Labuan Bajo is located in Flores Island of Nusa Tenggara Timur, Indonesia. Besides serving as the starting point for Komodo National Park, Labuan Bajo is also the base for many dive centers that provide scuba diving trips to explore the wonderful surrounding sites in this area.

To get around Labuan Bajo, most people use private or rental vehicles. However, most accommodations and dive centers provide return transfers for guests. If you enjoy walking, you can also explore the city center on foot.

As the departure point to the famous Komodo Island, the home of the Komodo dragons, Labuan Bajo can be reached by 1.5 flights from Bali or any other destination. Besides the flights, this fishing town can also be reached by some ferries served by Pelni, but it can take days.

Best Things to Do in Labuan Bajo

Labuan Bajo is surrounded by a beautiful underwater world and smaller islands. Besides doing island-hopping, you can also make a day trip for snorkeling or scuba diving to some top sites, such as Kanawa and Seraya Islands, Castle Rock, Gili Lawa, Tatawa, Batu Bolong, Batu Tiga, Pink Beach, Manta Alley, etc.

However, please be aware that the current in most areas can be quite intense and more suitable for experienced divers. Make sure to let the diving company know your skill level so they can help you find acceptable sites.

If you are not into these extreme sports, staying overnight on the Phinisi boat is also an excellent way to enjoy the beauty in this area.

Besides going to the traditional fish market to buy fresh seafood, you can enjoy the evening by the sea while having dinner at the food stalls by the main road at the harbor or enjoying the city light and harbor view from the hilltop.

Top Destinations around Labuan Bajo

Labuan Bajo is surrounded by many smaller islands and beautiful beaches, and some of the favorites are:

  • Komodo Island
  • Padar Island
  • Kanawa Island
  • Gili Lawa
  • Pink Beach
  • Manta Point
  • Kelor Island
  • Bidadari Island
  • Taka Makassar Island
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Padar Island
Labuan Bajo - Taka Makassar Island
Taka Makassar Island

Other Interesting Places around Labuan Bajo

  • Goa Batu Cermin
  • Cunca Wulang Waterfall
  • Desa Wae Rebo
  • Lingko Spider Web Rice Fields
  • Todo Traditional Village
  • Kampung Tradisional Bena
  • Danau Kelimutu

Accommodation in Labuan Bajo

Varied accommodations are widely available in Labuan Bajo, to accommodate hundreds of thousands of tourists coming here each year, from budget options like One Tree Hill Hostel, Eco Tree O’tel, La Boheme Bajo; or mid-range hotels like Green Hill Boutique Hotel, Bintang Flores, Puri Sari Beach Hotel, Villa Seirama Alam, Laprima Hotel, Le Pirate, Mohini Resort; and more luxury resorts such as Plataran Komodo Beach Resort, Luwansa Beach Hotel, Sudamala Resort Seraya, and AYANA Komodo Waecicu Beach.