Labuan Bajo, Flores Today- The East Nusa Tenggara administration is lobbying the central government to promote Labuan Bajo Harbor in West Manggarai regency for cruise ship stops.
The area has welcomed cruise ships from Bali and international harbors but the governor, Frans Lebu Raya, wants more and longer visits to the province, not only to the famous Komodo Island.
Frans said on Wednesday that Labuan Bajo was known the world over on account of the nearby Komodo Island, where people can see komodo dragons. But he argued there was more to see around Labuan Bajo.
Cruise ships can dock for seven days in Labuan Bajo, from where tourists can visit Alor regency, known for its surfing and diving sites, Sumba with its Pasola Festival, or horse race festival, Ende with Kelimutu Lake, Lembata with its tradition of whale hunting, and other smaller islands, each with their own charms. Other places promoted by the governor are Sikka, Nagekeo, East Manggarai, Manggarai and Larantuka.
“Locals would get a lot of benefits, for example, the cruise ships would buy rice, vegetables, meat and other needs,” Lebu said.
To improve tourism in the province, Frans said East Nusa Tenggara needed to expand Komodo Airport.
He said Labuan Bajo was a central site managed by the Flores Tourism Agency and hoped Labuan Bajo could share its good fortune with other regencies.
Labuan Bajo, Flores Today- Komodo National Park in Flores, East Nusa Tenggara, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. With a total size of 1,817 square kilometers, the place covers three major islands, namely Komodo, Padar and Rinca, in addition to numerous islets.
Established in 1980, the park was initially intended to conserve the endangered Komodo Dragon and its habitat. As its popularity increased, more tourists could be found visiting the site to explore its other attractions as well.
Here are the top five recommended destinations available at the national park according to Florestoday.com
Loh Buaya is the main habitat of Komodo dragons in Rinca Island. It takes two-hour boat ride from Labuan Bajo to reach it.
While in Loh Buaya, tourists will be accompanied by a tour guide, allowing them to learn more about the giant lizards. Other recommended activities in Loh Buaya include trekking and chilling on the beach.
Pink Beach is among the must-visit places in the Komodo National Park. Its unusual and striking color comes from a microscopic organism called Foraminifera, which produces a red pigment on the coral reefs. According to Wonderful Indonesia's website, this beach is the perfect place for snorkelers and beginner divers as its shallow water allows amateur sea explorers to catch a glimpse of the breathtaking underwater life.
Gili Laba is a small island in Komodo National Park. Popular for trekking, the small hills allow adventure-seeker to enjoy breathtaking views of the national park. During the dry season, the green hills turn into a yellow savanna.
A trip to the park is not complete without marveling at its marine life. Home to 206 types of corals and thousands of fishes, Kelor Island makes a suitable snorkeling destination.
Komodo Tourism Village
In Komodo Tourism Village, tourist will be able to witness a day in the life of Komodo natives. Home to 1,700 residents, the place also allows tourists to purchase some unique souvenirs, such as Komodo dragon wooden sculptures.
Labuan Bajo,Flores Today-Number of cruise ships visiting Komodo National Park in West Manggarai regency, Flores, East Nusa Tenggara, has reportedly increased.
Labuan Bajo Port administration unit office head Usman Husin told The Jakarta Post that from January until March they had welcomed up to 13 cruise ships carrying hundreds of foreign visitors.
Throughout last year, the park was visited by a total of 24 cruise ships.
"Today we welcomed the Australian cruise ship Coral Discovery to Rinca Island with 47 foreign tourists and several crew onboard, " said Usman on Friday, adding that two other cruise ships carrying hundreds of foreign visitors were also scheduled to visit the location on March 11 and 14.
Meanwhile, Le Pirate Labuan Bajo Hotel manager Servasius Irwan Budisetiawan said that the tourism industry in West Manggarai had improved as the number of tourists in the area continues to increase.
“West Manggarai's tourism industry continues to improve and provide benefits to local residents. The investments [in the area] have also increased. I'm [currently] training locals to improve their tourism-related skills,” he added.
The endangered Komodo dragons and natural beauty are among the park's two main attractions. It began to welcome more foreign tourists since the giant lizard was recognized as one of the world's seven wonders.
Source: The Jakarta Post
Komodo, Flores Today. These volcanic islands are inhabited by a population of around 5,700 giant lizards, whose appearance and aggressive behaviour have led to them being called 'Komodo dragons'. They exist nowhere else in the world and are of great interest to scientists studying the theory of evolution. The rugged hillsides of dry savannah and pockets of thorny green vegetation contrast starkly with the brilliant white sandy beaches and the blue waters surging over coral.
Outstanding Universal Value
Komodo National Park, located in the center of the Indonesian archipelago, between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores, is 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. The property 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.
The most remarkable inhabitant of Komodo National Park is the Komodo Lizard, Varanus komodoensis. These giant lizards, existing no-where else in the world, are of great scientific interest, especially for their evolutionary implications. 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. The species is the last representative of a relic population of large lizards that once lived across Indonesia and Australia. As well as being home to the Komodo dragon, the Park provides a refuge for many other notable terrestrial species such as the orange-footed scrub fowl, an endemic rat, and the Timor deer. The rich coral reefs of Komodo host a great diversity of species, and the strong currents of the sea attract the presence of sea turtles, whales, dolphins and dugongs.
Criterion (vii): Komodo National Park is a landscape of contrasts between starkly rugged hillsides of dry savanna, pockets of thorny green vegetation, brilliant white sandy beaches and blue waters surging over coral, unquestionably one of the most dramatic landscapes in all of Indonesia. Demonstrating exceptional natural beauty that is all the more remarkable as a counterpoint to the dominant lushness of vegetation which characterizes vast areas of forested Indonesia, and with which most of the world associates the archipelago. An irregular coastline characterized by bays, beaches and inlets separated by headlands, often with sheer cliffs falling vertically into the surrounding seas which are reported to be among the most productive in the world adds to the stunning natural beauty of landscapes dominated by contrasting vegetation types, providing a patchwork of colours.
Criterion (x): Komodo National Park contains the majority of the world’s areas in which wild populations of the Komodo dragon lizard still exist. The largest and heaviest of the world’s lizards, the species is widely known for its impressive size and fearsome appearance, its ability to effectively prey on large animals, and a tolerance of extremely harsh condition. The population, estimated at around 5,700 individuals is distributed across the islands of Komodo, Rinca, Gili Motong and some coastal regions of western and northern Flores.
Other fauna recorded in the park are characteristic of the Wallacean zoogeographic region with seven species of terrestrial mammal, including an endemic rat (Rattus rintjanus) and the crab-eating macaque (Macaca fascicularis) and 72 species of birds, such as the lesser sulphur-crested cockatoo (Cacatua sulphurea), the orange-footed scrub fowl (Megapodius reinwardt), and noisy friarbird (Philemon buceroides). The coral reefs fringing the coast of Komodo are diverse and luxuriant due to the clear water, intense sunlight and rapid exchange of nutrient-rich water from deeper areas of the archipelago. The marine fauna and flora are generally the same as that found throughout the Indo Pacific area, though species richness is very high, notable marine mammals include blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) and sperm whale (Physeter catodon) as well as 10 species of dolphin, dugong (Dugong dugon) and five species of sea turtles.
Encompassing the rugged topography that reflects the position of the park within the active volcanic “shatter belt” between Australia and the Sunda shelf, the boundaries of the Komodo National Park encircle the main park features, including the outstanding scenery and the unique species it hosts; komodo monitor, birds, marine mammals, coral reef-species, and others. The boundaries are considered adequate to secure the habitat and the main ecological processes to preserve them. The extensive marine buffer zone surrounding the park is key to maintaining the integrity and intactness of the property and the number of exceptional species that it hosts.
Illegal fishing and poaching remain the main threats to the values of the property and its overall integrity. There is an extensive marine buffer zone to the park, in which management authority staff has authority to regulate the type of fishing permitted and to some extent the presence of fishermen from outside the area. This buffer zone, which assists in controlling poaching of the terrestrial species that provide the prey species for the komodo lizard, will become significant in the overall long-term protection of the property.
Protection and management requirements
Komodo National Park is managed by the central government of Indonesia through the Directorate General of Forest Protection and Natural Conservation of the Ministry of Forestry. The history of protection afforded the site goes back to 1938 while official protection began when Ministerial Decree declared the area as a 72,000 ha National Park in March 1980. This area was subsequently extended to 219,322 ha in 1984 to include an expanded marine area and the section of mainland Flores. Comprised of Komodo Game Reserve (33,987 ha), Rinca Island Nature Reserve (19,625 ha), Padar Island Nature Reserve (1,533 ha), Mbeliling and Nggorang Protection Forest (31,000 ha), Wae Wuul and Mburak Game Reserve (3,000 ha) and surrounding marine areas (130,177 ha) the Komodo Biosphere Reserve was accepted under the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme in January 1977. In 1990 a national law, elevating the legislative mandate for conservation to the parliamentary and presidential level significantly empowered the legal basis for protection and management.
In order to ensure the effective management and protection of the park and its exceptional landscapes and biota, the park is governed through the 2000-2025 Management Plan and a 2010-2014 Strategic Plan, which will require revision and updating. These plans are important for ensuring the effective zoning system of the park and guaranteeing the sustainability of the ecosystems of the property. The management authority is known for designing specific plans to guide management decisions which will require updating in line with changes to priorities and threats, in particular expected increases in visitor numbers and impacts from tourism.
The Park receives strong support and resources from the central government of Indonesia. As a tourism location known worldwide, the Indonesian Government has a specific program for ecotourism management to promote the park at the international level and to ensure the sustainability of tourism activities. Additionally, in order to address illegal fishing and poaching, regular patrolling of the marine and terrestrial areas is carried out for law enforcement and a number of the problems and impacts associated with these activities have decreased. Community awareness and empowerment programs are being implemented to engage the local villagers regards to the sustainable use of natural resources and park conservation. Research and study of the unique biological features of the park is also being promoted and supported by the management authority.
Increasing levels of tourism and matters related specifically to the komodo lizard are the major management issues that have been focused on to date. A broadening of the management focus to address issues within the marine area of the park along with other terrestrial species is required to ensure the long-term effective conservation of the property. A focus on the issue of depletion of Komodo monitor prey species stocks has resulted in some success and the same efforts need to be focused on the issues of damaging fishing practices and impacts on other unique species contained within the property.
Denpasar – Labuan Bajo – Komodo - Pink Beach – Labuan Bajo – Denpasar (Flight to Denpasar)
Flight from Denpasar to Labuan Bajo,and you will be picked up by our Guide at the airport , and transfer to harbour, then take a fast boat to Komodo island. Trekking around the forest to see the Komodo dragon and others wild animal such as deer, wild board etc. Continued to pink beach for snorkelling. Lunch will be served (lunch box), return to Labuan Bajo, and transfer to airport. Tour is Finish
Price IDR 6. 360. 000/pax (minimum 2 pax)
- Flight ticket ( Round trip Ticket)
- Transport ( full air condition car,Inova)
- Entrance fee and donation
Meals, insurance and airport tax.
Day 1: Denpasar – Ende - Moni(-/L/D)
Morning flight directly from Denpasar to Ende. Upon arrival, our will pick you up you will be picked up and transfer to a local restaurant for lunch. After lunch, directly drive to Moni village which is located in the slope of Kelimutu volcano. Stop will be made at Wologai traditional village and Nduaria Fruit Market. Arrive in Moni in the afternoon and check in at your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 2: Moni – Kelimutu - Ende - Bajawa(B/L/D)
Wake upEarly in the morning at 04:00 AM and drive up for 45 minutes to Kelimutu volcano. Upon arrive at the parking lot, trekking through over than 127 stairs up to the top to see the picturesque of three color lakes and the beautiful sunrise if the weather permits and enjoy with local coffee. Then back down to the parking lot and drive back to your hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, you will driving to Bajawa about five hours and stop at Penggajawa village to see the blue stone beach and getting lunch. Then drive up for visit soa hot spring. Arrive at Bajawa in the late afternoon and direct check in at your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 3: Bajawa - Ruteng(B/L/D)
After breakfast, you will be leaving from hotel at 7.30am and drive up to Bena megalithic village. Then continue drive to Ruteng by stopping at Aimere to see the process of making local alcohol and your lunch will be at the local restaurant when you arrive in Borong. After lunch, continue drive up to Ruteng by stopping at Ranamese Lake and other photo stops according to the local happenings. You will arrive in Ruteng in the afternoon and direct check in at your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 4: Ruteng - Labuan Bajo – Rinca Island - Kalong Island (B/L/D)
After having breakfast, driving to Labuan Bajo by stopping at Cara village to see the spider web rice fields. You will get Lunch served at local restaurants when you arrive in Lembor. Then driving to Labuan bajo and direct to harbor for Cabin Boat and sailing for two hours to Rinca Island. On arrival in Loh Buaya in Rinca Island, you will trekking about 5km to see the activities of Komodo dragons and other wild animals. Then sailing to Kalong Island where you can see the sunset and the thousands of bats flying out from their nests. Dinner and overnight on Boat.
Day 5: Kalong Island – kanawa island - Labuan Bajo - Denpasar (B/L/-)
After having breakfast in the morning, sail to kanawa Island to have some swimming and snorkelling. You will snorkeling about 2 hours. After snorkeling lunch will serve on the boat and sailing back to Labuan bajo and direct transfer to the airport with afternoon flight back to bali.
- tours as per itinerary
- 3 nights at your selected hotel
- Overnight 1 night on cabin boat
- Full board meals
- Light refreshments
- Entrance Fees, Donation
- Ranger fee
- Snorkelling Gear & Snorkelling fee
- English Speaking Guide
- Any personal expenditures
- Return flight ticket Denpasar - Labuan Bajo & Labuan Bajo - Denpasar
- Airport taxes, Personal travel insurance
- Camera fee, insect repellent
WHAT TO BRING:
Sunscreen, Trekking shoes, light clothing, Hat, Swimming suite.