Komodo Dragon ecolodge in Flores

Description of Komodo Dragon ecolodge in Flores

You will be staying at The Bajo Komodo Eco Lodge, the first hotel in Labuan Bajo to offer comfortable accommodation to travellers. Opening in 2002, it is on the beach and famous for the sunsets over the Komodo Islands a view from the bar and restaurant. Close to the Komodo National Park, a World Heritage Site. It combines good accommodation, service and cuisine with the ideal opportunity to view the giant lizards (also known as Komodo Dragons) and dive, snorkel or view birds in one of the most beautiful coral and island areas on the globe. It is also our base of the "Trans Flores Scenic, Cultural and Wildlife Safari.

How to find us Proceed to Bali from where there are many flights a week to Labuan Bajo on Flores Island island located between Sumbawa and Timor. You can also go overland but this is much longer and more arduous.

Rooms, food and facilities

The lodge features, 16 rooms with AC, fan, hot water and phone, complimentary breakfast, swimming pool, free airport transfers, a restaurant serving three meals per day at reasonable prices, a bar, bottled drinking water supplied.

Also includes information, books and binoculars for bird and butterfly watching, affordable vehicle hire with modern vehicles and experienced drivers, masks/snorkels for hire (no fins), storage area for diving gear, tour information to Komodo National Park, boat pick-up from the beach for snorkelling, diving or river safari.

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Komodo Dragon ecolodge in Flores

The lodge has developed envrionmentally friendly buildings with the use of solar power for hot water, a rain water storage system, and the use of a reed-bed and water garden sewage treatment system where all waste water is returned to the gardens through irrigation.

The lodge is considered an "eco hotel" because it fulfills the six main components of eco tourism, namely:

- it depends on the natural environment
- is ecologically sustainable
- is proven to contribute to conservation
- features an enviromental training program
- incorporates cultural considerations
- provides a net economic return to the local community.

All our staff are local people from Manggerai. Thus we fulfil the necessary requirement to use a majority of local people. Over 90% of funds are returned to the local community. Environmental training programs have been developed with all our stakeholders, namely our staff (through on the job training), our guests (through room files), the local government and community (by out reach) and the international community by working closely with the local office of The Nature Conservancy and The Komoso National Park (these organisations have used our lodge as a training centre for many workshops to do with coral reef protection).

Reviews of Komodo Dragon ecolodge in Flores

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 18 Feb 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


There were several things that were memorable - being met at the airport in Bali with garlands of flowers, the great food and the lovely friendly staff at hotels - but the things that really stood out were the fantastic guide we had with us, the boat trips, the snorkeling (including seeing 15-20 manta rays which was unforgettable), the komodo dragons, watching the sunset and fruit bats fly from the roof of the boat, and the amazing scenery and 'untouched' feel to the place.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Pack plenty of sun screen and a rash vest - spending time on boats and in and around the water all the time it is very easy to catch the sun. Also be open with the company as to what you actually want from the holiday - we found they were more than happy to tailor the holiday to our needs.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes - the majority of our trip was located within a National Park and it appeared that local people were working in the hotel and local boats were used to take us out to other islands. On visiting Rinca and Komodo we went hiking with rangers who again were all local. A lot of the food we were served was made using fresh fish and produce from local markets .

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


A fantastic trip to a beautiful place with an abundance of nature, amazing dramatic scenery and really friendly people.

Reviewed on 02 Jun 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The boat trip that the Eco Lodge organised to Rinca and Komodo Island was really lovely. The food was amazing (how he did that magic in a boat is beyond me) and the snorkelling was easily the best I've ever done - we saw Turtles, Rays, Scorpion Fish, beautiful coral and a whole host of gorgeous sea life. Our guide was really friendly and helpful, just like it said on his shirt!
The staff organising my booking and taking care of things at the lodge are all unendingly solicitous. I also had the best breakfast pancakes of our Indonesia trip here.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


The Komodo Eco Lodge is an hour's walk outside of Labuan Bajo. This means you will have to use the hotel's shuttle service (at 50,000Rp a journey) or set off in very good time for your dinner as food here is over priced and under spiced. Check the room price on other websites before booking directly, taking into account payment charges.
I thought from the website that there would be bird watching or hiking trips easily available from the hotel but no-one seemed to know anything about these activities.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


There were certainly a lot of helpful staff at the resort who are clearly local to the area and they are happy to arrange trips which further benefit local outfits.
The water heater is solar (which maybe explains why the water wasn't warm) and they use a bottle refil system rather than generating lots of new plastic which seems to be quite rare. Beyond that, I have no idea how it's an 'eco lodge' as the rooms are just normal, airy hotel rooms in a lovely landscaped garden area.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


We had a very pleasant time at the lodge and were pleased that they took care of us while we experienced this gorgeous part of the country.

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