Who wouldn’t want to visit Gili Lawa when visiting Labuan Bajo? This island is uninhabited yet has a vast savannah. The tall, orange grass made Gili Lawa uniquely special. Unfortunately, when I got there, fire burned this popular tourist destination.
On Monday, (1/8/2018), a day before my trip to East Nusa Tenggara, ten hectares of Gili Lawa caught fire. According to the information going around social media, the fire was caused by a visitor who threw away a cigarette butt.
Therefore, Gili Lawa was temporarily closed. Since I had been imagining the majestic sight of the orange hill in the island, I was left disappointed to miss out on the beauties of Gili Lawa. Finally, our local Flores tour guide pointed us to another island named Sebayur.
Gili Lawa’s Orange Grass
We went to Sebayur Island on the third day of our trip. The atmosphere at night was quieter than when we were staying on Padar Island. The thing is, there weren’t a lot of boats that harbored here. However, the early morning scenery on Sebayur Island would make you want to go there again.
Herd of birds flying around (along with their harmonious tweets), with the gorgeous amber skies! We went to see the sunrise, it was even more amazing. Not to mention that this island had a nice sea view terrace that you wouldn’t want to miss.
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To get here, tourists had to climb for about 15 minutes. The climbing trail was not that difficult, but there were some steep spots. I’d advise you to use special trekking shoes or at least mountain sandals. Don’t forget to bring some drinks along so you won’t get dehydrated! Along the climb, tourists could soak in the surrounding beauty. The pearly white sands and calming winds. It wasn’t the rainy season yet and the grass throughout the island was tawny, which looked pretty when photographed.
Some travel agents had Sebayur as a snorkeling and even a diving spot. We just went here for trekking. They said that there are some great diving spots here, including Crystal Rocks, Castle Rock, and Batu Bolong. I’d love to dive in Labuan Bajo, maybe next time. I’ll save up some more money because it’s going to be a bit pricey.
I only wish that the previous fire incident won’t happen in Sebayur or the surrounding islands. Flores is too beautiful to be tampered with. Let’s not harm nature just because we want to take some pictures. For the meantime, it seems that Sebayur Island will be the available tourism spot for some travel agents to replace Gili Lawa.