Located in the eastern part of Indonesia, an hour flight from Bali and another hour away via speedboat from the town of Labuan Bajo, the Komodo National Park is fringed with pristine waters, beaches and untouched wildlife.
Third largest island amongst the rest of the islands that make up Komodo National Park, after Komodo and Rinca, Padar island is not as popular but is just as beautiful. Famed for is scenic panorama, turquoise blue sea and several islets surround Padar island. The best way to see this mesmerising view? By trekking to the top of the hill. The climb would only take about 15-20 minutes, but that would differ whether you’re an experienced hiker or not.
Tip: Make sure you wear proper footwear when hiking in Padar Island, the paths tend to be quite slippery, rocky, and some slopes are more than 45 degrees.
Activity: Swim with Manta Rays
Just off the shores of Komodo Island lies one of the world’s richest marine environments. In Manta Point, which has a few points scattered around the islands, you are given the opportunity to swim with majestic manta rays. Though sometimes manta rays may not be the ones to welcome you, Manta Point has seen some other creatures such as schools of fish, turtles, and even sharks swim by.
Activity: Snorkelling and Diving
Fringing the shores of Komodo Island, Pink Beach is the perfect place to sit back and relax. One of the seven pink beaches found around the world, Pink Beach is not only famous for its pastel pink sand, but its is also popular among snorkelers. The island is home to enchanting and diverse dive sites that is perfect for anyone. Since the island is well-preserved and protected, thousands of marine life reside in the waters of Komodo.
Activity: Dragon spotting
Home to the world’s largest living lizard, Komodo Island is known to be the habitat of the Komodo Dragon. Though many of the islands under Komodo National Park is home to these giants, Komodo Island is home to a significant amount. If you wish to see some Komodo Dragons in their natural habitat, there are tours you can sign up for!
Tip: Make sure to follow the instructions of the guide when you’re out looking for komodo dragons, these creatures can get feisty when provoked!