Komodo Tour Options
For anyone visiting Komodo National Park, there are a few different options to enjoy what the National Park has to offer. First of all, in order to get to the park, you come by way of boat from Labuan Bajo. Most people fly to Labaun Bajo airport from Bali or Jakarta. Labuan Bajo is also known as the "Gateway to Komodo" because it only take about one to two hours to reach the park, depending on the boat speed. Depending on how long you want to stay in the National Park and what you would like to see, is what will decide which option you choose. You can choose a Komodo Day Trip on a local wooden boat or a speed boat. With the speed boat you will get to see more places because as the name says, they are faster than the local wooden boats. A standard Komodo speed boat tour will take you to six different locations. If you choose to private charter, it will allow you to be more flexible on where you want to go and what you would like to do. As far as the local wooden boats, typically they only visit four locations because the boats are slower than the speed boats.
Another popular options is a Komodo Liveaboard trip. They usually range from 2 day/1 night to 4 days/3 nights. You can even find longer trips such as Queenesia II Liveaboard which generally goes out for 6 Days/5 Nights. The Most common of these is a Komodo Liveaboard 3 days/2 nights. This is a good amount of time to see many of the highlights that the National park has to offer. You can also choose to go scuba diving Komodo. Most dive companies offer 3 dives per day and some offer a leisure/diving combination if you don't want to dive that many times. It all depends on what you are looking for and what you would like to do while you there.
As far as trekking, the most popular places are Padar Island, Kelor, Gila Lawa, Rinca Island, and Komodo Island. Of these the most difficult would be Padar Island and Gili lawa. Komodo Island can be more difficult as well, if you choose the long trek, but most eveyone chooses the medium or short trek. You are almost always guaranteed to see Komodo Dragons on all of the trekking options. As far as beaches, the most populars beaches are Pink Beach Komodo, Long Beach, Taka Makkasar, & Kanawa Island. Obviously there are many beautiful beaches all over the National park, but those are just the most visited and famous ones.
Why choose a Liveaboard over a Komodo day trip? Well, that completely depends on what you would like to do, but by taking a longer liveaboard like Queenesia II for example. That give you much more time to experience all that Komodo Has to offer. You can take more time to see Komodo Dragons, you can take more time on top of Padar Island. You can take more time to relax on the beaches of Pink Beach or Kanawa Island. It also allows for you to get away from the city life or away from many people, and more many of the visitors and can be a great time to decompress from the normal things that stress people out. So basically, you get more time to relax. If you are a scuba diver, that is a great reason to take a liveaboard trip. That way you have more time to visit the north as well, and dive locations such as Castle Rock, Crystal Rock, and more. The favourites among divers are usually Batu Bolong and Castle Rock. You can also get up to Gila Lawa and do a sunset hike.
It is preffered to have a good Komodo tour guide that knows the area and can answer all of your questions you may have. It is very hard to find Komodo tours from Bali, but much easer to find all the trips that go out of Labuan Bajo.
If you have any questions on Komodo tours, please contact Maika Komodo tour, and our experinced staff would be happy to help you book the perfect getaway for you and your group!.
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