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OBGOLF

18 April 2018

Places to Visit

Komodo National Park
Komodo National Park is dominated by three big islands: Komodo Island, Rinca Island, and Padar Island. The park covers a total of 2,321 Km2 of protected land and sea. UNESCO declared Komodo National Park as a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve in 1991 since it is the natural habitat of the largest species of living lizard in the world called the Komodo dragon. Aside from Komodos, the stars of the area, Komodo National Park also offers stunning views, crystal clear water, colored coral reefs, curious fish, giant bats, sun, and plenty of ways to work up a sweat. It’s the perfect combination for an unforgettable adventure trip. 

Kanawa Island
Located around 15 km from Labuan Bajo, the island of Kanawa is surrounded by coral reefs teeming with colorful fish. Its turquoise waters are exceptionally calm and clear. The island is the most popular place to swim and snorkel. This island, which is a hideaway from the already hidden, could be the only resort of this kind that fits the budget of backpackers.

Pink Beach
When visiting Komodo, most tourists usually take the time to visit the Pink Beach. This unique spot has become popular because of its pink tinged sand and underwater world which is caused by microscopic organisms called Foraminifera which turn the reef here red and pink. Located on the Northeast side of Komodo park at a place called Loh Liang, Pink Beach is the perfect spot for relaxing, swimming, and snorkeling to discover the underwater biodiversity. 

Liang Ndara Village
Located 750 meters above sea level, Liang Ndara has become a new destination for visitors to the area. The village offers both cultural and natural attractions for tourists. The most famous attraction in Liang Ndara is the Caci Dance which is a local war dance. In addition to that, Liang Ndara which is situated at the foot of Mount Mbeliling, is also bordered by the Mbeliling Forest. Tourists can partake in several different activities here to explore and enjoy the natural environment. 

Local Food
Kolo

Kolo is a fried rice dish which is typical of East Nusa Tenggara. The rice is mixed with cooking spices, then put in bamboo to bake over hot coals for about 30 minutes before serving.

Sunu Fish Sour Sauce 
This is a dish which displays the interesting culinary flavors of West Manggarai. Sunu fish is cooked in a sour sauce that has a unique and exotic taste. The ingredients for this dish are only available from the area, however, pre-made Sunu fish sour sauce is now sold worldwide.

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