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What You Should Know Before Going To Komodo National Park

October 25, 2016 by IamMariza in Indonesia with 0 Comments

Who doesn’t know about Komodo Dragons? The largest reptile in the world. If you don’t know about these lizards, you probably won’t ended up landing on this page.
For those of you who are planning their trip to see the komodo dragons in their natural habitat in Komodo National Park. There are some things that you need to know about. Things you need to be prepared before heading this way. Let’s see what those things are! This is Mariza’s take on What You Should Know Before Going To Komodo National Park.

Mariza and Komodo Dragon

Komodo National Park.
This National Park consist of 3 main islands (Komodo, Rinca and Padar) and numerous smaller islands which feature hills of dry savannah, white sand beaches (even pink-sand ones) and clear blue and torquise waters atop amazing corals. This national park is the only one in the world where Komodo dragons exist naturally. Komodo island has higher chance to spot the komodos. But both Komodo island and Rinca island are worth to visit. While Padar island is actually my favorite because of the majestic view from the top of the hill.

Padar Island Hill View

How to get to Komodo National Park.
The nearest airport is in Labuan Bajo, a small harbor town in Flores Island. From this main island, you will need to rent a speed boat or take a package at one of the tour operators there to visit the National Park.

Day Trips vs live-aboard.
If renting your own speed boat is out of your budget, you can visit one of the tour operator in Labuan Bajo to arrange a day trip. If a day trip is not your thing, you can also check out some live-aboard packages provided by most of the operators as well. the packages usually range from 2-days package to a two-weeks package.

Best time to visit Komodo National Park?
December-March; rainy season. Still doable except February. Moonsoon season, all dive operators are not operating in February. Chances to see Komodo are okay, not Mantas season, but sometimes can be spotted.
April-June; still raining a bit but the sea is calmer. It’s end of the rain season, so all the islands are green. Manta season and there are some chances to see whale sharks
July-August; holiday season, lots of tourists around. Mating season for Komodo, so unlikely to find them and it’s not manta season.
September-November; Best time of the year! Not so many tourist and it’s manta and whale sharks season. Also a high percentage to spot komodo. Good weather as well. Very dry and not green at all. In November, it might rain but at night.

What to prepare?
Wear trekking/sport shoes, most of the island are sand based, they are extremely hot for your feet during the day. Sandals are definitely not recommended. Apply sunblock lotion. Wear a hat, they will save your face from burning. And bring enough drinking water. Wrap a bottle of cold water using your towels. Both water and the towel will come handy on a hot sunny day.

Suggested itinerary for Komodo National Park?
Day 1: Komodo island –> Pink Beach for snorkling –> Kanawa island
Day 2: Trekking in Padar island –> Rinca island –> Kelor island
If you have more than 3 nights, explore more smaller island or take the live-aboard trip.

komodo national park

Cost?
Renting speed boat starts from IDR 5 million per day.
While one day trip starts from IDR 300.000/person with minimum 2 persons.
My best suggestion is to visit each tour operator in Labuan Bajo, and get yourself the best deal according to your budget.

Kanawa Island

I hope these tips will help you on your next trip to Komodo National Park. Enjoy wonderful Indonesia!

Cheers,
@iamMariza – who will never forget the majestic view from the hill top of Padar Island.

Disclaimer: Komodo National Park (Flores) was the fourth stop in Trip of Wonders 2016, an invitational trip hosted by the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Indonesia. All opinions expressed are my own and do not reflect the view of the Ministry.

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About IamMariza

Born in Surabaya and raised in Jakarta in a multicultural family, her parents introduced to her the world of traveling at a young age and has been addicted to backpacking since 2008, dumping her tourist status quo. She is the founder of lagunatrip.com. Follow her rants and ramblings about her life as a traveler on her Twitter: @iamMariza

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