Kelor Island in Manggarai Regency, East Nusa Tenggara Province
There are two islands, which share the same name (Kelor) in Indonesia Archipelago. The first one is located in the Thousand Islands Province and the other belongs to Manggarai Regency in East Nusa Tenggara Province. The second one is considered recommended for those who are visiting Komodo National Park. The island is famous for its serenity and unspoiled scenery, on which tourists can relax and perform trekking. Not to mention Kelor Island is suitable for a romantic and tranquil honeymoon and family vacations.
Kelor Island has many features, including beautiful beaches, mountains, local activities, and calm sea. In the shorelines, you can even see some local boats and kids. The locals often come to the beach to do many fun activities like swimming, riding boats, running on the beach, and much more. That means water sports become the main activities in Kelor, so tourists need to prepare extra clothes prior to visiting the island. It is because they are likely to get wet when playing on the seashore.
Exploring Kelor Island
What can tourists do in Kelor Island? The thing is you won’t find any facilities in this island, as Kelor is considered uninhabited. Due to this reason, visitors can enjoy a peaceful atmosphere and unspoiled nature. The sea scenery is definitely top-notch. Usually, most of the tourists would only want to get around and enjoy sightseeing. Not to mention it is only one day, since there are no accommodations there. That means Kelor is only suitable for island hopping, as it is located near to other islands and has no facilities.
The other fun activities to do are snorkeling, photography, swimming, and diving. Water sports are popular in Kelor Island, as it features perfect sea and shorelines. The water is clear and the sand is soft. Numerous types of fishes also live in the water, including clown fishes (Nemo)! As an extra, tourists are able to see mesmerizing landscape in the horizon. Another fun thing to do is beach walking, as the size of the island is not quite big. That means you can explore it without hassles.
Before getting back to Labuan Bajo City, it is better to explore some other parts of Kelor Island. Some hills are available in the island, so you must prepare your stamina and some equipment. In fact, some hills are considered extreme! Make sure to carry bottled water, as well. As for the tips, you need to carry some items like a camera, extra clothes, a map, and some money. A tour guide is a good idea, actually.
- Manta Ray Dive Center
- Kanawa Island
- Padar Island
How to Get There
Despite the long trip, Kelor Island is a worthy vacation destination. It only takes about 1 hour from Labuan Bajo City. What about those who come from Kupang City? In this case, the trip takes roughly 31 hours and the distance is 909 km. Not to mention it involves several checkpoints, so the trip would be both tiring and long. Have no worries. Once you get to Kelor Island, your stamina may replenish at once.
Where to Stay
- Jayakarta Suites Hotel
- Bintang Flores Hotel
- Luwansa Beach Resort
- Monica Villa