Kayak Komodo Islands
Our 6-day Komodo Kayaking tour is a great way to see a part of Indonesia that few do. Only 1hr flight from Bali, the Komodo National Park will be your home for 3 days and 2 nights. You will get to kayak through some amazing ecosystems and then hop aboard our support boat to reach remote villages and Rinca Island, home to the Komodo Dragon. Our carefully crafted itinerary to Indonesia's Komodo Islands is one-of-a-kind, as we are the only company in the world that offers sea-kayaking trips through this fascinating ecosystem.
Home to the Komodo Dragon, the largest lizard on the planet, the 1,817-square-kilometer Komodo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the treasures of Indonesia. On this journey, you will see these amazing creatures firsthand, while experiencing the wild natural beauty of their habitat from the seat of your kayak.
In addition to the Komodo Dragons, you will discover the many other wonders of the region, known for its marine biodiversity. You will paddle to some of Indonesia's most unspoiled and remote islands, camp out on beautiful, pristine beaches and visit charming local villages. The area also boasts some of the best snorkeling on the planet. Here you will swim among dozens of reefs, sharing the azure waters with an abundance of local marine life, including manta rays and sea turtles.
While enjoying both the sights and exhilaration of your sea tour, you will also help preserve the local ecosystem, through periodic cleanup of plastics in the park along the way. When you take an eco-travel trip with us, you will help keep our promise to maintain this incredible area for generations to come.
Discover the wonders of the spectacular Komodo National Park with this unique expedition, one of the most thrilling kayaking adventures in all of Asia!
$1700 Twin Share ex Bali (minimum 2 persons)
Day 1: Arrive in Bali and transfer to hotel. Free time to relax.
Day 2: Bali - Labaun Bajo - Wainilu
After arriving in Labuan Bajo – Flores – you will be met by one of our professional team members and will be taken to the Labuan Bajo Harbour to board a boat to head out to Wainilu island. After lunch and a short safety briefing you will be introduced to your kayak and learn how to paddle. This is a relaxing day with a little paddling around the island, snorkeling and then a magnificent sunset atop the hill. Overnight in Safari Style Tents. (B, L, D)
Day 3: Wainilu - Rinca - Nusa Pimpe
Early this morning we will paddle to the Rangers Office on Rinca. From there we will go on a 2 hour walk in search of the mighty Komodo dragon. This is a great trek with sightings of the dragon, water buffalo, deer and monkeys. From Rinca we will have the option to either paddle or boat to Kambing, a beautiful island surrounded by coral. After a snorkel around the island we will have lunch. From there we will take the support boat or paddle to Nusa Pimpe.
At sunset we will do a short paddle to the mangrove island of Kaaba to see millions of flying foxes heading out for their nightly feed. Overnight in Safari Style Tents. (B, L, D)
Day 4: Nusa Pimpe – Rinca Village – Kelor – Labuan Bajo
From Nusa Pimpe we will paddle across to Rinca Village to see how the locals live and deal with cohabiting with the Komodo Dragon. From there we will head to Kelor for lunch and a bit of relaxing before we head back to finish off in Labuan Bajo.
Tonight you will have free time to explore Labuan Bajo and the international cuisine of the local restaurants. Overnight at the Eco-Lodge in Labuan Bajo. (B, L)
Day 5: Labuan Bajo – Bali (B)
After breakfast you will fly back to Bali. Transfer to hotel and free time to shop or relax. (B)
Day 6: Fly home after an incredible Komodo kayaking adventure or continue your holiday by own arrangements. (B)
Note : This itinerary can vary due to local conditions and strength of kayaking team. Days can be shortened or lengthened depending on many factors.
This expedition is open between March and December for group sizes 2 - 10. It can be run at other times of the year on request. If there are 2 or more of you, you can tell us when you want to go and we will arrange it.
- Kayak use with all safety gear including vest, paddle etc
- 2 nights accommodation in Bali twin share
- 1 night accommodation in Labuan Bajo twin share
- 2 nights in Safari Style tents in National Park
- All domestic flights
- National park fees & ranger fees
- Professional guide throughout expedition
- Airport transfers
- Ranger and local guide fees
- Eco toilet and toilet tent
- All meals on expedition as per itinerary (5 Breakfast, 3 Lunches and 2 Dinners)
- Transfers to and from accommodation in Flores (Bajo Komodo Eco Lodge).
If you are traveling alone and are not able to share accommodation, a Single Supplement of $250 will apply.
THE KOMODO DRAGON
Komodo Dragons are the largest lizard still living on Earth, but they are not the largest reptile. Alligators and crocodiles get bigger than Komodo Dragons.
Komodo Dragons are a monitor lizard. Their scientific name is Varanus Komodoensis. These mighty beast can grow up to 3m in length and can weigh as much as 150kg. But don't let their slow nature fool you, when food or mating are involved, the Dragon can run nearly 30km per hour, which is equivalent to the speed of a dog.
Komodo Dragons drool copiously. Their saliva is not only venomous, but the mouth of a Komodo Dragon is also full of bacteria that a bite from one almost always leads to infection. If untreated, the infection is usually fatal. This is one way in which the Dragons get food. They hide in the scraggly jungle and wait for a victim to pass by. The victim is most often a deer, carabao or goat. The Dragon attacks the prey, and may succeed in killing it on the spot. Otherwise, the bites sustained by the victim will generally kill it eventually, and the Dragons will then eat the carrion.
The giant lizards have powerful claws which they use to devastating effect in fights with other lizards. Males have scratching fights with each other during mating season.
The Komodo National Park is made up of over two dozen islands between Sumbawa and Flores. These prehistoric looking islands are home to the Komodo Dragon, a creature that time seemed to forget.
Komodo Dragons are excellent swimmers, and could swim from one island to another but fortunately they are ectotherms and therefor are not able to stay in the water for too long to avoid lowering their body temperature.
The island of Komodo has many beautiful beaches where a visitor can play and swim, but the presence of Komodo Dragon foot- and tail- prints in the sand warns the visitor to be cautious and watchful.
Some of Komodo's beaches have beautiful pink sand, tinted by fragments of red coral mixed in with other shell and coral fragments. Other beaches have gray sand derived from cliffs of rhyolite. Heavy black sand composed of nearly pure magnetite accumulates next to the cliffs.
The snorkeling and diving around Komodo are some of the best in the world, especially for seeing soft corals. A professional diver told us, "You know, when you're a diver, you spend your life dreaming of and searching for the best dive site in the world. Well, Komodo is it."