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3D2N Dragons, Pink Beach and Padar ** No-frills & Great-Value

By Nucalale Komodo

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You want to see everything Komodo has to offer in a budget-friendly way. Perfect for adventurous travellers who love a social atmosphere!


3 days 2 nights
Group trip (10 travellers per group)
This 10-person boat departs every Friday from April to December. The 3-day extensive trip allows you to explore, discover and experience the Indonesian- styled adventure these Islands have to offer. Giant Bats, Carnivorous Lizards, and even Manta Ray-filled waters promise encounters to get the adrenaline glands working again.

Trip Highlights

Kanawa Island
Manta Point
Pink Beach
Kalong Island
Komodo Island
Kelor Island
Siaba Besar (Turtle Bay)
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Trip Inclusions

From US$ 219.54 IDR3,022,012.45 per person
  • All Meals on the boat
  • Return transfer from Labuan Bajo airport or your hotel in Labuan Bajo (except Le Pirates Boatel)
  • Mineral Water
  • Coffee and Tea
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Local Guide
  • Komodo National Park fees & ranger fee. Foreigner: IDR 460,000/pax /day (weekday), IDR 535,000/pax/day (weekend), local: IDR 265,000/pax/day (weekday), IDR 267,500/pax/day (weekend) paid in Komodo National Park
  • Insurance
  • Any Tips
  • Personal expenses
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Hotel Lobby in Labuan Bajo
Hotel Lobby in Labuan Bajo
Other Notes

The pick-up time varies depending on your hotel location. Please mention your hotel name upon booking and we will inform you about your hotel pick-up time. The drop off time is flexible and it may vary depending on weather.

Scheduled Trip Dates

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Apr 03
Apr 10
Apr 17
Apr 24
May 01
May 08
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Please note that this is a sample itinerary and may be subject to change depending on weather conditions.
Day 1: Labuan Bajo - Kelor Island – Manjerite – Rinca Island – Kalong Island
Labuan Bajo - Kelor Island – Manjerite – Rinca Island – Kalong Island

Encounter with Komodo Dragons in their Natural Habitat. Go snorkelling and watch thousands of bats glide over at sunset

Accommodation: Komodo Basic (Shared Cabin) - Shared Cabin

  • 07:30 am : Pick-up, drive to harbour and Set sail.
  • Hike at Kelor Island
  • Snorkel at Manjerite
  • Trek through Rinca Island to spot Komodo dragons
  • Sail to Kalong Island, a.k.a. Flying-Fox Island and watch thousands of bats glide over the boat against the sunset hues.
  • Dine and overnight in boat
Day 2: Padar Island – Pink Beach – Komodo Island – Kalong Island
Padar Island – Pink Beach – Komodo Island – Kalong Island

Explore various species of soft corals and countless tropical reef fish at Pink Beach. Head to the other home of Komodo dragons.

Accommodation: Komodo Basic (Shared Cabin) - Shared Cabin

  • Early morning: 30-minute hike to Padar Island
  • Snorkel at Pink Beach
  • Trek through Komodo Island
  • Sail to Kalong Island
  • Dine and overnight on boat
Day 3: Manta Point – Siaba Island– Kanawa Island - Labuan Bajo
Manta Point – Siaba Island– Kanawa Island - Labuan Bajo

Witness a wonderful array of marine life such as the Manta Ray and turtles when you snorkel.

  • Breakfast
  • Try spotting for manta rays at Manta Point
  • Watch turtles glide through the water at Siaba Island
  • Sail to Kanawa Island to Snorkel or simply relax
  • Sail back to Labuan Bajo in the late afternoon

Meet your guide

Nucalale Komodo

Enzy was born in the countryside Ruteng, a small town east of Flores. Enzy had big ambitions and wanted to share the beauty of Flores with guests to the region. To realise her dream, she created Nucalale to deliver trips of good value and great fun! Enzy is also one of the leaders of the Labuan Bajo chapter of Trash Hero, a social enterprise that creates sustainable, community-based projects to remove existing waste, and reduce future waste.
1 year experience
Basic English

What others are saying

4.6 out of 44 helpful reviews
Heather Johnston
21 Feb 2020 on SeekSophie
The staff and crew were wonderful and kind. Most of the places we visited were fabulous. Padar Island and pink beach were the best in my opinion. Wonderful snorkeling at pink beach. The sand was not very pink but was still beautiful. Padar island was a great hike and amazing view. Komodo was quite disappointing. We did not see any komodos "in the wild" on Rinca or Komodo Island. The komodos we did see were lazing around near the cafes and restaurants becasue they are fed the scraps of food. Also, the boat was nice, but not as pictured on the website. It looked different and much nicer on the website. Food was wonderful on the boat. Thew crew were amazing cooks!
Lau Yok Ung
28 Jan 2020 on SeekSophie
Thank a lot for your advise me everything avoid bad thing. I give full 5 star but no enough. Want more STAR million ;)
IAN NICHOLAS NASH and Elaine Macadam
19 Jan 2020 on SeekSophie
Good communication ahead of trip re expectations/possible weather induced itinerary changes and pickup. Last snorkelling spot Manta Island had lots of floating rubbish in water but boat didn't change to new spot. Other 3 stops good as hoped for. Overall, good but expensive trip.
Miroslawa Dziechciarz
14 Jan 2020 on SeekSophie
We loved everything about this trip. Spending two days on the boat was fun, we slept on the upper-deck and it was an experience. The food on the boat was absolutely delicious, and I mean it. They took us to the most amazing places and for the tour was best highlight of our month-long trip to Vietnam and Indonesia. Great value for money.
Gemma Powell
09 Jan 2020 on SeekSophie
This tour has been the highlight of my stay in Indonesia. The staff were great and the food was surprisingly good with vege and meat options. We say manta rays and many komodo dragons.

Other Things to Know

Cancellation and Exchange Policy
While we understand that plans change, we also have to be fair to each supplier, who needs time to prepare logistics for your trip such as manpower, food, permits, and more.
Flexible cancellation policy
As Nucalale Komodo pays for your trip’s logistics in advance, full refunds will only be for trips cancelled 5 days before your trip starts.
Flexible Date Policy
You may also change your trip date once up to 3 days before your trip starts. Any date change are subject to availability.
Packing list for the trip
Cash for Komodo National Park Fees
Change of clothes
Flip flops
If you're snorkelling, do bring ankle socks (as fins can rub on the back of your ankles)
Insect repellent
Sunglasses and Hat
Trekking shoes or Comfortable walking shoes
How much are Komodo National Park fees?

Komodo National Park fees are complicated. They depend on: the islands visited (which is weather dependent), whether it's a weekday or a weekend, whether the guest is a foreigner or a local, and the number of people on the boat (as ranger fees are shared). This is why no two people will tell you the same number when asked about fees!

The fees are also complicated by the fact that they're set by the national government and paid directly to Jakarta. So there is little visibility on changes from time to time.

This is why we usually advise international guests to bring cash of between IDR 350K to IDR 460K per person per day for weekdays and between IDR 400K to IDR 520K per person per day for weekends. This is more than you need, but it avoids you ending up short of cash if the boat doesn't have too many people or the fees suddenly change!

A few of our trips include the fees in the price. You can see it listed in the inclusion list. If this is the case there is no need to bring cash with you.

Can I still visit Komodo National Park in Jan-March rainy season?

While you can still visit Komodo National Park during the rainy season in Jan-March, there is a higher risk of boat trips being cancelled due to the weather.

The risk is lowest for the 1-day speedboats (as they are more stable) so if you are going Jan-March, we would highly recommend doing a 1-day speedboat trip. Although the 2D1N trips are still sailing during the rainy season, there is a slightly higher risk that the 2D1N trips might be cancelled due to the weather. The 3D2N trips do not tend to sail during Jan-March.

Given the unpredictability of the weather, the cancellation could happen at any time (even the morning of the trip). We will keep you updated as soon as we can if the weather prediction is not favourable for your trip.

If your trip is cancelled due to the weather, you can choose to receive a full refund, OR reschedule your trip for the next day (if weather permits). So if you're travelling from Jan-March to Komodo, please plan some extra days for your trip so you have additional days to try again, even if your original trip is cancelled!

Is the itinerary guaranteed?

The itinerary for Komodo National Park is very weather dependent, as the journey takes place out in open waters. Some days the currents are very strong, and it might not be safe to go to certain islands. We know this can be frustrating if you had your heart set on specific spots, but please be assured that the boat operators will do their very best to make sure you see the dragons and the highlights of the park - even if it's not identical to the itinerary here. A visit to Komodo is quite the adventure, so please do be prepared to embrace some level of uncertainty!

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