Labuan Bajo is an amazing coastal city with
many fish. It is the entry point to the Komodo National Park (KNP) and
Flores. Although it does not have any interesting beaches, its islands
near the city (e.g., Bidadari, Kanawa, and Serayu islands) offer
various types of coastal and marine sites of interest to visitors.
Labuan Bajo has spectacular scenery at sunset as many small islands
silouette in the distance crating a dramatic magical effect.
Administratively, Labuan Bajo is the district capital city following
the endorsement of West Manggarai Barat as an autonomous district
(recently separated from Manggarai district). Now, star-rated hotels
are currently being built in this city. Prices of strategic lands have
increased as the strong tourism potential around Labuan Bajo attracts
many major investors.
Everyday, there are two to three flights from Bali to Labuan Bajo by
Transnusa, IAT (Indonesia Air Transport), and Merpati. In addition,
there is a twice a week flight from Kupang. Inter-island motorboats from
Sape in West Nusa Tenggara are also available everyday (when the
weather permits), and the Pelni ship from Bali and Lombok makes a stop
over here every two weeks.
Land transportation from the East (Flores mainland e.g., Ruteng,
Bajawa, Ende and Maumere) is also available. If you are interested in
making a long trip in Flores, you can start from Maumere to the west
i.e., to Moni, Kelimutu, Ende, Bena, Bajawa, Ruteng and lastly Labuan
Bajo (Komodo) or vice versa.
You can take a rented car or travel car from Komodo airport to any
place on the Flores mainland. The rate depends on your negotiation but
currently it is about Rp500,000 per day. Hotels can help you find a
For your mobility within the city, bemo (traditional public
transportation) and motor taxis are available, but their business hours
stop after 21:00. If you want to go to nearby islands, such as Komodo
and Rinca, rented motorboats and speed boats are available at the port.
Nearly all interesting sites in Labuan Bajo are located on islands at
its front. Most of these islands are unoccupied and you can go there
for sunbathing, diving or snorkeling. Bidadari Island has a beautiful
beach for sunbathing. Its water is good for snorkeling and diving.
Kanawa and Kukusan Kecil Islands are also good for snorkeling and
diving. In addition, Serayu island has white sand and beautiful corals.
Labuan Bajo has many hotels for backpackers. It also has expensive
and luxurious hotels. At present, Hotel Bintang Flores, (0385-42000/
www.bintangflores.com) located by Pede beach, is the best and most
luxurious hotel in Labuan Bajo. This four-star hotel has a restaurant,
bar, swimming pool, dive shop, and Internet facility. Its rate is in US
Near the Hotel Bintang Flores is the Bajo Komodo Eco Lodge
(0385-41391/ www.ecolodgeindonesia.com). Near the port, there is the
Gardena Hotel, Golo Hilltop, Chez Felix, Green Hill, Bajo Beach Hotel,
and Hotel Wisata. On Serayu and Kanawa islands, are the Serayu Island
Bungalows and Kanawa Island Bungalows.
Hotels usually have their own restaurants. Restoran Gardena (at
Hotel Gardena), for instance, is a favorite restaurant. Here, you can
find various types of European and Indonesian foods. It is famous for
its sweet & sour fish (Kerapu or tuna fish) and the amazing scenery
during sunsets. Other restaurants among others are the Paradise Bar and
Pub (near Golo Hilltop), Arto Moro, and Matahari (Paradise and Matahari
have beautiful views during sunsets).
You can buy souvenirs from kiosks and shops in Labuan Bajo,
particularly on Yos Sudarso Street. There, you can find local ikat and
songket woven fabrics, and wooden komodo statues.
Please make sure you bring along anti-mosquito or anti-malaria
medicine. Labuan Bajo is a malaria endemic area. Please bring along
sunblock, hat, and sunglasses. It is very hot during the dry season.
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