Labuan Bajo, Flores, is located in a half moon bay surrounded by hills that rise steeply from the shore. The setting is picturesque with breathtaking views at sunset. We offer tours to this place and you can find out more here – https://tourinindonesia.com/labuan-bajo/
To help you make the most of your trip to Labuan Bajo we’ve made a list of 10 things to do. We’ll start the list with the essential guide of things to do in the city, before sharing other ideas for things to do around the town with you. Oh, and in case you missed it, I’ve already made an article on the best places to stay in the town. Let’s get started!
Most tourists looking for things to do in Flores come to visit the island of Komodo, home to the famous Komodo dragons. To see the Komodo dragons you will have to join a Komodo Island tour with one of the rangers. There are a number of set hikes to choose from ranging from the short hikes, which take 20-30 minutes, to overnight hikes where you get to camp on the island. The best time to visit the island of Komodo is in the early afternoon when the big Komodo dragons are sitting lazily in the shade and the baby dragons are wandering through the wilderness.
Padar Island is in my opinion the natural highlight of the Komodo islands. The island is famous for the viewpoint from where you can see the three beaches of Padar Island (one is white, one is pink and the other is a black sand beach). The best time to do the climb is in the early morning for sunrise. Be warned there are Komodo dragons on the island and they hang around in the shade of the rocks (which is where you will want to be).
Manta Point is one of the most famous sites for diving near Labuan Bajo. This is the place where I met turtles talking to manta rays… But more seriously it is one of the best Komodo Island diving sites. The reason Manta Point is so popular is the strong nutrient rich current that flows through the strait that attracts large schools of Manta Rays. Manta Point is recommended for divers who have experience with drift dives.
If you are wondering what to do in Labuan Bajo then I would recommend joining a live aboard boat tour around the Komodo islands. There are a number of different options available depending on your budget and interests. If you are only visiting Labuan Bajo for a short stay then I would recommend a 3 day 2 night boat trip. This will give you the chance to visit Komodo Island, swim at the Pink Beach, hike Padar Island and more. There are live aboard packages that fit most budgets. You can book a cabin on a boat in Labuan Bajo.
We have open trips on this dates , check this link – https://tourinindonesia.com/labuan-bajo-island-public-tour-3d-2n-sleep-in-boat/
One of my favorite things about Labuan Bajo is the view you get overlooking the harbor at sunrise and sunset. Watching the colors of the bay change from orange through to red and purple (or the other way round) is just amazing. So when you visit Labuan Bajo, please, please, please book a hotel on the hill with a good view. There are a couple of great places to choose from. A few choices I recommend include Sunset Hill Hotel (the name is a giveaway), Green Hill Boutique Hotel and Golo Hilltop. If you budget allows, you can stay in Ayana Hotel. It is really worth the money.
Komodo is the largest of the 27 islands in the Komodo National Park and there are a lot of things to do on Komodo. After seeing the Komodo dragons the next activity on most Komodo Island tours is a visit to the Pink Beach. The beach gets its name from the red grains of sand, which is created from the grains brightly coloured coral, that give the Pink Beach its distinctive colour. Alongside taking photos of the beach you can also go snorkelling through the coral reefs that are located just offshore. It’s a beautiful place to swim through and explore, but watch out for the strong offshore currents. You can find more information about the beach here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ekn20FUMDWg.
Amelia Sea View is a famous viewpoint outside of Labuan Bajo. The hill overlooks a bay on the opposite side of Labuan Bajo. There are no hotel developments yet on this part of the island. This means beautiful views overlooking rolling green grassland with palm trees. It’s a beautiful setting and a nice thing to do in Labuan Bajo for sunrise. There is a hotel here, Sylvia Resort. If you walk 5~10 min from the hotel, you will find the Amelia Sea View.
Rinca Island is actually the best place to see Komodo dragons. Like Komodo, if you want to see the Komodo Dragons you can join a hike around the island. The hikes are a lot shorter than on Komodo Island, because the island is a lot smaller. While there is a small chance to see the Komodo Dragon on a hike around Rinca, you are almost certain to see the dragons by the ranger station. The Komodo Dragons hang around in groups around the kitchen.
The Paradise Bar is a chilled out reggae bar with beautiful views overlooking Labuan Bajo bay and looking out over the ocean. The bar gets busy with tourists at sunset. In the evening a live band plays covers of famous songs. When I visited there was a nice mix of locals and tourists, which helped to give the bar a nice atmosphere. The food at the bar is nothing special, so I recommend eating at the fish market before or after you visit, but their beers are cold.
If you have a very short amount of time in Labuan Bajo, but you want to see a lot while you are there you can hire a speedboat in Labuan Bajo. The cost of a speedboat with fuel starts at around Rp 10,000,000 a day, which is quite expensive. You can visit up to four sites on a speedboat tour of the Komodo islands. For instance, you can watch sunrise from Padar Island, visit Rinca Island for the Komodo dragons, go snorkelling at the Pink Beach and go diving (or snorkelling) at Manta Point.
Alternatively, you can just take our public one day Tour – https://tourinindonesia.com/labuan-bajo-public-day-tour/