[Tempat Rekreasi] KOmodo Island
Komodo is an island in Indonesia in the Lesser Sunda chain of islands. It’s one of three that comprises Komodo National Park. It’s known for its rocky, rugged landscape, complete with forests, volcanic mountains, and is the home to the formidable Komodo Dragon. It’s an undeveloped island, with the only way to access it is by ferry from Sape on Flores Island or with a tour company leaving from Labuan Bajo. Many people visit on a day trip during their travels through Indonesia. While on the island, there are no roads nor motorized vehicles, walking is the only mode of transport.
Komodo island is a popular destination for scuba diving enthusiasts. It has some of the most impressive marine life. It's also good for travelers who like to get up close and personal with stunning wildlife. Many of the land species are only found in Komodo. The surrounding waters are full of seagrass beds, mangroves and coral reefs, perfect for diving and snorkeling.
The best time of year to visit Komodo Island is during the dry season, between the months of May and September. During August, temperatures can be boiling, (over 40℃/104℉) with high humidity. The climate in Komodo is tropical year-round, but during the wet season December-March you’ll run into heavy rainfall which could spoil a few days of your vacation.
Boat Rentals in Komodo
The beautiful water and diverse wildlife that surrounds Komodo make it the perfect destination for a day of boating. Renting a boat or kayak is a great way to explore Komodo and the surrounding islands by sea. You can rent out a private yacht or opt for a group tour on a day trip leaving from Labuan Bajo or Flores.
For traveling groups of scuba divers, you have the option of chartering a liveaboard boat for several days. This is a special experience for avid scuba travelers who want to spend as much time as possible diving. You'll see the incredible marine species and coral reefs of Komodo in unique dive sites. Manta rays, sea turtles, over 1,000 species of different fish, and sharks call these waters home. One of the best dive sites in Komodo is Batu Bolong Reef. Many divers who have visited this reef consider it to be one of the highlights of their scuba travel experiences. The fish are so dense in this area, many divers report feeling like they are in an aquarium. You can shop around for dive centers to plan your perfect scuba adventure in your desired sites. It's recommended to check out a list of descriptions of the different dive sites that Komodo dragon has to offer to pick the best one for you.
Gulets are traditional wooden sailing boats that are popular for cruising around in the waters of Komodo. Your experienced captain will show you the best spots on the island. You can choose a cruise that includes lunch, stops for swimming, and all the facilities you need for a great day on the water.
Guided kayaking tours are a fantastic option for sporty travelers who want to be active on their vacation in Komodo. It’s a unique adventure to have in Komodo. You’ll paddle your sea kayak over gorgeous coral reefs, into hidden coves and stop at uninhabited surrounding islands. You can choose from day trips to week-long kayaking excursions. You can see dolphins swimming in the water as you paddle along! Stand up paddle boarding in Komodo is another popular choice. The best part about powering yourself through the waters around Komodo is that you’ll get to see some spots that no motorized boats can access.
Luxury yacht cruises are fantastic and romantic in Komodo. Charter a yacht and see some of the most breathtaking sunsets and unspoiled nature in an intimate setting. The yachts are fully equipped with everything you need for a few days at sea, and captains are flexible and will customize the trip based on your travel preferences.
Other Things To Do
While in Komodo, a visit to Pink Beach is a must. It’s a gorgeous spot for snorkeling and scuba diving and a place you’ll be sure to see some Komodo dragons. The sand is pink due to the presence of microscopic amoebas with red shells. The water is sparkling and clear, making it a perfect stop for a day of swimming with the family.
Komodo National Park is another must-see while staying on Komodo Island. You’ll see more Komodo dragons with an experienced guide who can inform you about the natural environment and wildlife on Komodo. Walking on your own is not advisable, seeing that Komodo dragons can be aggressive and very dangerous towards humans, so stick with your guide!
While exploring Komodo, you can also opt to stop at Padar Island and Rinca Island, the other two that comprise the entire Komodo National Park. You’ll see more wildlife, gorgeous blue lagoons, and stunning views reached by hiking.
Marinas in Komodo
There aren’t any marinas located on Komodo island. For boat rentals and tours, the closest agency is Komodo Marina Tours located in Labuan Bajo. Another marina in Labuan Bajo is Kantor UPP Kelas III Labuan Bajo, where many tours and boats leave from to visit the island and Komodo National Park.
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