parking: 3000 RP/scooter
ViewPoint: 5000 RP/pax
*TIP – We were approached by 2 men upon leaving the beach asking for us to pay them money, however, it didn’t seem legit as they were nowhere near the beach entrance. We refused and they were happy to let us off, so it’s something to be aware of should you visit.
FOOD & DRINK
A couple of small local restaurants can be found behind the beach, offering a selection of local dishes & refreshments.
WHAT TO TAKE TO KOKA BEACH
Unsure of what you might need to pack for your adventures in Flores? Don’t worry, we have got you covered. Check out our backpacker essentials, for a packing list of items that we carry with us on every adventure.
Here are some items that we recommend taking to make your visit to the beaches & waterfalls more comfortable:
- Comfortable shoes for the hikes
- Water shoes to wear in the water – We Recommend: 2 in 1 Water/Hiking Shoes.
- Waterproof Bag to protect valuables – We Recommend: Waterproof Dry Bag-10L/20L/30L
- Bathing suit & towel for the obvious – We Recommend: Microfiber Travel Towel
It should go without saying; however, when enjoying the beach, it’s important to be mindful of the environment. It is no secret that some of our planets fragile ecosystems are at risk of extinction. There are many small steps you can take to becoming a responsible traveller, check out the Eco-Travel essentials here. It is our duty as travellers, that we reduce our footprint where we can, here are some tips:
- Do not leave anything on the beaches, or take anything away – unless you’ve purchased it from a local supplier.
- Wear Reef Safe Sunscreen.
- Try to avoid touching coral, sea life or anything in the ocean… unless it’s plastic, take it away and dispose of properly.
Well, that concludes our guide to Koka beach, be sure to check out our travel guide and itinerary for Flores. If you have any questions or feel we have missed anything, please reach out to us in the comment section below.
Stay adventurous and Happy travels.
Charlotte & Natalie x
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