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. Alongwith Rinca and Padar as neighbouring islands, this Indonesian paradise is the only place in the world to have the dinosaur-eque Komodo Dragons on land.
Apart from that, the island has many other unusual attractions which make this place a must-visit destination. From exploring the depths of underwater to conquering heights, the Komodo island has something for every kind of traveler.
Komodo Island Map
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Best Time To Visit Komodo Island
The marine reserve of Komodo island can be enjoyed throughout the year, but the region mainly experiences two seasons i.e., dry season (April-December) and rainy season (January-March). However the best time to visit the Komodo National Park is between April to December when it is dry season and the climate remains pleasant. There are more chances of spotting the Komodo dragons during this period.
How To Get To Komodo Island
By Air: The Komodo island is a settled close to the town of Labuan Bajo on the island of Flores. Due to its proximity from the island, this is the most preferred location for the travelers. For the people traveling by air, the nearest airport is the Labuan Bajo Airport (also called the Komodo Island airport) which connects from both Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport and Jakarta. After de-boarding the flight, one has to take a 3-4 hour boat ride west to reach the Komodo islands.
By Sea: For experiencing the true fun of island hopping, one should definitely plan to visit Komodo Island boarding a liveaboard cruise covering two islands east of Bali.
Liveaboards – Travelers willing to take a Komodo island tour by sea, this liveaboard offers multiple day diving cruises from Bali. There are liveaboards in the form of Yachts and mimicking traditional wooden Phinisi sailing vessels which are equipped with fine cabins, modern navigation and quality facilities on-board.
Komodo Island Tour Price: $500 (INR 35,000 approx.) per person per night or $1000 (INR 70,000 approx.) per cabin per night
Public ferries also run from Lombok’s Lembar harbour from the Padangbai seaport in East Bali. But it’s a time consuming journey and tedious for the travelers, thus for the people planning to travel by sea can travel by Liveaboards.
Things To Do In Komodo Island
1. Spend A Day At Komodo Island National Park
Komodo National Park is not just only an UNESCO world heritage site, but it’s also the new addition to the list of 7 wonders of nature in the world. A home to the creepy looking Komodo dragons, this is the only place in the world where they can be spotted wandering freely in nature.
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2. Go On An Adventurous Excursion To Trek Padar
If adventure is running in your veins, then this island has the perfect addition to your bucket list. While the Komodo island has the best views to capture, hiking in Padar island is another must experience which cannot be missed. A 2-hour boat ride from Labuan Bajo island, this isolated treasure can be explored after a tedious hike of almost 1-hour 30 minutes one can enjoy the panoramic view of the island.
3. Witness The Exhilarating View Of The Pink Beach
Apart from the isolated islands and the giant lizards, Komodo island is also a home to the pink sand beach. As surprising as it sounds, this beach is an exhilarating view to witness with the naked eyes. The crystal clear water and the pink sand at this tiny beach creates a beautiful view. 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.
4. Experience Hiking At Gili Lawa
Another hiking spot in Komodo island is the Gili Lawa, which is an island located northeast of Komodo island. A famous location for the adventure junkies as this region is home to the beautiful coral reefs along with the hilly terrains. The journey to witness the panoramic view of the island is tedious, but after a hectic hiking excursion the sight is definitely worth it!
Accomodation Options In Komodo Island
1. Plataran Komodo Beach Resort
Settled at a secluded region of Waecicu beach on the island of Flores, the Plataran Komodo Beach Resort serves as a true tropical getaway. This luxurious staycation ensures a relaxing stay facing the sun-kissed beaches and an adventurous paradise amidst this untouched region.
Tariff: INR 23,250 onwards (On Double Sharing Basis)
Location: Pantai Waecicu, Labuan Bajo, Kecamatan Komodo, Labuan Bajo, Komodo, Kabupaten Manggarai Barat, Nusa Tenggara Tim. 86757, Indonesia
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2. Puri Sari Beach Hotel
For a peaceful beach vacation, Puri Sari Beach Hotel makes a great place to stay near Komodo island. One of the best resorts in Labuan Bajo, this is a quite and secluded beach retreat settled at the western tip of the island of Flores. Equipped with all the basic amenities, this beach hotel ensures luxury and comfort under one roof.
Tariff:INR 5,250 onwards (On Double Sharing Basis)
Location: Jalan Pantai Pede Kecamatan Komodo, Labuan Bajo, Flores, Kabupaten Manggarai Barat, Nusa Tenggara Tim., Indonesia
3. Angel Island Eco Resort
Enjoy a stay amidst the surreal surrounding of nature, at this environment friendly resort near Komodo island. Equipped with utmost luxury and exotic interiors, the resort is an ultimate retreat for the enthusiastic divers and snorkelers.
Tips To Remember Before Visiting Komodo Island
- Plan and choose the most convenient route to visit Komodo island to save time and money.
- For the ladies, it is advised to avoid visiting the island during their menstrual cycle as the Komodo dragons can smell blood from quite a distance which triggers their aggression and this can be dangerous.
- To explore Komodo island, the travelers should carry clothes which are comfortable and sweat absorbing as it involves a lot of trekking. Also one should carry a swimsuit as the island has the dreamiest beaches.
- As the island has a tropical climate and the heat might be scorching thus it is important to carry a sunblock to protect your skin from burning.
- Bring your group along as traveling to Komodo island is much more cheaper than traveling solo as the boat tours and other expenses can be shared.
- Carry enough cash in your wallet as the Komodo island and its nearby islands doesn’t have ATM machines, thus it will not be an easy task to withdraw money when traveling beyond Labuan Bajo.
- There are many places to explore in Komodo island, hence it is important to follow a planned itinerary to witness the hidden treasures of this exotic island.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Komodo Island
A. The attacks reported on the island are very rare but the Komodo dragons have been responsible for various human fatalities. As per the data the Komodo National Park there were 24 attacks reported in the time span of 38 years between the period of 1974-2012.
A. No. There are very fewer possibilities to stay at Komodo island. Though it is quite easy to travel around Komodo Island, reaching this island is very tough. The first one has to travel to Bali and then to Labuan Bajo via a plane or boat. And then finally one can reach the Komodo Island by boat.
A. To reach Komodo Island there are 3 ways to commute which includes,
1. Fly directly from Bali to Labuan Bajo
2. Take a ferry from Bali to Komodo Island
3. Take a ferry to Lombok and then fly to Labuan Bajo
A. The Komodo tours which start from Labuan Bajo costs approximately 750 USD on a private speedboat or it will 100 USD for group tours. (inclusive of meals and snacks) Apart from that one has to also take a ticket for Komodo National Park (11usd weekdays and 17 USD on weekends)
A. The World Animal Foundation estimates that Komodo dragons in the wild are around 6,000. This population has been split into different zones which includes that 1,700 are on Komodo, 1300 on Rinca, 100 on Gili Motang and approximately 2,000 on Flores.
A. Attacks on humans by Komodo Dragons have increased in the past few years. These dragons have shark-like teeth and poisonous venom which can kill a person in just an hour.
A. As per the report of the local media, the government has decided to close the island for tourists for one year which is around January 2020.
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