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Absolute insane experience, sailed a long way and got to swim with whale sharks, seen beautiful reefs, nice hikes and sunsets. The food on board was good and the crew, especially Donny, were really nice.
I really enjoyed today! We saw Komodo dragons, mantas, sting rays and turtles. The team was great - I came onto the boat after snorkelling and not having seen mantas, and the team was great and took me and a cou...
It was a wonderful experience! The trip was well organised, the guide was friendly and helpful. We were provided enough water and/ or Cola, snacks and food was good. The places we visited were just stunning! We ...
The boat leaves early in the morning before 6am, so we got to Padar island and all the spots before the crowds it was great! Heri our main guide was great, attentive and helpful, and so were the rest of the boat...
Wonderfully composed Trip. A little hiking, wonderful snorkeling spots with manta and turtles and lots of fish and corals.
On top we had a very friendly and helpful crew and an enthusiastic guide
One lifetime experience. We booked our one-day Komodo trip via Seek Sophie and had the chance to embark to an amazing day with Alexandria Cruise, the local business based in Labuan Bajo. What a bliss! We were th...
Had a great time travelling with NK Jaya. The crew and guide were nice. The activities felt varied and not necessarily rushed. Most activities were not crowded at all, but some were. Either way, the amount of to...
The easiest way to get to Komodo Island is by flying to the nearby Komodo Airport in Labuan Bajo, Flores. From there, you can take a boat ride to Komodo National Park. Komodo National Park is approximately a 1-2 hour boat ride from Labuan Bajo (depending on whether you take a speedboat or a slowboat).
To safely encounter Komodo dragons in their natural habitat, it is essential to visit the Komodo National Park with an experienced guide. These local guides are knowledgeable about the dragons' behavior and will ensure your safety while maintaining a respectful distance from the animals. Additionally, it is important to follow the guidelines provided by the park and your guide, such as not feeding the dragons, wearing appropriate footwear, and staying on designated paths.
- Manta Point - Known for its large population of manta rays, this site is perfect for observing these majestic creatures up close.
- Castle Rock - An underwater pinnacle teeming with fish, sharks, and other marine life, Castle Rock is ideal for experienced divers seeking a thrilling adventure.
- Batu Bolong - A coral-covered rock formation that attracts an abundance of marine life, including turtles, reef sharks, and schools of colorful fish.
- Cannibal Rock - This dive site features stunning soft corals, sea fans, and a variety of macro creatures, making it a favorite among underwater photographers.
- Tatawa Besar - With its gentle currents, Tatawa Besar offers a relaxing drift dive along a vibrant coral reef, perfect for divers of all levels.
We would highly recommend not visiting Komodo National Park during January to March as this is monsoon season and most boats don't run during this time, other than the one day speedboats. Even the one day speedboat trips may sometimes be cancelled if the weather is so bad that it's deemed unsafe to go out on the day. So if you visit Komodo National Park during this period, include more buffer time just in case your initially booked trip gets cancelled because of the weather.
Other than that, the other months are fine to visit Komodo National Park. The timing that you visit will determine what you'll get to see as some months are better for Komodo dragon sightings and other months are better for Manta Ray sightings.
For Komodo dragon sightings, the ideal time to visit is during the dry season, which typically occurs between April and November. However, it is essential to avoid the mating season (July and August) when the dragons are less active. During mating season, the large dragons would be much more difficult to spot and you'll likely only see small, monitor-lizard sized dragons.
Manta rays on the other hand love the rainy season. So if you only care about seeing them, the rainy season from December to February can be an excellent time to visit. Although the weather is wetter, manta rays are more likely to be spotted during this period as they tend to aggregate near the surface to feed on plankton.
To maximize your chances of seeing both Komodo dragons and manta rays, consider visiting during the shoulder months of April, May, October, and November. These months generally offer favorable weather conditions and fewer crowds, increasing your chances of memorable wildlife encounters.
The most popular things to do in Komodo National Park are:
- 3D2N Join-In Komodo Boat Trip with Stylish Phinisi Akassa
- 3D2N Join-In La Dyana Komodo Island Boat Trip | Karaoke & Canoe
- 3D2N Join-In Deluxe Komodo Adventure (Loka)
- 3D2N Giona Join-In Komodo Boat Trip | Canoe & Snorkeling Included