Labuan Bajo is the main gateway to the west of Flores and is home base to explore Komodo National Park. This small town has been growing fast as a capital regency of West Manggarai. The tourism industry has become one of economical resource for local people.
The hotels in Labuan Bajo provides modern facilities and services to ensure the maximum comfort of its guests to West Flores. Some local chain of hotels in Labuan Bajo includes Bintang Flores Hotel and Jayakarta Komodo Suites. There are some other small boutique accommodation and cheap hotels in Labuan Bajo. The numbers of hotels and accommodation in Labuan Bajo increase every year to accommodate the increasing number of travelers visiting west Flores. Labuan Bajo is the capital town on West Manggarai in the western tip of Flores Island, East Nusa Tenggara. This small town is the main gate to other parts of Flores either by air or sea. The tourism industry in West Manggarai is under development and is more concentrated in Labuan Bajo.
Komodo Island is one of the islands in East Nusa Tenggara and is part of West Manggarai Regency. This small island lies to the west of Flores and to the east of Sumbawa Island. It can be accessed by boat either from Labuan Bajo or Sape. To visit Komodo Island, travelers can arrange flight from Denpasar, Bali to Labuan Bajo or Bima. Alternatively, a bus is linked from Bali to Sape then connecting by boat to Komodo. Suggested Komodo Tours include 3 days and 4 days via Labuan Bajo or Bima. Explore the natural beauty of this small island and refresh your body and soul. Feel like a stranger in a remote area.
Tourism facilities such as restaurants, bars, and hotels are still very simple. Travelers to Komodo shall fly from Denpasar, Bali to Labuan Bajo then taking a private boat to the island of Komodo. The alternative is by public ferry from Sape harbor, departing daily around 08:00 am and arriving Labuan Bajo around 18:00.
Labuan Bajo features some star rating hotels with a swimming pool and others without a swimming pool yet but there is one private boutique hotel with private swimming pool. It is recommended to bring all the travel needs including sunscreen, mosquito balm or spray, and hat.