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Komodo National Park Itinerary 2

| Komodo | March – November | 5 days | 95 NM |

Embark on a 5-day exploration in the famous Komodo National Park for snorkeling the pristine reefs, swimming with Manta Rays, and a stop at Rinca to view the Komodo dragon. This fantastic journey begins and ends in Labuan Bajo, the gateway to Komodo.

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Komodo National Park

The Komodo National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site consists of 3 larger islands Komodo, Rinca, and Padar and over 20 smaller ones, many of which are uninhabited. Komodo and Rinca are home to the legendary Komodo dragons, respected by locals who believe they descend from one born to a dragon princess centuries ago. The mystical hidden paradise of Komodo National Park and surrounding islands will enthrall travelers with its wild adventure. A remote land ruled by dragons where active volcanos rise from the ocean gives way to its unique treasures. 

Initially founded in 1980 to protect its remarkable inhabitant, the Komodo dragon, the National Park has since been extended the protection to include additional terrestrial inhabits on the islands and the biodiverse marine life.

Daily Activites

Day 1

Labuan Bajo – Sebayur Besar

Welcome to Labuan Bajo, the crew will meet you at the airport or the hotel for the transfer to the boat. Once onboard, you’ll have time to enjoy a welcome drink and meet the additional crew members who will make sure your sailing experience is a memorable one. 

Later today, the boat will sail to the island of Sebayur Besar, where you will have your first encounter with Komodo’s beautiful waters as you snorkel over the vibrant house reef located in front of the Komodo Resort. The shallow reef and smooth current make this an ideal and refreshing way to ease into the water.  

The island of Sebayur Besar is known to offer for the best panoramic sunsets within the Komodo National Park, and the best place to view it is from the top of the island. After a short trek to the top, around 45 min, the cruise director will map out the birds-eye view of the itinerary, pointing out the highlights on the trip. As we make our way back to the beach, stop for a moment to notice how the golden hour covers the island in rich color while the sun while the sky explodes with a myriad of colors. At the beach, the crew has been busy preparing a delicious aperitif as you watch the sun’s final rays- the perfect end to the first day in this truly magical place.

Day 2

Sebayur Besar – Siaba Besar – Gili Lawa Darat

After a wonderful breakfast, the boat will sail to Siaba Besar, where the ship will anchor in front of the island nicknamed “Turtle City,” where dozens of green turtles can be seen resting on the underwater hill. The crystalline waters of the shallow reef make this a relaxing and enjoyable snorkeling excursion for everyone.

If we are lucky, we may spot a barracuda swimming around. Afterward, we’ll return to the boat for lunch on deck as the ship sails to the beautiful bay of Gili Lawa Darat, located next to Komodo island. We’ll head out before sunset for a short trek to the top of the hill to view another panoramic view of the bay and the stunning landscapes. 

Day 3

Gili Lawa Darat – Makassar Reef – Padar

Today we will head out to Makassar Reef, better known as Manta Point, where you have your best chance at swimming with the graceful Manta rays. Makassar Reef is a long shallow reef found between the island of Komodo and Tatawa Besar, and the current that flows through carries plankton-rich waters, the perfect feast for the Mantas. 

Following this fantastic snorkeling, we will visit the grand island of Gili Makasar to relax on its pristine white sand beach, and exquisite reef awaits. Truly the most beautiful island in the park!

This afternoon we will set sail to Padar Island, a beautiful and wild island found between Rinca and Komodo. We refer it to it as Jurassic Park, and you will understand why once you’re there! We highly recommend trekking here as it offers a picture-perfect panoramic view of the most breathtaking landscape. We’ll have time to enjoy a marvelous sunset before returning to the boat for a well-deserved dinner, specially prepared by our fantastic chef.

Day 4

Padar – Nusa Kode

Today we’ll have an early wake-up call before we head ashore to Padar to watch a magnificent sunrise from a deserted island we have all to ourselves. We’ll return to the boat for a hearty breakfast before sailing to the wildest place of Komodo National Park, NUSA KODE – an old volcano. We’ll spend the remainder of the day exploring a portion of the volcano that extends into the Indian ocean and the narrow channel in between. 

This area is home to the legendary Komodo dragon. The lizards that live here are the most aggressive, and we’ll keep a safe distance as we watch them patrolling on the beach in search of food. Afterward, we’ll head out to dive a reef known for its impressive macro marine life. 

Later this evening, head outside to view one of mother nature’s most beautiful displays. Far removed from the city lights, Nusa Kode is a fantastic place to watch the stars and the Milky Way from the upper deck of the boat. 

Day 5

Nusa Kode – Rinca – Labuan Bajo

Early morning we will sail to Rinca island, where we will spend few hours trekking on the island in the search of the Komodo dragons. The local ranger will explain us its environment and the way he adapt to these specific islands.

We will then sail back to Labuan Bajo where your crew will transfer you to the airport in plenty of time for your return flight to Bali.

Daily Activites

Labuan Bajo – Sebayur Besar

Welcome to Labuan Bajo, the crew will meet you at the airport or the hotel for the transfer to the boat. Once onboard, you’ll have time to enjoy a welcome drink and meet the additional crew members who will make sure your sailing experience is a memorable one. 

Later today, the boat will sail to the island of Sebayur Besar, where you will have your first encounter with Komodo’s beautiful waters as you snorkel over the vibrant house reef located in front of the Komodo Resort. The shallow reef and smooth current make this an ideal and refreshing way to ease into the water.  

The island of Sebayur Besar is known to offer for the best panoramic sunsets within the Komodo National Park, and the best place to view it is from the top of the island. After a short trek to the top, around 45 min, the cruise director will map out the birds-eye view of the itinerary, pointing out the highlights on the trip. As we make our way back to the beach, stop for a moment to notice how the golden hour covers the island in rich color while the sun while the sky explodes with a myriad of colors. At the beach, the crew has been busy preparing a delicious aperitif as you watch the sun’s final rays- the perfect end to the first day in this truly magical place.

Sebayur Besar – Siaba Besar – Gili Lawa Darat

After a wonderful breakfast, the boat will sail to Siaba Besar, where the ship will anchor in front of the island nicknamed “Turtle City,” where dozens of green turtles can be seen resting on the underwater hill. The crystalline waters of the shallow reef make this a relaxing and enjoyable snorkeling excursion for everyone.

If we are lucky, we may spot a barracuda swimming around. Afterward, we’ll return to the boat for lunch on deck as the ship sails to the beautiful bay of Gili Lawa Darat, located next to Komodo island. We’ll head out before sunset for a short trek to the top of the hill to view another panoramic view of the bay and the stunning landscapes. 

Gili Lawa Darat – Makassar Reef – Padar

Today we will head out to Makassar Reef, better known as Manta Point, where you have your best chance at swimming with the graceful Manta rays. Makassar Reef is a long shallow reef found between the island of Komodo and Tatawa Besar, and the current that flows through carries plankton-rich waters, the perfect feast for the Mantas. 

Following this fantastic snorkeling, we will visit the grand island of Gili Makasar to relax on its pristine white sand beach, and exquisite reef awaits. Truly the most beautiful island in the park!

This afternoon we will set sail to Padar Island, a beautiful and wild island found between Rinca and Komodo. We refer it to it as Jurassic Park, and you will understand why once you’re there! We highly recommend trekking here as it offers a picture-perfect panoramic view of the most breathtaking landscape. We’ll have time to enjoy a marvelous sunset before returning to the boat for a well-deserved dinner, specially prepared by our fantastic chef.

Padar – Nusa Kode

Today we’ll have an early wake-up call before we head ashore to Padar to watch a magnificent sunrise from a deserted island we have all to ourselves. We’ll return to the boat for a hearty breakfast before sailing to the wildest place of Komodo National Park, NUSA KODE – an old volcano. We’ll spend the remainder of the day exploring a portion of the volcano that extends into the Indian ocean and the narrow channel in between. 

This area is home to the legendary Komodo dragon. The lizards that live here are the most aggressive, and we’ll keep a safe distance as we watch them patrolling on the beach in search of food. Afterward, we’ll head out to dive a reef known for its impressive macro marine life. 

Later this evening, head outside to view one of mother nature’s most beautiful displays. Far removed from the city lights, Nusa Kode is a fantastic place to watch the stars and the Milky Way from the upper deck of the boat. 

Nusa Kode – Rinca – Labuan Bajo

Early morning we will sail to Rinca island, where we will spend few hours trekking on the island in the search of the Komodo dragons. The local ranger will explain us its environment and the way he adapt to these specific islands.

We will then sail back to Labuan Bajo where your crew will transfer you to the airport in plenty of time for your return flight to Bali.

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