Visiting Enchanting Islands


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(Tour Viewers, photograph by Andika Nusanta Utama)

Labuan Bajo is in the westernmost tip of the Island of Flores. The town of Labuan Bajo, or also spelled Labuhan Bajo, sits peacefully a small fishing site with surprisingly comprehensive tourist facilities.

Developing Labuan Bajo as a major tourist destination is part of the Indonesian government’s efforts  to promote  tourism destinations other than Bali, which is widely considered one of the world’s best holiday spots.

In Labuan Bajo, the government has been  improving more accesses to water and electricity, building roads and another port, as well as speeding up development of an international airport.

Andika - Labuan Bajo

Tourists  can also visit the Komodo National Park. Resorts  on  offer  to visit in Labuan Bajo  are  mainly  three big islands: Komodo Island, Rinca Island and  Padar Island, plus a few other islets, a total of 2,321 Km2 of protected land and sea.  Komodo National Park was declared World Heritage Site and Man and Biosphere  reserve by UNESCO.

In the park we can find the  Komodo dragon, the largest species of living lizard in  the world.. An estimated total of 5,700 dragons that call this stunning part of Indonesia as their home

The hills of Labuan Bajo and the surrounding waters  are available  for  travelers to visit this destination.

Komodo National Park, a Unesco World Heritage Site where visitors can see komodo dragons in their natural habitat, is located on one of Labuan Bajo’s three main islands.

Komodo Island was also  declared one of the new seven wonders of nature in 2011.

The waters of Labuan Bajo offer some of the best diving spots in Indonesia, while visitors can also view a rare phenomenon – Pink Beach on Komodo Island.

The increasing popularity of Labuan Bajo has in recent times seen an influx of investment into the area.

The central logic for its wide range of amenities is the extraordinary interest of travelers to the existence of the Komodo dragon, locally called ora, if not for its superb national park that encompasses some 80 islands.

To most travelers and to westerners who own many businesses here, the developing town is somehow favorable and even romantic. The view on wooden cottages with thatched roofs camouflaged by shrubberies and towering trees up in the sloping township, overlooking an idyllic harbour, make an evening conversation with traveling partners an unforgettable experience. For some adventurers, Labuan Bajo can be an ideal getaway.

Labuan Bajo is accessible by air, land, and sea. Its favorable location on the Island of Flores and entry port to the Komodo islands make Labuan Bajo a potential growing destination, aside to its rich agricultural potentials.

Flying to Labuan Bajo is possible for the Komodo Airport is open for operation. Transnusa Airlines are directly connecting Labuan Bajo with several cities in Indonesia, such as: Denpasar, Kupang, Ende, and Mataram. With connecting flights, Labuan Bajo is also connected with Kalabahi in Alor. It also connects with Bajawa, Sikka, Manggarai, and Larantuka via Ende, Kupang, Maumere, Ruteng, and Tambolaka. Please go to its website for more detailed flight schedules.

Meanwhile an  overland trip across the Island of Flores is possible but costly, connecting Labuan Bajo in the westernmost part to the renowned destinations in the eastern part. A bus from Depasar, Bali, would probably go to Mataram in Lombok. From there you are set to take a long overland adventure in the bus to Bima, Sumbawa. In Bima, you will resume the exhausting trip to Sape. As you kiss the land in Sape, you can take a ferry to  Labuan Bajo.

In addition tourists can also visit Labuan Bajo by sea. It is very convenient if you join one of the liveaboards serving Komodo and Flores. Many travelers come home satisfied after a week or longer on one of these around eastern Indonesia, as they get wise enough to choose the package, perfect timing, and best spots. Make sure the time of visit and weather condition fit one another. Never speculate on one aspect that will put you hapless.

Once every two weeks, Tilongkabila from PELNI is the ship cruising from Beno, Lembar, and Bima. It also crosses the Java Sea to Sulawesi’s east coast. Tatamailau from the same company plies Maumere, Timor, and West Papua.

Various hotels are on offer for tourist including Puri Sari Beach Hotel, Jl. Pantai Pede, Labuan Bajo, Flores, East Nusa Tenggara .

The hotel is located at the western coast of Flores Island  with 21 rooms of this hotel face a beautiful green garden, a scenery rarely found in hotels in Labuan Bajo. Featuring the unique combination of traditional Flores as well as modern touches, the hotel also comes with a swimming pool and a beautiful stretch of beach. The Putri Sari also provides various activities such as canoeing, fishing, and motorcycle rental. Room rates start at IDR800,000.

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(Tour Viewers, photograph by Andika Nusanta Utama)