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Things to do in Labuan Bajo

Foreign to Labuan Bajo? Let this guide help you!

Here’s a quick “to-do-list” for your next trip to Labuan Bajo. Labuan Bajo has been said to be a little like Bali. With the clear water and beach lifestyle. However, that has since changed due to the overcrowding of tourists at the destination. Over at Labuan Bajo, you can enjoy the quaint town with not much of a crowd. There is always something for everyone in Labuan Bajo.

1. Visit as many restaurants as possible

Why travellers should go 

Labuan Bajo has a unique way of cooking and grilling a typical dish such as Seafood. There’s a wide variety of food that will make you come back for more. From authentic smoked pork to Italian food and more! We highly recommend for you to let go of your holiday diet and to head to many restaurants and cafes located in Labuan Bajo - it’s worth the calories. 

Practical tips 

If you are travelling with your family and friends, we recommend sharing all the dishes that you’ll be having to stretch that extra dollar while enjoying a variety of food.  

How to do the trip

Most of these places are walkable distance, if not you can hire an Ojek or a taxi to get you around these destinations. Each of these rides shouldn’t cost you over 50,000 IDR. 


2. Water activities (Snorkelling & Diving) 

Why travellers should go 

Clear waters, beautiful sea creatures and fresh and bright coral all underwater. There was just so much to see whether it was a short snorkel to a dive trip. There’s really so much to see when you are underwaters. It is no wonder why Labuan Bajo is a hot spot for many divers and snorkellers. 

Practical tips 

Bring your own snorkelling and diving equipment. We would advise wearing a life jacket while snorkelling so that you don’t have to worry about staying afloat while admiring the corals. 

How to do the trip 

You can check out some of our diving and snorkelling adventures and boat expeditions that we feature here. 

Best islands to snorkel & dive at 

Manta Alley & Manta Point (Makassar Reef): Manta rays.

Batu Bolong: Corals and school of fishes. This site has pretty strong currents and is not recommended for beginners.

End of the world: Wall diving with caves and overhangs, while corals remain untouched. This is another one with strong currents so should be approached with caution. 

Crystal Rock: Pinnacle dive, where the reef features golden and orange sponges. Octopus, hawksbill turtles and even dolphins can be found here. Try to time a dive here when the currents are weak.

Sebayur Kecil: Coral formations and pristine white sand bottom where you will spot garden eels, goatfish as well as a random pelagic. A good spot for beginners with not very strong currents

3. Island hopping (Hiking & Beach)

Why travellers should go

These are some of the most spectacular beaches one could ever witness and step on. The sand is soft and smooth and the waters are clear. Best of all, these beaches are not too crowded which gives you a lot of peace and quiet while you take a moment to enjoy soaking under the sun. 

Practical tips 

If you are intending to go, we would recommend putting on a pile of sunblock to prevent sunburns. You can also bring your own snorkelling gear to snorkel as and when you like. The waters at the beach are super clear and clean - worth the snorkel and dive! 

How to do the trip 

You can take a look at some of the boat and diving operators that we feature here. 

4. Visit Pearl Farm and Melo Village 

Why travellers should go 

Whether it is to fish for your own pearls underwater to visiting a village to understand more about Manggaral culture, these places are totally “off-the-beaten-path” adventures. 

Practical tips 

We recommend hiring a guide to go with you to the Melo Village. The locals are unable to speak English so your guides will act as a translator between you and them.

How to do the trip 

You can see some of the boat operators that we feature here to travel around the various islands and to beach hop. 

5. Stargazing and Sunset catching

Why travellers should go 

The pictures only do it half justice. We kid you not, you are able to see that many stars in the night sky. It’s even more surreal when one is on a boat just cruising through the waves and enjoying the scenery. You’ll leave with a breathtaking experience and memory. You can read up about our best sunset spots here.

Practical tips 

If you are on a boat, we would recommend asking your captain and crew if there are any hot spots in the area like Kalong Island (Fruit Bats island) for you to snap a picture of the beautiful sunset. 

To capture the night sky: To photograph the stars in the sky as pinpoints of light, start with as wide an f/stop as your lens allows, and a shutter speed of about 20 seconds. Any more time than that and the stars will begin to blur. Increase the ISO as needed for a good exposure.

And if you are using your phone’s camera: Increase the shutter speed to eight seconds, ten seconds or more if your phone allows. Longer shutter speed will capture more light, so do make sure that your photos are not washed out. Change the ISO levels to 400-800, depending on the light you want to capture. Now, tap on the shutter button and click. 

How to do the trip 

You can hire a day to an extended boat trip. You can view some of the boat operators that we feature here. 


Afterword: This article was written by Michelle, who has a heart for adventure and learning more about the various cultures around the world. She’s always curious about learning and is a self-proclaimed student-on-the-go wherever she goes. 

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