At the time of writing, there are no shopping malls in Labuan Bajo or other towns in Flores; instead, there are plenty of shops run by locals selling essential items for daily use. Do bear in mind that product range may be limited to a number of local brands. Imported cheese, meat and milk are not available except for the local variety. Each town is also host to a local hyper market called “Barata”, an air-conditioned building resembling malls selling everything from clothing, toys, groceries, electronics and books. The more nationally known Indomaret convenience stores are available in Ende and Maumere.
There are no shortages of souvenir stores selling the typical tourists essentials including T-shirts, wood carvings, keychains, other knick-knacks and the traditional cloth of Flores – “ikat”, a hand woven fabric with ornate patterns that denote its region of origin.
Do visit the local markets to experience local living and purchase seasonal fresh fruits, vegetables and ocean produce. The local markets are vibrant and colourful, and you’ll be able to observe how people travel from surrounding villages to sell their own farming products and vegetable produce.
Make your visit to Flores one to remember and enjoy a tour of Atlas Pearl’s working pearl farm in Punggu, near Labuan Bajo in Flores, where you can explore the magic, experience the nature and unlock the mysteries of the South Sea pearl for yourself. Atlas Pearls has an enviable reputation as a global leader in eco-pearling; specialising in the highly sought after silver and white Pinctada maxima, known as the South Sea pearl.
Atlas Pearl’s extensive range of exceptional quality jewels features South Sea pearls cultivated at the five Atlas Pearl Farms located throughout the Indonesian archipelago including here in Flores. Its pearls are grown in these nutrient-rich waters and under the strictest possible environmental guidelines. These farms produce some of the world’s best South Sea pearls, nurtured by the loving hands of its dedicated personnel before making their way to you. Its Labuan Bajo showroom showcases both new and classic collection as well as loose pearls and all purchases come with a Certificates of Authenticity.
Atlas Pearls Labuan Bajo Showroom
Pulau Pungu Kecil, Kecamatan Komodo
Labuan Bajo, Manggarai Barat – NTT
Ph: +62 811 384 8212
GPS. S08 31.260 E119 47.631
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