Labuan Bajo & Komodo Island

Komodo National Park General Information

Komodo & Flores Island Tourism Information

About Flores, Labuhan Bajo, Komodo, and Mount Kelimutu
Until recently one of the most remote and seldom-visited regions of the Indonesian archipelago, improved air and sea transportation have opened Flores and adjacent islands to the world.

Named Cabo da Flores,” Cape of Flowers” by 17th century Portuguese sailors, referring to the spectacular coral gardens visible under the surface of coastal waters, the mountainous topography of Flores has led to the development of numerous distinct traditions and languages, all overlaid by intriguing aspects of Portuguese culture.

Set high among the mountainous interior of Flores island, the three volcanic lakes at the summit of Mount Kelimutu is one of the most spectacular sights in the Indonesian archipelago. The water of each lake has a distinctive hue, which changes over the years, caused by dissolved minerals.

Hand-woven textiles, using only natural dyes and hand-spun cotton, are found throughout Flores. The prized blankets, scarves and other textile products drawn on the local environment – mountains, houses, even livestock – to produce vibrant motifs. The most important areas for weaving are Pagal, near around Ruteng, Nggela, near Ende, and Sikka near Maumere.

Komodo National Park
The endogenous Komodo dragons are the iconic mascots of West Flores. Komodo and its surrounding islands were designated as a National Park in 1980. In 1996 UNESCO declared the Park as a “Word Nature Heritage Site,” with the further designation of “Men and Biosphere.

Park information:
□ Located between the islands of Flores and Sumbawa
□ Covers an area of between 1,875 and 2,321 square kilometers
□ Consist of three main Islands: Komodo, Rinca and Padar
□ Famous for its pre-historic Komodo ‘’Dragons’’ – found only in this area of the world
□ Home to one of the richest marine environments in the world
□ Excellent coral reefs
□ Outstanding diving spots

Rangers’ house, restaurant and information center are located on both Komodo and Rinca Island. Currently the best way to stay overnight at the park is to rent a local excursion boat and sleep on deck. Anchored just off shore from the park, this will allow an early morning trek in the reserve

How to get To Labuan Bajo
Labuan Bajo (West Flores) is the starting point to explore the Komodo National Park. Regular flights operate from Bali (Denpasar) to Labuan Bajo. You can also travel overland from Bali by private vehicle or public bus and inter-island ferries.

The travel time from Labuan Bajo to Komodo Island is 4 hours by boat, and 2 hours from Labuan Bajo to Rinca Island. Overnight accommodation is possible either at the rangers’ house or on the deck of a local excursion boat. Arrangement for accommodation at the Park can be done with Travel Agents, West Flores guides or directly with the local boat owners.

Komodo Island:
Loh Liang is the main landing point to see Komodo dragons on Komodo Island, Komodo dragons are often seen at the dry river bed Banu Nggulung, a half-hour walk from Loh Liang. When Komodo dragons were still fed before park visitors (a practice discontinued many years ago), Banu Nggulung was the traditional feeding ground. You are also likely to spot dragons looking for food around the Rangers’ camp in Loh Liang.

Hiking around the island is possible with a local guide. A round-trip climb up the slopes of Gunung Ara (580m) takes around 3.5 hours. Or: Consider hiking to Poreng Valley, located 5.5km from Loh Liang. Along the way you may encounter Komodo dragons as well as buffaloes, wild boar, and a wide variety of bird species.

Visit Komodo village, a friendly, Muslim Buginese village only a half-hour walk from Loh Liang.
Snorkeling and relaxing at Pantai Merah (Red Beach) or Pulau Lasa should be on the ‘’must do’’ list for Komodo Park visitors

Rinca Island:
Loh Buaya is the access point to see Komodo dragons on Rinca Island, You may see the dragon around the camp at Loh Buaya, Local guides generally know the spots where the Komodo dragons usually take a sunbath.
On a hiking tour you may also see long-tailed macaques, wild water buffaloes, Timor deer, wild horses, boars, and rare megapode birds.

Mount Kelimutu
Kelimutu volcano located in Moni town district central Flores Island of Indonesia, containing three summit crater lakes of varying colors. Tiwu Ata Mbupu (Lake of Old People) is usually blue and is the westernmost of the three lakes. The other two lakes, Tiwu Nuwa Muri Koo Fai (Lake of Young Men and Maidens) and Tiwu Ata Polo (Bewitched or Enchanted Lake) are separated by a shared crater wall and are typically green or red in color, respectively. The lake colors do vary on a periodic basis. Subaqueous fumaroles are the probable cause of active upwelling that occurs at the two eastern lakes.

The lake have been a source of minor phreatic eruptions in historical time. The summit of the compound 1639-meter above sea level. Kelimutu volcano is elongated two km in a WNW-ESE direction; the older cones of Kelido and Kelibara are located respectively three km to the north and two km to the south. The scenic lakes are a popular tourist destination. Keli Mutu is also of interest to geologists because the three lakes are different colors yet reside at the crest of the same volcano.

According to the local officer at Kelimutu National Park, the colour changed by chemical reaction of any minerals contained in the lake in triggered by volcano gas activity. The closest airports are Maumere, and Ende. There are regular flights to Maumere from Bali. The drive from Maumere to Moni, the town at the base of Keli Mutu, takes about 3 hours.

Labuhan Bajo
Labuhan Bajo is a small town located on western tip of Flores, this area is the main starting point to explore the Komodo Island and it’s National Park. Also this area good for scuba diving, most scuba diver want to see whale shark.