Wonderful Indonesia: Kanawa, Kelor Island & Flores
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Crystal clear waters are what will draw you into this island at first glance. Only 15 km from the growing fishermen’s town of Labuan Bajo of Flores, Kanawa island is teeming with coral reefs and colorful fishes.
The white sand and crystalline waters in contrast with its tropical terrain make up its character. There’s not much to do on the island but while away the quiet hours, sipping some fresh coconut juice and getting a good view of its underwater paradise by snorkeling.
After all, the only establishment here is the Kanawa Island Resort’s that has a restaurant housed under a small hut. For those who wish to chill with more ease and comfort by the beach, they have eco-friendly bungalows available for rent.
Formerly known as the Kherkof Island, Kelor Island is a spot that’s not so far behind from the beauty of its neighboring islands in the Thousand Islands cluster of Komodo National Park.
If you’re looking for sites to snorkel in, we didn’t find any but that might possibly be because we were only staying on one side of the island. The weather was, sadly, an overcast, at the time of our visit so we didn’t get to experience the island in its full glory. In any case, you will see traces of its beauty from the sandbar in which you can walk on during low tide.
Kelor was our last stop during our tour in Labuan Bajo.
The rough and dry lands of the Komodo National Park are a study in contrast with the brimming marine life found in its beaches that are spread throughout its many islands.
The island of Flores serves as the jump off point to all the exploration done in Komodo National Park. If you’re looking for a place to stay, do check out La Prima Hotel (check hotel rates), which is a 10-minute drive from the harbor where our boats to all the different clusters of islands were docked.
They have a simple yet sweet accommodation, which is good enough if you’ll be spending a whole chunk of your stay out anyway. It has a private access to the beach, allowing you a beautiful view of the sea in the mornings.
La Prima Hotel in Labuan Bajo
La Prima Hotel (check hotel availability) is so convenient and strategically located such that there are good local and western restaurants nearby. One such restaurant that’s great for the sunset view was the Paradise Bar where we had some sundowners and some of the best nachos and fries served within the island.
Despite the heat throughout our trip in Labuan Bajo, I have never embraced the sunshine as I have in this trip! With this in mind, go explore and marvel in the captivating wonders of Indonesia! May you go visit and enjoy your stay!