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10 Day Komodo Kayaker

Why we love this trip!

  • Seeing the almost prehistoric Komodo Dragons in the flesh. The largest lizard on the planet, they can grow to be 3 metres long and 150 kilograms in weight!
  • Paddle amongst some of the most remote and pristine islands in Indonesia that few people have ever visited
  • We get to see local village life up close and first hand, among the islands of Flores and Komodo
  • With no commercial fishing allowed within the National Park, you get to snorkel amongst pristine coral reefs with large schools of fish (there's even the opportunity to SCUBA dive)
  • The consideration given to environmental impact, so everything taken into the islands is brought back (and our crew clean the beach of litter left by others)! We've added waste disposal bins to the islands for any visitors to use, and provide all guests with environmentally sound water bottles
  • Taking our time on this trip, you really get the chance to relax and disconnect from the everyday world
  • Experience sleeping out under the stars in spacious Safari tents on a deserted beach!
  • You choose your balance of activities and relaxation time. The stunning support boat is there for you to lounge on and read a book, or you can choose to kayak and snorkel the day away
  • All your internal flights and accommodation is included in this adventure. The perfect holiday package if you want to leave all the planning to us
  • It's the perfect balance of kayaking and land-based activities for a physical and cultural Indonesian adventure

Background

The crew were incredible, especially our Guides, Flori & Matias. We couldn't have asked for a better experience. We felt very taken care of and they understood our needs and wants so well. The food was all so delicious. The boat was fantastic...especially after lunch when we had some chill out time.
I honestly couldn't suggest any changes...keep it just like it is.   Natalie (Australia)

If you are looking for a shorter adventure check out our 5 Day Komodo Kayaking or our 6 Day Kayak Insight expedition.

Overview

Can you imagine sea kayaking to some of the most remote beaches on earth, accessing areas rarely visited because your sea kayak is the only way in or out. Can you imagine drifting over magnificent coral reefs and dodging small whirlpools that dot the seas in which you are paddling. Can you imagine visiting islands that are uninhabited and ones that are still inhabited by mythical Dragons. If you can, then our Komodo Kayaker is for you.

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. 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 expedition starting from Bali or Jakarta is one of a kind. We are the only operator running kayaking expeditions in the National Park. You will be part of something that very few have experienced before, kayaking 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$180.

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.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Bali/Jakarta and transfer to hotel. 
Day 2: Fly Bali/Jakarta to Labuan Bajo. (B)
Day 3: Labuan Bajo - Bidadari Island- Seture Island (B,L,D)
Day 4: Seture - Pearl Farm - Pungu Island (B,L,D)
Day 5: Pungu Island - Kukusan - Gado  - Rinca Village - Kaaba (B,L,D)
Day 6: Rinca - Manta Point - Sebayur Kecil (B,L,D)
Day 7: Sebayor Kecil - Kanawa - Labuan Bajo (B,L)
Day 8: Tour to Cunca Wulang Waterfalls/Cecer Village - Labuan Bajo. (B,L)
Day 9: Labuan Bajo to Bali/Jakarta. (B) 
Day 10: Head home. (B)

Families
This expedition is perfect for families wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of every day life and spend time together exploring the amazing Komodo Islands.  We have a minimum age of 10 years on our expeditions and we offer a 10% discount off the expedition price for all children 14 years of age and under.

Expedition Dates
This expedition is open between March and December for group sizes 2 - 9 pax. If there are 2 or more of you we can offer private or customised trips to suit your needs (please note there might be additional costs involved). For any further information please contact our office.

Fitness
Kayaking around the Komodo Islands requires a medium level of fitness and an effort to get in to good physical shape for your expedition. The fitter you are the more enjoyable you will find this trip. Due to safety regulations, our kayaks can hold a maximum capacity of 100kg for a single kayak and 200kg for a double kayak. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this please contact our office to discuss this further.

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$180. 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 Ende 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.

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: Bali/Jakarta
Upon your arrival in Bali/Jakarta you will be met at the airport by your driver and transferred to your hotel for your overnight accommodation.  Depending on the time of your arrival you will have free time to relax before an evening meeting with a No Roads Representative (Bali only) who will provide you with your domestic etickets and information required for the following day. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 2: Bali/Jakarta - Labuan Bajo (Komodo National Park) (B)
Today you will fly Bali/Jakarta to Labuan Bajo and upon arrival at Komodo Airport you will be met by our No Roads Local Manager and transferred to your Hotel. After check-in you have a town tour of Labuan Bajo to see the local market and other sights before a late afternoon welcome meeting with your Guide. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 3: Labuan Bajo -  Bidadari - Seture Island (B,L,D)
This morning is the start of your adventure out into the Komodo National Park.  After a safety briefing at Puri Sari beach with your Guide, you will begin your first kayaking leg to  Bidadari Island where you will then enjoy a snorkel and a swim followed by lunch on the support boat.  After lunch the support boat will sail to the spectacular site of Goa Rangko caves. Goa Rangko is a grotto with an amazing clear lake seamed by stalactites and stalagmites.  After some time exploring and swimming in the caves you will sail back to Seture Island, for your first overnight camp and if time permits an evening sunset kayak, which is the perfect way to finish the day.  Overnight in Safari style tents on Seture Island  Kayak 5.3km & 30km by boat (approximately).

Day 4: Seture Island - Pearl Farm - Pungu Island (B,L,D)
After waking, and an optional early morning swim, you will board the support boat for breakfast before starting your first paddle leg to Pungu Pearl Farm.   After arrival at the white sandy beach of Pungu and enjoying a refreshing ice cold water, the staff will show you how these beautiful products of the sea are grown and sourced at their farm. If you are lucky and it is harvesting time, you will also be able to see the workers harvesting the pearls.  A relaxing paddle through the mangroves will follow your Pearl Farm visit, until you reach Menjerite where you will stop for lunch and some snorkelling.   After lunch you will kayak the beautiful surrounding islands before reaching your overnight camp at Pungu Island.  In the late afternoon, you can choose to snorkel the crystal clear reef just off the beach or spend some more time kayaking around this amazing area. Then it is time to sit back and enjoy the sunset over the surrounding islands before dining on the beach. Overnight in Safari style tents on Pungu Island. Kayak 12.5km (approximately)

Day 5: Pungu Island - Kukusan - Gado - Rinca Village - Kaaba (B,L,D)
This morning starts again with the option for an early morning snorkel just off the beach of Pungu Island before breakfast back on the support boat - always a great way to start the day!  Your first paddle of the day will either take you to Kukusan Island or Rinca Village and if school is in, at these villages, you will pay a visit to the students before exploring life on the island. The next leg of kayaking is to Gado -  with its’ wonderful mangroves and some amazing snorkelling in a spot with giant table corals, plenty of fish and turtles, who hopefully swim by to say hello.  After lunch and some more snorkelling you will either paddle or travel on the support boat to a small mangrove island (Kaaba), which is inhabited by bats.  This is a wonderful sight enjoyed from our top deck  - watching thousands of bats flying into the night sky for their evening meal.  Overnight in cabin on support boat in the park. Kayak 7.2km & 9km by boat (approximately)

Day 6: Rinca - Manta Point - Sebayur Kecil (B,L,D)
Early morning you 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 here than Komodo Island. You will be shown around the Park by a trained Ranger who will explain the eco-system, the Dragon's habits and the life of other inhabitants on the island such as the Macaque, Buffalo, Deer, Tree snakes etc.  After your trek and a drink at the Ranger's Cafe' you will start heading west on the support boat to Manta Point. One of the highlights of this trip is snorkelling with the manta rays at Manta Point and hopefully, these gracious animals will delight you with their presence. After lunch, you will then start paddling towards Sebayur Kecil for your last beach camp of the expedition.  Sebayur Kecil has a beautiful beach with some great coral reefs and fish population so a spot of snorkelling in the late afternoon or early the next morning is certainly encouraged. Overnight in Safari style tents. Kayak 10 km and 9km by boat (approximately).

Day 7: Sebayur Kecil - Kanawa - Labuan Bajo (B,L)
After enjoying your last breakfast out in the beautiful Komodo National Park and maybe a swim or snorkel just off the beach you will then make your way paddling through the Mangroves towards Kanawa for one last snorkel and swim before you hit the last open stretch of kayaking.  It will be then time to say goodbye to the crew before you arrive back at the Puri Sari Beach Hotel by mid afternoon (option to return on the support boat if you prefer).  Overnight at  Hotel. Kayak 19km (approximately).

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/Cecer Village Visit - Labuan Bajo (B,L) 
Today you head out for a day at the Cunca Wulang Waterfalls. The falls are just beyond a beautiful traditional village and the hike there and back is extremely picturesque.  The falls, themselves are spectacular, with an enormous fall at one end of a large canyon, which has been carved by the falls themselves. You will be able to swim in the beautiful cool waters all the way to the fall's base, which is always very welcome, after the trek in.  During the dry season, when the water is low at the waterfall you will visit a local village on this day in place of the waterfall visit. Cecer Village is about a 45 minute drive out of Labuan Bajo and you will be able to spend time wandering through the village learning how the locals live and immerse yourself in the culture and traditions of village life. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 9: Labuan Bajo - Bali/Jakarta (B)
In the morning you will be transferred to the Komodo Airport for your domestic flight back to Bali/Jakarta.  Upon arrival in Bali/Jakarta, you will be met at the airport by your driver and transferred back to your Hotel for your final night's stay of your expedition. If your travel plans require you to return home or to continue directly on to your next destination, you can make arrangements to end your expedition upon your arrival back in Bali/Jakarta.  Overnight at Hotel.

Day 10: Your amazing adventure comes to an end and you are free to continue your travel plans or return home. (B)


Note: This itinerary is indicative and may change due to local conditions and the strength of kayaking team.

The itinerary commencing and finishing point is optional either from Bali or Jakarta however you must depart from your point of origin.  If this differs from your plans, please contact our office directly.

Inclusions

  • Kayak use with all safety gear including vest, paddle etc
  • 2 nights accommodation in Bali/Jakarta twin share
  • 3 nights accommodation in Labuan Bajo twin share
  • 3 nights camping
  • 1 night accommodation in cabin on our support boat.Note: Cabins are shared by group members of the same gender and we might not be able to accommodate couples in the same room that night.
  • All domestic flights
  • National park fees
  • Professional guide throughout expedition
  • Labuan Bajo Town Tour 
  • Tour to Cunca Wulang Waterfalls/Cecer Village
  • 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 Baruna)/Jakarta (Bandara International Hotel) and Labuan Bajo (Puri Sari Beach Hotel).

Note: If you are traveling alone and do not want to share accommodation, a Single Supplement of $350 will apply. The Single Supplement can only be granted for the hotel accommodation. During the kayaking part of the trip the Single Supplement is subject to availability.

Exclusions

  • International Airfares
  • Airport Tax
  • Travel Insurance for your trip
  • Tips
  • Alcoholic beverages

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