Komodo’s Bat Island

Komodo’s Bat Island

Kalong Island is located within the Komodo National Park – this island is not just any regular old island; it is home to thousands of bats! Kalong means bats in the local language and thanks to these winged and fanged inhabitants, many tourists are flocking to Kalong Island to view these bats when they take to the skies in thousands to hunt for food. It is really quite like a scene from a movie so don’t forget your camera to take some epic once-in-a-lifetime shots.

Photo courtesy: https://www.balistarisland.com/kalong-island/

Kalong Island is quite the mystery to people. According to a local folklore, no one has actually been brave enough to set foot on the island. The story goes that one day, an adventurous soul decided to go exploring about on the island and he never returned. Trips to Kalong Island will take you alongside the island, meters away from its shore but not to the island itself. One of the more rational reasons behind this is that the island is mostly made up of mangrove forests; making it tough to maneuver on foot.

Easily reachable by boat, Kalong Island is only 8 km away from the port of Labuan Bajo. The best time to visit the island is around 6pm during sunset when the nocturnal creatures awake from slumber and begin to ascend together in giant black cloud to search for food.

Travel tips

– If you get easily seasick it is recommended to take a pill and tell the crew about this.

– You can book the trip beforehand or just negotiate with any of the boat drivers at the port of Labuan Bajo

– If you have enough time, do visit Rinca Island

Photo courtesy: https://www.balistarisland.com/kalong-island/


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