Boasting Komodo National Park, the UNESCO World Heritage and surrounded by Komodo Island, Rinca, Padar, dan several exotic islands, Labuan Bajo is your worth visit. If you are with me to visit the western tip of Flores Island, these are 6 top things to do. Save in your ultimate bucket list!
First, discover Komodo in Komodo Island and Rinca
The islands of Komodo and Rinca are well-known as home to the world’s largest poisonous lizard, named Komodo. You can explore the giant lizard wilderness by trekking on foot. Rangers will assist you in trekking routes both short and long to penetrate the savanna landscape where several Komodo dragons take shelter behind. Rinca Island is actually the best place to see wild Komodo dragons. If you are lucky, you can capture the frightening behaviour of the dragons that are preying their target. For security reasons, women who are menstruating are prohibited from doing this trekking. There are around 3,300 Komodo dragons living on Komodo Island and 1,300 Komodo dragons on Rinca Island.
Second, snorkel and dive around Komodo Island
Trip to Labuan Bajo is incomplete without diving at world-class underwater sites scattered throughout the Komodo National Park. So, hire a boat and navigate yourself to several foremost dive points for exploring the richest marine biodiversity such as Manta Alley, Yellow Wall, Manta Point and Cannibal Rock. Don’t miss Pink Beach, the exotic beach on the island of Komodo that features red grains of sand. The picturesque of the distinctive color beach treats your souls to enjoy its clear crystal water and move your body to swim or go snorkelling through the coral reefs as well as to take some shots to capture the unique floras and faunas that inhabit offshore
Third, take a photograph on the top of Padar Island
The beauty of Padar Island is still mesmerizing. You can make a hike to the highest point of the island for splendid 360-degree viewpoints combined with three colors of sandy beaches of the island; white, pink and black. For those of who like photography, hunting for the sunset or sunrise with its unique views of Padar Island is a highly recommended.
Fourth, explore Batu Cermin
The Batu Cermin Cave is one of tourist attractions that close to Labuan Bajo. The highlight of the exotic site is the crystals in the rock that reflect the sunlight. The natural cave which was first discovered in 1951 by a Dutch Catholic missionary named Theodore Verhoven has a height of about 75 meters with an area of 9 hectares. This cave also has a depth of up to 20 meters. Make sure you are accompanied by a local guide so you don’t get lost. The best time to visit the caves is between 9 -10 in the morning when the sun comes through a hole in the rock illuminating the crystals
Fifth, cool off your body in Rangko Cave
Exactly, on the northern tip of Labuan Bajo, Rangko Cave offers the beauty of a natural cave with stalactites and stalagmites in a very clear blue underground pool. You can swim in this pool to enjoy the freshness of the water in the ocean cavern. The pool water tastes salty. You need to be careful so you don’t get hit by stalagmites around the pool. Make sure to explore the cavern is at noon. At that time the intensive sunlight enters the cave to make the pool water look very blue and clear. It is free to visit. Just hire a boat to get a close to the spot that will match your soul.
Sixth, do trekking Cunca Rami Waterfall
Labuan Bajo is also known for its beautiful waterfalls. Head to Cunca Rami. Just a 90-minute drive outside of Labuan Bajo to enjoy the natural piece of paradise that captivates visitors who love nature adventure. You must go through a fairly challenging trekking path, passing through the Mbeliling forest. Once you arrive at the spot, you are rewarded by the natural panoramic view combined with the details of the waterfall that falls from the top of the cliff