Any National Geographic enthusiast sits up and listens whenever Komodo is mentioned. Their minds immediately conjure up the arresting Komodo dragon and they want to know if you plan on seeing some. Komodo Island is indeed famous mainly because of these humongous lizards.
However, apart from these enormous lizards, there are other activities that any visitor to Komodo will want to engage in. Some of them include:
- Kayaking and surfing
- Exploring the jungles
- Idling on a pink beach
Whatever tickles your fancy, Komodo has it in plenty. You can turn your Komodo Island experience into the stuff dreams are made off. From indulging in a Komodo Island cruise backpacking across the Komodo National Park, there is a lot to be done here.
The devil, as they say, is in the details. A successful Komodo Island trip needs meticulous planning.
Plan Your Dream Komodo Vacation
The Komodo National Park is located near Flores Island and is a sight for sore eyes and healthy ones as well. Your plan involves adventure on the sea as well as on land. First of all, you must plan how to get there and where to stay.
That is not difficult as there are resorts, hotels and private villas that can accommodate you for the duration of your stay in Labuan Bajo. You can also decide to do a boat trip or a cruise and that solves your accommodation dilemma at once.
The best Time to Visit
The dry season falls within the April to December window. This is when you should schedule your visit as the weather is warm…sometimes too hot…and there are no surprising downpours to interrupt your activities. You will need to be well hydrated; so, carry a lot of water with you.
Length of Visit
You may be tempted to wing it especially if you like the place. However, it pays to have a plan. Many travel experts will advise you stay at least two days. That is enough time to enjoy the main attractions.
If you want to experience more than just the dragons, you may want to stay longer. There are the aqua activities to enjoy such as kayaking, surfing and diving. There are pink beaches to lounge on as well as trekking or backpacking.
You might also want to explore the jungle and photograph some orangutans. Your length of stay will therefore depend on what you plan to do.
Getting to Komodo Island
Labuan Bajo is the closest town to the islands. It is a lovely little fisherman village that has gain popularity with tourists. You can get a flight from Jakarta or Bali to the town any day. If you are anxious to see the park before dark, book an early morning flight. You will be there before they lunch is served.
Once in Labuan Bajo airport, you have two options to get to town:
- Take a taxi
- Ask your hotel to come for you
The second option is the best as the hotel will want to ensure that you are safe and comfortable, and will enjoy your experience with them.
It is important to note that you cannot visit the Komodo National Park on your own. You must have a guide with you. The guides are experts on the dragons and know how to behave around them as well as where they are likely to be lounging.
Make arrangements for a guide in advance to save you the hustle of finding a last minute guide when you land. You will also need to book a tour operator to arrange your boat trips between the islands.
A speed boat will cost you more that a wooden boat. You might also want to consider a shared boat to help cut costs. Furthermore, the company might also be good for you. Also, there is an entrance fee charged to get into the National Park. Some of the activities such as Scuba Diving also charge a fee. Therefore, it is important to decide on the activities you want to do.
A meticulously planned trip to the Komodo Islands helps to ensure that there is no confusion or time and money wasted. It is easier when you know where you are going next and what you are going to do. You will be able to experience your trip without any mishaps.