Labuan Bajo is located in Flores Island of Nusa Tenggara Timur, Indonesia. Besides serving as the starting point to Komodo National Park, Labuan Bajo is also the base for many dive centers that provide the scuba diving trips to explore wonderful surrounding sites in this area. To get around, most people use private or rental vehicles. However, most of the accommodations or dive centers provide return transfers for the guests. If you keen on walking, it is also possible to explore the city center on foot. If you plan to get to nearby towns towards the East of Flores, you can travel by public bus or chartered car from Labuan Bajo.
As the departure point to the famous Komodo Island, the home for the komodo dragons, Labuan Bajo can be reached by 1.5 flights from Bali or any other destinations. 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 to find the acceptable sites for you.
If you are not into these extreme sports, staying overnight for safari trips on the phinisi is also an excellent way to enjoy the beauty in this area. If you have some time to explore the neighborhood of Labuan Bajo city, you can reach some nearby attractions and do some fun activities such as trekking, visiting the waterfall, and exploring the diverse beaches. Besides going to the traditional fish market to buy the fresh seafood, you can also enjoy the evening by the sea while having dinner on 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
Other Interesting Places around Labuan Bajo
- Goa Batu Cermin, 6 km (3.7 miles) from Labuan Bajo
- Cunca Wulang Waterfall, 39 km (24 miles) from Labuan Bajo
- Desa Wae Rebo, 57 km (3.54 miles) from Labuan Bajo
- Lingko Spider Web Rice Fields, 110 km (68.3 miles) from Labuan Bajo
- Todo Traditional Village, 115 km (71.4 miles) from Labuan Bajo
- Kampung Tradisional Bena, 279 km (173 miles) from Labuan Bajo
- Danau Kelimutu, 453 km (281.4 miles) from Labuan Bajo
Accommodation in Labuan Bajo
Varied accommodations are widely available in Labuan Bajo, to accommodate hundred thousands of tourist 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 Resort.