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Written by Junanto Xu
Co-written by Beverley Lennon
Edited by Beverley Lennon

Where can you sail around pristine islands and live on a boat at an affordable price in Southeast Asia? Nowhere except at Komodo islands!

These paradise islands with gorgeous scenery, pretty pink sand beaches and crystal clear waters form part of Flores, which is just an hour’s flight from Bali. While every inch of Bali’s popular beaches is often crowded with tourists, these relatively untouched tropical islands guarantee you more privacy with ravishing lagoons and even greater outdoors and sceneries.

If you’re ready to explore somewhere a little more rugged, Komodo Islands is the best place to start with.

So hop on board a wooden boat and sail out into the Flores Sea, lounge in the sun on a pink beach, snorkel in clear waters and come face to face with the giant lizards! With this guide, you’ll get to know the ins and outs of Komodo Islands and Flores – when to visit, how to get there, recommended tour companies, places to eat and stay, as well as things to do (besides visiting the dragons)!

Now this castaway paradise with dramatic vistas is a travel dream come true!

Read more:

25 Exotic natural, cultural, and traditional attractions in Flores you have never heard of

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Sponsored by AYANA Komodo Resort

Every room here comes with million-dollar views! – AYANA Komodo Resort Waecicu Beach

Get ready to be pampered to the core at AYANA Komodo Resort Waecicu Beach; this resort sets a high bar for style and comfort in the archipelago. With Labuan Bajo being a bustle-free island, you are in for a peaceful stay. In fact, if you ask me – it’s a pleasure to experience such luxury away from predictable Bali.

Nothing beats the ultimate privacy and remarkable service you get at the resort – it is definitely where you want to be while on holiday in Flores. Checking into AYANA Komodo Resort is an experience unlike any other. Once you walk into your ocean-view room, you’ll be transported to a whole new world.

I mean, look at those morning blues you could get from here! The views from around the sprawling property are just ridiculously stunning, making it hard to even contemplate venturing out. Not to worry as there’s plenty to do – from sunrise to sunset at their UNIQUE Rooftop Bar and dinner at the stunning Kisik Grill!

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But once ready to let go, you might want to step out and sign up for their in-land day tours to fully immerse in culture and nature or hop on their daily boat trips to explore off-the-beaten-path islands!

And if you want to take in everything from this utterly beautiful paradise, our best advice is to opt for an experience of a lifetime. Get your Crusoe on and consider their luxurious cruise experience aboard AYANA Lako di’a – an impressive way to hop from one island to the next, in all comfort and luxury!

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1. Getting to Labuan Bajo

If you’re boarding an international flight, the island can be reached via Jakarta or Bali. From either of the two cities, you can then take a domestic flight to Labuan Bajo in Flores, this is the hub for Komodo Island tours. A flight from Jakarta to Labuan Bajo will take about 2.5 hours whereas the trip from Bali will only take one hour. Another alternative route popular among those with plenty of time is a multi-day trip by boat from Lombok – Bali’s sister island.

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Step 1: Take a flight from Singapore International Airport via Tigerair, AirAsia, Garuda Indonesia, SilkAir or Singapore Airlines to Bali. Flight duration: 2 hours 40 minutes. Return flights from SGD 175.

Step 2: Take a flight from Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport via Garuda, NAM, Wings to Komodo Airport, Labuan Bajo. Flight duration: 1 hour and 35 minutes. Return flights from SGD 161

Total cost: SGD 336

Step 1: Take a flight from Kuala Lumpur International Airport via Malaysia Airlines, Malindo Air, AirAsia to Bali. Flight duration: 3 hours. Return flights from RM 468.

Step 2: Take a flight from Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport via Garuda, NAM, Wings to Komodo Airport, Labuan Bajo. Flight duration: 1 hour and 35 minutes. Return flights from RM 484

Total cost: MYR 952

Take a flight from Soekarno Hatta International Airport in Jakarta via Batik Air to Komodo Airport, Labuan Bajo. Flight duration: 2 hours 20 minutes. Return flights from Rp. 3,807,000.

Take a flight from Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport via Garuda, NAM, Wings to Komodo Airport, Labuan Bajo. Flight duration: 1 hour and 35 minutes. Return flights from Rp. 1,752,000

2. Getting around Flores’ islands

Komodo Islands + more!

Before embarking on an adventure to conquer Komodo Islands, first, you need to find a solid fleet and fellow pirates to help you along the journey!

Due to the islands’ remote locations, we recommend a liveaboard experience (living on a boat while you sail from island to island) with these trustworthy tour companies. Come “eat, sleep, repeat” onboard for an adventure of a lifetime:

TripCanvas Tip Why opt for a liveaboard instead of day trips? We think day trips are a tad rushed, and you’re often given half an hour to an hour at any given location, because the sailing distances can be far, especially if you’re travelling to Komodo Island itself or Padar Island. With a liveaboard, you can afford more time at each place!

2a. Sail in style like real travel influencers – Le Pirate (Explorer)

You’ve probably seen this liveaboard experience all over your social media feed. With its distinctive Santorini-coloured boats, Le Pirate Explorer is a favourite among most travel influencers. Sailing in style is guaranteed while they take you to explore Komodo Islands most awe-inspiring scenic spots.

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While you live on board you get to enjoy the unparalleled advantage of waking up right in the middle of the ocean, followed by exciting snorkelling sessions with gentle sharks and manta rays.

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This barefoot luxury experience guarantees the best unobstructed sunset views while you sip on wine and relish at the stars coming into the show! The staff accompanying you bring a unique touch to the overall experience and trust us, you’ll leave with new friends!

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Le Pirate (Explorer)

Price: From Rp 9,300,000 for 4D3N (Approximately USD $611.57)/ cabin (for 2 persons). Inclusive of meals and snorkelling equipment (includes 2 nights at sea, 1 night at Le Pirate Private Island)
Contact: +62 361 845 2780

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2b. Experience luxury in the middle of the ocean with jacuzzi and more! – Magia II

Magia II is a treasure above the water. This luxury yacht (renovated in 2019) sails around Indonesia’s most beautiful groups of islands – it can take you to the Komodo Islands, Spice Islands or even to the magical Raja Ampat.

Aboard, you get to see the wonders of the archipelago in all luxury – even while soaking in a jacuzzi located on the deck of the master room.

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The cruise is a destination on its own – it comes with a bunch of water sports equipment which you can use while onboard, all meals, snacks and drinks (non-alcoholic) are included.

Eventually, for this level of utmost luxury, you will need to charter the whole boat but it is an exclusive experience like no other (if you have the means or reason to do so).

Just looking at pictures make me think that there’s no reason to spend time onshore rather than onboard while cruising aboard Magia II – a 5-star yacht experience.

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Magia II

Rates: Full yacht charter (4 cabins, 8 guests, 9 crew) for Komodo Islands from USD $5500 (Approximately Rp. 78,097,800)
Contact: +62 812 38310 629 (Whatsapp)

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2c. A liveaboard experience for every budget – Wunderpus Liveaboard

With spacious and comfortable cabins, great food and crew, it is no wonder that Wunderpus collects over 300 excellent reviews!

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Come and let your worries float away as you are assisted by their friendly and knowledgeable staff who cherry pick the best spots for you to explore! Though you’ll be set right in the middle of the ocean, food offered is fresh and never boring. The chef varies your daily menu with an array of Western options to local Indonesian seafood feasts!

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Most importantly, Wunderpus puts your safety as their top priority and if you’re a diver, this might be your best option – they know all the ‘secret spots’ you might not want to miss! 😉

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Wunderpus Liveaboard

Price: From Rp 7,000,000 for 4D3N liveaboard (Approximately USD $458.30) per person. Inclusive of meals and snorkelling equipment.
Contact: +62 821 4480 2882

Note: All Wunderpus liveaboard trips are scheduled and pre-planned on specific-date basis. Check out their schedule here.

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2d. One for the divers and sea lovers! – Wicked Diving Tour

Are you a diving enthusiast on visit to Komodo Islands for its remarkable underwater world? If so, you should definitely consider sailing on board of Wicked Diving Tour.

Yes, it is about to get wicked my friends! The company focuses on diving trips for experienced divers who wish to explore the beauty of Komodo stunning marine life. But if you’re an amateur still wants to head underwater and explore the beauty of the ocean, we would recommend you to opt for their snorkeling tour first!

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Depending on the ocean currents, they will bring you to different diving sites where you’ll get plenty of time to come face-to-face with the most peculiar marine creatures, amidst lively flamboyant coral gardens.

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Their most popular diving sites include Cauldron, Tatawa, and Batu Bolong, these are top-divers’ favourite spots as you get to swim with the special ones; the Whitetip reef sharks and Hawksbill turtles.

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Wicked Diving Tour

Price: From Rp 8,461,000 for 4D3N liveaboard (Approximately USD $556) per person. Inclusive of meals and snorkeling equipments (diving gear are available for rent).
Contact: +62 813 3911 0589

Note: All liveaboard trips organised by Wicked Diving Tour are scheduled and pre-planned on specific date basis. Please contact them directly  to confirm availability.

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2e. Be the captain of your own adventure – Komodo Alor

If you prefer to take control of your own journey and decide which islands you want to visit, Komodo Alor is a good option to consider. From the must-visit islands of Rinca, Padar, and Komodo to the non-mainstream ones like Kanawa and Kelor Island, you can mix and match as you please, just ask and you’ll receive!

Komodo Alor is most suitable for those traveling in groups and who enjoy time with family and friends. Opting for a chartered boat gives you the freedom of travelling at your own pace!

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Komodo Alor

Price: From Rp 9,000,000 for 4D3N liveaboard boat charter (Approximately USD $591.40). Inclusive of meals and snorkeling equipments.
Contact: +62 821 4570 4054

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3. Exotic islands you need to explore

One of the greatest things about Komodo Islands is its collection of exotic islands dotted around the mainland. Every single one of them possesses a mesmerizing charm and uniqueness that is bound to capture your heart!

3a. Meet the world’s last dragons! –  Komodo Island

Update: Komodo Island will be closed temporarily from January 2020 for a year, to improve its conservation efforts and increase the population of the Komodo dragons

Step into Indonesia’s Jurassic Park (Komodo National Park) and witness the giant lizards roam and rule the island. The park was selected as one for the New7Wonders of nature and is home to the closest relative of the dinosaur!

Prepare your weapons (camera or selfie sticks) and capture this magical moment. Share your victorious moment.

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After your dragon hunting adventure, head to the Pink Beach and see how Mother Nature worked her magic. The pink sand contrasting with the clear blue sea water is second to none; it is indeed a rare sight that looks straight out of a postcard!

Komodo Island

Entrance Fee:
Weekdays:
Rp. 5,000 for locals and USD $10.20 for foreigners
Weekends & Holidays: Rp. 7,500 for locals and USD $25.30 for foreigners
Diving: Rp. 25,000 (Approximately USD $1.10)
Snorkeling: Rp. 20,000 (Approximately USD $1.36)
Trekking: Rp. 5,000 (Approximately USD $0.35)
Wildlife Observation: Rp. 10,000 (Approximately USD $0.70)
Local Government Fee: Rp. 20,000 for locals and USD $3.40 for foreigners
2Ranger Fee (Group of 5): Rp. 80,000 (Approximately USD $5.45)
Getting there: Organize a boat trip from Labuan Bajo. It will take around 2 to 3 hours to reach Komodo Island by speedboat and around 5 hours by wooden boat.

3b. Check out this savannah-like island! – Gili Lawa Darat

You must have heard the tragic news about Gili Lawa Darat – this stunning island was subject to a terrible fire incident back in 2018, burning down hectares of savannah which served as habitat to various species.

Fast forward to 2019, it seems like the island was potentially restored. In fact, if you’ve signed up for a liveaboard experience, chances are that you’ll be spending the night moored near Gili Lawa Darat as the waters here are calm at night. The savannah here changes colour from green to yellow, depending on the season.

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But if you just want to come over for a day trip, consider stopping by at sunset as the scene turns magical. You just have to go up the hill for a short 20 minute before you get to bask in stunning views of the bay.

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And if you’re a real diving lover, here’s a tip – the ‘passage’ between both Gili Lawa Darat and Gili Lawa Laut is known to be one of the best underwater museums in Flores so don’t miss it!

Gili Lawa Darat

Getting there: Organise a local boat from Labuan Bajo or simply opt for a day cruise from Le Pirate. If you are on a liveaboard, check with the company whether they’re covering this particular island!

3c. Embark on a dragon-spotting adventure – Rinca Island

Are you in quest of relishing on a real-life dragon? Well, you might want to start your journey here because the chances of encountering them on Rinca Island are more promising than on the other surrounding islands!

Adventurers who embark on this journey must sail for one hour from Labuan Bajo before stepping on the Land of Dragons. Upon arrival, you might be lucky enough to spot one or two lazy Komodo Dragons basking under the sun (you know, just collecting tan lines like us)!

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Locals say that the population of Komodo Dragons here is higher than on Komodo Island hence your mission will be far from impossible! However, the dragons here tend to be aggressive and fierce so always remember to keep your distance and stay alert at all times.

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Besides its extended dragon family, Rinca Island is also known for its epic trekking trail! Enjoy a forever-changing panorama while you visit the island! Vast savannahs, majestic hills, azure sea waters, and a stunning shoreline will please your eyes and leave you speechless!

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Rinca Island

Entrance Fee:
Weekdays: Rp. 5,000 for locals and USD $10.20 for foreigners
Weekends & Holidays: Rp. 7,500 for locals and USD $25.30 for foreigners
Diving: Rp. 25,000 (Approximately USD $1.10)
Snorkeling: Rp. 15,000 (Approximately USD $1)
Local Government Fee: Rp. 20,000 for locals and USD$3.40 for foreigners
Ranger Fee (Group of 5): Rp. 80,000 (Approximately USD $5.45)
Getting there: Organize a boat trip from Labuan Bajo. It will take 2 hours by using wooden boat from Labuan Bajo.

3d.“♫ I’m on top of the world, hey! ♫”:  Padar Island

A must-stop of the trip – Padar Island! This is where you get to relish on panoramic views of majestic green hills, azure waters and a spectacular stretch of white sand beach; all at once!

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We deem it as a “postcard-perfect place to see before you die!” Make sure your phone camera roll is empty and that your digital camera has an extra memory card. Go forth and explore this way-too-beautiful island and let your eyes explode with its gorgeousness.

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Padar Island

Getting there: Organize a boat trip from Labuan Bajo. It will take around 3 hour and 30 minutes by local wooden boat and around 1 hour and 30 minutes by speedboat from Labuan Bajo.

3e. Watch flying foxes fly some errands during sunset time: Kalong Island

The mangrove forests in Kalong Island are home to thousands of bats. As the sun goes down, it’s time for the bats to wake up. Come and watch hundreds of them go on their food hunt mission, flying out from the forests in a perfect synchronised manner.

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Their dark silhouettes cast out a dramatic shadow in the sky orange glow – a unique award-winning show illustrated by Mother Nature!

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Kalong Island

Getting there: Kalong Island is located 8 km from Labuan Bajo port, and the boat ride takes about 1 hour.

3f. An almost-private island: Kanawa Island

Here, you can almost have an island all to yourself – isn’t that a dream come true?

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If you get tired of lazing on the beach, go grab your snorkelling equipment and explore the marine life on the reefs!

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Kanawa Island

Boat Transfer: Rp.100,000( Approximately USD $7.50)
Getting there: There is a boat service from Labuan Bajo to Kanawa Island at 12 noon every day, and the boat ride takes about 1 hour.

3g. Spend a romantic getaway on a private paradise island – Le Pirate Private Island

Ahoy, little pirates! Get ready to set sail on a journey to a private island with just you and your loved one.

This tropical playground is a perfect place to celebrate love! Stroll by the beach hand in hand, explore the underwater scene together, laze by the beach and sip on cocktails, feel as free as a bird in this paradise as you enjoy exclusivity and intimacy!

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If you fancy some shade or a nap, head to the beach hut that overlooks the stunning sea, lay down in your lover’s arms while your dreams become reality! During sunset, you’ll be blessed to witness the ball of fire sink into the horizon, setting place for a mesmerizing milky way.

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Le Pirate Private Island

Rates: From Rp. 1,500,000 (approximately USD $98.43)
Getting there: Le Pirate will provide transit boat from Labuan Bajo. The trip will take around 1 hour.

3h. This island brings you to French Polynesia! – Gili Lawa Laut

Scenic views and alluring landscapes – this is what you’re in for at Gili Lawa Laut.

The tranquil bay here is famous for night dives as you can spot on interesting and unusual water creatures at the submerged rock but what makes the island more special is the views it has to offer once you hike to the top of its hill.

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On the East side of the island, you can also find some good spots for snorkelling and though the island is quite popular for its underwater world, there’s plenty of time where you could be the only ones here as usually, liveaboard boats depart once the sun is up!

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Gili Lawa Laut

Getting there: Organise a local boat from Labuan Bajo or simply opt for a day cruise from Le Pirate. If you are on a diving boat, you’ll most probably be stopping by here!

3i. Laze on the white sandy shore: Bidadari island

This beautiful white sand beach is ideal for a private getaway. You can stop here during an island-hopping boat trip to have a swim and enjoy the beach on your own!

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P.S. This has the same name as another island in Thousand Islands (near Jakarta).

Bidadari island

Getting there: Organize a boat trip from Labuan Bajo. The island is located 30 minutes away by boat.

3j. Explore a beautiful island with spectacular views – Kelor Island

This hidden gem offers a rewarding hike to its visitors.

While you could simply laze on the sparkling white sands and let the azure blue water wash your worries away, we would highly recommend you to make it to the top of the hill to enjoy endless views and take it the 50 shades of blue the ocean has to offer!

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Kelor Island

Getting there: Organize a boat trip from Labuan Bajo. It will take around 30 minutes by local boat.

4. Where to fill in your tummy in Labuan Bajo

Places to eat at

What’s a trip to an island if you do not indulge on fresh seafood while admiring the gorgeous endless ocean views? Here are the some recommended restaurants in Labuan Bajo where you can have feast both eyes and stomach:

4a. Indulge in a seafood galore with ocean views at Tree Top

We can’t possibly think of a better way to start your trip in Labuan Bajo than dedicating it to seafood. Head over to Tree Top and we hope you secure a seat on the top floor, as you’ll get to feast your eyes on endless ocean views, dotted with sailing boats. This is a guaranteed treat for both stomach and eyes!

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We recommend you to order their grilled fish, chili crab, and chili squid, These delicacies are freshly caught daily so you can expect a real sea-to-table experience!

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Tree Top

Price Range: Rp. 28,000 – Rp. 100,000 (Approximately USD$1.90 – 6.80)
Address: Jl. Soekarno Hatta, Labuan Bajo, Komodo, Kabupaten Manggarai Barat, East Nusa Tenggara
Contact: +62 623 854 1310
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 9am – 11pm

4b. Reward yourself with a glorious dining experience! – Atlantis on the rock

If you want to turn your night in Labuan Bajo into a luxury romantic treat, Atlantis on the Rock is the best choice!

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Settle in at sunset time for drinks and munchies and as the sun sets low, you can opt for their seafood options (best paired with wine!). This open-air restaurant offers magnificent views of the ocean but does not compromise on service as well!

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P.S. We also heard that sometimes, on clear nights, you can even see the Milky Way at Atlantis!

Atlantis on the rock

Price range: Rp. 44,000 – Rp. 294,000 (Approximately USD $3 – USD $20)
Address: Waecicu Beach, Labuan Bajo, West Manggarai, East Nusa Tenggara
Contact: +62 361 411 388
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 10 am – 11 pm

4c. Dine on a boat deck! – Atlantis Beach Club by Plataran Komodo Resort

We sure know that Bali is the land of 1000 beach clubs but did you know you could find similar vibes in Labuan Bajo? Drop by Atlantis Beach Club and enjoy the pleasures of a swimming pool, pool bar, restaurant and regular live music/DJ performances! The beach club was realaunched in 2018 and its fully renovated space is waiting to welcome you!

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A good way to make the most of the atmosphere here is by indulging in their delectable seafood platter and lobster bisque. They also have some good deals during happy hour and the views at sunset time here are incredible.

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And if you’re not driving around by your own, they offer free shuttle service around the area so you don’t really have to worry about having a couple of drinks more!

Atlantis Beach Club by Plataran Komodo Resort

Price range: From Rp. 60,000 (Approximately USD $4.20)
Address: Jalan Gorontalo, Pede Beach,, Labuan Bajo, Macang Tanggar, Komodo, Flores, Nusa Tenggara Tim., Indonesia
Contact: +62 811 3822 239
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 11am-11pm
BBQ on the beach: Fri– Sun 5pm-9pm
Happy hour: Mon – Sun 4pm-6pm

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4d. A seafood feast you’re not ready to forget- Bajo Bay Fisherman Club

How can you leave Flores without a local seafood feast? Come to Bajo Bay Fisherman’s Club and chomp on their mouthwatering seafood with stunning bay view.

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No seafood could go wrong here! But if you’re really hungry from the snorkelling or island hopping, order their grilled seafood combo which comes with humongous prawn, spicy squid, and scrumptious fish!

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Bajo Bay Fisherman Club

Price range: Rp. 40,000 – Rp. 150,000 (Approximately USD $2.70 – USD $10.12)
Address: Jl. Ikan Kerapu, Labuan Bajo, Komodo, West Manggarai, East Nusa Tenggara
Contact: +62 852-1164-5907
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 10 am – 11 pm

4e. Your morning caffeine fix – Kopi Mane Inspiration

Is your daily good mood sponsored by coffee? Treat yourself with a warm hug in a mug at this traditional little cafe! All you need is a cup of local Flores coffee and some local breakfast items to keep you going through the day.

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If you are not rushing for time, you might want to engage a conversation with the cafe owner as he is a huge coffee enthusiast and will be glad to share the stories behind his coffee making!

Kopi Mane inspiration

Price Range: Rp. 10,000 – Rp. 30,000 (Approximately USD $0.66 – 1.97) for drinks and Rp. 15,000 – Rp. 35,000 (Approximately USD $0.98 – 2.30) for food
Address: Jl. Soekarno Hatta, Labuan Bajo, Komodo, Kabupaten Manggarai Barat, East Nusa Tenggara
Contact: +62 623 854 1310
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 9am – 11pm

5. Where to get a good sleep in Labuan Bajo

Places to stay at

5a. Every budget traveler’s top choice: Ciao Hostel

On the lookout for a value-for-money stay? One of our friends stayed here and was fully satisfied for the amount paid and the service received. Where else can you find ocean views at affordable rates?

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The hostel is accessible after a short hike up a hill but that also means that you get to enjoy stunning views from your stay – be it in the morning when you get out of bed or while you enjoy breakfast at the onsite restaurant!

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Come join other adventurers and leave with new friends!

Ciao Hostel

Rates: From USD $9.50 per night for shared room (Approximately Rp. 144,326)
Address: Jl. Golo Silatey, 86554 Labuan Bajo, Indonesia
Contact: +62-812-3896-8983
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5b. A back-to-nature retreat in paradise – Villa Seirama Alam

Isn’t it just wonderful to wake up to stunning views of ocean while being surrounded by lush greenery?

Villa Seirama Alam is a little paradise that offers serenity and awe-inspiring views for travellers to rest and relax after their long tiring adventure day hopping from one island to the next and exploring the underwater world.

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Villa Seirama Alam

Rates: From USD $50 per night (Approximately Rp. 759,613)
Address: Jl. Soekarno Hatta, Labuan Bajo, Indonesia
Contact: +62 813 5377 9942
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5c. Enjoy a killer sunset view from the infinity pool – La Cecile Hotel

We’re grateful for spectacular views but something we enjoy even more is to soak in an infinity pool to take in the magnificent vistas!

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The staff at the hotel will make sure you never want to leave, they’re incredible in the sense that they will make each and every guest feel special. Since it is newly opened as at 2018, you can expect clean rooms  (though you won’t spend much time in there). Free shuttle service is offered from Labuan Bajo centre as well as from the airport!

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La Cecile Hotel

Rates: From USD $51 per night (Approximately Rp.774,805)
Address: Jl. Golo Silatey Lingk. II Labuan Bajo, Indonesia
Contact: +62 385 2440 612
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5d. Spend the night at a floating hotel! – Le Pirate Boatel

With plans to spend my birthday around Flores, I had done tons of research on potential hotels to stay at before leaving for our liveaboard experience and of course Le Pirate brand was one we’ve been eyeing on.

Truth is, they’re quite popular across Indonesia as they have hotels around Nusa Ceningan, Gili Trawangan and more. Oh, but they also have a good presence on Instagram and honestly, I can’t wait to get some pictures at their mainland hotel!

I was delighted to read about Le Pirate Boatel which is a floating hotel – that is, not a cruise ship as it is moored 10 minutes away from the main harbour so you can wake up in the middle of the sea without really being far away from land. They operate on a barefoot policy and meals are communally served.

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Personally, I think it’s a special experience for those who are opting out of the liveaboard experience or simply want to get a taste of it (or also if you have seasickness, this is your next best alternative)!

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Le Pirate Boatel

Rates: From USD $35 (Approximately Rp. 499,747)
Address: Jl. Soekarno Hatta, Labuan Bajo, Komodo, Kabupaten Manggarai Barat, Nusa Tenggara Tim. 86754, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 8452780
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5e. A pool you might not want to live – Mohini Komodo Resort

Want views? Mohini Komodo Resort got you some stunning ones right from their infinity pool or from your villa.  The resort is located in the north of Labuan Bajo, very close to the port connecting to Komodo National Park in the region of Waecicu, away from the bunch of hotels down in the harbour town.

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Booking one of their nine villas means you sign up for ultimate tropical comfort. Whichever you decide to settle for – superior, deluxe or suite, comes with complimentary sea views.

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But the best times here are spent at the pool. The resort’s elevated aspect affords sweeping vistas of the ocean, dotted with the nearby islands, best enjoyed at sunset with one of their fresh juices or cocktails from the pool-bar.

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Mohini Komodo Resort

Rates: From USD $66 (Approximately Rp. 942,724)
Address: Jalan Pantai Waecicu, sebelah Hotel Plataran, Labuan Bajo, Komodo, West Manggarai Regency, East Nusa Tenggara
Contact: +62 8233 928 3208; +62 8229 909 9070
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6. Best time to travel

Anytime is a good time to visit Flores as every different season has its own uniqueness, except February, which is the rainy season. April till June marks the end of the rainy season and it is the perfect time to dive and enjoy the lagoon.

To witness the komodo dragons, we recommend you to visit during the period of July to September because this is the mating season for the giant reptiles, but do note that this is also the peak season in Flores, so you can expect a lot more tourists and higher prices. If you plan to go trekking, do visit during the dry season from April till late October.

7. Length of stay

Your ideal length of stay in Komodo Island will depend on how you wish to explore the area.

If you wish to spend most of your time onboard and do mostly island hopping and diving during the whole tour, we recommend a minimum stay of 4D3N.

But if you want to explore Komodo Islands and still wish to wander through inland Flores, a 5D4N itinerary would be a more reasonable option.

No time restriction? Explore the depths of Flores throughout a full week!

8. Tips and Scams

Now that you are ready for Jurassic Park, prepare your weapons (selfie sticks and camera) for the exotic adventure! Tell your friends about your next escape, tag them below and help them plan theirs too!

PLEASE NOTE: All the above information is correct at the date of publication. If you come across any changes or updates, please let us know and we will update the information accordingly. Thank you!
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