5 Day Komodo Kayaking
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
- 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
- At only 5 days, you can easily squeeze this getaway in under a week
- 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
- Perfect for the independent traveller who likes to choose and book their pre and post accommodation themselves
I can’t begin to describe how amazing our trip was. It far exceeded all expectations – and every bit of it! I think we were so lucky with the weather, spoilt by all the manta rays we saw but really what made it so amazing was the whole No Roads crew. All of the wonderful prompt support from Head Office in the lead up to our trip along with local Manager, Fitri being so helpful and reliable and responsive during our stay and the Guides (Flori & Matias) and the rest of the crew - just all helped make our trip really brilliant. The whole crew were so friendly and polite, and just great fun! It really was quite amazing. (Jackie - Australia)
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 5 Day Komodo Kayaking trip 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 5 day expedition from Labuan Bajo 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.
Day 1: Labuan Bajo - Bidadari Island - Seture Island (L,D)
Day 2: Seture - Pearl Farm - Pungu Island (B,L,D)
Day 3: Pungu Island - Kukusan - Gado - Rinca village - Kaaba. (B,L,D)
Day 4: Rinca - Manta Point - Sebayur Kecil (B,L,D)
Day 5: Sebayur Kecil - Kanawa - Labuan Bajo (B,L)
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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 2: Seture Island - Pearl Farm - Pungu (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 3: 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 4: Rinca - Manta Point - Sebayur Kecil (B,L,D)
Day 5: Sebayur Kecil - Kanawa - Labuan Bajo (B, L)
Note: This itinerary is indicative and may change due to local conditions and the strength of kayaking team.
- Kayak use with all safety gear including vest, paddle etc
- 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.
- National park fees
- Professional guide throughout expedition
- Ranger and local guide fees
- All meals on expedition (4 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches and 4 Dinners)
- Toilet tent
Note : This trip is ex Labuan Bajo in Flores. Daily flights to Labuan Bajo are available from Bali or Jakarta. Guests are required to arrive in Labuan Bajo at least 1 day before the expedition starts. They are also required to be at the Puri Sari Hotel on Day 1 by 9am.
- International & Domestic Airfares
- Airport Tax
- Accommodation before and after expedition
- All transfers
- Travel Insurance for your trip
- Still and movie camera fees in the Komodo National Park
- Alcoholic beverages
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