The Komodo National Park is made up of over two dozen islands between Sumbawa and Flores. These prehistoric looking islands are home to the Komodo Dragon, a creature that time seemed to forget. These mighty beast are over 3 m long and weigh up to 150 kg. But don't let their slow nature fool you, when food or mating are involved, the Dragon can run nearly 30 km per hour.
The Komodo Dragon however is just one attraction of the park. The area boasts some of the best marine life on the planet, with dozens of reefs in which we will snorkel. We will visit sites where manta ray and turtle are common. It is also home to uninhabited islands and glorious beaches.
We will visit small stilted villages and experience life on the sea like nowhere else. This 11 day expedition from Bali is one of a kind. We are the only operator running kayaking expeditions in the National Park. You will be part of something that very few have experienced before, kayaking the Komodo Islands, Indonesia. As part of this expedition, you will be helping to preserve the local Eco-system through donations from us and cleaning the park of all plastics as we go. Through the work that we and other like minded organizations do, we hope that the Komodo National Park will remain an attraction for our children's children.
Day 1: Arrive in Bali and transfer to hotel. Free time to relax.
Day 2: Fly Bali to Labuan Bajo. Arrive at Komodo Labuan Bajo airport (B).
You will be met at the airport by one of our team members and taken to Bajo Komodo Eco Lodge. This afternoon you will meet with your Guide and then head off for a tour to the Mirror Stone Caves. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 3: Labuan Bajo – Kanawa Island (B, L, D)
Today we start paddling. But before we start our Guide will go through some safety issues and we will do a short practice paddle to ensure the kayaks are set up for individual needs. Before lunch, we set out for our first destination, Kanawa Island approximately 2 hrs from the eco-lodge. Kanawa has small guest houses to accommodate us and a great walk up to the hill top for views over the park we will be paddling around. It is also home to some great coral reefs and fish populations so a spot of snorkeling is encouraged.
Day 4: Kanawa - Tatawa (B, L, D)
After breakfast we will start SW towards Mangyatan and then on to Tatawa. There the waters are pristine and we will have ample opportunity to swim and snorkel as we will be only paddling to the next island across. Overnight in tents.
Day 5: Tatawa Island to Wainilu (B,L,D)
Today we paddle from Tatawa to Wainilu just off the coast of Rinca, for snorkeling, swimming and relaxing. We will set up camp here and have a chance to explore Wainilu. There is simply no better place for a sunset than our campsite, with the sun falling behind the mountains of Komodo Island itself. For those taking up the Scuba Diving option, this is the day that you can Scuba Dive at Batu Bolong.
On route we will stop off at the eclectic village of Papagaran. This wonderful village perched at places over the water is home to people from all over the region. If the school is in, we can go visit the children. The small street that runs through this village is fascinating with wonderfully cared for general stores, fish drying racks and people going about their daily business. Overnight on the beach in a tent at Wainilu.
Day 6: Wainilu – Nusapimpe (B,L,D)
Early morning we will rise and paddle to the Rinca Rangers Office to look for Komodo Dragons. Rinca (pronounced Rin – cha) is the best place in the park to see the Dragons as their numbers and density are quite large there. We will be shown around the park by a trained Ranger who will explain the eco-system, the Dragon’s habits, the life of other inhabitants on the island such as the Macaque, Buffalo, Deer, Tree snakes etc.
After a drink at the Ranger’s Café we will start paddling north towards Nusapimpe off the coast of Rinca. Lunch, snorkeling and relaxing will be followed by a sunset paddle to a small mangrove island (Kaaba) inhabited by bats. This is a great sight with thousands of bats flying into the night sky for their evening meal. We will return to Nusapimpe to do the same.
Day 7: Nusapimpe – Labuan Bajo (B, L)
This is our last day of paddling but by no means the last day of the adventure. We will coast back along the Flores shoeline, stopping whenever we feel like snorkeling. We will be in Labuan Bajo by around lunch time. Overnight Eco Lodge.
Day 8: Labuan Bajo – Cunca Wulang Waterfalls – Labuan Bajo (B)
Today we head out for a day at the Cunca Wulang Waterfalls. The falls are just beyond a beautiful traditional village. The hike there and back is picturesque and we will have a chance to chat to the locals along the way. The falls are spectacular with an enormous fall at one end of a large canyon, that has been carved by the falls themselves. We will be able to swim in the beautifully cool waters all the way to the fall’s base . Overnight at Eco Lodge.
Day 9: Labuan Bajo – Bali (B)
We will have a bit of free time before we fly back to Bali today. We can have a swim at the Eco Lodge pool, go into town and walk around the harbour or just relax on the sprawling veranda overlooking the sea. You will be met at Bali airport by the hotel and taken there. You can either stay the night at the hotel or fly out to your next destination later that evening. Either way you will have a room available to yourselves.
Day 10: Fly home. Note : This itinerary can vary due to local conditions and strength of kayaking team. Days can be shortened or lengthened depending on many factors.
* Expedition is ex Bali. A single supplement applies of AUD$250.
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