Labuan Bajo is a fishing town located on the western tip of Flores Island. Which is part of the East Nusa Tenggara region. Aside from being a small fishing town, Labuan Bajo has now become one of the busiest tourist centers in Flores. This town is a stopover for tourists who want to travel to the island of Komodo. And journey to explore the island of Flores can also be started from Labuan Byhajo.
Along with the increasing number of visitors who come to enjoy the natural beauty of Komodo National Park and Flores Island. Labuan Bajo has provided some facilities to support the activities of the tourists. Among them is the establishment of several 3-4 Stars hotels, as well as some restourant international level.
Most of the population residing in the coastal town of Labuan Bajo work as fishermen. But with a growing tourism activities in the city, there are several fisherman transform their boat into tourist boats to take tourists visit Komodo National Park.
Most of the fishermen have also embraced the Muslim religion is inherited from the Bugis tribe who like sailing in the past. Who ultimately chose this beach as their permanent settlement. So ethnic Bugis dominate the people here . In addition to these tribes, in the region there are also indigenous tribes of Flores island who come from other areas on the island of Flores. including: Manggarai tribe, tribe Bajawa, Lio tribe, Etc. Nevertheless, ethnic and religious diversity in society of Labuan Bajo is not an issue, because all elements of society in this region respect each other.
How to get Here:
You can take flight from Bali or nowaday there is a direct flight that served by Garuda Airlines from Jakarta to Labuan Bajo. Or if you prefer the sea transport you can take PELNI ship from Bali. And there are some fery that leaving every day from Sape to Labuan Bajo. If you want to visit Komodo National Park, the best starting place to start is Labuan Bajo. From here you can take boat to some island suroundings.
Bank and Money Changer.
Now a day, there are some Bank in Labuan Bajo, such as: BNI (Bank Nasional Indonesia), BRI (Bank Rakyat Indonesia), Mandiri Bank, and NTT Bank. And there are several ATM that scattered at some point of this town.
In Labuan Bajo also there are 3 Money Changer which are all located in Jalan Soekarno Hatta Labuan Bajo.