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Songs performed my men wearing local woven sarongs form a part of a traditional welcome or important cultural celebrations at the villages of Tado.

General information:

  • Tado is located approximately 45 km east of Labuan Bajo
  • Two closely –connected traditional West Manggarai villages, rich in local culture and traditions
  • Community-based ecotourism villages

Rangkuk alu – a traditional game and dance performed with 2 sets of bamboo poles clapped together rhythmically. Agile dancers must dance between the poles, avoiding being caught between the bamboo
 rangkuk alu

In the rangkuk alu an inexperience dancer risks the painful consequences of being caught between the moving poles.
tado women

Colourful hand-woven ikat  sarongs and sashes are worn by both the men and women of West Flores.


Visitors are asked to pay a one-time entrance fee of approximately US$ 4 entitling them to participate in any four of the following ecotourism activities:

  • Pandan palm mat weaving
  • Traditional medicine manufacture
  • The manufacture of traditional seed-oil lamps
  • Dishes made from coconut husks
  • The cooking and preparation of traditional foods
  • Rope making using sugar palm fibers
  • Local ancestral rites tied to rice agriculture
  • The consumption of edible insects
  • The weaving of bamboo baskets
  • The carving children’s wooden toys

Note: An additional US$ 1 per activity charge applies for those wishing to participate in more than four of the listed ecotourism activities.

Special request tours:

The following special interest tours are available by advance booking :

Ancient rituals
As a part of the Tado cultural conservation program, villagers will share ancestral songs, stories and dances which have been handed down over the generations. Locally renowned caci dancers will share the rituals, legends, mysteries, and music associated with this famous Manggarai dance. As an added bonus, guests will be invited to witness the centuries-old practice of palm wine extraction. A tasting of the potent locally-produced tuak is included.

Jungle survival
In ancient time the trip from Tado to Labuan Bajo took an entire day and a night on foot, traveling along dense forest trails. This program recreates this trek and includes the re-creation of ethno biological practices used in earlier times to obtain food, water, and herbal medicines from wild plants. A special “take-away-along-the-trail” lunch of traditional foods and packaging will be provided.

Traditional artistanry & craft
On this tour you’ll receive hands-on experience in the crafting of traditional crafts and games using traditional clay pottery and lovely multicolored weavings produced on traditional looms. An unforgettable experience, including one-of-a-kind, hand-made souvenirs you’re welcome to bring home.

For these tours an advanced booking of 1-2 days is required, either by SMS or telephone (+62-813 80709223). Advance bookings are strongly recommended, especially if your plans include and overnight stay. All special-request tours last between 3 - 4 hours, and include drinks, snacks, and a home-cooked meal. Special request tours cost US$12/person.
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Processing fermented juice from the aren palm tree provide for a traditional drink of "tuak" or palm wine..
"Tuak" - a traditional wine processed from the aren palm tree, is served during local cultural cerem 

How to get there:
  • Located around 45 km east of Labuan Bajo on the road to Ruteng
  • Transportation by car or motorbike rental
  • By local transport; Ojek (motorbike taxi) or Bemo (local buses)

The recommended best means of getting to Tabo is with a local driver and guide.

Follow the main road from Labuan Bajo to Ruteng. After 45 km you will reach a Dahot settlement - the village of “Nampar Macing” where you should make a right turn. Less than one kilometer down this road you’ll enter the village of "Golo Leleng" village. The two villages of ‘’Nampar Macing’’ and ‘’Golo Leleng’’ are jointly known as Tado.


 Map of Tado village
Lingko Lingko Spider-Web-like rice field

Spider- web-like rice fields or lingko are found on the way to Tado village. The crucifix standing at the center of the rice field signifies the strong Christian influences found in the region
A lingko or spider- web-like rice field as seen from  hill above Cancar, some 40 km east of Tabo.


Please note that Tado is a new eco-tourism village. There are no established tourist facilities nor commercial restaurants or accommodation providers found in this area.

Overnight stays can be informally arranged: by staying in a local household where you’ll enjoy traditional foods prepared by your host family.
The Tado community has an established a code of conduct expected from every visitor. Please consult your host or guide regarding local rules of conduct.

Tado: Village elder

 A village elder weaves a pandan mat.

A white rooster is used to honor important uests by serving as a welcome gift.