The itineraries provided by each individual company may vary, but they are always flexible. If you are interested to stop at any particular location along the way from Labuan Bajo to Maumere, you should notify your driver or guide.
We have found that the following places were worth a visit and may not be explicitly listed on the itinerary, which usually focus on the cultural villages:
<li>seeing Spider Web Rice fields (near Ruteng, and usually one of the most common stops); </li>
<li>snorkelling near 17 Islands (near Riung, for this one you may need to skip another stop along the way, as it is a bit out of the way);</li>
<li>hiking up the Wawo Muda Lakes near Badjawa for a scenic view of tri-colored lakes (albeit more bland than those at Mt. Kelimutu);</li>
<li>taking a dip in Mangeruda Hot springs (near Badjawa); and</li>
<li>swimming in secluded Koka Beach (in between Ende and Maumere).</li>
Also, once you've finished your trip, you can independently climb Mount Egon.