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 resorts 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
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.
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.
Komodo Island National Park
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.
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.
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.
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.
Best Komodo Island Tours & Activities by Viator
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.