The 17 Islands Marine Park is where the real hidden treasure is. Also known to the locals as Taman Laut Riung, the park is about 5 to 7 hours away from Labuan Bajo in the small and sleepy town of Riung. Made up of 17 completely uninhabited and unspoiled paradise islands, the 17 Islands Marine Park is just waiting to be explored. Getting to the park is quite a challenge though; travellers who had been there reported of overcrowded busses, lengthy journeys and due to lack of inns and other establishments, sleeping in their cars while waiting for the most magnificent sunrise they have ever seen. Upon arriving at the Marine Park, visitors can rent a boat to island hop to some of the most beautiful and untouched beaches and islands in South East Asia. Speak to the locals near the pier for a boat tour; prices should include the price of the boat and a simple yet delicious lunch with fresh seafood. Do bring extra cash for park fees, snorkeling equipment and etcetera. Be prepared to bargain!
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