Komodo Island Indonesia

If you’re planning a trip to Indonesia, you should really look at putting a trip out to Komodo Island on your ‘to do’ list. It’s a part of Indonesia that feels a bit forgotten, away from the party-fueled streets of Kuta and the Komodo Island Indonesia, Komodo Island beaches, best Indonesia beaches, beach travel, best Komodo Island Hotels, best Komodo Island restaurants, best Komodo Island bars, best things to do in Komodo Island, beach travel destinations, Komodo Island snorkelingresorts dotting the coastline of Bali.  Steeped in myth and legend, as well as rugged scenery, Komodo Island is one of three main islands in Komodo National Park that is home to over 5000 of the great Komodo Dragons. It is located in the middle of the Indonesian archipelago of islands and is in between Sumbawa and the increasingly-popular Flores. In 1986 the Park was named as a World Heritage Site and a Man and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO due to its biological status.  On Komodo Island, Komodo dragons are obviously the main attraction. Usually visitors will walk around the island (always with a guide) to find the best places from which to observe and photograph the animals in their natural habitat.  Snorkeling is also one of the best here in the waters of Komodo Island. There is a little bit for everyone, here on Komodo Island Indonesia.

Komodo Island Weather (When to Visit)

The climate on Komodo Island is tropical, and is based on an alternating wet and dry season. During the months of January, February, March, and the beginning of April, is the rainy season. The Komodo weather during these months typically see about 31 – 39 inches of rain. The rest of  the year is tropically dry and arid. The temperatures of the island during the summer months gets up to 110°F and the cooler months will dip down to about 62°F.

The overall best time to go to Komodo Island is between June and August. It is an ideal time to visit the dragons as it is mating season, temperatures are the coolest they will get all year (minimums of 22C/ 75F and maximums of 33C/ 90F and it is dry season. Visiting around this time will ensure that you also get 8-9 hours of sunshine a day and it rains on average one day per month during their time period

Best Komodo Island Attractions

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Pink Beach is one of seven pink beaches on the planet, and is just one of the many amazing features of Komodo Island.  The sand is pink on these certain beaches in the Komodo Islands because of a red colored coral that thrives in the shores nearby. When the red coral breaks off, it eventually breaks into tiny pieces which wash up on shore along with the other coral and shell particles.

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So named after the Manta ray schools that are common here, these spots around the island are quite popular with the tourists visiting the Komodo island. If you jump in, you can swim with the fish and also spot some of the beautiful corals that have made the diving spots here famous. The other manta spot is about an hours boat ride away from the Komodo island, and the spot is just open sea where you can see tons of colorful fish besides the manta. A truly exceptional experience and one of the best things to do on Komodo Island.

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Visiting the park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is something that you just have to do. Also counted among the new 7 wonders of the world, it is famous for its Komodo dragons, the largest lizards in the world. This is easy since the park offers guided tours, where an expert goes around with you making sure you are safe at all times.

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The Cunca falls are located near the town of Labuan Bajo, which is where tourists are supposed to stay when visiting the Komodo Islands. On days when you are not on the boat tours, you can walk around the island that is lush green (as most islands here are), unlike the Komodo Islands which are devoid of green cover.

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The Komodo Islands and the town of Labuan Bajo are quiet and there is literally no pollution or much of lights. The skies are definitely something that you will notice. Watching the brilliant unspoiled skies lit with a thousand stars is really one of the best things to do in Komodo Island.

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Situated close to the Labuan Bajo town, the marvelous Rangko Cave is a must visit during your trip to Komodo Island. You can visit here only via a boat tour and it is best recommended to explore this cave when the tides are low. Apart from the cave, you can also explore Rangko Village.

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Scuba Dive Komodo National Park – 3 dives (certified divers)

You don’t need to pay top dollar for a liveaboard to discover the manta rays, sharks, and coral of Komodo National Park. Certified divers who have logged dives within the last two years can join a PADI 5-star center on this 3-dive day trip. Besides lunch, a light breakfast, water, tea, and coffee, your day includes gear and guides. Please note: Park fees are at your own expense.  Learn more about the Scuba Dive in Komodo National Park.

3 Day, 2 Night Snorkel Adventure Onboard Mimic in Komodo National Park

The 3 day/2 night snorkel adventure onboard Mimic is an adventure of a lifetime and sure to be the highlight of your time in Indonesia. You will visit the best snorkeling sites in the stunning Komodo National Park, trek with the famous Komodo Dragons on Rinca Island as well as make a trek on one of the secluded islands for stunning sunset/sunrise views over the islands. Whilst onboard you will be served delicious food four times per day cooked fresh onboard by our chef. Your dedicated snorkeling guide will give thorough briefings before every activity as well as point out the amazing marine life that is the real highlight of any Komodo adventure….such as Manta, Turtles, Reef Sharks and maybe even Dugong ( Sea Cow ).   Learn more about the 3 day/2 Night Snorkel Adventure.

Sailing Komodo 3 days 2 Nights – Share Tour

Sailing Package that will bring you to the most favourite places in Komodo National Park. The boat for this trip can accommodate up to 10 people. Cabin room equipped with Air Conditioner, comfy bed and tidy sheet cover, perfect for recovery your body after full of activity from sunrise to sunset. This package is Open Trip, It’s mean, some facilities on board will be sharing with other guest. We will bring you to see beautiful of Padar Island, Kelor Island, Kanawa Island and Gili Lawa Island. Snorkeling in Manta Point, Pink Beach, Taka Makassar and to see the most iconic Komodo Dragon on Rinca Island. Snorkeling and Trekking is highlight of the trip, prepare your suitable clothes and bring necessary stuff.  Learn more about the 3 Day/2 Night Sailing Komodo Tour.

Best One Day Komodo Tour

In this one day Komodo Tour they will give you the best price, visit unique places and guarantee to see dragons.  Learn more about the Best One Day Komodo Tour.

Daily Trip Highlight Komodo Archipelago by Speed Boat

This trip package is special for the client who have desire to know more about Komodo dragon on the real Jurassic park and also the other places around it,but too hard to get it because of budget,vacation time and also the single traveler. So we decide to make it easy with Join/share Komodo Trip Package By Speed Boat,that’s mean you can share the budget with others client who want to do the same trip package. It is mean that you will get your dream even though you are Single Traveler you can take the tour. The other point also is The client’s will explore Komodo Archipelago up to 6 spots/day because will use Speed Boat for their sailing facilities even you just take it Daily Trip,so will not waste your time.  Learn more about Highlight Komodo Archipelago by Speedboat Trip.

Best Komodo Island Restaurants

Le Pirate

Officially part of the hotel of the same name, this restaurant offers a range of western and Indonesian food that would satisfy even the fussiest of eaters. Add in a rooftop terrace complete with swimming pool and you’ve got a great spot for sunset, dinner and drinks.  Telephone:  62 361 845 2780  Web:  Le Pirate.

Mediterraneo

One of the best restaurants in Indonesia. Incredible pizza, pasta, salads and more that are straight out of a 5* Mediterranean restaurant. Beautiful presented and reasonably priced, make sure you eat here at least once during your stay.  Telephone:  62 8214 6161 663  Web:  Mediterraneo.

Happy Banana

Japanese fusion restaurant that are renowned for their sashimi and sushi. Slightly on the pricier side, but well worth a visit.  Telephone:  62 812 3849 5329  Web:   Happy Banana.

Warung Mama

Set above Bajo’s main drag, this wooden restaurant is ideal for those who wish to dip their toe into local food. Vegetables are cheap, but paying by piece for the rest adds up. Portion sizes are smaller than more authentic warung and you’ll rub shoulders with travelers, not locals, at communal tables. Daging rendang (dry beef curry) is the signature.  Telephone:  62 822 3926 4747  Web:   Warung Mama.

MadeInItaly

Bajo’s best Italian is known for thin-crust pizza and fresh pasta. Sit in a stylish, semi-open dining room or air-conditioned cellar with river-stone walls. Ingredients are imported from Italy and grown on restaurant-owned organic farms, plus there’s a a bottle shop on-site and produce store on the way. For a luxury experience, inquire about the Culinary Journey island boat trip.  Telephone:  62 385-244 0222  Web:  MadeInItaly.

Best Komodo Island Nightlife & Coffee

De’Flo Cafe & Ole-Ole

Owned and operated by enthusiastic university graduates from Jakarta, this tranquil coffee shop a level down from Tree Top is the best place in Bajo for a caffeine fix. De’Flo serves local Manggarai and limited-edition, single-origin coffee any way you like it, along with traditional cakes, snacks and ethical handicrafts, packaged for all your souvenir needs.  Telephone:  62 822 8888 9118  Web:   De’Flo Cafe & Ole-Ole.

Catur’z Kopi Club

Unwind over a couple of hours at this rustic, double-story coffee house in Bajo’s backstreets. Try Indonesian spiced coffee while challenging staff to a game of chess. This is the town’s only dedicated vegetarian and vegan cafe. For breakfast you can scramble eggs or tofu, and peruse the veggie bar later on.  Telephone:  62 812 4620 9890  Web:   Catur’z Kopi Club.

Le Pirate

This colorful 1st-floor bar is a popular space for a drink after a day on the water. There’s live music (8pm to 10pm Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) and film nights (Monday and Wednesday). There’s also a decent restaurant, rooftop bar and stylish but poky accommodations.  Telephone:  62 361 845 2780  Web:   Le Pirate.

Paradise Bar

“Come to Paradise” is a common phrase in Bajo, referring to a bar-slash-nightclub famed for sea and sunset views. It’s a preposterously lovely place for an arak cocktail, but come nightfall live music provides a party vibe. Saturdays demand a 65,000Rp cover charge, including a drink. Paradise is a 10-minute stroll uphill from central Labuan Bajo.  Telephone:  62 812 1341 5306  Web:   Paradise Bar.

Cafe In Hit

Labuan Bajo’s answer to Starbucks, this casual coffee house serves ice-cold frappes alongside strong wi-fi. People-watch from above the street or browse shelves of local beans and second-hand books. Order from the giant blackboard.  Telephone:  62 385 41279  Web:   Cafe In Hit.

Best Komodo Island Hotels

Seaesta Komodo Hostel & Hotel


Seaesta is a boutique hostel & hotel in the heart of Labuan Bajo, Flores. Your base to explore Komodo National Park and Flores both above and below the water. Eat delicious food at our rooftop restaurant, scuba dive the world-class sites of Komodo National Park, grab a beverage at the bar, swim in our lagoon style pool, and sleep peacefully in our private rooms or dormitories.

Plataran Komodo Beach Resort


Secluded in a quiet cove on Waecicu Beach on the island of Flores, Plataran Komodo Resort & Spa is a true tropical paradise. A luxurious base for indulging in sun-kissed days of relaxation and adventure in one of Indonesia’s most beautiful and untouched regions. A million miles away from the daily hustle and bustle, luxuriate in the privacy of intimate yet spacious villa abodes that are a charming blend of luxurious comfort and Javanese style. Dine beside the ocean waves, on the beach, or on the jetty – all under the Flores sun or beneath a romantic canopy of stars.

Komodo Resort


The resort consists of 16 seafront deluxe bungalows, 2 Grand View & 2 Grand Beach all made in teak wood from local controlled plantations and natural materials. Nestled in a sheltered bay fringed with white sand, the resort offer a unique environment to enjoy some of Indonesia’s best diving and snorkeling or simply to unwind and appreciate the nature of a paradisiac island. Other features such a 5* PADI Dive Center, a SPA, an open air bamboo structure restaurant, a sunset bar, a gym, kayaks, a nature trail and a fantastic house reef will complement an extensive range of activities for everyone.

Puri Sari Beach Hotel


At Puri Sari Beach Hotel, the excellent service and superior facilities make for an unforgettable stay. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour security, daily housekeeping, postal service, 24-hour front desk are just a few of the facilities that set Puri Sari Beach Hotel apart from other hotels in the city. The hotel offers fantastic facilities, including canoe, private beach, outdoor pool, diving, fishing, to help you unwind after an action-packed day in the city. Enjoy unparalleled services and a truly prestigious address at the Puri Sari Beach Hotel.

Wae Molas Hotel


Wae Molas Hotel features free WiFi and views of mountain in Labuan Bajo. The property features a bar, as well as a restaurant serving Asian cuisine. Guests can chill out in the outdoor swimming pool. All guest rooms at the hotel are fitted with a seating area. Complete with a private bathroom fitted with a bidet and free toiletries, all rooms at Wae Molas Hotel have a flat-screen TV and air conditioning, and certain rooms have a terrace. Guest rooms feature a desk. A continental, American or Asian breakfast can be enjoyed at the property.

26 Comments

  1. Alice

    My best friend and colleague Gail just got back from a 2-week vacation in Bali, Indonesia and today in the office, she told us so many great things about the place. She also took a lot of photos and I thought the place is really something worth visiting. So I started looking into what Indonesia can offer to tourists. Thank goodness, your site has some great information about Komodo Island. 

    I am thinking of visiting Komodo Island in early March next year because that’s when my husband can file for office leave. But you mentioned that from January until beginning of March is the rainy season. I don’t think we will enjoy visiting these beautiful Komodo Island attractions when it’s going to be raining most of the time. In case my husband’s leave during the months of June to August next year will be approved, this will be my first time to set my foot on a “pink beach.” I wonder how pink it really is. 

    Thank you for introducing Komodo Island in Indonesia. I haven’t heard about it before because people always seemed to be talking only about Bali.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      And this is just as beautiful as Bali Alice.  The beach look pretty pink, and definitely one reason to visit 🙂  Of course the place is beautiful and has so much to offer.  I hope your husband can get the time off.  It is really much more enjoyable when it is not constantly raining.

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  2. Gary

    I am an Australian who is currently holidaying throughout SE Asia with my wife. We are in Kuala Lumpur for a while now but Komodo Island is a place that has always fascinated me. Friends of ours have recently dived the area and by all accounts, the diving is fantastic and the water clarity is superb. Do you know if there are any live aboard dive vessels which cater for this area? It may be a destination for 2019.

    Best wishes,

    Gary

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      It is a great place and the Komodo Dragon are a site all by themselves.  On the bottom of my post I list three highly TripAdvisor rated liveaboards.  Any of these would be great for you.  Than ks for visiting beach travel destinations.

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  3. Michel

    Wow, I have always wanted to see the Komodo Dragons, especially when they are roaming around in the wild. This alone must make it an awesome experience to visit the Komodo Island in Indonesia.

    Another great thing about visiting this island is the best time to go between June and August, makes it a great excuse to escape the winter here in South Africa for a nice warm holiday.

    I think I would definitely choose the ferry over the plane, as that sounds both safer and more fun and you get to see more of the coast and surrounding areas this way.

    Thanks for this informative article on an island we might otherwise never have known existed.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome Michel.  I am glad you enjoyed learning about Komodo Island Indonesia.  I hope you can escape your winter and visit soon!

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  4. Jay

    These Komodo Dragons that you mentioned are they any harmful to people because it is something one has to consider before coming to such a place to relax and have fun. It sure is an amazing place that I would like to visit. I have another question. When we arrive at the island is there anyway you can recommend a tour guide for us or is it possible to easily find them at the port?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hi Jay, and as I mentioned in the article, it is best to go to Komodo National Park with a tour guide.  Because yes,  the Komodo Dragon is dangerous.  I do also have tour companies listed (the best ones) that you can set up before you head to the island.  They are all TripAdvisor highly rated, so you won’t go wrong with any of them.

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  5. James Underwood

    Every year as the days grow shorter and the weather turns cold, I look to escape the wintery mix wet cold weather that Pittsburgh has to offer.  Typically we would go to Disney World, but as my kid gets older, the magic seems to fade.

    I’ve been looking for something a little different than the same old beach, and Komodo Island Indonesia might just be a great adventure for the whole family. Komodo Island National Park seems like a great place to visit while we are there.

    On a side note, we had a Komodo dragon here at our local zoo whose name was, “Noname.” When I took my kid to the zoo for the first time, he was actually her favorite animal!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      The komodo dragon is pretty cool for sure, and your kids would love the Komodo National Park and Komodo Island for that matter.  Thanks for reading.

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  6. Daniel

    I must say that this article is wonderful. Although I was once in Indonesia I really did not heard about this island. When I see this pictures, I want to be there immediately. I would like to visit that national park, and maybe I will next year. I think that summer is great time to visit this beautiful island.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Anytime is probably a great time to visit this beautiful island 🙂  I hope you can make it there.  Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Ryan

    I live in South Florida and have been surrounded by beaches my whole life…but pink beaches is something I’ve gotta see! I’d definitely love to take a vacation to Komodo Island sometime soon to experience some of these awesome attractions and just unwind, even though Komodo Dragons kinda freak me out! A place like this just looks perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life to just enjoy nature and the aesthetics of Indonesian culture. 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yep Ryan, I totally agree and I live in south Florida too.  I have seen black, brown and white sand beaches.  But I have yet to see a pink beach.  There really are not a whole of places that have pink beaches, but I love the beach and this would be amazing!  

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  8. Dave M.

    This article is loaded with great information. I am intrigued by Komodo Dragons and Komodo Island looks awesome! I did not know there are over 17,000 islands in Indonesia, seems like the view from the plane alone woud be worth the trip! Thanks for all the incredible detail about the Nightlife, restaurants and thing to do!! Have you been here yourself? What do you recommend as a good amount of time to spend here to get a good feel for the area? Seems like a lot to see and do.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hi Dave and thank you for visiting Komodo Island Indonesia.  No, this is one place I have not been.  It is on my bucket list because I know friends who have went, and they said it is absolutely beautiful.  I would love to see the Komodo Dragons myself, what an awesome sight!  In my personal opinion, 2 weeks is what I would recommend.  That way you can do a good amount of just relaxing, and still have plenty of time for exploring and possibly doing a couple tours.  My friends did a week, and they said that was definitely not enough time.

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  9. Jenny Hennig

    Komodo Island, the way you have described it and all of the beautiful pictures make it sound like a great place to see.  I have never been to Indonesia, but I will add Komodo Island to my list of places to see.  The pink beach looks absolutely beautiful, and to be able to see a Komodo Dragon in its natural habitat would be so amazing.  I like how you have included best places to eat, and their price points, it sounds like the restaurant Warung Mama is perhaps one to avoid, if you don’t want to be among tourists.  When travelling I like to experience local culture, and eat where locals eat.  

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thanks for visiting Jenny.  And yes a great vacation destination with a good variety of things to do and see.  I am with you, I love to eat with the locals.   Always ends up being an amazing experience.

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  10. Cory Haasnoot

    Looks like a lot of fun things to do on the komodo island. It looks very beautiful from the pictures you posted. I would’nt want to run into one of those komodo dragons though lol. I would really love to go see that Cunca Rami Waterfall that looks amazing and the reefs as well. Would you recommend one of those touring outfits over another? Think I might take a trip there someday just looks breathe taking. Thanks for the information!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hi Cory and thanks for visiting Komodo Island Indonesia.  Yes, the komodo dragons are pretty good sized and are dangerous, definitely why you want a tour guide.  Every company I listed is rated by TripAdvisor as the best, so you would be happy with any you choose.

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  11. Ahmad

    Hello Leah, another great travel post as always. This is my first time hearing about Komodo Island, and it looks incredible!!! Reading this article made me want to go so badly, and swim around on the pink beach. Also, I want to visit Komodo nationals park to see some dragons as well. Thanks again, I will definitely keep this place in mind!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      It’s a wonderful place Ahmad and the komodo dragons are a wonderful site in themselves.  That and Pink Beach 🙂  Thanks for stopping by beach travel destinations.

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  12. julienne murekatete

    Thank you for sharing with us those beautiful places found in Komodo Island in Indonesia.Everybody needs to take a time to relax and forget a bit about work. Travelling is one way to relax and it helps to avoid stress caused by work or other stuff like broken relationship, losing job contract….

    Komodo seems to be a great place especially Cunca Rami Waterfall which is very attractive .

    I wish I could visit this Island because it looks attractive.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I love waterfalls, and to just relax there and let the water hit….truly wonderful!  And yes beautiful places, to me, are the best way to relax 🙂

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  13. Rick Ware

    I can’t wait to visit Cunca Rami Waterfall. How beautiful and impressive Cunca Rami waterfall is with those abundant beautiful pools that offer a refreshing, natural swimming experience. I can’t wait to enjoy a fantastic day trip from Labuan Bajo.

    I truly want to see that Batu Bolong Reef, because it is truly world class dive site. I like how your site provides education. I thought that sands were either white or black. What great knowledge you impart by telling us readers that Komodo Island is a Natural Wonder of Nature and that it’s one of seven pink beaches on the planet. I’m taking my children on this vacation because of the beauty and education value. 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      This is a great trip for a family!  I think any age would love to visit Komodo Island.  All the natural beauty…just breath taking.  Please let me know if you have any further questions.  Thanks for visiting Komodo Island Indonesia.

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