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Indonesia Part II – Labuan Bajo

Indonesia Part II – Labuan Bajo

Here is the second part of our Indonesia trip: Our Labuan Bajo adventures.

Labuan Bajo

After 3 nights in Jakarta, we flew over to another island: Flores. We arrived in Labuan Bajo at around 11, so we started with a lunch of Nasi Goreng, followed with some relaxing by the pool. That was the plan anyways … Half an hour into our pool time, Marlyn hit her head after a dive gone wrong. Long story short, we went to the hospital and she had to get 3 stitches. Thankfully, the hotel had a car, the hospital was only 5 minutes away and there were no other injuries. It was definitely a much more turbulent start to our trip to Flores than what we had bargained for!

We took it easy the rest of the day, had a relaxed dinner at our hotel and enjoyed the pretty sunset views. Marlyn was prepared with a hat and we practiced some poses to hide the band aid for our next day adventure. Pro tip: Pictures from behind always work 😉

Speed Boat trip

The second day was the whole reason we came to Labuan Bajo for. It’s the gateway to Komodo Island, where you can see Komodo dragons! The island will close next January, so that was our initial motivation to plan the trip. We booked a full day speed boat tour which got us to lots of beautiful places. First was Padar Island, a place with a fantastic view which we got to enjoy after a short, sweaty hike.

Next, we went to Komodo Island and saw 3 fully grown Komodos. It was really cool! They are pretty big, so I was glad we were in a bigger group with a ranger. They got pretty close to us and Thorben got a lot of great shots of them.

The rest of the stops were about swimming, relaxing and snorkeling. We went to pink beach, which lived up to its name and had pretty, pale pink sand. Sadly, people keep taking the sand home as souvenirs, so the color keeps fading and might be gone soon.

I don’t remember the names of the other stops, but they were all amazing: crystal clear water and pretty fish. At one point, we jumped straight off the boat to snorkel with Manta rays! The water was cold and the current strong but I saw 3 huge ones and Thorben saw even more. On our last stop, we hung out on a small island and had some fun on a swing like the typical tourists we are 😉

Pool and Beach

After 2 days in Bajawa (Part 3 coming soon!) we spent 2 more nights in Labuan Bajo right at the beach. We had some more Indonesian food, chilled by the pool (no diving allowed!), walked along the beach and enjoyed one last sunset.