Trekking on Rinca Island
The only other place where you can spot Komodo dragons in the wild aside to Komodo Island is Rinca Island. This island is the second biggest in the Komodo National Park and is really popular among tourists visiting Flores as it is home to a variety of animal species which you can spot during trekking. Being a relatively small island, trekking here won’t take the whole day so you can enjoy the rest of your day swimming, snorkelling or visiting one of the other nearby islands.
A two-hour boat trip will take you from Labuan Bajo to Rinca Island, less than half of the time it takes to get to Komodo Island. While you are on Rinca Island, you have a few trekking options – the short trek is only 1km long and will take you about 30 minutes. This loop trail will lead you to the top of a small hill and from there; you’ll get to enjoy a great view.
The second option is the medium trek, which is double of the short one. You’ll trek through savannah woodlands and through a favourite site for Komodo Dragons to build their nests – maybe you will even spot some young Komodo dragons. Also here you will enjoy amazing views across Rinca and other nearby islands.
The longest trek will take two hours and is 3.5km long. This is an extension of the medium trek with an additional stop to a permanent waterhole, frequented by Komodo dragons and their prey. This trek is recommended for those seeking to view even wilder Komodo dragons in their natural habitat, other wild animals, and the most enthralling views.
– Be careful, the Komodo dragons tend to be a little bit more aggressive on this island
– Always walk with a ranger to prevent any attacks from the Komodo dragons
– Bring cold drinks and snacks with you, there is only one small kiosk on the island
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