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6 Day Komodo Kayak Insight

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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 or 2 hr from Jakarta, the Komodo National Park will be your home for 4 days and 3 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/Jakarta, Indonesia. Transfer to hotel.
Day 2: Bali/Jakarta - Labuan Bajo - Pungu Island. (B,L,D)
Day 3: Pungu Island to Kukusan fishing village - Gado  - Rinca Village - Kaaba. (B,L,D)
Day 4: Rinca - Manta Point - Sebayor Kecil (B,L,D)
Day 5: Sebayor Kecil - Kanawa - Labuan Bajo - Bali/Jakarta. (B,L,)
Day 6: Fly home after an incredible Komodo kayaking adventure! (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 25% 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.

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/Jakarta, Indonesia. Overnight at Hotel. 

Day 2: Bali/Jakarta - Labuan Bajo (Komodo National Park)  (B,L,D)
Fly to Labuan Bajo and boat directly out into the Komodo National Park to meet the rest of the group. Overnight in Safari Tents. Kayak 9km

Day 3:
Pungu Island - Kukusan - Gado  - Rinca village - Kaaba (B,L,D)
After a bit of snorkelling just off the beach of Pungu Island and breakfast we start paddling to Kukusan, a local village. If school is in we will visit the school and students.
Our next leg is to Gado with its’ wonderful mangroves and some amazing snorkelling in a spot with giant table corals and more. Hopefully one of the resident turtles might say hello.

In the afternoon we have the option of paddling or boating to the fishing village on Rinca to have a stroll. Use to be living with the Dragons in their neighbourhood, the village is now protected by a high fence around the village to keep the dragons out.   This 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 cabin on support boat in the park.  Kayak 7.2km & 9km by boat.

Day 4Rinca - 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.  Kayak 10km & 9km by boat.

Day 5: Sebayor Kecil - Kanawa - Labuan Bajo - Bali/Jakarta (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/Jakarta.  Kayak 19km.

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

Note: This itinerary can vary due to local conditions and strength of kayaking team. Days can be shortened or lengthened depending on many factors. 

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 in Safari Style tents in National Park
    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
  • Tour to Mirror Caves 
  • Ranger and local guide fees
  • Eco toilet and toilet tent
  • All meals on expedition (5 Breakfast, 4 Lunches and 3 Dinners)
  • Airport transfers to and from accommodation in Bali (Holiday Inn), Jakarta and Flores (Puri Sari Hotel).

If you are traveling alone and do not want to share accommodation, a Single Supplement of $250 will apply. Note: 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 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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