Get to Know the Best Local Food in Komodo Island

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Komodo National Park Culinary | Aqura Dive

A trip to Komodo Island won’t be complete until you also indulge in the local cuisine on the island. As you explore the island make sure you also dedicate time to taste the food found in the area.

As we mentioned in one of our other articles (link to “What to know before you go to Komodo Island”), the best way to get to the island of Komodo is through Labuan Bajo, located on Flores Island. This will serve as the best gateway to and from the island.

Despite its small size, Labuan Bajo remains an up-and-coming place to stop by for travelers wanting to visit Komodo Island. There are plenty of facilities and conveniences for travelers and divers here, including restaurants, dive shops and a wide variety of accommodation options.

Below are some of the local foods that are a must try for travelers going to Komodo Island:

Ubi Nuabosi

A type of sweet potato and one of the staple sources of carbohydrates, this Ubi is usually served with dried salted fish by the locals. Not only is it a healthy source of carbs for your journey, buts it’s delicious as well!


This is a traditional sweet snack that is shaped into a triangle with a golden brown color. It is made from rice flour, palm sugar, coconut milk and salt. Definitely find a place where you can find one of these while on your trip!

Catemak Jagung

This is one of the popular deserts that is consumed not only in Komodo Island, but in all of East Nusa Tenggara province of Indonesia. Despite being consumed as dessert by the locals, this dish has a more savory taste to it and is made from corn, peanuts, green beans and pumpkin.

Tapa Kolo

Tapa Kolo when directly translated, means barbequed rice, and looks just like its name. It is red rice that is put inside a small bamboo and cooked in open fire, which is then served together with chicken, pork and other meats.

Those are some of the local foods you can expect to taste while on your trip to Komodo Island. We highly recommend you try at least one or two from the list we made in this article. Are you currently planning a trip to the island of Komodo? Reach out to us at Aqura Dive, and we’ll guide you to explore the waters in Komodo Island!

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