The Komodo National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the largest lizards in the world: the Komodo Dragons. The park offers stunning landscapes, tropical beaches, and incredible snorkelling spots!
The Komodo National Park, located in the Indonesian archipelago between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores, is made up of three major islands (Rinca, Komodo, and Padar) and numerous smaller ones.
Getting to The Komodo Islands from Bali
To reach the Komodo Islands from Bali, take a flight from Denpasar to Labuan Bajo. It’s only a one-hour flight. Flights from Denpasar to Labuan Bajo are reasonably priced. You can check sites such as nusatrip.com and traveloka.com.
The best time to visit The Komodo Islands is during the dry season between April and November.
Although Komodo National Park is open 365 days a year, tours may be cancelled due to heavy rain, especially in January and February so I would avoid booking your trip during these months.
For good weather and fewer tourists, September and October are the best months to visit the Komodo Islands. July and August are the busiest months, making it difficult to enjoy the Komodo Islands peacefully.
You can choose to do sailing overnight tours or day trips to the Komodo Islands from Labuan Bajo’s main harbour.
The Komodo Islands Sailing Tour through Udarider Tour and Travel (IG:@udariderofficial or email email@example.com) costs from 2,200,000 IDR for 2 nights and 3 days and includes sailing liveaboard, an air-conditioned cabin, all meals, snorkelling equipment, round trip transfer between airport/accommodation and pier, DSLR, underwater and drone camera footage.
You will visit the following destinations on your 3 Day 2 Night Tour:
If you are travelling with a group of friends, I recommend booking a private sailing tour. If you can afford to take a private sailing tour regardless of how many people there are on the trip, I highly recommend it.
The Komodo National Park fee is 500,000 IDR per person and you’ll need to have this in cash. As of January 1, 2023, the entry fee will increase to 3,750,000 IDR per person.
Padar Island is famous for its landscape resembling Jurassic Park and although incredibly stunning, it does get very crowded with tourists. So much so that there is a wait to get up and down the stairs and unorganized long lines to get a photo in many places.
It can be very hectic with the number of people and trying to get good photos but be sure to find a quiet spot to take in the views!
The hike up to the top is not too hard it’s just a lot of stairs but the view is worth it. It takes about 20 minutes with many viewpoints on the way up.
Komodo Island home to the Komodo dragons is one of the stops on the tour. You can choose to do a short trail which is suitable for all visitors, as well as a medium trail where you will have more of a chance to see Komodo dragons and other animals such as the Timor Deer. I recommend walking the medium trail if you have time.
During the tour, an English-speaking guide will tell you some interesting facts about the dragons and other wildlife on the island, and you will be able to see how the dragons live in their natural habitat.
Pink Beach is well-known for its light reddish sand and turquoise water. The pink sand is formed by red corals in the ocean, making the beach one-of-a-kind.
It’s the most beautiful beach on The Komodo Islands and is great for swimming, snorkelling, and relaxing.
A trip to The Komodo Islands is a bucket list experience. This location is one of Indonesia’s true gems. Its distinct landscape and fauna make it a one-of-a-kind destination for adventurous travellers and nature enthusiasts.