Komodo Island is a notable destination on the world tourist map. Named for the Komodo dragon, the largest lizard in the world, the Indonesian island is a haven of natural beauty and ethnic shopping, because of which there are a number of fun things to do in Komodo Island. The island is only 390 square kilometres in size and is inhabited by just 2000 people. The main USP of the island is that it lies the heart of the larger Komodo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is the last natural habitat of the Komodo Dragon and a variety of other endangered species.
Thrilling Things To Do In Komodo Island
There are loads of things to do here, but we have listed the best for your convenience:
1. Hike up the Padar Island
The trail to the top of the Padar Island is quite easy considering the views it affords. Often rated to be one of the best things to do in Komodo island, you can do this trek as part of most boat tours of the Komodo. Once you get to the top, you can spot the pink, black, and white beaches of the island with brown black ridges in between and surrounded by the azure blue waters. The point is extremely picture-worthy, and quite a few tourists stay back to click the point at sunset.
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2. Swim at the Manta points around the Komodo Island
So named after the Manta ray schools that are common here, these spots around the island are quite popular with the tourists visiting the Komodo island. If you jump in, you can swim with the fish and also spot some of the beautiful corals that have made the diving spots here famous. The other manta spot is about an hour’s boat ride away from the Komodo island, and the spot is just open sea where you can see tons of colorful fish besides the manta. A truly exceptional experience and one of the best things to do on Komodo Island.
3. Visit the Komodo Island National Park
Clearly, one of the iconic things to do in Komodo Island, visiting the park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is something that you just have to do. Also counted amongst the new 7 wonders of the world, it is famous for its Komodo dragons, the largest lizards in the world. Though they are dangerous, you can watch and photograph them from a safe distance. This is easy since the park offers guided tours, where an expert goes around with you making sure you are safe at all times. The park is one of the most prominent attractions of Indonesia tourism.
Entry fees: INR 2000
4. Go Scuba diving
Besides the manta points, there are plenty of diving points around the island where you can go scuba diving and view the brilliant coral reefs that surround the island. Counted amongst the quintessential Komodo things to do, you can find schools of fish here, and because the water is so clear, you can see for yourself and film the marine life for some amazing underwater movies. Occasionally, you will be able to see turtles here and of course the rare manta rays in the non-manta zones.
Sign up at: Main street, Labuan Bajo
Price: INR 3900
5. Sunbathe at the Pink Beach at Komodo Island
A lot of beaches look kind of pink, with sprinkles here and there. Of course, people always tend to use filters to give the impression of pink beaches. However, some beaches in the Komodo islands have genuinely pink sand. This is because of a specific red coral that is common off the coast of the islands. When these break off and end up on the white sand beaches, you get pink sand beaches. Spending a day here sunbathing is just one of the things to do in Komodo Island.
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6. Capture the Cunca Waterfall near Labuan Bajo
The Cunca falls are located near the town of Labuan Bajo, which is where tourists are supposed to stay when visiting the Komodo Islands. On days when you are not on the boat tours, you can walk around the island that is lush green (as most islands here are), unlike the Komodo Islands which are devoid of green cover. The Cunca waterfalls are a hidden treasure amongst Komodo Island activities.
Entry fees: INR 100
Timings: 7 AM – 4 PM
7. Watch a seaside sunset
Visitors to the Komodo Islands take boat tours to the islands, and you are unlikely to miss the sun setting in the sea in a blaze of golden, orange, and pink at twilight. This view might yet be the best sunset you see on your Indonesian trip. The offshore volcanic islands are in the backdrop here and add to the surreal nature of the scenery. Watching the sunset around the marina with the large colorful sailboats to your back and the glowing embers of the sunset reflected on the waters is one of the amazing things to do in Komodo Island.
8. Drink and dine at Le Pirate
If you are wondering what to do in Komodo Island once the sun sets, the happy hour at the Le Pirate is a great place to check out (although technically you are in Labuan Bajo). The Le Pirate is actually a hotel with 14 rooms that are shaped like mini-homes. The rooms are on the third floor, the second floor has a themed restaurant that serves fusion Indonesian and continental cuisine. The fourth floor has a terrace pool as well as a skybar where the crowd really comes out during the happy hours after dark.
9. Shopping in Labuan Bajo
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While shopping in Komodo Island is not really possible because there are is almost no habitation, the base city of Labuan Bajo is somewhere you can spend some time netting great souvenirs. The Magnolia Boutique is where you will find exquisite handmade jewelry, clothes, Atlas pearls, and other items. At Rumah Tenun Baku Peduli (which is 10 kilometers from the town of Labuan Bajo), you can taste some authentic Flores coffee that is cultivated in the Indonesian islands and also buy some Flores souvenirs woven in the local style.
10. Watch the Milky Way Over the Komodo Island
The Komodo Islands and the town of Labuan Bajo are quiet and there is literally no pollution or much of lights to speak of here. If you are doing the two-day overnight tour of the islands by boat, the skies are definitely something that you will notice. A lot of city dwellers have never seen the Milky Way with their naked eyes, and it is quite a sight for them. Watching the brilliant unspoiled skies lit with a thousand stars is really one of the best things to do in Komodo Island.
These things to do in Komodo Islands capture the true essence of the place and they should figure in your bucket list for sure. Start planning your trip to Indonesia right away!
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