Is Bali the only place that comes to your mind when you think about travelling to Indonesia? The country is filled with majestic places which are still not very popular but will blow your mind with their beauty. And Komodo Island is one such place.
The land of dragons, unexplored marine life, and exotic beaches, Komodo Island is the best kept treasure of Indonesia. Tucked away at Flores, this island is a paradise for the adventure junkies looking out for an undisturbed vacation amidst the tropical surroundings. You will get to see the dinosaur-eque Komodo Dragons, swim with Manta Rays and visit one of the prettiest beaches in the world.
How To Reach Komodo Island
Komodo Island (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) is part of the Lesser Sunda chain of Islands in East Nusa Tenggara (Republic of Indonesia) and the closest town is Labuan Bajo on the Island of Flores. One of the most convenient and affordable way to get to Flores is to fly from Denpasar, Bali to Labuan Bajo One of the most convenient and affordable way to get to Flores is to fly from Denpasar, Bali to Labuan Bajo.
If you are on Lombok, you can also get a Komodo cruise from there which should take around 4 days .
Best Time To Visit Komodo Island
The best time to visit the Komodo Island is during the dry season which is from April to December where the sea is likely to be calmer, the weather is bearable, and little to no rain. This is also the best time for spotting the Komodo dragons.
Things To Do In Komodo Island
Stroll with the giant Komodo Dragons: How can you not visit the creatures that inspired the island’s name? Komodo dragons can grow up to 3 metres in length weighing up to 150lbs. These animals are truly terrifying with their toxic bites, huge stature and carnivorous diets. They hunt and kill animals that are far bigger than them, including humans. Yes they are man eaters! And that’s why you should only go on a guided tour.
Komodo National Park is home to over 3000 dragons and is also an UNESCO world heritage site. The Komodo dragon lives on just five Indonesian islands – Komodo, Rinca, Flores, Gili Motang, and Padar, and the national park covers three of them (Komodo, Padar and Rinca). Rinca is also the place to go if you want to explore more of this mini Jurassic Park.
Hike the Padar Island: Padar Island is the third major island which makes up Komodo National Park and hiking to its summit offers you the chance to glimpse one of the Indonesia’s most beautiful viewpoints. The island is best appreciated either in the morning or in the evening where the lights and shadows are at its best. The depth of the Padar island landscape you see above cannot be seen during midday, only during sunrise/sunset. The hike can be a little tough but it will be worth it once you get there.
Visit Pink Beach: You might have seen pictures of beautiful waves crashing against the pink sand, and would have wondered if a place like this really exists. Well it does! The Pink Beach at Mawan Island is the place to go to see the best hues. Caused by a combination of white sand and tiny bits of red coral washed up by the waves, the pink sand where the water meets the sand is simply magical. Along with its incredible natural beauty, this beach is a paradise for the adventure fanatics who rush here for snorkelling in a place which feels like another world. Just off the beach, even in the shallow area, you will see hundreds of fish swimming around the most colorful coral reefs you will ever see. You will most likely lose track of time when you are snorkeling at the Pink Beach so be sure to come out before the sunset and watch the pink sand shifted colors vividly.
Swim With Manta Rays: When talking about snorkeling, you can’t miss Manta Point. It is one of the best spots in the world to get in the water with these magnificent creatures. The active currents here attract the manta rays and it is possible to drift along with these creatures graciously swimming around you. You’ll also get to see beautiful coral, loads of colourful fish and if you’re lucky a turtle of two will glide past to say hello. So grab your snorkel and GoPro for those epic Manta selfies, jump in the water and get a glimpse of this incredible underwater paradise. It’s the perfect place for diving and snorkeling.
Hike Gili Lawa: Gili Lawa is one of the smaller Islands in Komodo National Park, and whilst less well-known than Padar, the hike to the top is increasing in popularity. It is also a tougher climb than Padar – the trail is small and less well marked. The journey to witness the panoramic view of the island can be tedious, but after a hectic hiking excursion the sight is definitely worth it
Relax At The Kanawa Island: The island is packed with a lot of adventurous activities but one need to relax too. The Kanawa Island is a small island that is surrounded by white sand beaches where you can relax in the sun, have fruit smoothies at the only restaurant on the island, or you can go get some more snorkeling action. Either way, this is the perfect place to end an amazing trip like this one.
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