With active volcanoes and deadly dragons, the islands of the Komodo National Park are among the most rugged and hostile on the planet. But they also contain stunning tropical scenery, with lush jungle and aquamarine seas. Explore the traditional island tribes of West Flores, and discover the unique wildlife of Rinca island, including monkeys, wild boar, buffalo and, of course, Komodo dragons. A trip to the Gili Lawa Darat offers incredible snorkelling and the chance for a beach barbecue on a genuine tropical island paradise.
Flores and Komodo discovery: DAY 1 – WEST FLORES – MELO VILLAGE
Upon arrival in Labuan Bajo this morning you are picked up by the driver for the short transfer to the boat to drop off the luggage and for enjoying refreshment before the start of your program.
Recommended flight: Garuda Airlines GA 4020 ETD 0615 & ETA 0740. Without morning program also possible: Garuda Airlines GA 4026 ETD 1150 & ETA 1315
You travel with a tour guide and mini bus to the interior of West Flores, taking a winding road uphill to the village of Melo. Here local ‘strongmen’ will perform the whip-dance, typical for West Flores. Armed with a rattan shield and a whip, two men try to hit each other on the back. He who first inflicts a bleeding wound on the back of his opponent is announced the winner.
After this spectacle we drive back to the boat and we cast off around 14.30 pm for our expedition around Komodo National Park, a place where we see crystal clear waters and active volcanoes, deserted islands and fierce dragons.
Lunch is served on board. (NB: all meals for this cruise are served onboard unless otherwise mentioned).
The boat will stop nearby Kalong Island from where we will see the amazing sight of thousands of fruit bats flying in the direction of Flores while in the background the sun sets over this beautiful paradise.
Overnight onboard the Katharina. (L,D)
Distances and travel times: Labuan Bajo Airport – Port (4 km): 10 min. approximately, Port – Melo Village (25 km): 45 min. approximately
Flores and Komodo discovery: DAY 2 – RINCA – KOMODO – SNORKELING
Continue to Rinca, the second largest island in the Komodo archipelago. In the afternoon, go trekking through spectacular scenery of savannah, looking for wild horses, water buffalo, wild boar, and of course the Komodo ‘dragons’. While walking we will make stops at certain viewpoints to enjoy the beautiful vistas over the mainland of Flores and the surrounding islands. Early evening we will move northeast and spend a quiet night in the bay of Labuan Bajo, east Flores.
After Rinca we continue to Komodo for some more dragon watching. Komodo, unlike Rinca has no monkeys but plenty of other wildlife.
Trek through spectacular scenery of savannah, looking to view wild horses, water buffalo, wild boar and of course the famous ‘Komodo dragons’.
Visit Pink Beach, so called because of the corals that wash ashore and blend with the white sands.
Overnight onboard the Katharina (B,L,D)
Flores and Komodo discovery: DAY 3 – GILI LAWA DARAT – EARLY MORNING TREKKING – SNORKELING – MESA ISLAND (B,L,D)
For the early risers there is the possibility to do a short 45 min. trek up the hill on the island and have a beautiful view over the national park.
After breakfast we disembark Katharina to visit the island of Mesa where small settlements of Bajau people live. Wander amongst the stilt houses of these traditionally nomadic peoples (originally from Sulawesi) found throughout the Indonesian archipelago.
Later there is the option to snorkel or use one of our kayaks for some peddling.
Sail to Sabalon Island this afternoon where the crew will set up a barbeque on the beach for a dinner under the stars.
Overnight onboard the Katharina.
Flores and Komodo discovery: DAY 4 – SNORKELING – LABUAN BAJO – DEPARTURE
After a last early morning snorkeling trip we sail back to Labuan Bajo where we disembark after lunch for the transfer to the airport for our return flight.
Recommended flight: Garuda Airlines GA 4027 ETD 1615, ETA 1740.
*** Please note: The program may occasionally be modified due to factors beyond our control: unfavorable weather conditions, changing currents but everything will be done to try and do the program as above. (B,L)
Flores and Komodo discovery: TOUR DURATION: 4 Days / 3 Nights
Flores and Komodo discovery: Tour operates year round / On Demand
Flores and Komodo discovery: Price available upon Request
Rates vary frequently. Please contact us to get the best possible price based upon your travel period and specific touring needs.
Flores and Komodo discovery: What’s Included
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Full board when on boat, limited laundry services, Use of Snorkelling Gear, English speaking cruise director, All entrance fees and tours as indicated in itinerary.
Flores and Komodo discovery: What’s not Included:
Visa arrangements, International & Domestic flights, International & Domestic departure tax, Camera/video entrance fees, Personal expenses (additional alcoholic beverages and tips), Travel insurance, Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above
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