260 miles from Kupang
Coming from the south approach on NW heading, past the small river on starboard to find a good spot about 250 metres south of the square concrete commercial jetty. Anchor here in 12-14 meters on sand. The northern channel is narrower (but still safe), so more attention is required. There are strong currents running through the channel between town and Bajo Island and when wind and tide appose it gets interesting.
Best to dinghy just past the north wall of the commercial pier where a restaurant owner has a private dock you can readily use without charge. The Harbour Master’s office and town amenities are a short walk.
Labuan Bajo is the closest populated settlement to Komodo with air connections to other Indonesian destinations. Many tour operators use it as their pickup point for Komodo and Rinca Island excursions.
This once-quaint waterfront town is fast developing into the next hyper-growth tourist area east of Bali and the Gilis. Facilities for cruising yachts are exceptional with access to small repairs, fuel, water and provisions all flown in daily from Bali.
Plenty of opportunity to leave your boat anchored here and join the daily fast speedboat scuba diving and dragon-viewing tours to the best of the Komodo Group.
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