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Set north of Labuan Bajo, about an hour away by boat, Seraya Island has an excellent offshore reef and drop-off and a good beach for lazing on.

The reef is in very good condition and the volume and variety of fish (as least to snorkelling amateurs like us) appeared to be even more varied than at Kanawa. Expect to see sharks off the north point and turtles straight off the centre of the reef.

There is a channel, more or less right in front of the restaurant that you're encouraged to swim out via to minimise the risk of coming into direct contact with the rest of the reef.

Unlike Kanawa there is a fishing village on the island, on the far southeastern point and it is a fairly straightforward walk from Seraya Bungalows to the village. If you do decide to visit, please remember to dress conservatively.

Also off the beach, the resort is backed by a series of lookouts that run along the ridge behind it. While not as spectacular as those at Kanawa, they're still well worth the effort to reach and are not all that taxing.

Accommodation here is more basic than at Kanawa and the management is rather lacking in the initiative department -- yes, they're even worse here. The bungalows are extremely basic with grotty bucket bathrooms and some, seemingly those close to the kitchen, come with complimentary rats -- do not bring food into the bungalow!

Food options are extremely limited, and even with such an abbreviated menu, some items will not be available. Expect to eat fried rice and perhaps fish in the evenings -- the fish we had was excellent.


Nevertheless, Seraya does retain a certain rustic, old-school charm.

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There are no ATMs on the island -- bring enough cash with you.

There is no WiFi, though a very very patchy Telkomsel 3G signal can be picked up.

Water is limited on the island and services such as laundry are done back in Labuan Bajo.

Seraya is a around an hour from Labuan Bajo by boat. Boat transfers both ways are included in the cost of accommodation. Turn up at their office at Gardena Bungalows beforehand and they'll walk you to the boat.

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Text and/or map last updated on 8th May, 2013.

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