Kanawa island in Komodo National Park is an authentic, tropical Indonesian experience. With a delightful beach fringed with colorful coral reefs seabed, Kanawa island is an ideal destination for beachcombing and snorkeling from Labuan Bajo. Often described as a paradise island, Kanawa is the perfect place to unwind and is widely known as one of the most picturesque islands in Komodo National Park. We recommend combining Kanawa Island with a visit to nearby Kelor Island.
The first thing you will notice approaching Kanawa island is a beautiful white sandy beach surrounded by crystal clear water and a panoramic hilly background. Snorkeling enthusiasts flock to Kanawa from Labuan Bajo daily because of shallow waters and remarkably vibrant coral reefs easily accessible off the beach. Those who stay longer, note that sunsets on Kanawa island are awe-inspiring because of the surrounding islands.
Kanawa island has quickly gained its popularity, so do not expect complete solitude. When taking the Komodo Island tour, it is common to arrive on Kanawa island early morning before the crowds come. The views are terrific as you anchor in a small pier near the island with schools of fish swimming clearly below you. The beach is painted with starfish, making it a fascinating playground for families with kids. Those who are into diving can also benefit from several dive sites around Kanawa island.
The picturesque hill that stands proudly behind the beach on Kanawa Island is relatively easy to trek, with no steep hills. Just a short walk and you’re at the secret summit with the scenery of every photographer’s dream. Even the more advanced trekkers will find the hike worthwhile as they are greeted with the views at the top. A refreshing dip in shallow waters after a leisure trek will be a perfect ending to your Kanawa Island adventure. All in all, it is a charming island destination during your exploration of Komodo National Park