Flores received its beautiful name from Portuguese explorers that dropped their anchor there in the 16th century. Mesmerized by the lushness of the forests, the Europeans named it ‘Flores’ which means ‘flowers’. This island is one of the world’s best-kept secrets with its gorgeous landscape and welcoming natives. No longer that much off the beaten track, Flores is a ready to be visited all-year round. Swim in the crystal clear water, wade in the lake or under gorgeous waterfalls, dive in one many dive spots, and kayak between mangrove trees and proud cliffs.