EAST MANGGARAI – Flores Island is the paradise of adventurous tourism as most of tourist attractions can be found here, mountain climbing, forest trekking, river kayaking, horse riding, natural bungee jumping, enjoying the beauty of beaches and exploring underwater garden.
East Manggarai, one of the regencies in the west of Flores also offers various tourist attractions that can be explored and enjoyed by tourists. One of tourist destinations that should not be missed in East Manggarai is Cunca Rede Waterfall.
The sound of rippling water can be heard from distance. It breaks the quietness of the morning as we walked from the village of Nenas in Sano Lokom to Cunce Rede. Cunca Rede is quite close from the village of Nenas or Ntaur. We walked along the path in the area of Ruteng Natural Tourism Park. The areas of Cunca Rede and the forest of Mount Mandosawu, Poco Ranaka and Lake Rana Mese are included in the Ruteng Natural Tourism Park managed by Balai Besar Konservasi Sumber Daya Alam – BBKSDA (Center for Conservation of Natural Resources) of East Nusa Tenggara Province. The farther we walked into the forest, the louder the sound of rippling water is. After walking for around 15 minutes, we finally arrived in Cunca Rede waterfall.
“Wow, the waterfall is gorgeous,” said my friend Anas from Swisscontact Wisata. “So far, this is a waterfall with the highest level of water discharge that I’ve ever seen in Flores. The level of water discharge in other waterfalls is low and the water is not as high as in here,” he said.
The waterfall is just beautiful. The water flows from a height of 40 meters, hits the stones underneath hard and creates rippling water. The waterfall flows from a river inside the forest area of Poco Ranaka. The level of water is high throughout the year. Its position which is situated on the foot of Mount Ranaka makes it looks like a beautiful picture on the foot of the mountain.
The surrounding nature of Cunca Rede is fresh and pristine. Around the waterfall, we can find green plants that look like a blanket spread on the surface of water. The water is crystal clear with a bathing pool which is always ready to refresh and get rid our fatigue.
When we went down to the waterfall, we were amazed by the swift waterfall that falls into the rocks and pond underneath, releasing the foam into the air, and forming a rainbow when exposed to the morning sun. It was totally beautiful natural scenery. The water was cold and, as it continues to seep into the pores of the body.
People live around Cunca Rede waterfall build friendly and harmonious relationship with the nature. They really preserve the environment, especially the forest area near their village. They are fully aware that forest area in Poco Ranaka supports their life and water supply. They use the water from the river for drinking, irrigating rice fields, and electric power. One thing to know is that the potential for regional development and the waterfall area in the future is very promising for the tourism sector. It will be very useful as long as it is maintained and used properly and responsibly.
How to get there?
The trip to Cunca Rede has its own challenges given that there is no signpost along the way to this place. For tourists coming from Labuan Bajo or Borong through the road of trans Flores, they can visit Cunca Rede passing through the junction in Paka of Sita village, Rana Mese district. The trip from Paka junction to Cunca Rede as far as 10 km, road condition is pretty good and paved up to Pustu Ntaur in the village of Sano Lokom. The road from Pustu Ntaur to Nenas village is still rocky and not paved as far as 1.5 km although pickups and motorcycles can still go through it. Cunca Rede is only 600 meters away from Nenas village and can be reach on foot in 15 minutes.(*)