Best of Komodo Island

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Komodo Island
The remote island is best known for the massive prehistoric creatures that roam the rugged landscape. The Komodo Dragons are the world’s largest lizards, and they can often be spotted on visits to both Komodo and neighboring Rinca Island. Even without the extraordinary wildlife, Komodo would be worth a visit for the scenery alone. Jagged hillsides of dry savannah mixed with lush green vegetation overlook white sand beaches and topaz blue waters.

Komodo’s wonders aren’t limited to the landscape. Pristine coral reefs fringing the islands set the stage for some of the best snorkeling and diving in the archipelago. You might spy pygmy seahorses, dolphins and manta rays along with a colorful array of reef fish. Guided treks on land can take you to mountain summits with 360-degree views over the island. You’ll also have ample opportunities to spy the island’s famous apex predators, which can grow up to 10 feet (3 m) in length and weigh as much as 150 pounds (68 kg). Most trips to Komodo depart from Labuan Bajo on Flores Island, which is worth exploring before or after your Komodo journey.
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Pink Beach in Komodo national park
Beautiful Beaches of Lombok & Komodo - 5 Days

This photogenic 5-day trip takes you to some of Indonesia's best beaches. Spend the first few days exploring the island of Lombok, stopping to learn about Sasak indigenous traditions in a fishing village before going snorkeling in the aquamarine waters off Gili Nanggu. Then you'll jet over to Komodo Island and board a short cruise through Komodo National Park. Island-hopping through the park's island chain, you'll sunbathe on the famed Pink Beach, explore coral reefs on a snorkeling excursion, and spot Komodo dragons in the wild.

Discover the pristine beaches of the Komodo archipelago
Map of Explore Flores & the Komodo Archipelago - 7 Days
Explore Flores & the Komodo Archipelago - 7 Days

From snorkeling with coral sharks to sleeping in a traditional cone-shaped hunt, this week-long itinerary is full of off-the-beaten-path adventures. You'll explore western Flores and the Komodo Archipelago, accompanied by knowledgeable local guides and rangers. Work your way through rugged terrain to secluded caves and remote villages, overnighting in local homes and breaking bread with locals. Then embark on a three-day boat trip through the Komodo archipelago that features jungle hikes, wildlife-viewing walks, and underwater excursions where you'll have the chance to snorkel with colorful fish.

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Map of Hike & Cruise Indonesia: Lombok, Komodo, and Flores - 14 Days
Hike & Cruise Indonesia: Lombok, Komodo, and Flores - 14 Days

Step out of modern life and onto a cruise around the Lesser Sunda Islands. You'll spend two weeks lounging on deserted beaches, visiting wooden stilt-house villages, hiking volcanoes, and more. The best part? You'll be traveling from Lombok to Flores via Sumbawa and the Komodo Archipelago in style, aboard a traditional Indonesian boat.

Cruise through the remarkable Komodo Archipelago
Map of Journey Through Bali & Komodo - 14 Days
Journey Through Bali & Komodo - 14 Days

This two-week adventure combines the best of Bali with an unforgettable detour through the wild Komodo Archipelago. Starting on the "Island of the Gods," you'll hike to waterfalls, canoe to Balinese temples, meet the monkeys of Sangeh, and sample mouthwatering street food from local markets. Then it's off to the island of Flores to set sail on a two-night cruise through the stunning Komodo National Park. Snorkel with manta rays and spot Komodo dragons in their natural habitat, then head back to Bali to end your adventure soaking up some sun on the breathtaking beaches of the Bukit Peninsula.

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