Quiet exoticism of Kanawa island

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Some tourists swim in Kanawa blue sea. (photo: IO/Yoga)

IO, Flores – Kanawa island, a small jewel with exotic natural features, is a newly-discovered destination in Labuan Bajo, Flores. The tiny, island – only 32 ha – maintains a quiet, demure beauty with its small beaches and colorful undersea animals. Its discreet glow is like a pearl floating in the middle of the clear blue sea.

Kanawa island is located about 10 km from Labuan Bajo, the gateway to the famous Komodo island. All visitors to Komodo island would definitely pass Kanawa on their way.

Kanawa is naturally built for a relaxed day of just walking the beach and contemplating… for sunning oneself and losing all thoughts… and for swimming, snorkeling, and diving. Even a short distance (10 meters) snorkeling from Kanawa’s beaches will afford you a grand view of coral bunches, schools of fish, turtles, starfish, and myriad kinds of anemones.

On the other side of the island is a great field of red seaweed that turns this part of Kanawa slightly pink. Similar to the phenomenon observed in the Bahamas, Indonesia can boast of having a pink coastline. This side also has a hill that is just right, not too high and not too low, where you can sit and watch either the sunrise or the sunset when you are done trekking.

Kanawa Beach Bungalows are ready to take care of your accommodation needs, providing a range of facilities at various prices that you can book according to your abilities. However, since Kanawa is a favorite destination, you need to make your booking here well beforehand. The stayover package includes breakfast and round-trip pickup service from Labuan Bajo to Kanawa and back. You can rent fishing, snorkeling, and diving equipment here. 

Kanawa island is a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of living in the city. Staying here is like briefly owning your own island: the quietness and peace of the blue skies and seas, the natural beauty of the beach and hill and ocean, the friendliness of the locals – all these encourages us to return there again and again. (Yoga)