Staying on Angel Island and diving with them in Komodo National Park was a truly exceptionally, once-in-a-lifetime experience. This adorable private island has just 10 luxurious guest huts nestled among the trees and hibiscus bushes, so it's very peaceful and private. The reef at their main beach is truly spectacular (check out my photos - the one with the crazy looking mushroom coral was taken at the main reef right in front of the restaurant, which is super healthy). Just snorkeling there is magical - I swam beneath a rainbow while checking out curious turtles, a huge assortment of fish, an eye-popping array of colorful soft and hard coral, little black-tip reef sharks and small stingrays. And that was just the snorkeling.
This little resort is only a 30 minute boat ride from Labuan Bajo, but it feels like it's a million miles away. It's simply idyllic and nearly perfect in every way. The rooms are spacious, comfortable and air conditioned, the grounds and reefs around the island are pristine, the staff are all so friendly and kind, the food is lovely, and their diving tours are better than anything you can get in Labuan Bajo. It was the most perfect holiday we've ever had.
As for the dives in Komodo National Park - oh my God, they were absolutely stunning! To see my video compiling the highlights (which will blow your mind), just go to YouTube and search for "Cimeron Komodo." (I'd include a link but Tripadvisor won't allow that). These were the best dives of our lives. We couldn't believe how healthy and full of life the reefs, pinnacles and waters are in Komodo. And Kate - the co-owner of the resort and dive master - is an incredible dive master. The gear was all top-notch, and she chose 6 amazing dive spots for us, and she chose the times well so we could have the sites all to ourselves. Note that these are pretty advanced dives, as the currents are STRONG. We even did some crazy-cool current-chutes, which were really fun - it was like being shot out of a water cannon. We saw mantas, more turtles than I could count, swimming eels, big sharks, unbelievably colorful coral, pinnacles utterly covered with life...just watch the video and you'll see for yourself. It was a bit overwhelming to see so much life and color.
On our last day, the staff also arranged for a private tour to Rinca Island so we could see the Komodo dragons, which are insanely big! We even got to see a couple of the big boys fight (since it's mating season and they're trying to show the girl dragons how cool they are).
Our trip to Angel Island Eco Resort was one we will never forget, and it was worth every penny. Thank you Kate, for building your amazing resort and sharing it with us, and thank you for taking us on those amazing dives!
Booked 4 nights at this place on a whim and am very glad that I did! This place was absolutely wonderful - the island, accommodations, staff, and diving operation were all excellent.
We were met at the Komodo Airport by a member of the Angel Island team, and were taken to the harbor via taxi. The island is just a 15-20 min boat ride from Labuan Bajo - once you're on the island, however, you feel like you're in the middle of Komodo NP.
The island is very nice - two private beaches, a nice restaurant area, a yoga chalet/library, and ~10 cottages. The house reef is excellent for snorkeling - during a 20 minute snorkel, we saw baby blacktips, titan triggerfish, juvenile sweetlips, and lots of other beautiful creatures.
Each cottage is well hidden by trees, so you have a strong sense of privacy. Our cottage had excellent AC, a beautifully built bathroom with hot shower, a stocked mini fridge, and many other nice amenities.
The staff here is exceptional - Frido, Rian, Fian, Sian, and Denny were all extremely friendly and helpful. They learned our names immediately and were incredibly nice, always making conversation and going out of their way to help us.
The restaurant is decent - they have a large menu and great selection of drinks. I mostly ate Indian food, so I can't speak to the other dishes they offered, but all of my meals were pretty good. They also light mosquito coils under each table, so bugs were never a problem while dining.
What really surprised me, however, was the diving operation! Angel Island has one of the nicest dive boats I've ever encountered - huge deck space, freshwater shower, spacious bathroom, and tea/coffee on demand. The owner, Cate (or Kate, sorry!) was an excellent dive guide - she gave thorough briefings, kept things fun, and was amazing at finding beautiful creatures for us to look at. Like all of her staff, she was very friendly and helpful.
There are only two negatives that I can think of. One, the wifi didn't work 90% of the time. And two, we didn't see Bertie!!
Overall, I would highly recommend that you visit Angel island Resort! I would also suggest that you book a diving package - it is definitely worth it. Can't wait to come back!
Five days of total decadence! Big room with garden around the bathroom, dependable hot water and air conditioning -- we took our in-room espresso out to the balcony every morning to watch the birds. We spent most days basking on the beach, with staff asking every couple of hours what we'd like to drink, and bringing us fresh-baked snacks and desserts. The snorkelling was amazing, although the reef is so close to shore that we only went out at high tide to avoid kicking the coral! The day trip to Rinca to see the Komodo dragons had just as good snorkelling. And the sunsets from the dining room were spectacular!
Our flight to Labuan Bajo was cancelled; we phoned from Denpasar (Bali), and the resort very kindly accommodated the change. We also had the chance to chat with the owner about his vision for the resort, both as eco-resort and as an economic opportunity and stimulus for the area.
This beautiful, small and private island resort has everything you could possibly ask for if you are looking for a quiet and relaxing holiday. The staff are friendly, efficient and helpful at all times. The rooms are amazingly comfortable and even the smallest details have not been overlooked. Someone has obviously spent a lot of effort and thought into the layout and it's facilities-I can't fault it. Food delicious and menu varied to suit all tastes. They organise trips to nearby Rinca to see the Komodo dragons and are well worth taking. The snorkelling from the private beach in front of the resort is excellent and although I didn't have time to dive, I have heard nothing but praise for the dive team. The coral and variety of fish - breathtaking. Well done all at Angel Island, if I can get back this way in the future I will mostly certainly stay here and cannot recommend it highly enough. Check it out for yourself!
Excellent place to stay to see Komodo National Park. The city of Labuan Bajo is a dump so this place located on a private island with clean water surrounding it is a perfect escape.
Location on the way to Komodo National Park makes it a perfect spot to experience the riches of the park.
Snorkeling off their private beach is fantastic and easy.
Internet is good, the place is very clean and private. The staff is top notch. The food is excellent and included. There are no surprise costs. Everything is included except alcohol, diving, and tour to Komodo--- all of which are very reasonable and not much more expensive than other places in Indonesia. We felt that all of it was good value.
Owner lives on the island and speaks perfect English and Indonesian. He is a wealth of information and with only a few spacious luxury villas it is paradise.
We stayed here for 4 nights for our honeymoon and it was absolutely fantastic!!