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Labuan Bajo

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Air

Labuan Bajo's airport is located on the outskirts of town -- you could walk it if you really had to but a bemo should take you for 10,000 rupiah. Their are regular flights from Labuan Bajo to Ende and Maumere along with Bali and other destinations across the region. Air Wings, Merpati, Sky Aviation and Trans Nusa all fly to Labuan Bajo.

In high season if flying from or to Bali it is essential you book your flights as soon as possible as they fill up fast.

Air Wings (Lion Air)
Merpati
Sky Aviation
Trans Nusa

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Bus

The public transport system out of Labuan Bajo is a little fluid so double check times and prices on arrival. Any travel agent or hotel can arrange this for you -- you'll be picked up at your hotel.

Sample fares include Ruteng 70,000 (four departures daily), Bajawa 150,000 and Ende 220,000.

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Boat

Labuan Bajo is the western port for Flores. According to the Pelni website both the the Tilongkabila and the Wilis berth at Labuan Bajo.

Wilis (roughly a 12 day circuit)
Makassar - Bima - Labuan Bajo - Waingapu - Ende - Kupang - Ende - Waingapu - Labuan Bajo - Bima - Makassar - Marapokot - Larantuka - Kupang - Larantuka - Marapokot - Makassar

Tilongkabila (roughly a 13 day circuit)
Benoa - Lembar - Bima - Labuan Bajo - Makassar - Bau Bau - Raha - Kendari - Kolonedale - Luwuk - Gorontalo - Bitung - Gorontalo - Luwuk - Kolonedale - Kendari - Raha - Bau-Bau - Makassar - Labuan Bajo = Bima - Lembar - Benoa

Check the Pelni website for detailed schedules and bear in mind these may change due to weather and other random conditions.

There is a daily ferry service from Labuan Bajo to Sape in Sumbawa.

This is also the end- or start-point for the Flores-Sumbawa-Lombok boat services run by Perama and others.

http://www.pelni.co.id/
http://www.peramatour.com/

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Other

If you're in a group or looking for more comfort, hiring a driver is a good option. Costs vary a little depending on vehicle and where you want to go, but expect to pay in the range of 600,000 to 700,000 rupiah per day. That should include the driver, vehicle, petrol and the driver's meals and accommodation.

Suggested drivers and guides for Labuan Bajo and surroundings include:

Loys
T: (0813) 3945 9148
Veteran Flores-local guide who seems to know just about everybody. If he's busy, he can help you connect with other guides and drivers -- and can confidently answer many of your travel questions.

Jimmy
T: (0813) 3969 8563
Friendly young guide and excellent driver who can take you to Wae Rebo, the Cunca Rami waterfall, and other hot areas in western Flores and further afield. He's full of interesting information, and can explain the production of arak, Manggarai houses, and tree species with equal aplomb (among other topics).

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Getting Around

Ojeks or motorcycle taxis ply Labuan Bajo, and 5,000 rupiah will get you most places in (and a bit out) of town. Many ojek drivers will offer you their phone number if you're looking for a regular bet.

Bemos are small vans with seats in them that look dodgy, but are an accepted technique of transport around LBJ and further afield. Not suggested for long haul travel, but will do for getting around town. 5,000 rupiah is also a good benchmark for most bemo fares.

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