Fun Things To Do in Labuan Bajo, Indonesia

December 11, 2016

Best Things To Do in Labuan Bajo

As my plane was landing on the island of Labuan Bajo in Indonesia, I could see the turquoise water below me. The colors of the water was spectacular. I was excited to see the famous Komodo dragon, the largest mammal eating reptile on the planet. It was a wonderful sunny morning on the island of Labuan Bajo.

Face to Face with the Komodo Dragon

Soon after we landed at the airport in Labuan Bajo, we headed over to take a boat to the Komodo Island to see the World famous Komodo dragons. We were accompanied by a local ranger, who we called Komodo Kevin. Komodo Kevin walked around with a long fork like wooden stick that allowed him to deter the Komodo dragons. He looked serious about the job. We were told that women who had their periods had to be closely followed by the rangers, because the dragons could smell the blood from far away. We were followed around everywhere by the rangers, even to the toilet. After a quick lunch, we headed to the mountains to see these giant, vicious reptiles. We saw a large female dragon nesting. She created holes under the ground to lay her eggs underground. She looked lazy and couldnt be bothered by us. We were warned to stay away. Later, we saw four dragons hanging out in the sun.

Komodo Dragons in Labuan Bajo

Komodo Dragons in Labuan Bajo

One of them even had dried blood around his mouth. They were probably well fed and lazy, so they had no interest to come close to us at all. We took lots of photos with them, then we hiked a little longer to take a glance at the surrounding mountains and the beautiful nature.

Bat Watching Over the Kalong Island

After an amazing day of exploring the Komodo Island, we hopped back on the boat the see the bats flying out of their caves over the Kalong Island. We watched the sun going down reflecting in many different shades. Then suddenly, hundreds of giant bats started flying above us. The bats were as large as birds. We were sitting there watching them flying in large groups for about 20 minutes. We were fascinated by their sizes and their volume.

It was a spooky night in the dark, watching the bats flying above us. The night ended with dinner by the pool of our hotel.

Hiking Padar Island –  The Most Spectacular Place in the World

The next morning we took the boat to Padar Island. It was definitely the most beautiful place I have ever seen in my life. We hiked up to the top of the island in the sizzling heat. I was hiking in flop-flops. It was a bit dangerous as I was slipping down in the dust, but in the end, I managed to reach the top. The view from up there was spectacular. The scenery reminded me of the mountains in the Jurassic Park movie. Green mountains were surrounded by turquoise water. It was the most beautiful view I have ever seen.

On the Top of Padar Island Photo by Nala Rinaldo

On the Top of Padar Island Photo by Nala Rinaldo

Picnic Lunch on Pink Beach

After hiking to the top of Padar Island, we took the boat and headed over to Pink Beach to have lunch there. We sat on the pink sand and had some Indonesian picnic style food that the local ladies served us. The white sand, was colored by pink micro particles of corals. It was beautiful. The water was crystal clear and everyone jumped into the ocean right away after lunch to snorkel. A few of us jumped back on the boat and headed out to the deep water to scuba dive.

Pink Sand Beach in Labuan Bajo

Pink Sand Beach in Labuan Bajo

Scuba Diving in Batu Bolong

Diving in Batu Bolong was absolutely spectacular. It was a shallow dive, but the visibility was amazing, we saw a few large turtles in the water, colourful corals everywhere and large group of colorful fish. Some fish were huge. We saw deep coral walls and pinnacles. The water was really warm and when we reached the surface, we could see a giant full moon on the sky. The stars lit up the surface of the ocean. It was a beautiful night. We headed back on our boat in the dark to reach the shore. The dark was a bit intimidating and romantic at the same time.

Diving in Komodo, Indonesia

Diving in Komodo, Indonesia

Visiting Melo Village to See the Traditional Caci Dance

The next morning, we were taken to visit a traditional local village of Flores. After a winding bus ride from our hotel to the Melo Village, we were welcomed by a group of local men and women at the entrance. They were very excited to see us and they gave everyone an embroidered scarf as a welcome gift.

Caci Dance in Melo Village in Labuan Bajo

Caci Dance in Melo Village in Labuan Bajo

After they ushered us inside, they performed a traditional Caci Dance for us. Caci is a traditional fertility dance performed by two men who are competing against each other. It is a whip and a shield duel. Tension is created by the performers by running back and forth towards each other. In the end, the women participate in the dance too.

After the show, we were invited inside to taste their traditional spirit. The oldest member of our team got to sample the alcohol first. We were all delighted to start drinking early in the morning. Finally, we took photos with the performers and then said good-bye to them.

With the local Dancers at the Melo Village

With the local Dancers at the Melo Village

Lunch at Cucina – the Best Italian Restaurant in Labuan Bajo

After a short ride in our minibus, we reached the restaurant called La Cucina in Flores. The place offered the most delicious Italian food you could get in Asia. The restaurant had a cute atmosphere. We felt like we were sitting in someone’s kitchen in Southern-Italy. Everything was made of wood. The food was really tasty. They were serving us bruschetta, salads, pastas, pizzas. Everything was fresh and delicious. We could even order gluten-free pizza. This restaurant was a real treat after eating Asian food for 10 straight days.
From the restaurant we rushed to the airport to take off for our next and last destination, Bali. The Labuan Bajo airport was made of all glass. It was futuristic and modern. I felt like I was in a big modern city, not a small tiny island in Indonesia. Then w hopped on a plane and flew to Bali.

Disclosure: I participated in the above trip free of charge for the purpose of this article as part of the Wonderful Indonesia campaign. The article reflects my unbiased opinion about the country and I won’t recommend anything to my readers that I did not like.
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About Barbara

Barbara is a London based luxury travel and lifestyle blogger. She started traveling through Paris, London, New York, Milan, Tokyo at the age of 17 to conquer the World as a model. Ever since, she has visited 67 countries. She writes about the most exclusive jet-set destinations such as Cannes, Venice Film Festivals, Monaco Grand Prix, Oscar Parties in LA, Fashion Weeks in Milan or Paris as well as yacht parties in St-Tropez, Miami Art Basel, Biennale in Venice, Frieze in London or the Royal Wedding in Monaco.

  • Looks like an amazing place, I love that pink beach and the scuba diving looks amazing as well!

    • Barb

      Yes, Labuan Bajo was my favorite island on Indonesia! Yes, the Pink Beach was very special.

  • Such a lot of wonderful stuffs to do. The pink beach looks really enticing. I am keen to do the underwater first, amazing life there.
    I am craving to get there soon.

    • Barb

      You wont be disappointed by diving here. The underwater life is truly wonderful.

  • It looks like you had a fantastic time in Labuan Bajo! I’d love to see the Komodo Dragons, and the pink sand – and the view at the top of Padar island is to die for! I’m sold, how quickly can I get there!

    • Barb

      hahaha, I hope you will make it there soon. It is a truly wonderful island.

  • Amazing post! Absolutely love to visit Indonesia. I’d really like to see the Komodo Dragons. Lucky you and experienced it first hand. Seems like you had a great time exploring Indonesia. 🙂

    • Barb

      Yes, it was indeed magical. I loved every single minute of it. I can only recommend you to see it with your on eyes.

  • Nice post! We were big fans of Flores and traveling by boat along the Komodo Islands and Padar Island (probably one of the most beautiful scenic spots on earth) Glad to see that place again, such a beauty.

    • Barb

      That sounds like an amazong boat ride as well. I am glad we agree that the Komodo Island is a wonderful place.

  • Looks like you took the exactly same itinerary which we also took 🙂 And your post took me back to Labuan Bajo. I am so happy and nostalgic at the moment. The pink beach is beautiful , so is the view from top of Padar island hike.

    Waiting to go there again.:)

    • Barb

      Me too… It feels like we can never get enough of Labuan Bajo…. Sigh!

  • Punita Malhotra

    That pink sand beach is too pretty! Almost too pretty to be real. And the views from the Padar Island are terrific. Just for these two, I would go.

    • Barb

      Yes, this place is defintely great choices. you will enjoy it if you visit it.

  • Indonesia looks incredible! I want to get there, hopefully, by the end of the year. I’d love to visit the Komodo Dragons, to hike, and explore local culture. I’ve been thinking about learning how to scuba dive and these photos may have just convinced me!

    • Barb

      Oh, you will love it if you go there. Yes, diving is an incredible experience in this part of the World.

  • Mel

    I’m going to Indonesia in June and can’t wait! I’m dying to see some Komodo Dragons if I can. I’m pleasantly surprised at the variety of activities you can do especially the Hiking Padar Island hike (the views are insane!) and the scuba diving in Batu Bolong. The photographs are amazing. So beautiful.

    • Barb

      Thank you! You will love Indonesia. It is a beautiful diverse country! If you have any questions, let me know. Enjoy your vacation!

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