With a small population of around 1,200 inhabitants, the village comprises 7 of such houses. The people of Wae Rebo warmly welcome visitors who wish to see their village and experience their unique and traditional lifestyle.
Surrounded by panoramic mountains and lush greenery, Wae Rebo spotlights tradition with its unique Mbaru Niang abodes – tall, conical-shaped houses raised on stilts, structured by a bamboo skeleton with roofs lined with palm tree barks.
These traditional homes are not only symbols of protection for the villagers of Wae Rebo as the cone-shaped design also embodies harmony, justice and unity, serving as a constant reminder for peace within the community.
Each house has five levels; with the first one being the living quarters and kitchen, the second used to store goods and food, the third as a seed repository for future harvests, the fourth for reserved food stocks, and the fifth as a sacred zone for only ancestral offerings and rituals.
Those who wish to experience the distinctive lifestyle and culture of Wae Rebo must endure a 7-hour drive from Labuan Bajo as well as a 3-hour trek through the Todo forest. Despite the arduous journey, it is the kind of respite you’ll never find anywhere else.
Discover and experience the beautiful scenery around our Komodo hotels.
With a tiny land size that is no larger than a football field, this crescent-shaped sandbar in the middle of the ocean is a supreme spot for relaxing, snorkelling or simply taking a dip in its crystal clear waters.
With only about 6,000 of these world famous beasts left on the planet, the endangered Komodo dragons have inculcated both fear and intrigue for decades.
There are only seven of these natural wonders on the entire planet, and this pastel paradise is just as breathtaking as the travel enthusiasts make it seem online - Rest assured it isn’t merely a filter slapped on those photos.
While it is first and foremost known for its ancient dragons, Komodo National Park is home to a sheer abundance of marine life that will leave you wishing for more time under its pristine blue waters.