ACTIVITIES IN LABUAN BAJO
Excursions to nearby islands make great day trips, offering the chance to snorkel or lounge on a deserted beach. Pulau Bidadari, for instance, offers lovely coral and crystalline water. You can snooze on pantai Waecicu and snorkel around the tiny offshore islet of Kukusan kecil, Pulau Seraya and Pulau Kanawa are both gorgeous and have excellent beaches. Some of the islands have hotels offering free transport, and day trips abound. You’ll find no shortage of offers in Labuanbajo many focused on Rinca and Komodo islands. Decent trips with snorkeling, beach time and maybe a Komodo dragon or two start at Rp. 250,000.
Komodo National Park
Komodo national park offers more than just its prehistoric Komodo dragons (varanus komodoensis). Explore different adventure treks around Komodo and Rinca Island or explore off-the-beaten-trails along the slopes of Mount Ara and the Poreng Valley, which is situated 580m above sea level. This scenic area will surely dazzle with its rich diversity of exotic fauna, wild orchids and tropical plants. Be sure to immerse yourself in the enchanting underwater world in the Komodo National Park. Going beneath the sea, Flores underwater world opens up to reveal a diverse and colorful parallel universe of marine life. Komodo National Park is a home in the west hosts remarkable dive sites and is home to over 1,000 species of fish and more than 350 reef- building corals. Be it muck diving, night diving, snorkeling, or simply enjoying this pristine hideaway, Flores offers a mind-blowing underwater thrill that makes it like second home for dive enthusiasts.
Pink Beach is located in Komodo Island – Komodo National Park. This coastline is very charming from a distance. Pink beach known as a delightful dive and one of the most popular spots in the park. The pristine Pink Beach gets its color from red coral fragments, and is located near the trekking area on Komodo Island. The shallow reef begins just by the beach, and is perhaps one of the best snorkeling sites in the park, deep enough to snorkel at low tide and not to deep at high tide. Colorful clumps of hard corals lie interspersed with brilliant patches of white sand and form a haven for fish of all shapes and sizes. The life here is more typical of the southern sites and the water temperature is usually around 25°C. the predominant currents here are mild and from the south, and the sites is best dive on a falling tide. About 50m out from the beach, a small rocky outcrop is exposed at low tide and mark the ideal starting point for this dive. Follow the wall down to 18-20m, where large school of fusilier, snappers, extremely tame grouper, and many lion and scorpion fish can be found engulfing the headland. While only a small dive site, it is nonetheless very rich in both hard and soft corals, with plentiful tunicates and feather stars. Careful searching in and around the rocks can reveal frogfish, nudibranches, fire urchins, crocodile fish, crustaceans, and much, much more. Further to the northeast lies a steep sandy slope which is home to razor fish and, if you’re lucky, the extremely rare and elusive sand diver.Besides snorkeling and diving in
this beach, visitors can do some fun activities such as swimming, sun bathing,
playing ball and some of local make this place as photospot. No village or
houses around the beach, it means if you want to come to this beach should
bring some water, food and otherthings from Labuan Bajo. There are sailing boat
from Labuan Bajo offer trip to Pink Beach.
KARANG MAKASSAR (MANTA POINT)
Karang Makassar Known also as Manta Point. It is located in Komodo National Park. Karang Makassar is a small island off of the east side of Komodo with 2km drift dive and a series of long current-swept reefs running north to south, creating both a highway and a feeding ground for these giant and graceful rays. This is one of the ‘most do’ activities while diving and it is one of the Komodo National Park’s most famous for sighting of up to 50 manta rays.
GILI LAWA DARAT PASSAGE
Dive site of north Komodo Island, Manggarai Barat
Dive Type: Drift
Reef Type: Hard and soft coral fringing reef
The South Passage separates Gili Lawa Darat from Komodo Island and is best dive on a rising tide, when the current runs east to west creating a gentle drift out from Gili Lawa Bay, is an ideal starting point for the dive.
Follow the current, with the reef to your left, around the point. Turtles are regularly seen on this pretty coral reef. The point is great place to snorkel amongst school of fish, and deeper at 20-25m many small coral trout, large schools of anchovies, small tuna, and trevally come in to feed in the bay. Deeper still, along the bottom of the slope, fish life increases; garden eels sway and white tip reef sharks sleep on the sandy bottom. The site is large and rarely crowded; although is popular in the high season with live a boards, as Gili Lawa Bay offers a good anchorage.
Dive site close to Labuan Bajo, Manggarai Barat
Dive type: Seamount &Coral Garden
Reef Type: Hard coral fringing reef & sandy slope
Seraya Kecil is a relaxed and easy dive, just 40 minutes travel from Labuan Bajo. This proximity to the mainland offers the exciting option of a spectacular evening or night dive. The area is also a very well known snorkel site. begin the dive on the northwest set of seraya kecil, above a sandy tongue following the slope to the north, you will discover a beautiful coral garden and small rocks littered across the sandy bottom down to 18m
Seraya kecil is a fantastic place to spot various kinds of nudi branch, scorpionfish, stone fish and other photogenic macro life. Search the gorgonians carefully for pygmy seahorses; it is an exhilarating experience to spot one of these cryptic creatures. but there is more to seraya kecil than amazing macro diving. Turtles are frequently found, and divers that descend deeper into to the channel will find a small seamount at 30m., where eagle rays, reef sharks and other big pelagic congregate. The mid-water currents can pick up in the channel, so it is better to turn around and end the dive exploring in the shallow.
Bidadari Island, which means ‘angels’ island’, is a tiny, charming isle located northwest of Labuan Bajo. This island is a water lover’s paradise and its excellent white sand beaches seem to have come from paradise, while is crystal clear and calm waters make it an ideal spot for swimming, snorkeling, and especially learning how to dive. Bidadari Island is reachable on 15-20 minutes boat trip, comprises 14-15 hectares of land covered with hills and trees, completely surrounded by beautiful beaches.
Awarded UNESCO’s world heritage site status in 2012, Wae Rebo Village is located in Manggarai Regency and situated 1,200m above sea level. challenge yourself with a trek along Wae Rebo’s trails set in lush coffee and vanilla plantation surrounded by untouched rainforest, and densely populated by endemic birds and exotic flora. The residents of Wae Rebo Village lead a harmonious agrarian lifestyle in harmony with nature. Wae Rebo is famous for its cone shaped houses known as Mbaru Niang.
The village of Todo is south-central Manggarai offers one of the few opportunities to see the traditional ceremonial hous of Flores; in the past, Todo was also the centre of the Manggarain kingdom and the home of the royal clan.
LINGKO SPIDERWEB RICE FIELD
Lingko refers to the spider web shaped rice fields which are found in numerous places in Manggarai. The most impressive is the Lingko of Cara Village in Cancar, around 17km west of Ruteng. Lingko is a traditional Manggarain system of land possession where, depending on the family’s size, the family head divides land based on the distance between his fingers. The traditional system is still preserved and practiced today in Flores. The distribution start from the center pole (lodok) from which lines are drawn to the outer circle of the lingko, forming pie segments locally known as moso (meaning ‘hand’).