Kanawa island is a very small island located right on the border of Komodo national park. It is between the island of Sumbawa and Flores.
To reach Kanawa you have to take a flight from Lombok or Bali. You can book the flight on Lion Air. I suggest you book it in advance to get the cheapest flight.
You will arrive at Labuan Bajo, the entrance gate of Komodo national Park and Flores. Try to arrive before 12 am so you can use the free charter boat from Kanawa island. If you arrive later don’t worry you can stay on Labuan Bajo one night and enjoy the night life here. They here is an hotel with a lot of bungalows just near The kanawa office with lots of bungalows. (there are around 200 000 IDR per nights). Here you can book also a stay on Seraya island, another small island on the north but less interesting than Kanawa.
On kanawa there are three type of accomotations: The tents, the bale bale and the bungalows.
The tents are for the backpackers low on budget…I guess it is not very comfy and you don’t have a lot of space to unpack your bag.
The bale bale are for me the best options. They are cheap (250 000 IDR) and located right on the beach, so at night you will have a fresh breeze from the ocean. Plus you will wake up with a wonderfull ocean view…priceless. Don’t forget that if you take the padi courses you have 5 nights free in a bale bale.
The bungalows are more expensive 390 000 IDR per night. But for that price you have your own bathroom
I found the food very good on Kanawa. Everything is home-made, including the bread which is delicious. The food is more expensive than on the main land but consider they have to bring food and water by boat every day from the mainland.
In the evening there is a bar on the beach where you can drink some Bintang. A really cool place to meet some people especially if you are a diver