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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 (at 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 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.

As of April 2014 the sole accommodation on the island was closed for renovations. When we asked at Gardena Bungalows in Labuan Bajo they were unable to tell us anything regarding how long the renovation would take, nor what the planned standard would be. A renovation wouldn't be before time as the bungalows were extremely basic with grotty bucket bathrooms and some, seemingly those close to the kitchen, come with complimentary rats.

When we asked if we were still able to visit the island, we were told that we could visit to snorkel at the reef but no services would be available on the island. The staffer really didn't seem to know much, so we're not at all clear what is going to be happening here.

Orientation
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 occasionally be picked up.

Seraya is a around an hour from Labuan Bajo by boat.

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Text and/or map last updated on 25th May, 2014.

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Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton and he spends most of his time in Bali, Indonesia.

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