Ports

Larantuka - Indonesia

The port city of Larantuka lies on the eastern end of Flores Island in Indonesia and was a Portuguese colony for almost 300 years. It is a little port set at the base of hills from where Solor, Adonara, and Lembata islands (the small islands nearby) are visible across the narrow strait. Lots of Catholic churches line the roads with a few mosques sprinkled in and the people are very friendly. "Semana Sancta", the week before Easter, is an important time of religious celebration for the devoutly Catholic people. The celebrations centre on two religious statues, one of Jesus Christ and one of Virgin Mary brought by Portuguese missionaries Gaspar do EspĂ­rito Santo and Agostinho de Madalena in the 1500s. These statues are only presented to the public every Easter and are kept out-of-view for the rest of the year. Flores is extremely mountainous, with peaks rising more than 2134 m (more than 7000 ft) and 14 active volcanoes. Inland, the island is heavily forested.