Indonesia > Flores Island > Labuanbajo
Labuanbajo is a small town located at the western tip of Flores island at the centre of the huge Indonesian archipelago. Its claim to fame is being the gateway to the islands of Komodo and Rinca, where the famous Komodo National Park is located, home of the Komodo Dragons. Anyway, the area around Labuanbajo also boasts of pristine islands and beaches, plus spectacular snorkeling and diving sites.
Labuanbajo was once a small fishing village, settled by the seafaring Bajau and Bugis people from the north. In fact the name ‘Labuanbajo’ stands for ‘Pelabuhan Bajau’, which means ‘Port of the Bajau’. Indeed it has a picturesque sheltered harbour which is the starting point for visiting the Komodo Dragons.
I think it’s a matter of time before mainstream tourist hordes would arrive and crowd this beautiful place. Prime seaside properties in the area have already been snapped up by businessmen from Jakarta, ready to exploit the tourism dollar. At the moment the only people here are backpackers and hardcore eco-travellers, such as us. The Labuanbajo airport has even attached the word ‘Komodo’ to its name in order to exploit the commercial value of the Dragons — its new terminal (which carries the lizard theme too) was opened just a few months ago.
The slideshow below also shows the spanking new domestic terminals of Bali Denpasar DPS airport, and it’s slightly older international terminal. Both structures are most welcome as Bali becomes busier as a tourist destination, over-expoited in my humble opinion.
Please view in HD.