Flores is the main volcanic island and has many unique and spectacular attractions, one of these is Mount Kelimutu with it's three lakes of distinct color variation, has become one of the fabled destinations travelers. Sumba is the island famous for its arts, handicrafts, particularly the textile weaving, and cultural assets. Timor, being the principal island with Kupang as its capital, serves as the center of government and economic activities. The other name given to East Nusa Tenggara is "Nusa Cendana" the Sandalwood Island.
Due to central highlands and their closeness to Australia, the seasions are irregular. Generally the islands are semi-arid, with a longer dry season lasting from March to November. The wet season lasts from December to March, but can be considerably shorter and small island of Savu.
Flores has an irregular coast line and rugged landscape due to its volcanic origin. The vegetation is plentiful and rich in diversity. Wildlife includes species of lizards, monkeys and parrots. There is also an abundant marine life with reef sharks, sperm whales, dolphins and tropical fish.
East Nusa Tenggara is mountainous, and very steep slopes are everywhere besides some not too wide plateaus or uplands. The low-lands are a long the coastal areas only. Despite of the situation, most part of this region are not fertile, since the rainfall varies between 500 mm and 2000 mm a year.
- Eventhough the majority of the Indonesia population is Islam, most of the people in East Nusa Tenggara are Christian. There are about 56% Catholics, 35% Protestant 8% Islam, 0,6% Hindu and Buddhist, and the rest still follow their traditional systems of belief. One of the outstanding traditional beliefs is Marupu
- L A N G U A G E S
- There are a lot of languages spoken in East Nusa Tenggara coming from as many different which groups of the population. Bahasa Indonesia is the national language in to Malay, written in Roman script and based in European orthography, In all tourist destination areas English is the number one foreign language fairly spoken and written.
- THE CUISINE
- The staple food of most Indonesian is popularly rice. From the surrounding seas as well as fresh water fish-eries, fish is abundant and of great variety, such as lobsters, oysters, prawns, shrimps, squids, crabs, and so on.Coconut is available every where and green coconut are now sold in recreation Places.
Spices and hot chili peppers are the essence of most cooking, particularly for those coming from Sumatra (found in Padang Restaurants).
- Pork dishes are specialties for the people of East Nusa Tenggara but served only in Chinese Restaurants are easily found all over the country.Nearly all restaurants in East Nusa Tenggara serve Indonesian food can also be found in some big restaurants.
- THE LIVE HOOD
- The people of East Nusa Tenggara are predominantly agrarian. The agricultural products are for domestic consumption including rice, corn, cassava, soybeans, etc.