Seraya Island

Only upmarket digs now

Photo of Seraya Island, , Labuan Bajo

What we say: 3 stars

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.

While there used to be a single budgetish (and very dumpish) place to stay on the island, it has been replace by a very upmarket resort that has priced out most travellers who would have previously stayed here. We've not revisited since the new resort since it opened, but friends who have, said it was of debatable value.

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

Last updated: 1st October, 2015

About the author:
Stuart McDonald co-founded 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, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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