Sail Komodo 2013 boats arrive in Labuan Bajo

Sail Komodo 2013 is picking up momentum as sailing teams from many parts of the world have been arriving at Labuan Bajo harbor in Flores since Monday.

The boats have been underway for a month and have been enjoying plenty of what East Nusa Tenggara's 21 regencies have to offer in natural beauty - both underwater and above.

All hotels in Labuan Bajo are fully booked as participants and tourists flock to the town for the event set to run until Sept. 14.

Art and culture shows and a 10-kilometer run are being held to add to the festivities.

Sail Komodo is an annual international maritime event that takes place in Labuan Bajo, West Manggarai and is part of the government’s efforts to promote East Nusa Tenggara as a world tourist destination.

It is one of Indonesia's annual maritime events along with Sail Bunaken, Sail Morotai and Sail Wakatobi.

Sail Komodo 2013 began in late July. With up to 106 boats from 26 countries participating, the event kicked off in Darwin, Australia, through Indonesian waters and then onward to Thailand.

Labuan Bajo is known as the main entry point to KomodoNational Park; a UNESCO world heritage site and home to the famous Komodo dragons.

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Sail Komodo is scheduled to take place in September 2013.