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On the westernmost tip of the Island of Flores, in the town of Labuan Bajo, or also spelled Labuhan Bajo, sits a small fishing site peacefully with surprisingly comprehensive tourist facilities. The central logic for its wide range of amenities is the remarkable interest of travelers to the existence of the Komodo dragon, locally called ora, if not for its superb national park that encompasses some 80 islands.

To most travelers and also to westerners who own many companies 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 harbor, make an evening conversation with traveling partners an unforgettable experience. For some adventurers, Labuan Bajo can be an ideal getaway.

Get There

Labuan Bajo is accessible by air, land, and sea. Its favorable location on the Island of Flores and entry port to the Komodo islands make Labuan Bajo a potential growing destination, aside to its rich agricultural potentials.

By Air

Flying to Labuan Bajo is feasible for the Komodo Airport is open for operation. Transnusa Airlines are directly connecting Labuan Bajo with numerous cities in Indonesia, like! Denpasar, Kupang, Ende, and Mataram. With connecting flights, Labuan Bajo is also connected with Kalabahi in Alor. It also connects with Bajawa, Sikka, Manggarai, and Larantuka via Ende, Kupang, Maumere, Ruteng, and Tambolaka. Please go to its website for more detailed flight schedules.

Overland

An overland trip across the Island of Flores is possible but pricey, connecting Labuan Bajo in the westernmost part to the renowned destinations in the eastern region. A bus from Denpasar, Bali, would probably go to Mataram in Lombok. From there you’re set to take a long overland adventure in the van to Bima, Sumbawa. In Bima, you’ll resume the exhausting trip to Sape. As you kiss the land in Sape, you may take a ferry to Labuan Bajo.

By Sea

It’s very convenient if you join one of the liveaboards serving Komodo and Flores. Many travelers come home satisfied following a week or longer on one of those around eastern Indonesia, as they get smart enough to choose the package, perfect timing, and best spots. Ensure that the time of visit and weather condition fit one another. Never speculate on one aspect which will put you hapless.

Once every fourteen days, Tilongkabila from PELNI is the ship cruising from Beno, Lembar, and Bima. It also crosses the Java Sea to Sulawesi’s east shore. Tatamailau through the same company plies Maumere, Timor, and West Papua.

Marta Felix

The author Marta Felix