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Labuan Bajo

This enchanting harbor town is perpetually being upgraded to cope with more travelers. It's the jumping-off point to see prehistoric dragons at Komodo National Park and be awed by world-class diving, and those who stay a little longer fall in love with "Bajo."

Everything you need is located on one-way Jl Soekarno Hatta, which is crammed with restaurants, local rumah makans and plenty of accommodation, travel agents and dive shops. The waterfront bustles with daily life, and connections to other parts of Indonesia are effortless.

A sparkly new marina and five-star AYANA resort opened in 2018; with more luxury accommodation confirmed by 2021, Labuan Bajo, the capital of Manggarai Barat regency, is officially no longer a low-key fishing town. As one local said when referring to a popular bar, 'It's getting busy in Paradise.'

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