Wed. Jan 25th, 2023
    Komodo island

    Komodo Island in Flores (Indonesia)

    Komodo island is located in the Komodo National Park, the administrative area of ​​East Nusa Tenggara Province and this national park is also very close to the Sumbawa archipelago of West Nusa Tenggara province. This national park consists of 3 large islands: Komodo, Rinca and Padar Island; as well as several smaller islands.

    The main attraction of Komodo National Park is the presence of an ancient giant reptile, the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis), but its authenticity and natural characteristics, especially the underwater panorama of the Savanna and Panorama, are a potential supporting attraction. Marine tourism, for example, fishing, snorkeling, diving, canoeing, canoeing. While on land, the potential for natural tourism that can be done is animal observation, hiking, and camping. Visiting Komodo National Park and enjoying the beautiful natural scenery is an experience that will never be forgotten.

    You can only visit Komodo National Park with an official guide and park ranger. So you need to book a tour operator who will arrange inter-island boat trips, guides and also to handle the costs of this national park.

    3 Main Attractions

    Komodo Island

    Come and visit the Indonesian Jurassic Park (Komodo National Park) to admire the famous dragons (giant lizards, really impressive!) roaming the island. This park is home to the species closest to the dinosaur.

    After venturing among these legendary dragons, head to the famous Pink Beach of the Komodo Islands, another wonder of nature! The pink sand contrasting with the clear blue sea water is of unparalleled beauty; it is indeed a rare sight that will make you feel in paradise.

    Komodo dragon at Komodo National ParkKomodo dragon at Komodo National Park. Adhi Rachdian from IndonesiaCC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    Rinca Island

    If you want to be sure to meet the famous Komodo dragons in their natural environment, do not hesitate to start your excursion on Rinca Island because the chances of meeting them here are more promising than on the other surrounding islands!

    Adventurers embarking on this journey must cross by boat for one hour from Labuan Bajo. Upon arrival, you may be lucky enough to spot a Komodo dragon or two basking in the sun.

    Locals say that the population of Komodo dragons is larger here than on Komodo Island. However, the dragons here tend to be aggressive and feral, so always remember to keep your distance and be alert at all times.

    In addition to its famous dragons, the island of Rinca is also known for its many hikes and treks. Enjoy a magnificent panorama while you visit the island! Vast savannahs, majestic hills, turquoise waters and a stunning coastline will leave you speechless.

    Panorama of Rinca Island
    Rinca Island located in the Komodo National Park, East Nusa Tenggara. Pambudiyoga, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    Padar Island

    An essential stop on your excursion to the Komodo Islands: Padar Island! It is here that you can enjoy panoramic views of majestic green hills, azure waters and a spectacular stretch of white sand beach.

    Padar Island is considered one of the must-see places in a lifetime. Make sure your phone memory has enough storage and your digital camera has an extra memory card, because you’ll walk away with tons of photos of the beautiful scenery!

    Pulau Padar 1
    Padar Island is one of several islands scattered in the Komodo National Park area, this island has a shape with several bays, white and reddish beaches and several beautiful hilltops. YUS JULIADI, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    Cruise to the Komodo Island

    How to choose your boat for the Komodos?

    Finding a multi-day cruise on the Komodos Islands for a price that was not completely crazy turned out to be very difficult. I felt like I had only the choice between:

    • Cruises for backpackers really cheap but really limited in terms of comfort and safety (be careful the currents can be strong in the Komodos). Out of the question for us, I wanted a minimum of comfort and maximum safety with the children
    • Rather luxurious cruises but completely overpriced and not really privatized for a family of five.
    • A day trip either in groups or privately. If you hate group tours, but if you can afford it and don’t want to sleep on the boat, private hire is a good option. Choose a powerful boat that will allow you to see as many sites as possible during the day, including Padar for example.

    How to Go to Komodo Island

    By plane

    You can fly to Labuan Bajo Airport (also known as Komodo Airport) from Bali and Jakarta with Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air, Batik and Nam Air (check SkyScanner for the latest offers) – with several other routes offering connecting flights.

    From the airport, a taxi to the city – which is less than 10 minutes away – costs no more than IDR 50-60,000 and must be negotiated before entry; or the trip can be reached in 20-30 minutes (downhill).

    By car

    There is no way you can travel to Komodo entirely by road but there is a road bus journey from Bali to Komodo which includes three ferry crossings, namely to Lombok from Bali, to Sumbawa from Lombok, and to Labuan Bajo from Sumbawa.

    By ship

    The last part of the trip, from Labuan Bajo (or Maumere) to Komodo can only be by ferry. The boat trip from Labuan Bajo to Komodo takes about 3 to 4 hours. Such a port does not yet exist on Komodo Island. Tourists have to get off the boat and switch to a smaller boat that will take them to the island.

    You can stay at a resort in Labuan Bajo and explore the Komodo dive sites on a liveaboard. Alternatively, you can take a boat in Labuan Bajo and go on your own yacht to explore the park and also snorkel to your satisfaction. There are many travel agencies that will arrange such cruises for you.

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    Sources: PinterPandai, Villa Carissa Seminyak – Bali, Wonderful Indonesia, Love and Road

    Photo credit (main picture): jon hanson from London, source: indonesian islands (CC BY-SA 2.0) via Wikimedia Commons

    NB: Prices and opening hours of attractions are subject to change without prior notice.