The Great Things You Have To Do In Indonesia’s Labuan Bajo

As one of Indonesia’s most underrated holiday destinations, Labuan Bajo is suitable for those who like an adventure. Labuan Bajo is a fishing village on the east coast of East Nusa Tenggara.

Labuan Bajo town is a springboard to the incredible nearby islands. The best time to visit this magnificent resort is from June to September, as the temperature during this time is just right for a pleasant holiday. The weather will not be too hot, and your plans will not be affected by heavy rains (especially during the monsoon season in December).

1. Experience the marine life

The only way to go to other islands around Labuan Bajo is by boat, and there are many travel agencies offering island tour packages in the Flores region, including Komodo. The tour package includes accommodation on board and halal meals (available on request). Living on a boat for a few days, being away from civilization is a wonderful experience, especially if you live in the city. Experience the simple life on board through “kampong style” meals and basic facilities. Some boats will even take you to a fishing area where you can fish for your food.

2. Walk with Komodo dragons in Komodo National Park

Visit Komodo National Park in Indonesia, which spans three main islands in the region: Komodo, Rinca, and Padar (UNESCO named it a World Heritage Site and Human and Biosphere Reserve). To protect the entire biodiversity of the national park, including the fragile Komodo dragon and its habitat, protection efforts have been conducted.

3. Hike up to Padar Hill to enjoy the magnificent scenery

Padar Island is a must for those looking for a good workout. However, keep in mind that this is not a “walk in the park” hike. Uneven terrain can be challenging for some people, and in hot weather, it can put a lot of strain on the body. You should have plenty of water on hand to replenish moisture and carry it lightly, preferably with hiking boots.

Although it is exhausting to climb Padar Mountain, every drop of sweat is worth it! The landscape at the top of the mountain is so beautiful that people forget that they were tired from the beginning.

4. Snorkeling on the beautiful coral reefs of Kanawa Island

It is true that beautiful islands surround Labuan Bajo, but its treasures are located under the sea. Beautiful coral reefs can be found near the coast of several islands around the Flores area, Kanawa Island. Resort Island may be a bit remote, but it has some beautiful underwater aquatic life. There are different kinds of fish and corals on Kanawa island.

5. Swim with stingrays at Manta Point

Swim or snorkel in the open waters of Manta Point or Karang Makassar, is Flores’ hidden treasure. If you are a confident swimmer, jump into the deep, open ocean from your boat and swim in the area to find stingrays. Explore the seabed while snorkeling. You may be lucky enough to see these majestic creatures. Do not touch them as it can be harmful to stingrays or even you. If you are lucky, you may find a huge stingray much larger than you are.

6. Go to Batu Cermin Cave

It is just a warning, but this trip may not be suitable and is not recommended for claustrophobia and night phobia (those who are afraid of the dark!). Batu Cermin Cave (meaning Mirror Rock Cave) was once an underwater cave, a short drive from Labuan Bajo town that needed a 10-minute drive from Komodo Airport. This huge cave is filled with fossils of prehistoric aquatic life and fine limestone formations. Sunlight enters through a small hole in the upper part of the cave, reflecting the limestone formation, hence the name. The cave’s dark and humid environment makes it the perfect home for unique bats and insects.

7. Observing Bat Migration on Karon Island

A trip to Karon Island (or Bat Island) may be a once-in-a-lifetime sight so it is a must. Capture the beautiful sunset behind the mangroves of Karon Island. If you arrive in time, you may see the migration of the flying foxes. When your ship is docked in the middle of the ocean, prepare your camera to see this epic wonder.

8. The hospitality of the locals

Although it is anticipated to be Indonesia’s next tourist spot, Labuan Bajo has a small population, and the traffic is not as bad as in other Indonesian cities. The locals live a quiet and simple life without the pressure of a bustling city. The people of Nusa Tenggara are generally very friendly and willing to spare no effort to help those in need. The locals speak their mother tongue (such as Manggarai), but due to the influx of tourists, most of them, especially the boatmen, can speak Indonesian and even English.

What are you waiting for? Book your tickets now and spend an unforgettable holiday on the beach, sun, and sea.

Whether your trips take you on a long stroll on beaches, delicious cuisines, relaxing spas and resorts, or urban attractions, additional research will give you the best experience for your visit. Get to know more about Labuan Bajo by visiting Wonderful Indonesia.