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Scuba Diving

If you are visiting Labuan Bajo, a dive in Komodo is a must do! It’s a fin’tastic choice as Komodo National Park is renowned as one of the top scuba diving destinations in the world. Recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as one of the worlds ‘New 7 Wonders of Nature’.

Komodo National Park is located within the Coral Triangle which homes some of the healthiest coral reefs you could imagine. Comprising of nearly 600 different species of coral, 6 of the worlds 7 sea turtles, giant manta rays, over 3000 kinds of tropical fish and much more. The tropical fish ID book could pretty much be your logbook entry for the day!

So whether you’re a manta lover, nudi-obsessed, a shark fanatic, a coral enthusiast or a current junkie, the choice really is a no-brainer because Komodo has it all! Dive in from Labuan Bajo and see for yourself.

Komodo dragons

Jurassic Park? No, no! Komodo National Park. There be dragons here! Komodo dragons are an endemic species and are the largest lizards on earth, growing up to a humungous 3 metres/10 feet and can weigh more than 130kg / 20 stone.

Born out of an ancient legend, these carnivores are known to locals as “ora’s”, which means land crocodile.

Fancy the chance to meet these unique creatures? It is one of the Top things to do in Labuan Bajo, and we can arrange a trip to either Rinca or Komodo Island for you to get up close and personal with them in the wild. (Although, we don’t recommend getting too close, respect their space).  No zoos, no feeding, no fences; just you, the dragons and a ranger with a really big stick.

Island hopping

Did you know Indonesia is the biggest archipelagic country on the planet? With over 17,500 islands your trip wouldn’t be complete without exploring at least a fraction of these spectacular havens.

During the dry season, the islands within Komodo National Park are mostly rugged, volcanic, dry savanna, yet quickly turn to a lush jungle green come wet season. Drastically different, yet equally stunning!

Some of the islands, such as Pulau Padar, provide picturesque hikes leading to dreamy panoramic views. Komodo even boasts of a rare pink sand beach – 1 of only 7 in the world. And along the way, you may even stop at one of the manta points for the chance to snorkel with these gentle giants. Bucketlist, check!

Waterfalls

Got an extended surface interval? Or just want to get out there and explore? Why not go and discover some of the many waterfalls of Flores. We recommend renting a motorbike to drive a scenic route to the 30-metre tall Cunca Rami Waterfalls in the Mangarrai Barat District. Before you arrive at the falls, you’ll find yourself strolling through lush jungle, rice paddies and small bamboo villages. Aptly, Cunca Rami translates to “waterfall in the jungle”.

Our other recommendation is Cunca Wulang Canyon, which lies about 30km to the East of Labuan Bajo. This one is for the true adventurers! Cunca Wulang delivers exquisite swimming spots and the most beautiful hikes in the middle of the jungle! Think winding canyons and flowing rivers that run into blue fresh-water pools with cascading waterfalls of all sizes. It’s a medium-impact hike from Wersawe village to Cunca Wulang where you’ll be met by picturesque views of vivid green rice paddies, different kinds of plantations (including coffee and vanilla) and tropical rainforest before arriving to the haven of Cunca Wulang.

Caves

Uncover some of the spectacular caves of Flores. Not far from Labuan Bajo, lies Batu Cermin Limestone Caves where you will witness a remarkable light show. Generated by the sun, light beams through a hole in the cave and hits the mirror-like rock surface. This is how Batu Cermin came to be named. However, it’s not just the caves that are attractive about this location! The setting provides a stunning panoramic view over the mainland and is encircled by rainforest habitat where long-tailed monkeys and wild boars roam free. A great place to visit if you have a free morning or afternoon.

Also around 45 minutes away by car, you can discover Rangko Cave & Traditional Village – or “Goa Rangko” as it’s known locally. You will take a short 15-minute boat ride and a stroll over a wooden bridge elevated above the sea with its colourful corals. The cave is filled with many stalactites and a natural pool of crystal-clear, turquoise salt water. A special and unique spot to swim. The best time to visit Goa Rangko is at noon during low tide.

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