Category: Southeast Asia

Padar Island Flores: Get to Know Komodo National Park’s Poster Child

Once home to the Komodo dragons, Padar Island is now known for its impressive landscape, easily making the island postcard material. The vantage view of Padar Island is a treasure chest for photographers. Let’s get to know this magical place a little bit before you go on the unforgettable Padar island tour. 

Padar island boasts Flores’ most iconic view 

Epic coastlines surrounded by deep blue waters, Padar Island’s view is out of this world. The  curving coastlines had apparently been a favorite of travel photographers, so much to the point that you wouldn’t see Flores photos without the iconic view of the hill atop the stunning island. 

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Different colored beaches in a single place 

Padar Island seemed to hog amazing natural phenomenon by itself. Not only does it boasts Flores’ signature island view, the island apparently has beaches that are out of this world. Different-colored beaches exist within a single island. This magical island has pink beach, black beach, and white beaches. 

The pink beach, one of the few in the world

The famed pink beach is definitely among visitors’ favorites. Just as the name suggests, the sand found on the beach is mixed with millions of pieces of corals that were shattered centuries ago, mixed with white snad. It’s one of the rarest sand colors in the world. The pink hue comes from the creatures called Foraminifera. 

The hike up is so worth it 

Trekking and hiking are one of the most popular activities in Padar Island. The island lets you discover some of the most captivating sights in the world. The hike to the top takes approximately 40 minutes more or less, depending on your stamina and your rest, or well, how many pictures you took on the way up. 

The ultimate adventure: rediscovering savannah

Trekking in Padar Island is like coming out of a fantasy storybook. While the vantage point from the summit is what people seek, the hike to the summit is delight in itself. Many people go up the during the blind hours in the morning to catch the sunrise. However, a trek up the summit during mid-morning to early afternoon can be an excellent idea. You’ll encounter less people who are hunting for their sunrise, and moreover, you’ll be able to enjoy the whole the view all over the savannah. 

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Diving in Padar Island 

The Flores area in is a grand pace of discovering marine species abound. And despite its size, the waters surrounding the island have at least five known species of sharks, and sightings of the sought-after Manta Rays are not rare. If you’re not keen on scuba diving, It’s undoubtedly is an excellent place to do snorkeling as well. The pristine waters all around the place meant that the view point is excellent even through the surface. 

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Flores is known as one of the top destinations in the world for diving; and it’s definitely listed in many divers’ bucket list. If you’d like to maximize your diving in Flores Indonesia, the best method you could do to get as many dives as possible is by joining a dive cruise or a liveaboard. This will allow you to reach dive sites that are difficult to get into on a day trip. 

Visiting the Fish Market during Open Trip Labuan Bajo

Going on an open trip Labuan Bajo won’t be complete without visiting the fish markets. Known as a small, charming harbor town, Labuan Bajo has plenty to offer when it comes to seafood fresh straight out of fishermen’s boats. Ready to discover and nom at delightful sea morsels during your ailing trip Labuan Bajo of Flores? 

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Open Trip Labuan Bajo: Bask in the hustle bustle of the market 

Visiting the fish market is one of the best activities you could do even if you only have a one day trip Labuan Bajo and your itinerary would head elsewhere. Aside from fresh fishes, it’s an excellent opportunity for you to talk to the locals and be a part of the fascinating everyday life of the people of Flores. Witness how the market is bustling with people and life. Visiting new destinations is all about authentic local experiences. 

Savor the freshest seafood dishes straight from the fishers’ boat 

What better way to eat your seafood than freshly caught and cooked to perfection? It’s one of the most delightful (or should we say, tasteful?) experiences in Labuan Bajo. Whether it’s salmon, tuna, squid, or whatever you’re in the mood for, get ready for a feast. Enjoy your seafood with the Indonesian traditional sambal and the delightful spices that perfectly compliments the freshness of your meal. 

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Find sellers that offer cooking the seafood you just bought. Some stalls offer grilling the seafood, along with the rice and the flavorful sambal for you to enjoy on the spot. Enjoy a freshly caught lobster and see it prepared, cooked, and served right in front of you. A visit to the fish market in your open trip Labuan Bajo may just be one of the highlights of your travel. 

Observe the locals interacting and bargaining 

Going to a Pasar (traditional market) market in Indonesia is an experience on its own. It’s definitely not for the faint-hearted, as the occasional shoving, the smell of morsels, and the apparent lack of hygiene in general would definitely put tourists off. But the experience of going there by yourself during open trip Labuan Bajo to purchase these fresh fishes yourself is a great learning experience. 

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Don’t forget the fruit juices to accompany your meal 

Aside from the delicious seafood you’re having here, make sure to get to the fruit stall that sell juices as well. The selections of tropical fruits you’ll be able to taste in its freshest state is delightful. Whether it’s mango, watermelon, papaya, pineapple, banana, or mix juices you’re planning to get, the tangy-fruity taste compliments the meal and freshen your tongue after a hearty seafood meal. Alternatively, if you see a stall that sells coconuts? Go there and have one big glass of coconut water along with its meat prepared for you. By the end of the visit, you’re going to have a full, happy stomach. 

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How to get to Labuan Bajo fish market 

Labuan Bajo is a harbor town; so once you get to the harbor, the first fish market waiting for you is  just a walk away. There are several fish markets that you can get to; TPI Labuan Bajo in Kampung Ujung, Fish Market of Jalan Soekarno Hatta, and then a Night Food Market that opens at 5 pm just beside it. 

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