Planning a trip to view the famed Komodo Dragons? Well, we’re here to help. For many who have not been to the island of Flores, we believe that these essential tips would give you some bearing and an idea of what to expect when you land.
The gateway to the Komodo National Park is Labuan Bajo, so be sure book your flights to the Labuan Bajo International Airport – this is important as Flores is a huge island with several other airports servicing other districts. It is recommended to arrange for pick up to your accommodation prior to your arrival to avoid the hassle of haggling, but taxis and local transportation are also available if you prefer.
Labuan Bajo used to be a sleepy fishing town at the western end of Flores. It is now a bustling centre for tourism and the capital city of West Maggarai district. While your destination may be the Komodo National Park, do note that there are no accommodations within the park itself, and most tourists opt to stay on-board charter boats, or in hotels and inns on the mainland at Labuan Bajo. To view your accommodation options, click here.
There are two major points of entry into the Park; Loh Liang on Komodo Island and Loh Buaya on Rinca Island. A group of up to 20 people can charter a local boat at the port of Labuan Bajo for up to IDR 1.5 million per boat per day to get to your selected entry point. Another option is to book a tour package via boat charters for guided tours around the Komodo National Park, which would include accommodations on-board, a tour of the surrounding islands including Komodo and Padar Island with activities such as viewing the Komodo Dragons, snorkeling at Manta Point and trekking at Gili Laba.
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While you may be visiting the Komodo National Park to get up close and personal to the Komodo Dragons, also know that a trip there will give you so much more than what you’ve bargained for. Expect exhilarating views and stunning panoramas, raw and close animal encounters both above and underwater, unimpeded vistas like you’ve never seen before, and magical experiences among natural and untouched breathtaking wonders especially at the Pink Beach, as you swim with the Mantas and as you snorkel with dolphins.
Also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Park is not only home to the Komodo Dragon; many other notable species seek refuge here including the orange-footed scrub fowl, endemic rat and the Timor deer. This is also where you’ll find one of the richest marine environments including coral reefs, mangroves, sea-grass beds,seamounts and semi-closed bays. There are over 1000 species of fish, 350 species of reef-building coral and 70 species of sponges as well as dugongs, sharks, manta rays, whales, dolphins and sea turtles.
There are a variety of fees and charges for every activity taking place at the Komodo National Park. To give you an idea of how much you’d be spending on your next trip, click here.
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