Labuan Bajo is the capital of the district of Manggarai Barat (West Manggarai) and is located at the westernmost tip of the island. Its 30,000 residents mostly make their living on water. This is reflected by the busy bay fully laden with spider-like trimarans, canoes of different sizes, sailing vessels, and motorized boats.
Labuan Bajo is the gate to explore the giant dragons on Komodo and Rinca Island, as well as its surrounding islands. In recent years, Labuan Bajo gradually turned into a busy spot because of the divers and the increased number of Komodo visitors. Today, this town offers a wide range of tourist facilities. You can easily book your stay, plan your trip with different kinds of boats, dine in Western, Asian, and Indonesian restaurants, enjoy the aroma of the famous local coffee at coffee shops, walk through the busy Kampung Ujung street, and lastly buy local souvenirs for your lovely family and friends.
Labuan Bajo’s most significant features are probably its magnificent ramshackle harbor dotted with small islands and its hard-to-beat colorful sunsets. It is almost a must-do for visitors to hike to one of the surrounding hills or mountains to enjoy a perfect panoramic view over the harbor and the innumerable coastal islets with their strips of white-sandy beaches.
Padar Island is the third largest island in the Komodo National Park, located between Komodo Island and Rinca Island. It is widely believed that Komodo Dragons lived there in the past; however due to illegal hunting and the lack of natural prey of the Komodo Dragons, nowadays, it’s very difficult to spot them anymore in the island. However, other wild animals such as wild boars still are roaming around.
Padar Island is considered one of the most photographic places thanks to the spectacular view from the summit, where you can enjoy breathtaking view of the blue ocean and white sandy beach below.
Komodo Island is the biggest island in the Komodo National Park with an area of approximately 390 hectares. It is home to Komodo Dragons, giant lizards which is one of the most endangered species in the world. The island also has more than 2,000 inhabitants, mainly descendants of Bugis tribe from Sulawesi Island.
The main attraction on the island of course is the Komodo Dragon itself, although you can also spot other wild animals like snakes, birds, horses, and many more. All of them live comfortably in the island. Apart from animals, you can do more things, such as trekking and diving. The destination is Ara Mountain. During the trip, you may witness both beautiful scenery and animals. The best spot is Water Hole, the nest of Komodo Dragons. The animals gather here for drinking and resting. The land is mostly covered by meadow and there are numerous types of grasses as well. The hills are similar to a desert landscape. Komodo Island also features some beautiful beaches and wild bushes. The sea is so calm that makes it a perfect location for diving. Both the sky and the sea are blue. The beaches feature beautiful white sand and corals. The waves isn’t too strong either. Not to mention it is quite warm, especially during summer. Diving is another fun activity in Komodo Island. The sea features different types of coral reefs. You can also find many types of fish like dolphins, whales, mantas, sharks, etc.
Pink Beach, or Pantai Merah, as it is aptly named, is one of seven pink beaches on the planet, and is just one of the many amazing features of Komodo Island that make it truly a Natural Wonder of Nature. This exceptional beach gets its striking color from microscopic animals called Foraminifera, which produce a red pigment on the coral reefs. For this reason, it is called Red Beach in the local tongue. When the tiny fragments of red coral combine with the white sands, this produces the soft pink color that is visible along the shoreline. Aside from Pink Beach itself, a few small segments along Komodo Island’s eastern bay also have a pinkish tint.
TLocated at the north east of Komodo entry point called Loh Liang, Pink Beach is one of a must-stop beach after trekking in Komodo Island. It is just less than 15 minutes with the boat from the Loh Liang boat jetty. Once you are there, you will be tempted to jump off the boat and start exploring the beauty of underwater world. Coral reefs here are so healthy and colourful which makes it a perfect spot for snorkelling.
Kanawa Island, located approximately 15 kilometers from Labuan Bajo at the border of Komodo National Park, is considered to be one of Southeast Asia’s most idyllic islands, fully surrounded by a spectacular reef with thousands of fish species, turtles, corals, reef sharks, and mantas. A small hill in the middle of this untouched island guarantees a spectacular view over the national park and to Labuan Bajo Bay. From here, you can enjoy the most breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, clear blue sea and different color of sea plants and animals to satisfy your eyes.