HomeBlogs Sikka Sikka was in the past of kingdom, but is is now a regency. The capital
is Maumere, on Maumere Bay on the north coast of Flores. The town can be
reached by air from Denpasar, Kupang, and Ujungpandang, or by sea from
Surabaya, and over land from Ende.
Bare mountains and hills dominated the landscape. Today a reforestation program has turned large parts into green pastures.
A prehistoric bronze boat from the Dongsong era, called Dobo or
Baobatung is found in a village near Maumere, where it is carefully kept
by the people as an ancestral heirloom.
Paga is an old village near the beach. It was a refuge for Catholic
missionaries who retreated to this area as the result of pressures by
the Dutch authorities in Flores. There is an old well with clear water.
Its location is 40 kilometers from Maumere.
The small town Nitta was the site of kingdom, and is rich in historical
places, traditional ceremonies and beautiful woven clothes with various
motifs. It is located 10 kilometers from Maumere.
Sikka-Lela are the viliges which were formerly center from which the
Roman Catholic religion spread across Flores. An old well, dug by the
priest Le Cocg (1885), can still be found.
Bola Beach is located in the southern past of Flores near Sikka and
Lela. Many historical relies are found in these two areas, ranging from
traditional houses, to rare ivory heirlooms. Ivory was in the past use
as a dowry in marriage. Some of the villages in Sikka, such as Sikka,
Lela and Nita produce beautiful ikat textiles with motifs that are
peculiar to the region.
Like TanaKa, in Ende the soil covering hill near Lakebai is also edible. The grains of earth can be eaten after they are fried.
The island of Palue, in the north of Flores has a megalithic culture. In
the front- yard of houses lie the graves and “mezbah” offering stones.
The people of the area are known to make great sailors. Life is still
much influenced by the belief in spirits, which are believed to reside
in natural objects. The island can be reached in a few hours by
motorboat from the maumere prier.