Flores is a fascinating and beautiful island, long hidden in the shadow of its more famous neighbour, Bali. The island of Flores is finally emerging as a unique destination of its own. Situated in the province of East Nusa Tenggara, Flores is a long island that has some of the world’s best kept secrets. A chain of volcanoes stretches the lengths of this 450 km long and narrow island, creating complicated v-shaped valleys and knife-edged ridges – terrain that was near impenetrable until recently and has separated the island into many distinct ethnic groups. Visit the lair of the Komodo Dragons and spend time to marvel at some of the wonders of Flores, such as swim in pristine lakes and waterfalls, dive at one of the 50 spectacular dive sites, go kayaking among craggy coasts and mangrove shores, explore mysterious caves and be warmly welcomed by the island’s people in their rituals, dances, and daily life.
On the westernmost tip of the Island of Flores, the town of Labuan Bajo,or also spelled Labuhan Bajo sits peacefully: a small fishing site with surprisingly comprehensive tourist facilities. The central logic for its wide range of amenities is the extraordinary interest of travelers to the existence of the Komodo dragon, locally calledora, if not for its superb national park that encompasses some 80 islands.
Facing two important islands – Rinca and Komodo – the only habitat in the world for the mythical and endangered species, the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis), the town of Labuan Bajo acts as a transit port and a destination to Flores’s newly discovered interior. The town at the most western end of Flores provides a place to stock up on groceries and other necessities for those traveling on liveaboards to the islands or further east. Prior to entering the Indonesian version of Jurassic Park, travelers will seek for important information in and around this busy port.
Aside from the assortments of good tourist accommodation, the town itself is quite poor in functioning infrastructures. Expectations should, therefore, be curbed to a moderate level, especially when going on a city tour on your own, where you will find the town somehow pretty simple. Fortunately, it is quiet so that heavy traffic is unlikely. Although watching a colourful sunset over the romantic bay from a restaurant on a hill is quite a stunning experience.
To most travelers and to westerners who own many businesses here, the developing town is somehow favorable and even romantic. The view on wooden cottages with thatched roofs camouflaged by shrubberies and towering trees up in the sloping township, overlooking an idyllic harbour, make an evening conversation with traveling partners an unforgettable experience. For some adventurers, Labuan Bajo can be an ideal getaway.
Real dragons spurt no fire, have no need to fly and cast no magic spells. But still, one look from them might make you speechless. The Komodo Dragon (Varanus Komodoensis) is an endangered secies which can only be found in the Komodo National Park (KNP) in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT). Because of the unique and rare nature of this animal, KNP was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986.
The park includes three major islands: Komodo, Rinca, and Padar, and many smaller islands together totalling 603 km2 of land. The total size of Komodo National Park is presently 1,817 km2. At least 2500 Komodos live in this area.
Komodo National Park has a rich and amazing underwater sea biotica. Divers claim that Komodo waters are one of the best diving sites in the world. It has fascinating underwater scenery. You can find 385 species of beautiful corals, mangrove forests, and seaweeds as a home for thousands of fish species, 70 types of sponges, 10 types of dolphins, 6 types of whales, green turtles and various types of sharks and stingrays. Or you can do some diving activities in Komodo Island.
A clear blue sky above, with fluffy white clouds drifting lazily across. Rolling green hills, covered luxuriantly in thick vegetation, interspersed with high, rocky cliffs. Calm, clear waters, tinted by the colorful corals beneath its surface, and alive with the movement of a hundred species of marine life. Last, but not least: a stretch of soft sand, but not white, not black, but PINK!
Pink Beach, or Pantai Pink, as it is aptly named, is one of seven pink beaches on the planet, and is just one of the many amazing features of Komodo Island that make it truly a Natural Wonder of Nature.
Indulge your senses in the natural beauty and exotic charm that is Komodo Island. Relish the seclusion of a deserted beach on an uninhabited island, with not a soul in sight save your own travel team and guides. Take a moment to appreciate panoramic views of turquoise seas, green rolling hills, blue skies and fascinatingly pink sands. Aside from the obvious relaxation amidst this picture perfect scenery, Komodo is not short of interesting activities to partake in.
Once you have finished taking in the magnificent surroundings, take a dip in the waters and uncover the marine beauty that Pink Beach has to offer. Amazing corals of all shapes and sizes jut from the sea bed, many even visible while still aboard your vessel.
Obviously snorkeling and diving have become a sort of compulsory activity while visiting this beach. The corals of the Pink Beach’s underwater gardens are in excellent condition, with hundreds of species of both soft and hard corals, and thousands of species of fish. Pink Beach is a terrific choice for snorkelers and beginner divers as even the shallow waters are home to an abundance of species to keep you more than entertained. Of course, there is much more to see the deeper you adventure.
The island of Kanawa only some 15 kilometers from the growing fishermen’s town of Labuan Bajo on Flores, is fringed with a bed of coral reefs teeming with colorful fish all around. Its turquoise water is exceptionally calm and clear. Swimming and snorkeling are most poular family activities here. Dive down the sea from the jetty, and meet schools of fish that cloud the stilts. Hours would pass so quietly as you are busy with all of these beach activities.
The island of Kanawa has two bulging hills with fantastic panorama from its hilltop. Covering only 32-hectare or less than 80-acre land, the island is a hideout from the hidden, yet so close to the burgeoning harbor of Labuan Bajo.
There is nothing you can do on the island, except everything that the water and the land of the national park around it have to offer. The observation of the Komodo dragon, the water buffalos of Rinca, the male and female palm trees, the savanna of Monkey Mountain in Rinca, and the scenic landscape of the national park are equally astonishing. Moreover, diving and snorkeling in crystal clear waters are just a short walk away when you stay on Kanawa instead of Labuan Bajo.
An Italian citizen has rented the property from a local and brushed the entire island with his natural touch. The 14 wooden bungalows built here camouflage the fantasy of a paradise on earth. Amongst sparse beach vegetation that grows between a rocky hill and turquoise water, the eco-friendly property is a delightful ambush. People do not wish to leave too soon. It’s a seamless haven.
The Starfish café is part of the resort, a hang out place to read the travel book, or share stories with the entire world. There are also diving enthusiasts who love to share their latest engagement with the mantas, the wobbegongs, the whale sharks, or the pigmy seahorse found in the diving spots around the island. The music usually turns to become lively during the evening after a time-lapsing moment passing the unworldly episode of a golden sunset.
Klayap team will pick you up at Labuan Bajo Airport or Maumere Airport ; just look for someone with a board with your name on it at the arrival gate.
The first spot we will visit is Rinca Island or Komodo Island. After arrive in there, we will do some trekking around the island to see the World’s Largest Lizards: Varanus komodoensis or more familiar called Komodo. The trekking will be accompanied by Ranger of the Komodo National Park.
After finishing trekking in Rinca or Komodo Island, we will go back to the ship for lunch on board. And then go to the Pink Beach. At Pink Beach, we will enjoy the beautiful beaches that have sand-colored in pink. Spend our time for swimming, snorkeling or just relaxing on the beach! After enjoying the Pink Beach, you will continue the journey to Padar.
Plus, enjoy the sunset in Flores water above the ship. Amazing! Dinner will be carried on board. Dinner on the boat! The evenings will be free time, enjoy the silence of the night in the middle of the ocean, or want to hold a party on the boat? Why not..Just do it!
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*Meals: Lunch and Dinner (L, D)
If we are lucky, we will enjoy a beautiful sunrise in the middle of the sea in the morning. Before start trekking to explore the Padar island, we will have breakfast on board. After arrive at Padar Hill, we will enjoy the beautiful landscape of this island from the heights.
After enjoying the view from the height of the Padar island, we will return to the ship and head to Kanawa Island. Before exploring Kanawa Island waters, we will have lunch on board with a menu that Klayap has prepared.
Finished breakfast, we will explore the waters of Pulau Kanawa. Swimming & Snorkeling Time! After that, we will return to the ship and right away go back to Labuan Bajo.
In the late afternoon, we will arrive in the port of Labuan Bajo and check in to our hotel in Labuan Bajo. It will be free time for us in the evening, to roam around the small town of Labuan Bajo.
*Meals: Breakfast and Lunch (B, L)
• 1 nights accommodation
Komodo Boat (1 night)
Share Cabi/Room (2 person in 1 room); With AC; Toilet inside the cabin
Inclusive of fuel costs, parking & toll fees, and drivers’ expenses
and many more
• Explore Flores Oversea
Komodo Island | Rinca Island | Kanawa Island | Padar Island | Pink Beach
• Snorkeling equipment
Inclusive of mask, snorkel, fin and life jacket
• Ranger at Komodo Island
• Meals as stated in the itinerary
• All permits, entry fees and activities stated in the itinerary
• Mineral water during the trip
• Guide and/or Tour Leader
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