Komodo Island, one of Indonesia’s best-kept secrets, has everything, from ancient species to colorful exotic corals, exquisite beaches to green highlands, for a well-rounded journey. Read our advice for arranging a trip to East Nusa Tenggara to get the most out of your journey.
Plan your trip to East Nusa Tenggara
If you’re flying internationally, you can get to the island via Jakarta or Bali. You may fly to Komodo Airport in Flores, which is the hub for a Komodo boat trip, from any of the two cities. The estimation time from Jakarta is around 2.5 hours, while the flight time from Bali is only one hour. Another popular alternative for travelers is a multi-day boat cruise from Lombok.
Decide on the ideal time of year to visit.
While there is no wrong time to visit a weird island inhabited by ancient dragon species and other fascinating fauna, it is helpful to know what to expect at any given moment. The magnificent green scenery and tranquil, clear sea are best experienced in April-June. Manta rays, whale sharks, sperm whales, and other marine mammals can be seen in abundance between September and November. The months of July and August are peak tourist season, so expect the island to be crowded. Make bookings for excursions and hotels as soon as possible if you must travel during this time. In January, the monsoon season begins and peaks in February. Several trips have decided not to run during this period.
Choose the right month for your trip
Before arranging your Komodo tours from Labuan Bajo, make sure to check your menstrual cycle. Blood may be detected by Komodo dragons from up to 12 kilometers away, triggering their hostile and predatory tendencies. It’s best to stay away from the island during your period. Although this situation may appear problematic, you can discuss it with your tour guide or park ranger ahead of time, and they will advise you on what to do based on the circumstances.
Select your Labuan Bajo trip.
There are numerous travel companies that operate on the islands of Komodo National Park. You should research their services and rates before making a reservation, as each offers its unique set of benefits. If you book a boat or trip to East Nusa Tenggara on the spot, expect to pay extra or settle for a less reputable company.
Create a schedule.
From lush highlands to underwater coral gardens, Komodo Island is a sight to behold. There are also beautiful beaches, such as the surreal Pink Beach, as well as fascinating tiny islets strewn across the main island. Unless you’re taking a fully guided trip, you should plan ahead to get the most of your adventure. To cover more ground, get up as early as possible in the morning and enjoy the beautiful sunrise.
Get your money ready.
We don’t mean money in the broad sense; we’re talking about actual Indonesian bills. Because ATM machines are not available on the Komodo Islands or neighboring tiny islands, withdrawing money beyond Labuan Bajo will be impossible. Even if you’ve already paid for your tour, have cash on you in case you need to purchase anything, from lunch to souvenirs.