Is Komodo Good For Diving?
If are a scuba diver and know about Indonesian dive locations, that is a question that you would obviously want to know, if you don’t already. Komodo National Park is one of the most famous scuba diving areas in the world. It is known for its diverse aquatic life, strong currents, and manta rays. As some would say, it is a wild, rugged, and full of different adventures. Komodo National Park is one of Indonesia’s most famous diving destinations for travellers from all over the world. You can see Manta Rays, sharks, colourful reefs and and so many different aquatic life.
Two of the most popular Scuba Dive Spots in the Central of the Park. Manta Point and Batu Bolong. Scuba Diving Komodo is worth is for any diver visiting.
The most popular areas to dive are in the Central. Some would consider these the best areas as well, but they are the most visited because they are closer to Labuan Bajo then going to the North or South part of the park. Manta Alley, also goes by the name Manta Point, or Makassar Reef is an extremely popular dive location in Komodo National Park. This is because as it name says, a very popular place to spot Manta Rays. This is one of the largest scuba diving area in all of Komodo National Park. It is most a flat ares with a slight variation in sand mounts with bits of coral scattered sparingly throughout the entire area. The mantas enjoy swimming against the light current because it is good for feeding, as well there are meaning cleaning station in that area where the manta’s may stay for a time longer. These are great locations to relax on the sand bottom and hopefully get lucky and have at the manta rays swim all around you. The mantas can be seem all year round, but it is much less likely to see them during the dry season. If you want to see manta rays in Komodo National Park, the best months are usually November thru February.
Another extremely popular dive locations in the park is called Batu Bolong. In the local language this means “hole in the rock” Batu Bolong is a giant rock peak coming up from the ocean and as the name says, there is a big hole in the rock that create a small archway. This dive location is more for advanced divers because there can be some extreme current from a falling or rising tide. The location is in the central park of the park. On a rare occasion when there is no current you can dive all around the island, but that is very rare. Usually the is a current coming from the north and the place to dive on the south of the rock. Below the water line the Rock widens and you can go back and forth as you go up or down on the rock wall. By doing this, you can see a wide range of aquatic life. With this location, it is extremely important to follow the dive guide and stay behind them because on each side of the rock, there can be a strong down current which can be dangerous so, follow instructions is extremely important.
If you have any question about Komodo Island Tour of Scuba Diving in Komodo, please contact us at Maika Komodo Tour.
Diving in Komodo offers a truly exceptional experience that combines breathtaking marine biodiversity, stunning underwater landscapes, and the chance to encounter unique and awe-inspiring marine creatures. Situated in the heart of the Coral Triangle, Komodo National Park boasts crystal-clear waters teeming with vibrant coral reefs and a vast array of marine species. From colorful coral gardens to dramatic drop-offs and thrilling drift dives, the underwater topography of Komodo is diverse and captivating. Explorers can immerse themselves in a kaleidoscope of marine life, including over 1,000 species of fish, manta rays, sharks, dolphins, and even the legendary Komodo dragons that roam the nearby islands. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced diver, the rich marine ecosystem and the exhilarating encounters make diving in Komodo an unforgettable adventure.
One of the main reasons why Komodo diving is so highly regarded is the presence of the world-famous dive site, "The Cauldron." This remarkable site is renowned for its incredible underwater volcanic landscape and strong currents, attracting advanced divers seeking adrenaline-pumping drift dives. Additionally, the chance to witness majestic manta rays gliding through the water is a highlight of diving in Komodo. Manta Point, a popular dive spot, offers an extraordinary opportunity to observe these gentle giants up close as they gracefully feed and interact with divers. Moreover, Komodo's rich biodiversity extends beyond the large marine creatures. The park is home to an astonishing variety of macro life, with opportunities to spot fascinating critters such as pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs, and ghost pipefish. The combination of thrilling dives, extraordinary marine life, and stunning underwater landscapes makes Komodo an unparalleled diving destination for enthusiasts seeking both adventure and natural wonders.
Komodo Dive Spots
Scuba Diving in Komodo offers some of the best Scuba Diving Locations in the entire world. There are a plethora of places to dive and experience all kinds of different aquatic wildlife. The most popular place to dive with many scuba diving companies in Komodo is the Central Part. The next most popular spot is in the North and then some longer Dive safaris go to the south part of Komodo.
Many of the dives have a medium current (depending on the falling and rising tides) , some are more calm within the bays, and some of the dive spots can have a very strong current, deepening on the moon cycles and tides. It is highly recommend to have proper gear and always dive with a dive buddy or group to ensure safety and all the dive sites.
While Scuba Diving in Komodo National Park, you can see many different kind of fish and sea creature including; Manta Rays, Sea Turtles, Sharks, Lionfish, Frog fish, Tuna, ClownFish, Butterfly Fish, Marble Ray, TriggerFish, CuttleFish, and many more. There are also a plethora of different kinds of coral as well.
While Scuba Diving in Komodo, you can choose from just doing a one day trip or a multi-day trip. The liveaboard diving trips range most from 2-3 days, but you can also join longer Dive safaris that sometimes go up to 7 or 8 days. These dive safaris usually go to the Central, North, and South Parts of Komodo, just depending on which Komodo Itinerary that you choose.
The Linta Strait
- Tatawa Besar East
- Tatawa Kecil
- Tatawa Besar West
- Batu Bolong
- Siaba Kecil
- Turtle Town
- Batu Neptunus
- The Arena
- Karang Makassar
- Yellow Wall
- Pelican Head
- Rodeo Rock
- Crinoid Canyon
- Banana Island
- Cannibal Rock
- Torpedo Alley/Rhino Rocks
- W Reef (The Three Sisters)
- Pasir Putih
- Secret Garden
- Taka Mota
- Conspicuous Tree
- Apple Orchard
- Toro Keritatoi
- Apple Orchard
- Pink Beach
- Gili Nihidang
- Batu Tiga
- Loh Critter
Gili Lawa Darat
- Spanish Steps
- Mucky Basin
- GLD West Reef
- GLD Passage
Gili Lawa Laut
- Lighthouse Reef
- Crystal Rock
- Castle Rock
- Toko Toko
- Crystal Cove
- Sabolan Kecil Seamounts
- Sebayur Kecil
- Police Point
- Tengah Kecil
- The Bat Boat
- Sharkfin Rock
- Lehoksera Ridge
- Manta Alley
- German Flag
- The Needle
- End Of The World
- Colleen’s Corner
- Pulau Gili Banta
- Purple Haze
- Palau Luluhtare (Wizards’ Hat)
- Sidecar Seamount
- Moncho Rocks
- Ten Foot Reef
- Big Nose
If you have any questions about snorkeling or scuba diving Komodo National Park, please contact us and one of our local guides would be happy to answer any questions you may have about Komodo National Park. All of our guides have many years of experience, leading tour in Komodo National Park and are always happy to introduce guests to the wonderful wonders of the Komodo National Park area. There is a reason it is one of the most famous areas to scuba dive in the entire world.
When scuba diving in Komodo National Park, it is important to keep in mind several tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.
Komodo Island Day Tour
Hi my name is Becca and I am from Australia and I did a Komodo Island Day Tour and had such an amazing experience that Tis asked me to write for her blog and of course I said yes. So I will write about my experience with Maika Komodo Tour.
First of all I messaged Maika Komodo Tour about two months ago asking for what Komodo tours that they offered considering I only had a very short time in Labuan Bajo. She was very responsive on every message when I connected with her on WhatsApp and she answered all of our questions very promptly and was very helpful. She recommended we take a Komodo Island Day Tour considering we only had a short time.
We start our day at about 6:30am and were picked up at our hotel and had a Private Komodo Day trip. Overall, I can say it was absolutely amazing. We visited Komodo Island, Pink Beach, Manta Point, Taka Makassar, Padar Island, and Kanawa.
It is difficult to say which place was the best but I would say it was a tie between Padar Island, Komodo, and Manta Point. We made it to Padar and hiked up to the top and took some absolutely amazing photos. The hike to the top took about 45 minutes and the walkway was pretty easy. I was out of breath a few times, but overall it was not that bad. It was absolutely worth the time it took to make it to the top. There are four beautiful beach bays you can see from the top and it is absolutely breathtaking. Our guide said we were very lucky because there were not many people there at the time that he choose to come there. So that was a plus for having an experienced guide. We took so many photos.
We also went to Komodo Island and actually saw 7 Komodo dragons. Five of them were close to the beach and the other two were at a watering hole on the trail that we hiked on. We also saw a very small one on the beach. It was quite surreal to see an ancient creature right in front of our eyes. Such a unique experience. It was just incredible. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and answered all of our questions we had. He used a big stick to keep the Komodo Dragon away from us at all times. We felt very safe and gave the guide a good tip for taking care of us.
My third favourite spot was Manta Point. Our guide helped us to do snorkeling with the current and took care of us. We saw four Manta Rays and got to swim around two of them. For me, I think this was a once in a lifetime experience. I will never forget it. It was like the Manta Rays just danced around us and were going up, down, and around us like they were entertaining us. My boyfriend was kind of freaking out because he couldn’t believe how close the Manta Rays would swim next to us. He was so glad he rented a go pro because he got some amazing photos and videos.
Pink Beach was also a very nice surprise. The sand was actually pink and the snorkeling was very cool. There are a bit of a current so we could swim along with it. The visibility was very clear and we saw so many small fish. I do not know their names of different kinds but they were all so colourful and swim all around us. We saw some very nice beautiful and colourful coral as well.
Taka Makassar and Kanawa were also very nice. Beautiful beaches and great to relax on. It was like being in the heaven of beaches and I already want to go back. Such a unique experience. Overall we had the perfect Komodo Day trip. I would not have changed anything. Our guide was great and very knowledgeable and Tis continued to help us with everything we needed. I would highly recommend Maika Komodo tour for anyone taking a Komodo Boat trip. Highly Recommend. Thank you for Tis and the entire crew that helped us have a vacation of a lifetime!
Komodo Island Tour Price
For anyone visiting Komodo National Park, they know that taking a boat trip is essential for traveling to the National Park. There are many options when booking boat trips to Komodo. Komodo Island tour price can vary depending on what you are looking for. We offer many options for our guests from speed boats, local wooden boats, and large Phisini boats. We also can offer any length of trip you request. Whether it is a one day boat trip, 2 days/3 nights Komodo Trip, 3 days/2 nights Komodo Trip, or much longer. We can work out something to fit your schedule and itinerary.
For Daily Speed boats to Komodo, the Price is 1.350.000 IDR per person. This includes hotel pickup/ drop off, guide, snorkel equipment, lunch, and water. Not included in the Park fees/ Ranger fees and money for souvenirs. If you have a big group, please contact us about possible a discounted rate or renting a private boat charter. We are happy to work with you and give you the best options we can.
For Liveaboard, you have many options, depending on if you would like a standard boat, superior boat, or deluxe boat. We have our own boats but also work with a few very good boat owners that have nice and safe boats. So prices can vary based on which boat, the itinerary, and the time of years as well. Also the prices can change according to if you are just snorkelling or also adding scuba diving to your Komodo Tour Package. There is always an extra charge for scuba diving because of gear and dive guide.
The below prices are calculated for a standard 3 day / 2 night Komodo Package.
For a standard boat that is shared, the average price is about 1.950.000 - 3.500.000 per person for a 3 day/ 2 night trip. This can range from boat to boat and also depend on if you would like an ocean view or not. On some boat if you would like a shared cabin (usually 4 people) you can get a price as low as 1.500.000 IDR per person.
For a superior boat, the are also different options to choose from which can range in price. Some boats offer ocean view cabins and some even have their own private balcony or a may have a honeymoon suite. The normal price for sharing is 3.500.000 - 4.500.000 IDR per person. If you would like a shared room with usually 4 people, the price can be a bit lower at about 2.750.000 - 3.500.000 IDR per person.
For a deluxe boat, (usually a phisini) The private cabin usually starts about about 4.000.000 IDR per person. For deluxe boats, you can choose between a private cabin with an ocean view, below deck (small window), honeymoon suite, or a private balcony as well. Some of the deluxe boats can range to a much higher price depending on who luxury they are and how personalised the customer service is. These are different options to look for when booking a deluxe boat.
For private charter for a very small group such as 2-4 people the prices can also range from; 14.000.000 - 18.000.000 IDR. for a Standard boat. For a superior boat, the charter price can range from 18.000.000 - 22.000.000 IDR. For a deluxe phisini the price can range from 26.000.000+ IDR depending on how much of a luxury boat you would like to take.
Even though there are different options for boat size and quality, most of the itineraries are very similar for 3 day trips. Most of the trips visit Komodo Island, Padar Island, Pink Beach, Manta Point, Taka Makassar, Kalong, Kanawa, Siaba Besar, Menjerite Island, and Kelor. If you are interested in a more personalised trip, please contact us and we can help you with designing the perfect itinerary that fits exactly what you are looking for.
If you would like to book a Komodo boat trip and have any questions on Itinerary, speed boats, standard boat, superior boats, or deluxe boats, we would be happy to answer any questions you may have and will work with you and your group to get the best experience possible and enjoy everything that Komodo National Park has to offer.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Komodo Island and Komodo National Park.
Komodo National Park tours have become increasing popular over the last few years. This is for many reasons. Komodo Island and Rinca Island are home to the Komodo Dragon, which is the largest lizard on earth. As well, Komodo National Park is a beautiful destination for scuba diving and snorkelling. Komodo Island, also known as Pulau Komodo is one of 17,508 island in the Republic of Indonesia.
How do you get to Komodo Island?
Komodo National Park is only accessibly by boat. Most commonly you can take Komodo Island Tours from Labuan Bajo. Typically it takes about 1 to 2 hours to reach the National Park, depending on what kind of boat you are in. There are also Komodo Trips from Bali or Komodo Trips from Lombok, but these take many more day. Usually a minus of 4 days to make the long journey.
What are some safety tips for Komodo Island?
How many days do you need in Komodo Island?
We recommend a minimum on 2 or 3 days. You can take one day trips and see many places but you may feel extremely rushed and not get as much time as you would like to see and experience some of the excited places to see. If you take a 2 day or 3 day liveaboard boat trip, this will allow you to see more places and also take your time at each place. As well, this allows you to possibly avoid the crowds. Sometimes Padar Island, Manta Point, Komodo Island, and Rinca can become crowded, but if you talk to your Komodo Boat Tour agency, they may be able to work out a better itinerary for you so you can have less crowds at each location. As well, you can save money because all the meals are usually provided on the Komodo liveaboard boat trips.
What snakes are on Komodo Island?
There are 12 terrestrial snake species that are found on Komodo Island. Some of these are the white-lipped pit viper, Javan spitting cobra, Timor python, and blue lipped sea krait. Although there are snakes on the island, seeing them is extremely rare....considering so many people visit the island and guest are asked to stay on a path that is heavily traveled on.
What destinations will you visit on a Komodo Boat Trip?
This depend on what kind of trip you take and how long is you trip. If you take a day trip, typically the locations are; Komodo Island, Padar Island, Taka Makassar, Manta Point, Kanawa, and Pink Beach. If you take a multi-day liveaboard trip, you may also visit locations such as Rinca Island, Manjarite, Kalong Island, Kelor Island, Gili Lawa, Sebayu Island, Siaba Island,Bidadar Island, just to name a few. If you are scuba diving Komodo, than there are other options as well.
What options do we have to visit Komodo Island?
There are a few options. First of all, you need to decide if you would like a private boat or a shared boat, and how long would you like your boat trip to be? If you would like a private boat, you can rent a private speed boat and enjoy a one day trip. Or you can join a shared one day trip. If you want a mult-day trip, you can take a private or shared liveaboard boat trip. As well, you can still have you own private cabin on a shared boat or you can have the option to have a shared room on a liveaboard boat as well. There are many options for you to choose from.
If you have any questions or inquires about book a Komodo Island tour package, please contact Maika Komodo Tour on WhatsApp at +62 812 3855 3678
At Maika Komodo Tour, we do our best to make sure each and every guests has a positive and rememberable experience. It means a lot to us when our guests tell us how much fun they had or it was the best vacation they have ever had. Our crew strives to make sure they do their best job in making sure every guest is safe and have a great time at every location they visit. We offer many options to see Komodo Dragons and visit many locations in Komodo National Park. You can Not only do we offer Komodo Island Tours, but you can visit locations such as; Padar Island, Manta Point, Taka Makassar, Kanawa, Siaba Besar, Batu Bolong, Pink Beach, and many more. We also offer overland tours to locations such as; Wae Rebo Traditional Village, Kelimutu, Tado Spiderweb Rice Field, Cucan Wuland, Rangko Cave, or a Labuan Bajo City tour. There is so much to see when visiting Komodo National Park and Flores mainland. We hope you will join us on one of our many trips we offer so you can see for yourself how great this area of the world is and how many things the this part of Indonesia offers.
Soooo amazing! We had a 3 day stay. We saw so many beatiful places! And The staff was so Nice! - Philine Luik
We did a 1 day private speed boat tour with Maika Komodo Tour. Everything was organized very easily by WhatsApp; Tis was very responsive and kind. The tour was good, and the guide was nice. The lunch was good. We visited Padar Island, Komodo National Park (where we saw two Komodo dragons), Pink Beach, then we did three snorkeling spots including Manta Point and a spot where we could see turtles. It was very nice. Maika Komodo Tour has good prices, probably the most competitive. I recommend it! - Alexia Tran
One day Trip was perfect. The boat was clean and we felt very safe. Thank you
- Sergio Saiz
Very happy with our experience. I really wanted to do a Komodo Island tour and see Komodo dragons. I got super lucky and saw 3 of them! An experience I will never forget. Thank you Tis! - Mark Lee
Just wanted to say Tis took excellent care of us! We messaged her online a month ago and she put together a personal trip for us with a few extra locations I wanted to see. Best 3 days ever! Thank you Tis! We will tell our friends.
- Abrar Cabrel
We spoke to several agencies and Maika Tour was the only one to give us accurate and detailed information about the tour they offered, in excellent English, so we trusted them. Three days and two nights on the boat with friendly staff who are always available to help you. Perfect tour for snorkelling and trekking in Komodo and other islands. We were really satisfied, no rip off. Thank you! - Ivo Forni
Full thrust, the best company in town. Helpful and transparent
- Noriesma Darly Prameswari
We booked a 3 day boat trip. Excellent company.
Very attentive to customer satisfaction.
- Francois Rarz
We (family of 5) had a wonderful time on liveaboard. Special thanks goes to the crew, in particular diving guides Albert & Eden - they makes us feel secure as we are all beginner divers. Our kids loved amazing dives, komodo dragons, good food and great support from all the staff on the boat. Excellent experience. We'll come again. And memories will stay forever :)
Last but not least, whole organization was just perfect, thanx Tis
What is the difference between Komodo Tours and Flores Tours?
Komodo and Flores are actually different places. The town of Labuan Bajo is considered the gateway to Komodo National Park. Labuan Bajo is actually located on Flores Island. Flores is an island that is considered the mainland and Komodo National Park is composed of 29 different Islands and covers and area of about 1,733 square kms. Flores is to the east of Komodo and is one large island.
Flores is one of the Lesser Sunda Island, which is a group of islands located in the eastern half of Indonesia. The population is about 1,897,550 according to the 2021 census. The entire area of Flores and Komodo national park covers about 15,530 square kms. The largest and most popular towns in Flores are Maumere, Ende, and Labuan Bajo. Labuan Bajo is the main tourist area for the entire island. Tourists do visit all of the entire island, but much less than Labuan Bajo. The name “Flores” comes from the Portugueses word for “Flowers.”
Tourism in Flores.
Obviously Labuan Bajo is the most popular location that tourists visit because that is where tourists take boats to reach Komodo National Park. Besides visiting Komodo, there are also things to do in Labuan Bajo. In the resent last few years, many new hotels and restaurants have opened up. There are many more choices for western food then just a few years ago and also more options for much nicer hotels for the more luxury traveler. A few attractions that are less than an hour or two away are; Cucan Wulang waterfall, Cucan Wulang waterfall, Rangko Cave, Tado Spiderweb Rice Field and a few local beaches. When you travel further east, you can visit Wae Rebo Traditional Village, which is up high in the mountains. By going even further east you can visit towns such as Ruteng and Bajawa, which offers attractions such as Bena Traditional Village, Luba Traditional Village, Wolobobo Lookout, Cancar Spiderweb Rice Feld and more. Another popular attraction even further east and is Called Kelimutu Volcano lakes. Kelimutu is located about 1 hours Northeast of Ende. At the north is Maumere and further east is Luah and Werangdetoeng.
Komodo Island Tourism
Komodo National Park is very popular among tourists. The main 3 larger islands are called Komodo Island, Rinca Island, and Padar Island. You can find Komodo Dragons on Komodo Island and Rinca Island. Each one of the these islands require a fee to visit, and recently Rinca Island has had some changes that where built to accommodate more tourists. Padar Island is another very famous location with four large beach bays the you can see from the top. To hike to the top takes about 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on how fast you hike. The view is very beautiful and also very popular among tourists. Not only in Komodo National Park famous for the Komodo Dragons, it is also famous for scuba diving. Many scuba divers consider it to be one of the top 5 scuba diving locations in the world. You can see many different kinds of fish, aquatic wildlife, and a healthy mix of coral gardens all over the National Park. Many divers come here to see the manta rays.
Some of the most popular areas to visit in Komodo National Park are; Komodo Island, Rinca Island, Pink Beach, Taka Makassar, Batu Bolong, Siaba Besar, Taka Makassar, Manta Point, Gili Lawa, and more. The only way see these beautiful locations is with a Komodo Boat trip. You can choose between a one day trip, 2 day trips, or 3 days trips. There are companies that also offer longer liveaboard trips if you are interested. If you have any questions about a Komodo Island Tour of any length, please contact Maika Komodo Tour, and we would be happy to help you with any questions you may have about booking for yourself our you friends and family
The 4 Biggest Highlights of Komodo National Park.
There are so many wonderful things to see and do for anyone visiting Komodo National Park. The park offers beautiful clear waters for snorkeling, scuba diving, and swimming. There are beautiful beaches to relax and lounge on; including the famous Pink Beach Komodo. There are beautiful mountains for trekking and getting fantastic views of the surrounding ocean. Last but obviously not least, you can see real Komodo Dragons in their natural Habitat. This area is the only place in the world that you can see that. If someone asked me what my 4 highlights of the national park would be, I would have to say, it would be to see Komodo Dragons, Hiking Padar, Snorkeling with Manta rays, and scuba diving in the National Park.
Let’s start with Komodo dragons. The prehistoric creatures are amazing to see in their natural wild habitat. By hiking on Komodo Island, you get a change to walk some of the trails and if you are very quiet and respect the area, you may see one of this amazing creatures. Sometimes they are at one of the small water holes hunting wild boars or they can also commonly be seen close to the beach areas where they seem to enjoy the sunshine and as well my be scouting or deer for a meal for the family of dragons. When you arrive to Komodo Island, it is required to have a local ranger, which does cost a park fee for every visitor to the island. This local rangers are trained to understand the Komodo dragons and keep the visitors safe. On Komodo island, there are a few different hiking options, including a short trek, medium trek, and long trek. Whenever you visit the National Park, Komodo Island is a must stop for visitors.
My number 2 spot to visit would be Padar Island. Padar is a spectacular place to visit to see incredible panorama views from the top. It is about a 45 minute trek to the top, or maybe a bit longer, depending on you hiking speed. From the top you can see 4 beautiful beach bays and a photogenic mountain range. This top area is very famous for its stunning views. You may find many tourists on top as well trying to get that perfect photo. The question you ask, may be; Is it worth hiking to the top and possible dealing with a crowd sometimes? The answer. Yes, it is. It is absolutely stunning and every visitor to Komodo Island should at least visitor there one time for sure.
My number 3 thing to do would be to snorkel Manta Point. Swimming and snorkeling with Manta Rays is a truly rememberable experience. To experience the grace and beauty of the these water creature is truly a unique experience. If you get lucky, it may even appear they are putting on a show for the people in the water, almost like they are dancing around each other. Guests are more than welcome to take underway photography, but no touching is allowed. If you touch the Manta rays, it can cause damage to their skin, as they have a protective film or barrier on their skin that you do not want to interfere with.
My last, but certainly not least thing to do, is scuba diving Komodo National park. The park is one of the top places in the world for scuba divers. There are coral gardens everywhere, and some very strong current for more advanced divers. This allows for some very diverse aquatic life in the water. You may see everything from Manta Rays, White tip sharks, Turtles, Triggerfish, cuddle fish, octopus, clownfish, lion fish, frogfish, tuna, and many more. There are also many famous locations to dive including; Manta Alley, Batu Bolong, Yellow Wall, Manta point, Castle Rock, Crystal Rock, Tatawa Besar, Siaba Besar...and many more.
For anyone coming to Komodo National Park or just looking for a Komodo Island Tour, I highly recommend trying to do some of these things.
Why choose a good Komodo Island Tour agency?
Taking a once in a lifetime vacation to far off South Pacific Island and venturing out to see historic dragons that still roam this earth, is something that you probably don’t want to mess up. It is a trip to be remembered positively and also one that you want to be extremely safe on. When a visitor comes to Labuan Bajo, if they walk around town they will notice that there are many booths and small stands that are selling Komodo Tour Package. Some of them can vary in price, itinerary, of kind of boat, and of course, boat quality.
First of all, a person might ask...why would I even want to visit Komodo National park? Well, there are many reasons for that. Komodo National Park is the only place in the world where you can see Komodo dragon in their natural habitat. As well, the National Park has some of the most beautiful island and beaches in the entire world. It is home to the famous Padar Island and well as Pink Beach Komodo. It is also extremely well known for the amazing scuba diving and manta rays that enjoy feeding at Manta Point.
The main options someone has when taking a Komodo Boat tour is one day, 2 day, or 3 day. These are the most standard options offered by many companies in Labuan Bajo. For day trips, you can usually choose between a speed boat with a larger group, a private speed boat, or a slower local wooden boat. For multi-day trips, you can find options for different kinds of liveaboards included, 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom, deluxe boat, superior, or large phisini, or yachts.
The reason you want to find a trust-worthy Komodo Boat tour agency is because it can completely make or break your vacation. The ocean in Komodo National Park and the entire area can have quite strong currents and can be dangerous if you do not have a quality boat and an experienced captain. It is not talked about much but there have actually been some boats that sank in the past because of poorly maintained boats and crew that were not careful. This is why it is extremely important to find a trust worthy Komodo Travel Agency to help you with your boat trip. As well...many of the guides on the boats may not be certified or be as knowledgeable as they should be. So when you ask many questions, they may not know the answers to them. This is another big reason you want to find a great company with great positive reviews.
What questions can you ask a Komodo travel agency to make sure you are getting a good company? You can ask how long they have been in business and and to see real customer reviews. You can ask about their guide, their boats quality and detailed questions about their boat maintenance. These are questions they should easily know the answers to, because this is their business. If they can not answer all of these questions, then you might want to move on to a more knowledgeable and trustworthy company.
At Maika Komodo Tour, between our owners, guides, and crew, we have over 70 years combined experience in Komodo National park. We all have a strong passion for the Komodo National Park preservation, the ocean, and showing guests are home islands. We are happy to work with individuals, small group, big groups, and even corporate outings.
Visiting Komodo National Park is a trip of a lifetime for so many visitors. The National park is located west of Flores and East of Sumbawa Island. The Park is composed of three major islands, which are; Komodo, Rinca, and Padar. Visitors come to the park by way of Boat trips from Labuan Bajo, which is located at the most western part of Flores Island. The only way to get to Komodo National Park or any of the surrounding islands, is by a boat. Visitors only have a few options as far as how long they would like to visit and stay. There are a few companies in Labuan Bajo that offer Day trips and a other companies offer multi-day trips. The standard is usually 2days/1 night or 3 days/2 nights.
Day Trips are very popular, as it gives the guests a good experience more faster and that way they can see the most popular spots if they happen to be on a tight schedule and only have one day in Flores. Even though on the day trips, the guest does not get as much time, they usually still get to visit the 6 most popular locations. Those locations are; Komodo Island or Rinca Island, Padar Island, Taka Makassar, Manta Point, Kanawa, and Pink Beach. Typically the boats spend about 45 mins to 1 hour at each location. They usually leave at about 7am in the morning and return around 4pm in the afternoon. The benefits to day trips are; they are quick and you get to see popular locations. The downside is that you may feel very rushed and want to stay longer at each of the locations. You may also be on a bigger boat with many people and everyone is trying to snorkel or visit the same place at the same time, which can get a bit crowded. This is why I recommend taking a multi-day liveaboard boat trip. This way you can be a part of making your own schedule and take you time to enjoy the trip and not feel rushed.
On the other hand, taking a multi-day liveaboard Komodo trip can offer many more options of places to see and the time you spend at each location. As well, many guest take a shared boat with other guests and over the timespan of 2 or 3 days they become good friends. As well, this is an opportunity to try many different kind of foods that will be cooked by the chef onboard. Many of the chefs cook a mixture of local and western food to try. Some other locations you may get to visit on a longer trip would be locations such as Siaba Besar, Gili Lawa, Long Beach, Batu Bolong, Kanawa, Kalong, Makassar Reef and possibly a few other places depending on the itinerary that you choose. Another benefit is being about to socialise and sleep under the stars with only the sound of the waves. This is a nice atmosphere and a great escape for many people away from their lives in more populated areas. You can also take more time at location like Komodo and Rinca so there is a much higher chance that you will see Komodo dragons. As well, you can take longer to snorkel as well, which also gives more time to see Manta Rays.
Whether you choose a one day Komodo Trip or a Multi-day liveaboard Komodo Trip, there are so many beautiful place to see and thing to do. They are both great options and offer something special for each guest. If you have any questions about Komodo Tour Packages, please message us and Maika Komodo tour and we would be happy to help you with any question you may have.