Flores, Indonesia – After spending most of our day with komodos in Komodo Island and the beauty of Pink Beach, we ended our day in the paradisiacal Kanawa Island.
Docking at the island’s jetty, the island looked deserted at first glance, complete with shipwrecks on the beach and small dry hills. I would have thought the island was uninhabited if not for the presence of bungalows and beach umbrellas on the other side.
Trying to shield ourselves from the bright and harsh sun, we made our way to the only restaurant in the island. Serving Indonesian and Western dishes, the restaurant’s prices can shock you for a bit until you realize that it is the only food source in the island. Do take note that they don’t have Wi-Fi and only accepts cash.
Foregoing our need to drink something cold, we headed to the beach to find some shade to chill in. After dozing for a bit, we decided to join the others in the water. If not for the searing heat, I would have walked around and even climbed the hill. But, next time, maybe!
The island’s crystal clear and calm waters definitely made me happy, as I’m not very comfortable with murky waters. As Rain and I were walking around knee-deep waters, we not only saw a lot of colorful starfishes, but baby sharks as well. Win!
Tired from the day’s activities, I didn’t push through with snorkeling. Too bad really because from the other bloggers’ photos, Kanawa Island also looks like a paradise underwater.
#TripofWonders Day 8: Kanawa Island, Komodo National Park, Flores, #Indonesia ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ "Never hesitate to go far away , beyond all seas, all frontiers, all countries, all beliefs." – Amin Malapit ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ Win a trip to Indonesia by taking an easy quiz! Just click on the link in my newest blog post! Link on my bio! 😘 ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ Next to Pink Beach, Kanawa Island is my next favorite beach in #wonderfulIndonesia. Crystal clear turquoise waters that let me see lots of starfish, a few baby sharks, and colorful fishes just to name a few. And to think that Indonesia wasn't high up on my list back then. Super thankful to @indtravel for the opportunity to get to know the beauty and diversity of some of Indonesia's islands. Will surely be coming back for more! ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ Model: @travelosyo #PSwanderlust
After a bit of walking around and taking pictures, we stayed for a bit in the hut by the jetty before boarding our boats. The turquoise waters along the jetty were full of sea urchins and as we were staring, baby sharks again passed by. And this time, I finally got to take a shot.
We left the island with our sun-kissed skin, hearts full of Indonesia’s beauty, and an experience to last a long time.
WHERE TO STAY: KANAWA ISLAND RESORT
For those looking to stay overnight or a few days in the island, there is only one resort in the island – Kanawa Island Resort. You can choose from bungalows, bales, or tents to stay in.
One night stay in a bungalow can cost around Rp 250,000.
They also provide boat transfers to-and-from Labuan Bajo, free of charge which leaves 12 PM from LBJ, and 8 PM from Kanawa. Paid chartered boats are also available, if you would like to leave on your own schedule.
The resort also has its own diving center.
Currently pretending i'm at the beach 🏝 ⚊⚊⚊⚊⚊⚊⚊⚊⚊⚊⚊⚊⚊ "At the beach, life is different. Time doesn't move hour to hour, but mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides and follow the sun. " – Unknown ⚊⚊⚊⚊⚊⚊⚊⚊⚊⚊⚊⚊⚊ Kanawa island is another stop on our Labuan Bajo journey for #tripofwonders last year. Love that it was low tide when we got there and saw a lot of starfish as well as baby sharks! Water was so clear too! 🐟🦈 #WonderfulIndonesia
HOW TO GET TO KANAWA ISLAND
From Lombok (Praya), we took a flight to Bali (Denpasar) via Garuda Airlines. Travel time: 45 minutes. We then took a Kalstar flight from Denpasar to Labuan Bajo. Travel time: 50 minutes.
Make sure to choose a window seat. Landing in Labuan Bajo is one of the most scenic I had so far in my years of traveling.
Garuda Airlines has flights everyday from Lombok to Denpasar. Kalstar Aviation also has flights everyday from Denpasar (DPS) to Labuan Bajo (LBJ).
Labuan Bajo (West Flores), a small fishing town, is the jump off point if you want to explore the islands in Komodo National Park, including Kanawa Island. Boat ride from Labuan Bajo to Kanawa Island takes 1.5 hours
Disclosure: I was invited to join the Trip of Wonders in September for Wonderful Indonesia. Thank you to the Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia. Although this is a sponsored trip, all opinions and biases are my own.
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