The next time you’re in Labuan Bajo, do consider taking a day trip to Kukusan Island and visit the sea gypsy village that’s located on the south side of the island. For those who are not the typical dog lover, this island will be a treat since there are no dogs at all here. However, there are other animals ruling the streets. Cats and goats can be seen roaming free around the island, which is only 45 minutes away by boat from Labuan Bajo Harbour.
You’ll find that there are only approximately 300 people living on the island. All of them are Muslims; this is why you will see no dogs here but plenty of cats and goats.
Houses on the island are mostly painted in pastel colours, which gives it a relatively mild and humble look. In combination with the crystal clear blue of the ocean, the island will feel like a little paradise, an oasis of calm and peace where the people are extremely welcoming and friendly. You can even take look inside a few houses if you’re lucky.
The best way to get to the island is by chartering a local boat or a speed boat from Labuan Bajo. You could also stop by Kelor Island nearby for a bit of snorkeling.
- Take a tour of the village
- Be aware and respectful of their culture and beliefs
- Ask the little kids to take a photo with you and see their school
Photo courtesy: https://wanderingwolfchild.
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