SUP Komodo Islands
This is a SUP Expedition with a difference. Need a bit more than a paddle up a river, or in a bay or a day trip to a surf beach where dozens of other surfers are? Want to SUP where noone else is, over pristine coral reefs and uninhabited islands to the land of the Komodo Dragon? If the answer is YES, then this is for you.
- Be one of the first to SUP the Komodo Islands
- Visit the world renowned Komodo Park and Rinca Island
- See the largest lizard on the planet
- Snorkel amongst pristine coral and schools of fish
- Paddle where dolphin, whale, manta rays and turtles call their home
- Experience one of the best eco-expeditions around
Imagine SUP'ing to some of the most remote beaches on earth, accessing areas rarely visited because your SUP board is the only way in or out. Imagine drifting over magnificent coral reefs and dodging small whirlpools that dot the seas in which you are paddling. Imagine visiting islands that are uninhabited and ones that are still inhabited by mythical Dragons. If you can imagine this, then our SUP Komodo Islands is for you.
The Komodo National Park is made up of approximately 30 islands between Sumbawa and Flores. These prehistoric looking islands are home to the Komodo Dragon, a creature that time seemed to forget. These mighty beasts are over 3m long and weigh up to 150kg. But don't let their slow nature fool you, when food or mating are involved, the Dragon can run nearly 30km per hour.
The Komodo Dragon however is just one attraction of the park. The area boasts some of the best marine life on the planet, with dozens of reefs in which we will snorkel. We will visit sites where manta ray and turtle are common. It is also home to uninhabited islands and glorious beaches.
We will visit small stilted villages and experience life on the sea like nowhere else.We will also visit remote water falls and small villages on the main island of Flores.
This 10 day SUP expedition from Bali is one of a kind and the first ever. You will join one of our sea kayaking expeditions in the Komodo National Park as 1 of 2 SUP positions. We have the infrastructure such as boat and equipment as well as the most knowledgeable team in the area to support us. You will be part of something that few have experienced before, SUP'ing the Komodo Islands, Indonesia.
For those that wish to incorporate a SCUBA Dive on this expedition (highly recommended), we can arrange for a specialised SCUBA vessel to meet us in the Park for 2 dives for an additional AUD$130.
As part of this expedition, you will be helping to preserve the local eco-system through donations from No Roads and cleaning the park of all plastics as we go. Through the work that we and other like minded organisations do, we hope that the Komodo National Park will remain an attraction for our children's children.
Day 1: Arrive in Bali and transfer to hotel.
Day 2: Fly Bali to Labuan Bajo. (B)
Day 3: Labuan Bajo to Kelor Island. (B, L, D)
Day 4: Kelor to Warloka. (B, L, D)
Day 5: Warloka to Rinca Island to look for Komodo Dragons. Then boat or kayak to Sebayor Kecil. (B, L, D)
Day 6: Sebayor Kecil to Seture (Bangko). (B, L, D)
Day 7: Seture (Bangko) to Labuan Bajo. (B)
Day 8: Tour to Cunca Wulang Waterfalls. (B, L)
Day 9: Labuan Bajo to Bali. (B)
Day 10: Head home.
Guide : Your SUP Guide will be Matias our local Kayak Guide. His knowledge of the park is second to none and he understands the needs of SUP expeditions such as wind and current.
SUP Surfing : For those that wish to do some SUP surfing we suggest you do this back in Bali. We recommend Wave Hunter who are experts on SUP and know all the best breaks depending on your level of experience.
SCUBA Dive Option : For those that would like to incorporate a SCUBA Dive into the itinerary this can be done and is highly recommended. 2 dives for AUD$130. Diver must be certified.
Flores Road Trip Extension : For those that want to stay on in Flores and explore more of the island we have a fantastic trip that runs from Labuan Bajo to Maumere visiting places such as Ruteng, Bajawa and the famous Kelimutu Tri Colour Lake Volcano. This 5 day 4 night trip costs only $990 p/p ex Labuan Bajo Twin Share.
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 lizards. Their scientific name is Varanus komodoensis. They grow to 3m in length and can weigh as much as 150kg. While they are usually slow moving, they can put on spurts of speed equal to a dog.
Komodo dragons drool copiously. Their saliva is not venomous, but the mouth of a Komodo dragon is so 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.
Komodo dragons are excellent swimmers, and can swim from one island to another. 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.
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."
ay 1: Arrive in Bali and transfer to hotel. Free time to relax.
Day 2: Fly Bali to Labuan Bajo. Arrive at Komodo Labuan Bajo airport (B).
You will be met at the airport by one of our team members and taken to your hotel. Today you will meet with your Guide for a briefing and then head off for a tour of the small town of Labuan Bajo to see the local market and more. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 3: Labuan Bajo – Pulau Bajo Pungu – Kelor Island (B, L, D)
Today we start paddling. Before lunch, we set out for our first destination, Kelor. On the way we stop for lunch and snorkeling at Pulau Bajo Pungu and we will reach Kelor approximately after 4.5 hrs after leaving from the hotel. Kelor has a beautiful beach surrounded by crystal clear water and is perfect for our first camp. Overnight in Safari Tents.
Day 4: Kelor – Gado Island – Warloka (B, L, D)
After breakfast we will start paddling to Gado, for snorkeling and lunch before we head to Warloka a laid-back fishing village, which offers both, a light trek on its secluded shoreline as well as a taste of Florinese history with its treasures from the distant past.
An ancient former trading port, Warloka is a place where numerous historic artefacts like stone pillars, dolmens, daggers and spearheads, jewellery, and antique ceramics have been found. Some of these items are even estimated to date back to the Chinese Bronze Age, which presumably started around 2000 BC.
The trek will be followed by a sunset boat ride to a small mangrove island (Kaaba) inhabited by bats. This is a great sight enjoyed from our top deck with thousands of bats flying into the night sky for their evening meal. Overnight in Safari Tents on the shoreline of Warloka.
Day 5: Warloka – Rinca - Sebayor Kecil (B, L, D)
Early morning we will rise and boat to the Rinca Rangers 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 north towards Sebayor Kecil. On the way we stop for some snorkeling and lunch at Kambing, a little island just off the coast of Rinca before we start our final paddle to Sebayor Kecil where we will spend the night.
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 6: Sebayor Kecil – Kanawa – Seture (Bangko) (B ,L, D)
Today we paddle past Kanawa, another great coral reef, and continue onto Seture Island (Bangko), where we will spend the night on its white sandy beach for our last night of camping. Overnight in Safari Tents.
Day 7: Seture (Bangko) – Bedhadhari – Labuan Bajo (B, L)
This is our last day of paddling but by no means the last day of the adventure. Before we will coast back along the Flores shoreline and in between some islands with great rock formations, we will be stopping over on Bedhadhari island for more snorkeling. We will be back in Labuan Bajo in the afternoon after lunch. There you have the evening free to relax. Overnight at Hotel.
For those taking up the SCUBA Diving option, this is the day that you can SCUBA Dive at some of the best sites in the Komodo National Park. Sites change due to weather and water conditions, as well fish conditions such as Batu Bolong. The SCUBA Boat will pick you up for 2 dives and then drop you back to the hotel in the late afternoon (lunch provided).
Day 8: Labuan Bajo - Cunca Wulang Waterfalls - Labuan Bajo (B, L)
Today we head out for a day at the Cunca Wulang Waterfalls. The falls are just beyond a beautiful traditional village. The hike there and back is picturesque and we will have a chance to chat to the locals along the way. The falls are spectacular with an enormous fall at one end of a large canyon, which has been carved by the falls themselves. We will be able to swim in the beautifully cool waters all the way to the fall's base. Overnight at hotel.
Day 9: Labuan Bajo - Bali (B)
We will have a bit of free time before we fly back to Bali today. We can have a swim in the beautiful pool, go into town and walk around the harbor, or just relax in the sprawling gardens overlooking the sea. You will be met at Bali airport by the hotel and taken there. You can either stay the night at the hotel or fly out to your next destination later that evening. Either way you will have a room available to yourselves.
Day 10: End of your amazing adventure. You can now fly home or extend your stay in Indonesia.
Note: This itinerary can vary due to local conditions and strength of kayaking team. Days can be shortened or lengthened depending on many factors.
- SUP use
- 2 nights accommodation in Bali twin share
- 3 nights accommodation in Labuan Bajo twin share
- 4 nights camping
- All domestic flights
- National park fees
- Professional guide throughout expedition
- Labuan Bajo Town Tour
- Tour to Cunca Wulang Waterfalls
- Airport transfers
- Ranger and local guide fees
- All meals on expedition (9 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches and 4 Dinners)
- Toilet tent
- Airport transfers to and from accommodation in Bali (Holiday Inn) and Flores (Puri Sari Hotel).
If you are traveling alone and do not want to share accommodation, a Single Supplement of $350 will apply.
- International Airfares
- Airport Tax
- Travel Insurance for your trip
- Alcoholic beverages
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