4 Memorable Things to Do in Labuan Bajo
Back in the day, Labuan Bajo was a simple fishing village. However, with the building of an airport and the efforts by the authorities to transform the town from a fishing center to a tourist destination; Labuan Bajo is now just as fascinating as other islands.
Admittedly, many use the town as a gateway to Komodo island. However, next time you find yourself in Labuan Bajo, consider taking a few days to explore the town. You might be shocked at how much you can do in that small town, including the following.
1. Visit Manta Point and Swim with Mantas
Manta Point is an incredibly popular diving spot near Labuan Bajo. At Manta Point, you will get a chance to view the Manta Ray—one of the seas most majestic creatures.
Manta Rays which evolved from stingrays are a species of fish with horn-shaped fins, huge forward facing mouths and an incredible width ranging from 5.5m (18ft) to 7m (23ft). Due to the horn-shaped cephalic fins, some have given Mantas the name devilfish with the belief that they have an evil look.
However, the name devilfish does not change the fact that Mantas are amazing creatures. For one, because of their size, only large sharks, killer whales and humans count as their predators. Second, a Manta Ray can weigh as much as 3000 pounds. Third, it has a striking appearance, thanks to the white and black coloration.
Moreover, Mantas can leap up to 2m above water and scientists still have no idea why they do this. Finally, Mantas have a lifespan of between 50 to 100 years. At Manta Point, almost all year round, you can observe the Mantas as they swim and experience this fascinating creature for yourself.
2. Enjoy The View from Amelia Sea View
The Amelia Sea View in Labuan Bajo is a spot that allows you to enjoy stunning sunrises, equally beautiful sunsets and breathtaking sea views. The local government went to great measures to develop the spot for both locals and tourists, and as such, it is easy to reach.
However, for people who do not hike often, it might take a while to reach the summit. To give yourself the best chance to enjoy the hike, bring enough water to ensure you stay hydrated, wear comfortable shoes and bring a trekking hat if you are hiking in the afternoon.
Note that the area comprises of rolling hills which means in addition to the view, tourists also get to enjoy nature. For photographing enthusiasts, nature plus the view provides enough material for stunning photos.
3. Stay at Exquisite Hotels and Resorts
As noted above, the local Labuan Bajo government has done a lot to promote Labuan Bajo as a tourist destination. One of the ways they have done is to encourage the building of luxury hotels that give tourists incredible experiences.
When in Labuan Bajo, you are bound to find three distinct types of hotels, budget hotels which offer accommodation without any additional perks, mid-range hotels which offer accommodation and a few perks such as breakfast and finally luxury hotels such as Ayana labuan bajo hotel which offer uncountable perks including spas, a gym, breakfast and supper.
4. Take a Tour Around the Town
Taking a tour around Labuan Bajo is quite the adventure. To start with, it will allow you to visit Rangko Cave and Batu Cermin Cave. The Batu Cermin is a 19-hectares wide cave with a rock formation that reflects light like a mirror. Locals call it the ‘Mirror Rock’ and it a fascinating phenomenon to observe.
Rangko Cave, on the other hand, features a pool inside the cave. The clear natural pool inside the cave is surrounded by stalagmites and stalactites, which shimmer in the light. Those who visit say it is one of the most beautiful things they have ever seen.
In addition to the caves, you can also visit the various villages and enjoy the culture. Take for example the Todo Village which is an ancient village that features sacred and mythical stones believed to have guarded the whole village.
Another village, Cancar village is popular for the spider-webbed paddy fields. The best to view these paddies is from a vantage point, which means tourist can hike the Puncak Weol Hill.