All through my travels in Indonesia and East Java extra particularly, Komodo was arms down my favorite discovery. Considerably remoted and reached solely by an extended journey day, Komodo is made up of three principal islands to discover: Komodo Island, Rinca Island and Padar Island. Every island has its personal draw playing cards and visited collectively, that is the proper itinerary for journey travellers.
Regardless of the fantastic thing about Komodo Nationwide Park and surrounding islands, this a part of Indonesia stays considerably off the crushed path. Unquestionably this received’t stay the case perpetually, so be sure you add Komodo to your listing of locations in Indonesia!
Get In: Labuan Bajo
Arriving in Komodo is a fairy simple journey regardless of it feeling a world away from Bali. First you’ll be travelling by airplane from Bali Denpasar airport (round one hour flight time). Labuan Bajo is the purpose of entry to your dragon-spotting and diving-filled journey that lay forward. The town is situated on the island of Flores, which is the gateway to the paradise of Komodo and surrounding islands. Labuan Bajo is a good place to base your self for day journeys to the outlying islands and there are a selection of nice accommodations and visitor home stays right here with new developments within the pipeline.
Padar Island Viewpoint
The primary cease on our journey was to take a speedboat to Padar Island and hike the gruelling staircase to the height for probably the greatest views in Indonesia. I had heard this was probably the most stunning lookouts within the nation, so naturally made it my first cease while exploring the realm. We took a speedboat as a result of we have been so quick on time however when you have just a few days in Labuan Bajo, the most suitable choice is to take a full day journey stopping at Padar Island, Pink Seaside and Rinca Island or Komodo Island to see the Komodo dragons.
The view on the high of the Padar Island viewpoint was completely breathtaking. I might suggest making the trek earlier than sundown to get the very best of the golden mild and right now of day you will have the place nearly solely to your self. The trek to the highest will take round 20 minutes with out stopping. The monitor itself is kind of good although at instances towards the height you’ll need to navigate some rocks and there are not any boundaries. Ensure you put on sneakers for a secure and fulfilling hike!
For our subsequent cease we made our method across the bay by boat to Pink Seaside. Because the identify suggests, that is an idyllic oasis that includes pink sand, turquoise water and to our shock, no different folks! This seaside is remoted so the one approach to attain it’s by boat from Labuan Bajo. Many of the day excursions arrive earlier within the day so once we arrived within the hour earlier than sundown, we had the seaside solely to ourselves. This was the proper time of day to take inventory and reminisce over our Indonesia adventures up to now. We each agreed that at the present time (Padar Island and Pink Seaside) was our favorite from the journey.
In case you handle to go to within the hour earlier than sundown, you possibly can get pleasure from Pink Seaside solely to your self. It’s nonetheless an hour by quick boat again to Labuan Bajo so be sure you depart because the solar begins to set in case you would favor to be again earlier than darkish. This was additionally an important probability to look at the sundown from the boat the complete method again to shore!
Komodo Nationwide Park
The subsequent day we have been desirous to see the Komodo dragons, probably the most standard actions in Komodo Nationwide Park and certainly one of many causes so many travellers make their method right here. The Komodo dragon is the biggest monitor lizard on the planet and might develop as much as 8.5 ft lengthy (in different phrases, they’re large!) The park requires you to have a ranger to point out you round (extremely really helpful, this stuff are harmful!)
The ranger will take you on a stroll across the Nationwide Park and clarify the terrain in addition to reply all of your questions on these spectacular reptiles. Additionally, you will be suggested to not go to the bathroom alone, by no means to look a dragon within the eye and if you’re a lady in your month-to-month cycle you should take additional warning because the dragons are very delicate to the odor of blood (loopy, hey!?)
We had probably the most unbelievable time in Komodo Nationwide Park and surrounding islands. This was surely our favorite vacation spot up to now in Indonesia. On the time of writing there aren’t so many travellers that it’s unenjoyable and by all accounts the realm nonetheless feels very genuine and pure.
One other principal exercise within the space is diving although as a result of we had already been diving in Wakatobi, we selected to spend all of our time adventuring on land. This is likely one of the finest areas in Indonesia for diving so be sure you take into account making additional time for this!
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