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Kanawa Island, Labuan Bajo

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Rest on the tiny Kanawa Island, home to pristine white sands, thatched huts, and turquoise waters. Rent a mask and flippers and simply walk into the shallow reef-sheltered ocean to enjoy world-class snorkeling. Many tropical fish swim just steps from the shore, with small sharks, turtles, and other creatures farther out towards the reefs. Climb the small hill rising in the center of the island for panoramic views, keeping an eye out for eagles, wild goats, and other animals. Local businesses only accept cash, and as the island offers few amenities, bring your own supplies and lots of sunscreen and insect repellent. Using our world travel planner, Labuan Bajo attractions like Kanawa Island can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Did not stay overnight (after reading many negative reviews about the resort on the island), just a short snorkeling stop enroute to Komodo Island. The beach & surrounding sea were beautiful & stunnin...  more »
  • White sand, amazing view, quite, breathtaking. If you have time to spare while waiting for your afternoon flight, this is the place to kill your time. Look like a stranded island, only a small cafeter...  more »
  • Nice beach and snorkling spot but touristic. Bar and chairs available but a bit pity that they even ask money to dock the boat..  more »

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Where to stay in Labuan Bajo

With options ranging from basic guesthouses to up-market beach resorts, Labuan Bajo offers something for any budget. The majority of accommodations in Labuan Bajo sit on the beach within walking distance of the town's harbor. However, if you don't mind walking an extra few minutes you can find something quieter on the hill. Almost all accommodations offer free Wi-Fi. If traveling in July or August, make sure to reserve your room in advance to avoid a lengthy search on arrival.
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