Kanawa Island: Paradise


That was the first word that came to mind when our boat dropped us at the end of the pier and we strolled onto Kanawa Island with our backpacks.

I know others have said the same thing about Kanawa Island but I couldn’t come up with a more original word. Paradise.

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Arrival on Kanawa Island

Check in was simple: “Here are your keys. Please read this page.”

The page told us:

  • Breakfast is 06.30-10.00, lunch is 12.00-15.00 and dinner is 18.00-21.00.
  • There are only 50 litres fresh water per guest per day as there is no fresh water supply on the island and it has to be brought by boat every day.
  • There is only electricity between 18.00 and 23.00.
  • There is no laundry service.
  • There is a free shuttle boat leaving to Labuan Bajo every day at 08.00.

Our Accommodation on Kanawa Island

Our bungalow was number 3. It was basic but oozed relax. The bungalow was built directly on the sand and was no more than 10m from the crystal clear turquoise water which looked very inviting to two backpackers dripping with sweat in the midday sun.

The bungalow had a double daybed directly facing the sea and a hammock next to it.

Inside was a double bed with a mosquito net over it and a free-standing shelf unit made from bamboo.

The windows were just square holes in the structure with wooden bars, no glass.

We had to go outside to the bathroom which was attached to the side of the bungalow and was made from a bamboo screen. The roof from the bungalow partly covered the bathroom but much of it was in the open air.

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Our cabin’s terrace on Kanawa Island

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View from our cabin

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Only 50 litres fresh water per day

We dumped our stuff and hit the sea. The water was as warm as a bath and as clear as glass and there was more activity in there than Palma Aquarium!

The best thing was that Kanawa Island would be our home for the next four days…

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  1. susan sykes says:

    Wow this really does look like paradise, although I read the 2nd installment of this post 1st so I know about the food,wi-fi etc.
    It must have been so relaxing to spend some time there and straight into the lovely blue sea fantastic.

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