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6 Day Komodo Kayak Insight

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Background

Read about this trip in the Jetstar Inflight Magazine click here.  

Highlights

  • Visit the world renowned Komodo National Park and see Komodo Dragons on Rinca Island
  • Paddle among some of the most remote islands in Indonesia 
  • Snorkel amongst pristine coral and schools of fish 
  • Visit a local fishing village and see what life is like on the water

Overview

Our 6-day Komodo Insight kayaking tour is a great way to see a part of Indonesia that few do. Only 1hr flight from Bali, the Komodo National Park will be your home for 3 days and 2 nights. You will get to kayak through some amazing ecosystems and then hop aboard our support boat to reach remote villages and Rinca Island, home to the Komodo Dragon. Our carefully crafted itinerary to Indonesia\'s Komodo Islands is one-of-a-kind, as we are the only company in the world that offers sea-kayaking trips through this fascinating ecosystem.

Home to the Komodo Dragon, the largest lizard on the planet, the 1,817-square-kilometer Komodo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the treasures of Indonesia. On this journey, you will see these amazing creatures firsthand, while experiencing the wild natural beauty of their habitat from the seat of your kayak.

In addition to the Komodo Dragons, you will discover the many other wonders of the region, known for its marine biodiversity. You will paddle to some of Indonesia\'s most unspoiled and remote islands, camp out on beautiful, pristine beaches and visit charming local villages. The area also boasts some of the best snorkeling on the planet. Here you will swim among dozens of reefs, sharing the azure waters with an abundance of local marine life, including manta rays and sea turtles.

While enjoying both the sights and exhilaration of your sea tour, you will also help preserve the local ecosystem, through periodic cleanup of plastics in the park along the way. When you take an eco-travel trip with us, you will help keep our promise to maintain this incredible area for generations to come.

Discover the wonders of the spectacular Komodo National Park with this unique expedition, one of the most thrilling kayaking adventures in all of Asia!

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Bali, Indonesia. Transfer to hotel.
Day 2: Bali - Labuan Bajo - Kelor. Island. (B,L,D)
Day 3: Kelor to Kukusan fishing village - Gado  - Warloka - Kaaba. (B,L,D)
Day 4: Rinca - Manta Point - Sebayor Kecil (B,L,D)
Day 5: Sebayor Kecil - Kanawa - Labuan Bajo - Bali. (B,L,)
Day 6: Fly home after an incredible Komodo kayaking adventure! (B)

Expedition Dates 
This expedition is open between March and December for group sizes 2 - 10. It can be run at other times of the year on request. If there are 2 or more of you, you can tell us when you want to go and we will arrange it.

THE KOMODO DRAGON
Komodo Dragons are the largest lizard still living on Earth, but they are not the largest reptile. Alligators and crocodiles get bigger than Komodo Dragons.

Komodo Dragons are a monitor lizard. Their scientific name is Varanus Komodoensis. These mighty beast can grow up to 3m in length and can weigh as much as 150kg. But don\'t let their slow nature fool you, when food or mating are involved, the Dragon can run nearly 30km per hour, which is equivalent to the speed of a dog.

Komodo Dragons drool copiously. Their saliva is not only venomous, but the mouth of a Komodo Dragon is also full of bacteria that a bite from one almost always leads to infection. If untreated, the infection is usually fatal. This is one way in which the Dragons get food. They hide in the scraggly jungle and wait for a victim to pass by. The victim is most often a deer, carabao or goat. The Dragon attacks the prey, and may succeed in killing it on the spot. Otherwise, the bites sustained by the victim will generally kill it eventually, and the Dragons will then eat the carrion.

The giant lizards have powerful claws which they use to devastating effect in fights with other lizards. Males have scratching fights with each other during mating season.

The Komodo National Park is made up of over two dozen islands between Sumbawa and Flores. These prehistoric looking islands are home to the Komodo Dragon, a creature that time seemed to forget.
Komodo Dragons are excellent swimmers, and could swim from one island to another but fortunately they are ectotherms and therefor are not able to stay in the water for too long to avoid lowering their body temperature.

The island of Komodo has many beautiful beaches where a visitor can play and swim, but the presence of Komodo Dragon foot- and tail- prints in the sand warns the visitor to be cautious and watchful.

MARINE LIFE
Some of Komodo\'s beaches have beautiful pink sand, tinted by fragments of red coral mixed in with other shell and coral fragments. Other beaches have gray sand derived from cliffs of rhyolite. Heavy black sand composed of nearly pure magnetite accumulates next to the cliffs.

The snorkeling and diving around Komodo are some of the best in the world, especially for seeing soft corals. A professional diver told us, \"You know, when you\'re a diver, you spend your life dreaming of and searching for the best dive site in the world. Well, Komodo is it.\"

INDONESIAN TOURIST VISA
Australian citizens and citizens of the United Kingdom do not require a visa on arrival. They are entitled to a free entry visa stamp for tourist purposes which is valid up to 30 days but can not be extended.

For all other nationalities, please check the Indonesian entry and visa requirements.

Routes

Day 1: Arrive in Bali, Indonesia. Overnight at Holiday Inn. 

Day 2: Fly to Labuan Bajo and boat directly out into the Komodo National Park to meet the rest of the group. Overnight in Safari Tents in the park. (B,L,D)

Day 3:  Kelor- Kukusan - Gado  - Warloka - Kaaba (B,L,D)
Paddle to Kukusan to visit the village and school if it is in. After lunch, snorkeling and more paddling enjoy the spectacular sunset spotted by hundreds of fruit bats flying out to the main land to get their evening meal. Overnight in the park.

Day 4: Rinca - Manta Point - Sebayor Kecil (B,L,D)
Early morning we will rise and boat to the Rinca Ranger’s Office to look for Komodo Dragons. Rinca (pronounced Rin - cha) is the best place in the park to see the Dragons as their numbers and density are larger there. We will be shown around the park by a trained Ranger who will explain the eco-system, the Dragon\'s habits, the life of other inhabitants on the island such as the Macaque, Buffalo, Deer, Tree snakes etc.

After a drink at the Ranger\'s Cafe\' we will start heading west to Manta Point to hopefully snorkel with these gracious animals. After lunch we will then start our paddle towards Sebayor Kecil to set up our last  beach camp for the trip. Sebayor Kecil has a beautiful beach and some great coral reefs and fish population so a spot of snorkelling the next morning is encouraged. Overnight in Safari Tents.

Day 5:  Sebayor Kecil - Kanawa - Labuan Bajo - Bali (B,L)
After a bit of more snorkeling in the reef directly in front of the beach and breakfast we paddle off through some Mangroves towards Kanawa where we will snorkel some more and enjoy lunch before we will return back to Labuan Bajo in the afternoon. Transfer directly to the airport to catch your flight back to Bali.

Day 6: End of your amazing adventure. You can now fly home or extend your stay in Indonesia. (B)

Inclusions

  • Kayak use with all safety gear including vest, paddle etc
  • 2 nights accommodation in Bali twin share
  • 3 Nights in Safari Style tents in National Park
  • All domestic flights
  • National park fees
  • Professional guide throughout expedition
  • Tour to Mirror Caves 
  • Airport transfers
  • Ranger and local guide fees
  • Eco toilet and toilet tent
  • All meals on expedition (5 Breakfast, 3 Lunches and 2 Dinners)
  • Transfers to and from accommodation in Flores (Puri Sari Hotel).

If you are traveling alone and are not able to share accommodation, a Single Supplement of $300 will apply. 

Exclusions

  • International Airfaires
  • Airport Tax
  • Travel Insurance for your trip
  • Still and movie camera fees in the Komodo National Park
  • Tips
  • Alcoholic beverages

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