Komodo Island home to the largest lizards (Komodo Dragons) on the earth and some of the world’s best scuba diving underwater available. Komodo Island with fauna and flora makes it so beautiful that every tourist is attracted here. Also, it is one of the wonders of nature.
Mostly tourists come here for adventure and to experience the beauty of the Island. Komodo National Park is perfect for adventure seekers, and this National park includes three Islands that are Komodo Island, Rinca and Padar which are home to more than 3000 komodo dragons.
So, what are the best places to visit in Komodo Island? Things to do in Komodo National Park? What are the best hotels, activities, and things to do there? How to reach, when to go? All the answers and information you will get here will assure you to include this in your holiday package.
- How to reach Komodo Island?
- Best time to visit
- Where to stay?
- Best Restaurants to Eat
- Things to do in Komodo National Park.
- Frequently asked questions
1. How to reach Komodo Island:
So to reach Komodo Island you can take flights from Bali or Jakarta to Labuan Bajo a small fishing town. Try to book an early morning flight so that you reach early and have enough time to enjoy the park. When you arrive, then take a taxi to town or ask your hotel to pick you up.
For budget travellers, you can take ferries directly from Bali to Komodo Island but remember boats take a lot of time. Another route is you can take a ferry to Lombok and then fly to Labuan Bajo. This option is for those who want to see Lombok and Gili Islands before heading to Komodo.
2. Best time to visit:
The best time to visit an Island is in the dry season. So, you should visit between April and December as the weather is not too hot and with very little rain.
The busiest months are July and August so prices will be at high peak so, if you are travelling on a budget then avoid these months until unless you get the right package. Otherwise, you can plan a trip in September to November.
3. Where to stay in Komodo Island:
Once you reach Labuan Bajo, there are plenty of hotels, and you can choose, depending on your budget. You must check reviews of hotels, resorts or hostels before booking. Here are the best accommodations in Labuan Bajo according to travellers reviews:
Dragon Dive Komodo Hostel:
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Dragon dive Komodo hotel & hostel is located near the cities, local market, and attractions like nightlife. This hostel is the best place to stay as many travellers have suggested. Here you will get a swimming pool, bar & restaurant and scuba diving facility. You must check for this hotel.
Puri Sari Beach Hotel:
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Puri Sari Beach Hotel is a 4-Star Hotel in Labuan Bajo. You will get facilities here like outdoor swimming pool, open-air restaurant, and Breakfast included in the packages of room. Some other services like free Internet, Airport Service, Private beach and more are also available you can check on their official site.
The Jayakarta Suites Komodo Flores:
This hotel is located on the beach of Labuan Bajo, 15-min drive from Komodo Airport. Some facilities like Air conditioning, Airport transfer, car parking, Gym, free wifi and much more. Book early as the rooms can sell out quickly.
AYANA Komodo Resort:
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AYANA Komodo Resort is a 5-Star Hotel situated at the best locations of Komodo Island with Breathtaking views and VIP facilities. You get all the facilities required to stay comfortably. They also provide Cruise, Party Boat if you want to explore the island experiencing the Picturesque views with lunch, dinner etc.
Sunset Hill Hotel:
If you are looking for beautiful views from the inside of your Hotel room, then this is the best hotel. The views are fantastic from the room balconies you will love a lot. Every traveller who stayed in the hotel, they appreciate about the views from the rooms of this hotel. Check out their official website for prices and facilities.
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4. Best Restaurants to Eat:
There are many places to eat in Labuan Bajo; you will notice prices will be slightly higher than in Bali. All types of restaurants like Western, Indonesian, Japanese, Italian etc. are there. These are the best restaurants reviewed by our travellers:
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This is one of the best Italian restaurants there, Pizza, Pasta and salads all are the best at reasonable prices and also beautifully served. They also provide Lounge facility. You must visit if you are staying in Komodo Island.
Happy Banana Komodo:
If you are a person who is looking for healthy dishes, then this restaurant is best for you. Here you will get Japanese options, Vegan food, gluten-free food and much more. So, try this restaurant if you are very strict with your diet.
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Paradise Bar & Restaurant:
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This restaurant has the best location for sunset view and night parties. As situated on the top of the Hill, it gives breathtaking views of the Sea and some Islands surrounding it. It is also known for live music, Indonesian seafood which is very delicious and the relaxing atmosphere makes your mood awesome.
So, you must try these restaurants if visiting komodo, there are many other restaurants available, and it all depends on your taste and budget.
5. Things to do at Komodo National Park:
There are numerous things to do at Komodo National Park as the park is formed by three different Islands that are Komodo, Rinca, and Padar Island. Here you can see the list of things you must do if visiting there.
Trekking in Rinca Islands:
So, Rinca Island is the second-largest island in the komodo national park. This island has the largest population of komodo dragons. If you are an enthusiast to see the giant lizards, you must visit this island. It will be full of adventure, scenic beauty and much more.
A two hours boat trip from Labuan Bajo to reach the park, you will get a feel of Jurassic park and park rangers will be there to guide you so strictly follow their rules. Don’t go to any strange place alone. Always stay with the guides and only walk on the paths said to you.
Pink Beach is very popular in the komodo national park. The beach is a perfect combination of adventure and beauty of nature. Come here to relax and feel nature. If you are seeking adventure here also then go for scuba-diving.
You all may get excited to touch the pink sand, which is a combination of white sand and some tiny red corals brought up by waves. It is a very different and enjoyable experience, and underwater photography makes it so popular that everyone wishes to do diving and take great shots.
Hike up Padar Island:
Padar Island is the third-largest island in the park. If you are visiting the Komodo national park, then you must visit this island. If you want the best views of Indonesia visit here, so you don’t regret later.
The trekking is little more difficult than other Islands because steeper slopes so take hiking shoes which best suits you and a full water bottle. After making efforts, you will see the iconic views from the top.
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Rangko cave near Labuan Bajo is around an hour of drive on a scooter. In the cave, there is lots of blue water with excessive salt, which makes you float. So, this is also a great attraction you can visit there.
Snorkel with Manta:
Manta point is one of the best spots in the park which attracts many tourists all over the world. You swim with these unbelievable creatures, Manta rays. Due to this Manta point is so popular. Also, you see colourful fishes, beautiful corals and even swim with turtles. You must visit here with your family or partner, and yes you will enjoy it a lot.
So after this, you may get excited to visit the Komodo National Park. Also, it is cheaper than other Islands and the activities, tourist attractions are all well priced and worth spending on it.
At last, if you are planning a trip to Bali, then you must include this in your package and if right planning is done the trip becomes fantastic and exciting, so research places deeply where you are going.
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Frequently asked questions:
Ans: No, it’s not too dangerous if you follow the rules and do what park rangers advise you to do then there is no harm to you by komodo dragons. So, it is very safe, travel without any worries.
Ans: Komodo International airport near the town of Labuan Bajo. You have to take a flight from Bali or Jakarta or any other place in Indonesia.
Ans: There are only bungalows owned by National Park, almost all travellers stay in Labuan Bajo near Komodo Island.
Ans: The best time to visit Komodo Island is from April to December. July and August are the busiest months.
Ans: It is famous for Komodo dragons, tourists are eager to see the giant lizards; also the island is one of the wonders of nature.