Labuan Bajo is a small town on the island of Flores and the capital of the West Manggarai district. Comfortable and charming, far less developed than Bali yet still featuring a few five-star resorts and surprisingly good restaurants. Getting to Labuan Bajo from Bali is much easier than you might expect, there are several direct flights a day from Bali. Labuan Bajo prewedding destination could be an alternative if you want to avoid Bali’s crowd.
First Location: Padar Island
When we first landed in Labuan Bajo airport we go straightaway to the port. We sailed from Labuan Bajo on our phinisi boat, which is one of the only ways to arrive at Padar. A phinisi boat is an awesome experience, where you sleep and explore from a beautiful sailboat throughout the sea. It took us a little over three hours.
When we arrived in Padar, we anchored our boat and took the smaller boat to the shore. Our couple doing the makeup at the shore while waiting for the sunset, approaching sunset time we hike to the top. This trek is definitely more about the views than a tough hike. From start to finish it took us only 20 minutes. What an amazing view!
The chef and boat assistant on our whole trip. The chef cooked the best food ever!
We spend the night in Padar island, sleep at our comfy bed in the phinisi, worth the trip!
Second Location: Pink Beach Komodo National Park
Pink Beach, or Pantai Merah, as it is aptly named, is one of seven pink beaches on the planet, and is just one of the many amazing features of Komodo Island that make it truly a Natural Wonder of Nature. This exceptional beach gets its striking color from microscopic animals called Foraminifera, which produces a red pigment on the coral reefs. For this reason, it is called Red Beach in the local tongue. When the tiny fragments of red coral combine with the white sands, this produces the soft pink color that is visible along the shoreline.
On our way to pink beach we saw a dolphins!!
Before we back to Labuan Bajo and our Labuan Bajo prewedding destination ended, we got time to visit Rinca island, the home of the mighty Komodo dragon.