Labuan Bajo is the ultimate holiday destination. Pristine turquoise water, exotic dragons, luxury boats, Labuan Bajo has them all! Cited as one of the best diving spots in Indonesia, there are still plenty of things to do for non-divers including families with kids. Whether you want to sit back and unwind from a busy year, or go on an educational, explorative trip with the kids, we have the details for you!
The main attractions of Labuan Bajo can be found in the Komodo National Park, reachable within 45 minutes by boat. If you are only there for a short period of time, the top leisure sites are doable within a day. However, if you have the time and resources, leisurely visiting them while staying on a liveaboard phinisi-style yacht is the way to go. These are Little Step’s top recommendations for your Labuan Bajo trip!
Visit the attractions of Labuan Bajo in style on board the Chakana! This 47-meter long phinisi-style yacht has ample space for up to 20 people. Boasting 9 cabins, 4 lounges, a diving deck, plus a restaurant and bar, the Chakana will always have room for you whether you feel like gathering with the rest of your gang for a game or lounging alone with a book. This luxury liveaboard is supported by a set of crews who are always ready to serve you, ensuring your liveaboard experience is royalty-worthy! Is Chakana too big for your crowd? Check out their smaller sister yacht, the Cordelia. You can read more about Chakana Liveaboard here.
Padar Island, the hill with circular beach shapes is probably the most iconic spot in the Komodo National Park. Anyone who goes to Labuan Bajo would come back with a picture of this easily recognizable landscape. Depending on the time of the year, sometimes it's lush green, and sometimes it's bare brown. Regardless, the view is breathtaking. To reach the top there are about 800 steps to climb but it's very do-able. even for small kids. Bring water, slap on sunscreen, and you're set to go!
The Pink Beach is a must-visit. Amazing for pictures, great for basking in the sun, and highly educational for your little zoologists. The sand got its color from a microscopic coral insect called Foraminifera whose shells are deep red. When they die, the shells slowly disintegrate and get mixed into the sand. Some of the whole shells get washed up to the shore and you can study it with your little ones. When you go there, you will most likely get dropped off at a crowded area with shops but if you walk further to the end, you will feel like you're at a private beach! If you're on a charter boat, avoid the crowd and go to Long Beach instead. This beach also has pink sand but not visited as frequently by the day tours.
In Komodo National Park there are two islands where the Komodo Dragons live, the Komodo Island and Rinca Island. When you go around Komodo Island a park ranger will guide you and give you information about this fascinating lizard. Are they dangerous? Though very large in size, they have the ability to run very fast. They also have venoms to kill their prey. Don't worry though, as long as you follow the ranger's instructions you'll be fine. April to June is the best time to see the Komodo Dragons.
There's no doubt, Labuan Bajo has some of the best diving sites in Indonesia. Divers from all around the world come to dive the Castle, the Crystal, and the Shotgun just to name a few. This doesn't mean there's nothing to do if you don't dive! The snorkeling in Komodo National Park is just as impressive, as you have the chance to meet Manta Rays, White Tip Reef Shark, Turtles, and a huge variety of fish. Some of the best snorkeling spots are Taka Makassar, Crystal Bay, and Manta Point. Just jump in the water and be prepared to be impressed!