LABUAN BAJO THE HIDDEN HEAVEN IN EAST INDONESIA

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 Labuan Bajo is the hidden heaven in East Indonesia. This village is located in Komodo Subdistrict, West Manggarai Region, East Nusa Tenggara Province that is directly adjacent to West Nusa Tenggara and separated by Sape strait.


Because of the enchanted ecosystem, Labuan Bajo becomes a well-known super priority tourist destination. Labuan Bajo is the Capital of East Manggarai Region facilitated with dock transport, harbor and airport.


Labuan Bajo has a great number of tourism sites. Some of the famous sites are Komodo Island, Pink Beach and Manta Point.


The island is called Komodo Island because of the existence of Komodo dragons. It is said that Komodo dragon is the only species that survived the Mount Krakatau eruption, which caused a giant tsunami. As Komodo dragon is the largest legendary reptile, it is one of the protected species in Indonesia. The Komodo Island has become the National Park and recognized as the world heritage site by UNESCO.


Besides, Labuan Bajo also offers the exotic Pink Beach. It is one of the seven pink sand beaches in the world. The broken shells and the marine organisms are the source of the pink color. 


Pink Beach can be an attractive photo spot to capture the moments with the scenery that can’t be found at other places. Besides beautiful beach, Pink Beach also possesses the outstanding underwater views. Various species of fish, coral reefs and marine biotas make their home in the sea.


Visitors can do the activities they like as the conditions allow, such as snorkeling or scuba diving. It’s a pity to skip these amazing physical exercises. Snorkeling becomes the popular sport here. The clean seawater helps tourists enjoy watching the beautiful underwater park. Snorkelers can snorkel farther or near the shore. 


Besides snorkeling, scuba diving is the choice for the tourists. They are able to see the unknown sea creatures, fishes and colorful coral reefs. 


Rinca Island is also a must visit place and it still belongs to the group of Komodo Island. It is quite close to Labuan Bajo, so that Rinca Island can be the first place to visit.


The popular highest spot on Rinca Island is the mountain that is 670 meters above the sea level. The landscape around Flores Island can be clearly seen from the peak of the mountain. You can meet the Komodo dragon while you are in this area. The educational tour becomes more complete with environmental conservative activities, which grows mangroves on the beach of Rinca Island.


Rinca Island is the first destination to set foot on and Kelor Island is the last of the Sail Komodo Tour Program. It needs 40 minutes to sail to this island by speedboat from Labuan Bajo. The popular activities on the island are trekking to the mountain peak and snorkeling.

The underwater panorama of Kelor Island is able to mesmerize the snorkelers. Tourist can stay overnight by setting up tents on the island. It is unnecessary to pay a fee to anyone. 


The next island to visit is Kanawa Island. It is the favorite area for tourists at Labuan Bajo. The underwater scenery is extremely challenging for those who like swimming and diving. The white sparkling sand stretching miles away and the blue seawater is indeed charming.


At sunset, everything looks attractive. Even ugly things look beautiful and the beautiful things look more beautiful than ever. Walking barefoot along the white sand or sitting on the beach watching the sun setting below the western horizon is really an exciting activity.


The other tourist attraction at Labuan Bajo is Gili Laba, which is a part of Komodo National Park. Gili Laba is a small island with awesome natural beauty. Standing on the peak of the green hill, looking at the blue sea will make us feel relaxed and comfortable. 


It is advisable to visit Labuan Bajo from February to March. The Komodo festival is held during these months. This cultural festival displays various traditional arts of Flores in front of the tourists. It is so interesting to watch the dancing and listening to the songs. There is no extra charge to join the locals for a series of festivals.

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