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Labuan Bajo Trip, Enjoy Manggarai Coffee with A Unique Bitter Taste

In eastern Indonesia, Labuan Bajo is a hidden gem. This settlement is in East Nusa Tenggara Province’s Komodo District, West Manggarai Regency, which is directly opposite to West Nusa Tenggara Province and divided by the Sape Strait. Labuan Bajo is one of Indonesia’s five Super Priority Destinations. This location serves as the entrance to Komodo National Park, which is home to incredible natural beauty and world-famous ancient species. Starting your Labuan Bajo trip with the endangered Komodo dragon on Rinca Island and Komodo Island. With a string of exotic islands, underwater wildlife, and wonderful beaches, you can discover everything you need.

Labuan bajo trip

Labuan Bajo Trip, Reaching the gates of heaven on earth

Komodo National Park and Labuan Bajo are inextricably linked. The two are connected and visiting Komodo National Park while in Labuan Bajo is a must. You can use a ferry or a fast boat to get there. There are numerous departure options available, ranging from early to evening. 

When visiting Komodo National Park, you will be treated to some incredible sights. One of them is taking pictures with Komodo. This will be an unforgettable experience for a lifetime, namely taking pictures with rare animals that only exist in Indonesia.

Aside from Komodo dragons, this national park is known for its breathtaking scenery. If you like photography, you must enter several spots here as a place to take pictures. With its hill-shaped island and blue water gradations in the background, it’s known as Padar Island. Kelor Island is just as cool, and the view of the island and the crystal blue sea from the summit is too lovely to pass up.

Pink Beach, also known as Pantai Merah by locals, is another must-see attraction. Microscopic invertebrates and reddish-colored coral pieces along the coast are responsible for the beach’s crimson color. 


If you want to bring your souvenirs home from Labuan Bajo, there are some special souvenirs that you shouldn’t miss, one of which is the Songke cloth typical of Tanah Manggarai. This fabric is usually black and features a range of vibrant designs. Songke motifs, like other Indonesian fabrics, are quite different and have their own meaning. 

There are several Songke motifs:

  • Ranggong (spider) symbolizes honesty and hard work.
  • The link between humans and their natural surroundings is known as Wela Kawu (kapok flower).
  • The Manggarai people are like little flowers, but they are a source of beauty, as symbolized by the Wela Runu (runu flower).
  • Ntala (star) is a Sanskrit word that meaning “good wishes and prayers.”
  • The principle of Ju’i (boundary lines) is that everything has an end.

As a souvenir, you can prepare some traditional Labuan Bajo delicacies, such as Manggarai coffee. It is well-known for its distinct bitter flavor. Kompiang is a flour bread with sesame seeds sprinkled on top, or rebok is a snack prepared with processed flour rice and grated coconut.

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