Labuan Bajo, Once a small fishing village, the capital of the regency Mangarai Barat, the western most region of Flores, Labuan Bajo (also spelled Labuhanbajo and Labuanbajo) in Flores the launching point for impressive trips to Komodo Island and Rinca Island, home of the famous Komodo dragons.Besides spotting the Varanus komodensis, the main attraction in this area is the extraordinary marine life. Komodo archipelago is indeed a paradise for both divers and snorkellers. Several islands within a hour by boat from Labuan Bajo offer great diving and snornkelling opportunities: Bidadari Island, Seraya Island, Sabolo Island to the North of Labuan Bajo, and Kanawa and Sebayur island to the West. Southward, on the route to Rinca there is Kalong Island house of a colony of “flying foxes”, huge bats that can be seen flying away in thousands at dusk.
The Labuan Bajo Airport also known as Komodo Airport has switched operations from the old, and now as International Airport. There is ATM inside the terminal. The Airport Komodo is located 2 km out of town.
Garuda Indonesia, Wings Air (Lionair) and NAM Air (Sriwijaya Air) all fly from Denpasar, providing almost daily flights between them. Most flights continue to either Ende H. Hasan Aroeboesman Airport, Maumere Fransiskus Xaverius Seda Airport in eastern Flores or Kupang in West Timor. There is no flight from Lombok to Flores anymore.
The port in Labuan Bajo is located in the town, and everywhere is reached within a 5-10 minutes walk.
The ferry from Sape (Sumbawa Island) runs daily twice and usually arrives around 16:00 and in the afternoon. the ferry from Labuan Bajo to Sape leaves at 9 in the morning.
Pelni ships arrive from Makassar or Lombok. Pelni has two ships calling on Labuan Bajo every 2 weeks. Tilong Kabila departs for Bima, Lembar (Lombok, 24 hr) and Benoa (Bali) every other Thursday and returns the following Sunday to go to Makassar and other destinations in Sulawesi. Willis departs for Bima – Benoa – Surabaya every other Saturday and returns Saturday one week later to go east to Marapokot and Maumere.
There is a car ferry running weeklybetween Labuan Bajo and Bira in Southern Sulawesi, leaving Labuanbajo on Tuesdays and leaving Bira on Sundays. The journey takes two nights and one day, and has stops on the way.
Buses from Ruteng and Bajawa stop and depart in the centre of town near the school.