Labuan Bajo is part of a larger region in Indonesia, called the Flores. Once a small fishing village and now a bustling tourism city, Labuan Bajo, is the main entry port to the habitat of the endangered Komodo lizards, which are found only on these islands. The islands are surrounded by an amasing underwater wonderland, pristine beaches and the fascinating nature of the Komodo national park Moreover, Flores itself offers a wide variety of attractions from trekking up mountains, wonder at the tricolour crater lakes of Mt. Kelimutu see the unique circular spider web paddy fields at Ruteng, rushing waterfalls, and go back in time and experience living megalithic villages like Wae Rebo and more.
How to go to Labuan Bajo?
You can take direct flights from Suekarno-Hatta airport in Jakarta to Komodo Airport in Labuan Bajo or one-stop flight via Bali to Labuan Bajo. Direct flight will take around 2h 35 minutes from Jakarta to lbuan Bajo and one-stop flights via Bali may take up to 5 – 8 hours. Garuda Indonesia operates direct flights to Labuan Bajo’s Komodo Airport from Jakarta six times weekly except Saturday. The plane leaves at 10.05 West Indonesia Time and arrives at Labuan Bajo (LBJ) at 13.35 East Indonesia Time (there is a two hours’ time difference), while the return flight departs Labuan Bajo at 15.00 hrs, and lands in Jakarta at 16.10 hrs all local times. Batik Air has flights through out the week starts from Rp 2 million (one-way) and Garuda Indonesia starts from Rp.2.6 million (one-way) direct flights to Komodo Airport in Labuan Bajo.
If you take one-stop flight it will be mainly via Bali. Sometimes transits may take up to 8 hours depending on the carrier, date and time you travel. From Bali to Labuan Bajo a flight will take around 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Alternatively, there are boats or ferries departing from Kuta, in Lombok, to Labuan Bajo. While this can be an eventful experience, it takes more than a day to reach Labuan Bajo, inclusive of the bus ride transfers as well.
Places to visit
The park consists of 3 large islands – Komodo, Padar and Rinca Islands and 26 small islands, with total area of 1733km2. Komodo National Park is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, dedicated specifically for the protection of the Komodo Dragons, which is unique to this region, as well as other marine species, such as the Pygmy Seahorse, Whale Sharks, ad Eagle Rays among many others. You can take Komodo National Park Boat from Labuan Bajo port to Komodo.
This island is a must visit for those who love nature and great views. The island is known for its beautiful curved beach, surrounded by majestic, green hills overlook it. Every angle of the island is a picture-perfect moment that you wouldn’t want to miss. For those who love photography, hunting the sunrise and capturing the incredible scenery on Padar Island, will be a moment in a lifetime. The fastest way to get to Padar Island is by a boat from Labuan Bajo, which roughly takes about 2-3 hours.
Aside from Lombok, Komodo Island located in the west side of Labuan Bajo is another place with a gorgeous Pink Beach. As one of the only seven pink beaches in the world, Pink Beach, offers a nice retreat for relaxation and enjoying clear waters. This beach is pink in colour due to the presence of a microscopic animal called Foraminifera, which produces a red pigment on the coral reefs. As the pigments mix with the white sands on the beach, it forms a beautiful pink shore, which has attracted many visitors from all over the world to visit it. You can take a boat from Labuan Bajo port towards Komodo and stop directly at Pink Beach.
Rinca Island is a small island off Komodo Island and Flores Island. It is the biggest of the 3 Komodo National Park islands. As such, most tourists come to Rinca Island to catch a glimpse of the Komodo Dragon, an animal that can only be found in this region. To get to Rinca Island, you can take a boat from Labuan Bajo port that roughly takes about 3 hours to get to Rinca Island.
Taka Makassar is a very tiny island, situated close to Komodo Island and Manta Point. It is a fantastic spot to snorkel or dive with the different kinds of marine animals. Apart from that, you can have a relaxing time on the beach. Enjoy the calm, blue waters and soft sands. Also, the best time to visit the island is during the low tide so that the atoll is more visible You can get there by boat from a nearby island, Manta Point, and the journey will take approximately half an hour.