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Kanawa Island – Offshore Island of Labuan Bajo – West Flores

Kanawa Island – Offshore Island of Labuan Bajo – West Flores

Kanawa is a lovely little island, people compared it to an hidden gem, located at the edge of world famous Komodo National Park. it’s probably the best way to enjoy the National park, since it is located just few minutes away by boat, offering tours, diving, food and accommodation on pristine white sand beaches.
The island is fully surrounded by an untouched coral reef where turtles, sharks, mantas and thousands of sea creatures live.

The beautiful island of Kanawa on the edge of the komodo Marine Park is 32 hectares of peace, and tranquillity surrounded by crystal clear waters teeming with marine life.
Kanawa is everyone’s image of paradise – crystal clear waters, fine white sand and the gently lapping of water at your feet. Kanawa is a small, picturesque island just off the coast of Labuan Bajo, Flores.

Kanawa island is located just 6miles away from Labuan Bajo, at the borders of UNESCO World Heritage site, Komodo National Park.
Kanawa is a beautiful tropical island of about 32 hectares, surrounded by natural reefs and white sand beaches. Perfect for snorkeling. The small island can be circled in less than an hour’s walk. An easy hike to the island’s highest point (91 meters) affords you views of Komodo National Park, Labuan Bajo village, and breathtaking sunsets.

Kanawa Island (Indonesian: Pulau Kanawa) is considered as one of south east Asia’s most idyllic islands, fully surrounded by spectacular reef with thousands of fish species, turtles, corals and reef sharks, sometimes it is possible to see some mantas just around the arrival jetty. Kanawa island is just 10 km away from Labuan Bajo (about 1hr with a local boat or 10 minutes with speed boat) and located just at the boarders of Komodo National Park.

In Kanawa island guests can enjoy most breath-taking sunrises and sunsets, about a kilometers of untouched white sand beaches ais available for sunbathing and walks

It is an untouched secluded island, fully surrounded by reef and white sand beaches. In the middle a small hill guarantees a spectacular view all over the park and Labuan Bajo bay.

Snorkeling, diving and trekking are just fabulous, one of the best place all over the world to dive and snorkel.
On the island a rare sea eagle made its nest, and a dear and some goats live widely but not scared of humans, as for all the fishes and turtles which swim freely in the turquoise waters.

History
The island sued to belong to a local from the nearby fisherman village of Pulau Mesah. on 2010 the island has been purchased by a group of European (italian, Dutch, Spanish) who are at the moment taking care of it, keeping it as a simple place for travelers, but clean, organized, offering tours and diving and creating a conservation program which includes turtle sanctuary, no fishing zone on the reef, english and environmental education classes at local schools, use of green energy….

Landscape
The island is of about 30hectares, with two main beaches, one on purpose kept at natural status. in the centre of the island a beautiful hill provides spectacular views all over the national park.

Andi Hermansyah