Before reaching Komodo National Park you will probably catch a glimpse on a bay where a lot of boat ports in there. This bay is called Gili Lawa and also included in one of the destinations on Luxury Liveaboard Komodo. This inhabited island is famous for its terrain and beautiful landscape.
Gili Lawa Darat is an optional destination from Luxury Liveaboard Komodo
To reach Gili Law from Labuan Bajo, it took almost a day trip with normal speed on luxury liveaboard Komodo. That’s why Gili Lawa Darat is usually only included if tourists take more than 3 days trip. Gili Lawa Darat is a popular addition to the Komodo liveaboard due to its fantastic view and unique terrains.
How’s the island?
Gili Lawa or Gili Labak is a small island on the northern side of the Komodo Islands. Gili Lawa is divided into two areas. The Gili Lawa Darat and Gili Lawa Laut which means the land and the sea part. There are many hills in Gili Lawa Darat that suitable for trekking activity. Once you reach the top, you will get a panoramic view of Komodo Islands and Flores Sea from above.
On rainy season the grass will have a beautiful green color. On dry season however, they are going to turn bright yellow. You can also watch the sunset from up the hills, where some people usually play some music around that time.
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The fire accident
About a year ago, there are major accident happened in Gili Lawa Darat. Some local tourists who took pre-wedding photos around the area reportedly cause a fire and burn quite a large portion of the savannah. Although the locals are trying hard to prevent further damage, the fire had already spread far enough to leave the area covered in flames.
It wasn’t clear what actually caused it. Some say one of the cameramen start a firework and the grass catch the fire. Others said someone was smoking and toss the remains irresponsibly. The government decided they won’t rehabilitate the area. They prefer to wait for the natural process to take place so the grass is going to regrow on their own.
Is it save to be visited with luxury liveaboard Komodo again?
Despite what happened in the past, Gili Lawa currently is in a good condition again and you can still enjoy trekking the area and take great photos. Though, some people do say the island is less beautiful than before. This is why we as a tourist should be cautious about our activities that could permanently damage the environment.
If reading all of that makes you curious, why don’t you try for yourself to visit GIli Lawa and witness the magnificent island with your own eyes? Take a boat or a luxury liveaboard Komodo if you wanted to be spoiled and sail to the border of Komodo and Flores.