This 6-day expedition from Bali is one of a kind. Your experienced guide will lead you as you paddle between the islands, moor and sleep at uninhabited islands with glorious beaches and share the hidden gems of this region. Snorkel, kayak with Manta Rays, set yourself adrift in the heart of the Coral Triangle and then trek to come face to face with the largest lizard on the planet, the famous Komodo Dragon.
Day 1: Flight from Bali to Labuan Bajo
Departing from Bali airport, you will fly east across the archipelago, to Komodo Airport in the town of Labuan Bajo. One of our guides will meet you there, escort you to the hotel. We will do any registration needed, undertake an orientation to the equipment and go over our planned itinerary. The evening is free to explore the town. We will escort you to a local restaurant for dinner and sunset overlooking the Komodo National Park.
Day 2: The adventure begins: Kayak to Sebayor Island and Siaba Island
After breakfast, we will head to Labuan Bajo Harbour to board our kayak boat. We then head out into the Savu Sea. Our first stop will be Sebayor island with nice beaches and mangroves. The reefs are shallow and currents are minimal. This morning of light paddling allows for a relaxing start. We frequently encounter turtles and many diverse reef fish. There is great snorkeling.
We then proceed to Mangiatan Island where we again have a lovely coastline of sandy beaches and mangroves. Here we'll have lunch and also find a small “jellyfish lake” where we snorkel with dozens of harmless jellyfish. After Lunch and snorkeling, we head to Siaba Island where we paddle until early evening among the secluded beaches and reefs. Sunset and dinner. Amount and distance of paddling depend on the skill level of the guests. Snorkeling is an option at all sites.
Overnight inside cabins on our Kakay support boat.
Customize your trip with help from a local travel specialist.
Day 3: Makassar reef, Padar Island
After sunrise, we have a hearty breakfast and are off to explore the underwater ridges of Makassar reef where the Manta Rays congregate at cleaning stations, for feeding, and mating. We then head to “Pink Beach” to paddle, snorkel and explore. We will enjoy lunch and head south towards Padar Island. On the boat, we cross one of the deepest channels in the region and then climb to the best viewpoint in the Park. From here amazing photography can be done.
Amount and distance of paddling depend on the skill level of the guests. Snorkeling is an option at all sites.
Overnight inside cabins on our boat.
Day 4: Seeing Komodo Dragons
We go on an optional early trek to the viewpoint for Golden Hour, which is great for photography. Breakfast on the boat as we head towards Rinca Island. We will paddle to the Rangers Office on Rinca. From there we will go on a 2-hour trek around the island, seeking out the Komodo dragon in their native habitat. There are many other animals to be seen, including water buffalo, deer and monkeys - all prey of the dragon.
We will be escorted by a trained local Ranger who will explain the eco-system, the Dragon’s habits, the life of other inhabitants on the island. We will then lunch and head back towards Flores Islands. Depending on the guest desires we can visit the small island of Kelor for another viewpoint and beach time, or paddle the coastline of Flores with the isolated villages isolated coves.
Sunset at Hotel.
Guest may explore Labuan Bajo and enjoy dinner at a restaurant of their choice.
Overnight in locally owned and operated hotel.
Day 5: Exploring inland Flores
After breakfast, we depart to explore inland Flores. Driving through the rice fields around Labuan Bajo we start to wind our way up the side of Mbelilling mountain. At 500m we already feel the change in climate. A very different ecosystem exists at these elevations and we experience a change of culture.
We cross the hills, stopping in small village to see the traditional Sopi making process (palm wine). We head down the eastern slopes to a small community project in Todo Village which showcases local foods and their traditional wares. Turning off the main road we again wind our way along through small villages to the scenic Cunca Rami.
A short trek to this waterfall takes us through local farms to find a truly scenic waterfall nestled among terraced rice fields. Both photogenic and refreshing, this is a great way to spend an afternoon. We run back to Labuan Bajo for sunset at the Hotel.
Overnight in locally owned and operated hotel.
Day 6: Labuan Bajo
A relaxed day in Labuan Bajo. Cafes, local market and shopping for traditional weavings possible before your early afternoon flight. Our guide will escort you to airport, and assist with your departure. Farewell for now.