Getting an early start is best in Flores, before the heat hits, and depending upon the time of year, the rain (which comes thundering down late afternoon). As the sunlight grases the docks, as the doors to the dive shops & tour agencies swing open, it's nice to wake up with the help of an espresso from Cafe in Hit (aka the coffee shop at Green Hill).
Strolling down the main strip of Labuan Bajo loaded with dive shops, tour operations. Take your time to speak with 'shops' to see with whom you would like to spend your day/s.
For me, It all started with dragons. I met Christopher, a lovely tour guide running shop across the street from the cafe. We agreed to meet at 7am the next morning to go 'trekking' on a nearby Island to observe the wildlife (mostly Komodo Dragons, monkeys, & water buffalo). Pictured above, one of the tour operators at Christopher's shop, enjoying the view as we take the hour long (or so) boat ride to Rinca.
Pictures above is a female Komodo about 20 years old. For a day trip to see the dragons you will go to Rinca ('Rihn-Cha') Island. Tip: I would recommend going NOT in July!! July is mating season, so they tend to run off into the brush. Alas, I was there in July.....but I did see dragons as quite a few of them hang out by the ranger post near where you pay the entry fee. Be alert! the dragons move FAST, contrary to what you may think once seeing them. There are rangers to help protect you (using sticks to keep them away). Please be mindful not to get close, they can run 0-20 kilometers an hour in the blink of an eye. The bacteria in their mouths is even more dangerous than their claws (Which you can see from this photo appear quite menacing). They eat anything & everything including each other (& the offspring of other komodos). They are extremely patient when it comes to their pray. They can take one bite out of a water buffalo, then wait upwards of two weeks while the buffalo dies (slowly) from the bacteria in the bite. Once the prey takes it last breath, the komodo/s swoop in for dinner.