Turquoise gem, Kanawa Island.
After 36 hours on several buses and ferries, we arrived to Labuan Bajo, sleepy and hungry. Our broken bodies needed rest and we decided to relax a couple of days in this port city. But just the next day we ate lunch on a small remote island surrounded with a coral reef and turquoise water. Ah, the joy of not planning 😀
Kanawa island is small and most of it is a hill with dry brown grass (good for watching sunset and sunrise) and in the base the resort starts. It’s not big and has a concept of going back to nature. Electricity and fresh water are limited but it’s nice to be Tent, bale or bungalow, each accommodation is neatly set, toilets and showers all in bamboo (even water comes from a bamboo pipe). The best thing about this resort is that it’s affordable (we payed 200k for the tent, breakfast included). The 1,5 hour boat from Labuan Bajo is free. I think we were lucky because we got the accommodation on the same day, this time they’re mostly full.
We snorkeled every day and it was the nicest reef I’ve ever seen. We’ve seen turtles, quite a big reef shark (yikes!) and baby sharks in shallow water, and a gazillion of fish. Huge fish. Which weren’t afraid at all. Awesome!
They also have a small dive center and a restaurant. Prices of the food are expensive and being this the only food source, we had to be very mindful of our budget. We did get by with only 33 eur per day for both of us. Success!
I hope this island stays unspoiled for as long as possible <3