Here you will find information about our geographic area, Flores Island, the town Labuan Bajo and about the uniqueness of Komodo National Park and his treasures above and under water. If you have specific questions about the area, diving, bookings, packages, etc. please check our F.A.Q.
The island of Flores is situated to the east of Bali, after Lombok and Sumbawa and is welcoming the increasing interest of tourists due to its untouched nature both on land and under water.
Flores is home of about 15 volcanoes and 1.8 million people, around 350 km long and between 15 to 70 km wide. The highest elevation is Ranaka volcano, 2’400 m above sea level, close to Ruteng. Since 1925 the Trans-Flores road connects all bigger towns along the island from Labuan Bajo (west coast) to Larantuka (east coast) and around 1990 the upgrade to the modern highway is finished. The largest town in Flores is Maumere.
The overland trip from Labuan Bajo to Maumere is spectacular! Next to stunning views over spider web rice fields, bamboo forests and beautiful cost regions, there are also traditional villages, where the time has stood still for centuries, which can be visited.
Other unique nature spectacle, that Flores offers, are the 1’639 m high Kelimutu volcano, close to the town of Moni, with his three colored lakes and awesome vistas, especially during sunrise or the famous blue stone beach of Ende. Kelumutu’s crater lakes are fed by a volcanic gas source, resulting in highly acidic water and changing colors on an irregular basis, depending on the oxidation state, from bright red through green and blue. And the famous blue stones of Ende are used in bathrooms and offices all over Indonesia.
Labuan Bajo is only on hour flight away from the international Airport Denpasar – Bali. It is the gateway into Flores and to Komodo National Park, a world heritage site since 1986.
Labuan Bajo is the capital of the district of Manggarai Barat (West Manggarai) and is located at the westernmost tip of the Flores.
In the last few years, Labuan Bajo grew a lot to cope the increasing numbers of tourist which come to visit this beautiful area and offers now a days a wide range of tourist facilities: restaurants, banks and ATM’s, moneychangers, stores, pharmacies, local travel operator and dive centers like us. Furthermore, there is a wide range of accommodation, starting from simple guesthouses to star-rated hotels along the beachfront. Please check our Stay & Dive Packages.
“Labuan Bajo’s most significant features are probably its magnificent ramshackle harbor bay dotted with small islands and its hard-to-beat colorful sunsets. It is almost a must-do for visitors to hike to one of the surrounding hills or mountains to enjoy a perfect panoramic view over the harbor and the innumerable coastal islets with their strips of white-sand beaches.” (www.florestourism.com)
Also don’t miss visiting the in town limestone caves ‘Batu Cermin’ or the nearby waterfalls.
Komodo National Park
Attracting visitors from all over the world, Komodo National Park, is a UNESCO world heritage since 1986.
“He is located between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores and composed of three major islands (Rinca, Komodo, and Padar) and numerous smaller ones, all of them of volcanic origin. Located at the juncture of two continental plates, this national park constitutes the “shatter belt” within the Wallacea Biogeographical Region, between the Australian and Sunda ecosystems. Komodo National park is identified as a global conservation priority area, comprising unparalleled terrestrial and marine ecosystems and covers a total area of 219,322 ha. The dry climate has triggered specific evolutionary adaptation within the terrestrial flora that range from open grass-woodland savanna to tropical deciduous (monsoon) forest and quasi cloud forest. The rugged hillsides and dry vegetation highly contrast with the sandy beaches and the blue coral-rich waters.
Komodo National Park provides a refuge for many notable terrestrial species such as the orange-footed scrub fowl, an endemic rat, and the Timor deer.” (www.unesco.org)
The rich coral reefs of Komodo host a great diversity of species, thanks to a permanent food supply due to currents, e.g. many divers’ kinds of soft- and hard corals, sponges, tunicates, tropical reef fishes, nudibranches, cephalopodes and bigger inhabitants as mantas, sharks, barracudas, sea turtles up to whales, dolphins and dugongs.
“However, the most remarkable inhabitant of Komodo National Park is the Komodo Lizard, Varanus komodoensis. These giant lizards existing no-where else in the world (…)! Most commonly known as ‘Komodo Dragons’ due to its appearance and aggressive behavior, the Komodo Lizard, is the largest living species of lizard, growing to an average length of 2 to 3 meters and can weight up to 90kg. The species is the last representative of a relic population of large lizards that once lived across Indonesia and Australia.” (www.unesco.org)
Komodo dragon populations are restricted to the islands of Komodo, Rinca, Gili Motang, Padar, Nusa Kode and Flores.
Spotting this prehistoric animal will make you feel as if you’ve just entered Jurassic Park. Local guides accompany you on your walk across the islands, and you might see the predators’ prey as well: wild buffalo, wild horses, wild pigs and deer as well as noisy monkeys and many, many birds. Safaris to these islands can be easily arranged in Labuan Bajo.
At your request, Divine Diving is always happy to combine a day’s diving with a trip to Rinca!
Dive Sites of Komodo National Park
The underwater topography is as diverse as the marine life. Dive sites vary from gentle slopes to walls, channels, flat bottoms, pinnacles, overhangs and caves covered by hundreds of different species of hard and soft corals and even a muck dive or two.
Here you’ll find a map and a description of just some of the dive sites in Komodo National Park.
Climate at Komodo National Park
|Southeast Monsoon||May till October|
|Northwest Monsoon||December till March|
|Air temperature||27 – 34°C|
|Water temperature||24 – 30°C|
Best time to dive here:
|Central and North|
|South||October till April except February|
Labuan Bajo has daily flight connection from/to Denpasar (Bali, Ngurah Rai International Airport), Ende (Flores) and Bajawa (Flores). Flight companies are Lion/Wings, Aviastar/Transnusa, Kalstar and Garuda Indonesia. Good website to book these flights are:
Transport in Labuan Bajo
Labuan Bajo has a transport system of bemo’s (cars) and ojeks (motorbikes). There is no taxi company but many private professional drivers. Most drivers know where our office is and if not: ask to be dropped off at ‘Pelita Jaya’. From the airport to our office it is a 10-minute ride with a car or motorbike. Upto 4 people a private car from the airport to our office cost 60.000 IDR.
An ojek cost around 5.000 – 10.000 IDR depending on distance and daytime.
How to get here