- EXOTICISM of Komodo dragons in Komodo National Park in East Nusa Tenggara has been closely related to the lovely Labuan Bajo. Thus, visiting Labuan Bajo without dropping in Komodo Island will make your travel meaningless
Labuan Bajo can be said to be a newly developed destination in eastern Indonesia. To be precise, Labuan Bajo Village is located in Komodo Subdistrict, West Manggarai District, East Nusa Tenggara Province. It borders with West Nusa Tenggara and is separated by the Sape Strait.
Labuan Bajo is one of five Super Priority Destinations being intensively developed by the Indonesian government, other than Borobudur (Central Java), Lake Toba (North Sumatea), Mandalika (West Nusa Tenggara) and Likupang (North Sulawesi).
Labuan Bajo now coming with a good marina is the gateway to the Komodo National Park holding the enchanting natural beauty and ancient Komodo dragons having famous roaming around on Rinca Island, Gili Motang and Komodo Island, a row of exotic islands.
What to do?
The Labuan Bajo area is a strategic spot to enjoy the beauty of the sunset, not far from Komodo International Airport. Just choose, the destination of Bukit Cinta, Puncak Amelia, and Puncak Silvia, to capture the magnificent sunset here.
Apart from that, there is also Rangko Cave which has the charm of an oasis with its saltwater pool which is so refreshing. For fans of short trekking, you can make a visit to Cunca Wulang Waterfall nature tourism.
Well, what’s no less exciting is trying to stay on a phinisi boat for a few days while sailing and visiting the beautiful islands. In addition, if you like diving, by chance there are also diving spots here to witness the special underwater beauty of Labuan Bajo.
Labuan Bajo and Komodo National Park are an inseparable entity. To visit Komodo National Park, visitors can use ferries or fast boats. There are many departure options from morning to evening.
In 1991, Komodo National Park was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site which includes Komodo Island, Rinca Island, Padar Island, and several surrounding islands. The presence of the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis) was first published in a scientific journal in 1912 written by Pieter Antonie Ouwens, Director of the Bogor Zoological Museum.
Komodo National Park
While in Komodo National Park, visitors can witness several interesting attractions. One of the highlights is the opportunity to take pictures with Komodo dragons, rare animals in the world. Of course, this will become a unique and unforgettable experience for a lifetime.
Another photo spot is Padar Island which is iconic and contoured by hills with a gradation of blue sea in the background. Kelor Island is also interesting with views of the clear blue sea seen from the top of Kelor Island. You will probably really like this place. The climb is not very high. From the top, you can see the ocean and the surrounding islands, as well as the boats!
Very, very beautiful, what an amazing hike, what an exotic place! Maybe you should get the experience yourself. The hill is so beautiful, can’t even describe how beautiful it is.
One more spot that must be visited is Pink Beach or known as Pantai Merah by local people. The spread of pink sand is really tempting. Why is the sand on this beach pink? It is said, the pink color comes from microorganisms called Foraminifera and after that they give red pigment to coral. Furthermore, the corals are carried by the waves to the coast. Arriving at the beach, they wexe crushed into flakes and fine grains which are now pink beach sand.
A number of starred hotels have been available here to host your sojourn in order you can spend more time to explore the magnificence of Labuan Bajo and its surrounding destinations.