Ten days on Seraya just whet our appetite for more tropical bliss here on Kanawa, a tiny island located between Labuanbajo and Komodo. In addition to lazing on more white-sand beaches, we also came here to do some night dives on the house reef as well as the wall off of neighboring Sebayur Besar.
As with Seraya, Kanawa is not a luxury destination but simple huts on a desert island where you can live out your Gilligan’s Island fantasy with a motley crew of fellow dreamers. In fact, dinner with our little group of travelers here on Kanawa was half the fun (despite the fact that the food is overpriced and pretty bad).
In addition to excellent company, snorkeling on Kanawa is superb: we’ve seen bumphead parrotfish, blacktip sharks, an eagle ray, schools of squid, giant trevallies hunting fusiliers, sea turtles and more. The snorkeling is so good that we ended up swimming our way around the entire island. (Note to self: when you spend 4 hours snorkeling, put sun block on the back of your knees.)
Unlike Seraya, Kanawa has its own new dive shop run by Ed (Brit) and Marie (Swede) which allows divers to skip the toxic air at Labuanbajo and base themselves here. Don’t confuse Ed and Marie’ new dive shop with the rather shoddy old one which closed down years ago. Ed and Marie are tons of fun and as their dive operation matures, it just might become a serious contender for the best option for day-trip divers to Komodo. While we were there, they were also discussing plans for overnight trips into southern Komodo (tempting).
I guess at some point we will have to continue our trip east across Flores, but – man – I really love the larger Komodo region. It’s going to be really hard to make me leave.