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Kanawa Island, Labuan Bajo

(3.5/5 based on 340+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Crystal-clear waters, abundance of sea life, live coral, and beautiful white sand. The coast was an amazing experience for snorkeling! 
  • We went with our two children ages of 6 and 10 years. The island is without real interest. The kind of resort is composed and not terrible shacks without running water, the water being absent on the island, it is rationed. There is a restaurant with "resort" where you can eat Spaghetti Bolognese. However as soon as you take your mask and your snorkel, what you'll see is beyond imagination. The funds are beautiful and incredibly diverse and colorful species. We went with a fisherman who dropped us and waited for us on the island (for 20USD/day) where we spent the day, it takes 2 hours to reach Labuan Bajo, and so an incident (what happened to us my wife was bitten by a striped knit), it is very problematic. On the way back we had a little bad weather, and our ship's captain seemed very concerned, but we are right back in the pouring rain with no problem. Please note that in this area the currents between the Islands are extremely violent and that he must be careful to not get caught up in it when snorkelling. In any case, despite a few incidents it was a beautiful day that we will never forget. We recommend.
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  • A beautiful place for snorkeling with a lots of fishes species, colored corals, white sandy beach, it is only 2 hour from Labuan Bajo