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Kanawa Island: Chillin’ in Paradise

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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.

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Chillin by the beach

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!

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Look at the stars…

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.

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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.

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Find the shark!

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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.


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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  • cathy
    April 27, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    Indonesia has a lot of faraway islands like the Philippines. Which ever islands they are, I think they are all beautiful. And, how much guarantee I can get to be sitting next to a pogi guy if I take a window seat? Posible ba yun loves? hahaha kidding aside. You’re always great at writing. Teka nga, I’ll book a flight to Indonesia! haha Xx

  • Sandy N Vyjay
    April 26, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Kanawa island does look like a slice of paradise. The sands look so pristine as if it has never been touched by the feet of humans. Love the turquoise and placid waters too. A great place to chill and do nothing 🙂

    April 25, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    “See the line where the sky meets the sea?
    It calls me
    And no one knows
    How far it goes”

    The clear waters are calling me!! Haaays I wanna go to the beach right now. Kanawa Island is amazing. The sand, the waters, the marine life, and everything. I wish I could visit this place soon.

  • Promise Chika Maxwell
    April 25, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    I feel like waking up the next day only to find myself in Kanawa island. No doubt, its a paradise indeed! To add up to it all you came across some baby sharks!

  • Roneth Politud
    April 25, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    This is a beautiful island! Thank you for sharing this information. Maybe I’ll visit here when I go to Indonesia. 😀

  • Haze Tolentino
    April 25, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    This is so nice, Dada! I will try to make it to Indonesia this year!

  • Ambuj Saxena
    April 25, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    Kanawa island and its resort look so fascinating! I really wanna be there! Thanks for contributing to my bucket list!

  • Indrani
    April 25, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    I want to get to this place right now. The water is so clear and can’t believe such huge starfish live so close to beach. I would have wanted to scoop up one in hand though I wouldn’t as they can be dangerous too.

  • maegan
    April 25, 2017 at 7:43 am

    I saw your first picture and immediately fell in LOVE! Great post!

  • Marge
    April 25, 2017 at 7:13 am

    I actually found myself nodding when I read the part about not going snorkeling hahahaha… I am also very lazy when it comes to those kinds of activities. If I don’t have to, I won’t do it lol. The sea urchins freaked me out a bit. I heard it’s extremely painful if you happen to step on them. Kanawa island looks amazing too, would to go there.

  • Joanna
    April 25, 2017 at 12:52 am

    You definitely have to return to Kanawa island and try snorkeling. There;s a reason to go back! 🙂 The water is so clear and beautiful, the visibility must be amazing in the deep as well! I have never seen a starfish before, they are so cute!