KAYAK KOMODO ISLANDS
Kayaking the Komodo Islands
10 Days 2990 ex Bali
5 Nights Hotel
3 Nights Tent
1 Night on Boat
Mostly Sea Kayak
Transfers and flights included
High Heart Rate Holiday
They say time machines are a thing of fiction, an impossible fantasy, but I beg to differ.
As I paddled my sea kayak through the waters of the Komodo Islands in Indonesia, I felt like I was paddling back in time, to a place where dinosaurs roamed and time stood still. Like the jagged teeth of a Komodo Dragon, the peaks of Rinca and Komodo, silhouetted by the sinking sun, formed the backdrop to this incredible journey. The sky exploded with colour. A distant puff of smoke could be seen rising from the mouth of a volcano.
And the waters flattened creating two worlds, a mirror of what lay above the water was transposed onto the liquid canvass my sea kayak was plowing through as I glided it onto a deserted beach which would be home for the night.
“I’d rather take a hit from an eight-foot saltie than an eight-foot dragon”.
Steve Irwin after being chased by a Komodo Dragon up a tree.
This was one of the most amazing tours that I have ever been on! It was so much more than just kayaking…. a truly memorable mix of snorkeling, diving, Komodo dragons, manta rays, monkeys, goats, turtles, dolphins, camping, trekking, amazing food, music, drinks, so many laughs … and a little bit of kayaking… I Highly recommend this trip to anyone with a sense of adventure!
Within hours of paddling, you can feel the worries of the world wash over you and your body begins to relax. For the next 5 days, the UNESCO World Heritage listed Komodo National Park literally becomes your home.
Your kayak, powered by you, the wind and the currents, will glide through the pristine waters of the Komodo Islands, to isolated beaches and alcoves, through secretive mangroves and islands that have been ignored by the rest of the world.
Of course most people come to see the Komodo Dragon, the world’s largest lizard. And why not, it’s the only place it can be found, it is as impressive as it is prehistoric looking and if you are lucky you may get to see one in action, hunting a water buffalo or deer, or possibly fighting to mate.
But it is what lays beneath the surface of the water that is most impressive. We get to snorkel some of the best reefs in the world, which are often situated just meters from shore. A huge range of corals can be found in these waters as it is literally the cross roads between the Indian and the Pacific Oceans. Manta Rays, dolphins, dugongs, whales and sea turtles join the other more common reef dwellers such as trigger fish, lion fish, cuttlefish, surgeon fish, clown fish and the list goes on. It really is an incredible underwater wonderland.
And as the evening blankets the sky and all the other boats head back to Labuan Bajo, we will make camp on a deserted beach, dine with sand at our feet and the stars above us and sleep to the gentle rhythm of the lapping water on the shore.
Upon your arrival in Bali or Jakarta you will be met at the airport by your driver and transferred to your hotel for your overnight accommodation. Depending on the time of your arrival you will have free time to relax before an evening meeting with a No Roads Representative (Bali only) who will provide you with your domestic e tickets and information required for the following day. Overnight at Hotel.
Today you will fly Bali/Jakarta to Labuan Bajo and upon arrival at Komodo Airport you will be met by our No Roads Local Manager and transferred to your Hotel. After check-in you have a town tour of Labuan Bajo to see the local market and other sights before a late afternoon welcome meeting with your Guide. Overnight in Hotel.(B)
This morning is the start of your adventure out into the Komodo National Park. After a safety briefing at Puri Sari beach with your Guide, you will begin your first kayaking leg to Bidadari Island where you will then enjoy a snorkel and a swim followed by lunch on the support boat. After lunch the support boat will sail to the spectacular site of Goa Rangko caves. Goa Rangko is a grotto with an amazing clear lake seamed by stalactites and stalagmites. After some time exploring and swimming in the caves you will sail back to Seture Island, for your first overnight camp and if time permits an evening sunset kayak, which is the perfect way to finish the day. Overnight in Safari style tents on Seture Island Kayak 5.3km & 30km by boat (approximately). (B,L,D)
After waking, and an optional early morning swim, you will board the support boat for breakfast before starting your first paddle leg to Pungu Pearl Farm. After arrival at the white sandy beach of Pungu and enjoying a refreshing ice cold water, the staff will show you how these beautiful products of the sea are grown and sourced at their farm. If you are lucky and it is harvesting time, you will also be able to see the workers harvesting the pearls. A relaxing paddle through the mangroves will follow your Pearl Farm visit, until you reach Menjerite where you will stop for lunch and some snorkelling. After lunch you will kayak the beautiful surrounding islands before reaching your overnight camp at Pungu Island. In the late afternoon, you can choose to snorkel the crystal clear reef just off the beach or spend some more time kayaking around this amazing area. Then it is time to sit back and enjoy the sunset over the surrounding islands before dining on the beach. Overnight in Safari style tents on Pungu Island. Kayak 12.5km (approximately) (B,L,D)
This morning starts again with the option for an early morning snorkel just off the beach of Pungu Island before breakfast back on the support boat – always a great way to start the day! Your first paddle of the day will either take you to Kukusan Island or Rinca Village and if school is in, at these villages, you will pay a visit to the students before exploring life on the island. The next leg of kayaking is to Gado – with its’ wonderful mangroves and some amazing snorkelling in a spot with giant table corals, plenty of fish and turtles, who hopefully swim by to say hello. After lunch and some more snorkelling you will either paddle or travel on the support boat to a small mangrove island (Kaaba), which is inhabited by bats. This is a wonderful sight enjoyed from our top deck – watching thousands of bats flying into the night sky for their evening meal. Overnight in cabin on support boat in the park. Kayak 7.2km & 9km by boat (approximately) (B,L,D)
Early morning you will rise and boat to the Rinca Ranger’s Office to look for Komodo Dragons. Rinca (pronounced Rin – cha) is the best place in the park to see the Dragons as their numbers and density are larger here than Komodo Island. You will be shown around the Park by a trained Ranger who will explain the eco-system, the Dragon’s habits and the life of other inhabitants on the island such as the Macaque, Buffalo, Deer, Tree snakes etc. After your trek and a drink at the Ranger’s Cafe’ you will start heading west on the support boat to Manta Point. One of the highlights of this trip is snorkelling with the manta rays at Manta Point and hopefully, these gracious animals will delight you with their presence. After lunch, you will then start paddling towards Sebayur Kecil for your last beach camp of the expedition. Sebayur Kecil has a beautiful beach with some great coral reefs and fish population so a spot of snorkelling in the late afternoon or early the next morning is certainly encouraged. Overnight in Safari style tents. Kayak 10 km and 9km by boat (approximately). (B,L,D)
After enjoying your last breakfast out in the beautiful Komodo National Park and maybe a swim or snorkel just off the beach you will then make your way paddling through the Mangroves towards Kanawa for one last snorkel and swim before you hit the last open stretch of kayaking. It will be then time to say goodbye to the crew before you arrive back at the Puri Sari Beach Hotel by mid afternoon (option to return on the support boat if you prefer). Overnight at Hotel. Kayak 19km (approximately).
For those taking up the SCUBA Diving option, this is the day that you can SCUBA Dive at some of the best sites in the Komodo National Park. Sites change due to weather and water conditions, as well fish conditions such as Batu Bolong. The SCUBA Boat will pick you up for 2 dives and then drop you back to the hotel in the late afternoon (lunch provided). (B,L)
Today you head out for a day at the Cunca Wulang Waterfalls. The falls are just beyond a beautiful traditional village and the hike there and back is extremely picturesque. The falls, themselves are spectacular, with an enormous fall at one end of a large canyon, which has been carved by the falls themselves. You will be able to swim in the beautiful cool waters all the way to the fall’s base, which is always very welcome, after the trek in. During the dry season, when the water is low at the waterfall you will visit a local village on this day in place of the waterfall visit. Cecer Village is about a 45 minute drive out of Labuan Bajo and you will be able to spend time wandering through the village learning how the locals live and immerse yourself in the culture and traditions of village life. Overnight at Hotel. (B,L)
In the morning you will be transferred to the Komodo Airport for your domestic flight back to Bali/Jakarta. Upon arrival in Bali/Jakarta, you will be met at the airport by your driver and transferred back to your Hotel for your final night’s stay of your expedition. If your travel plans require you to return home or to continue directly on to your next destination, you can make arrangements to end your expedition upon your arrival back in Bali/Jakarta. Overnight at Hotel. (B)
Your amazing adventure comes to an end and you are free to continue your travel plans or return home. (B)
Check out our Journey Extensions for those that want to stay a little longer or try something different along the way.
Do you love coffee as much as we do? Forget wine tasting tours, it’s all about coffee appreciation and Indonesia is home to some of the best coffee in the world. Take a guided tour of a local coffee plantation, see how the coffee is harvested, dried, ground and roasted. Return to Labuan Bajo to Cafe Inn Hit for a “Flores” coffee and morning tea.
Duration: 3 hours (9am-12.00pm)
Price: AUD $75 per person (minimum of 2 guests)
Collection and return to Hotel by air conditioned car
Guided Tour of coffee plantation & surrounding area
A free packet of ground coffee (packaged)
Coffee and morning tea at Cafe Inn Hit
*Please ensure that runners or light hiking boots are worn on this extension.
Do you want to learn how to cook Indonesian food like a local? This half-day tour begins with a visit to the local market with the chef and you can help purchase the ingredients for the food you are about to make (and eat)!
Cook and eat three delicious traditional Indonesian meals, and take the recipes home.
Duration: 3.5-4 hours (9am-12.30pm)
Price: AUD $75 per person (minimum of 2 guests)
Collection and return to Hotel in a air conditioned car.
Visit to local market with Chef to purchase food for the cooking class
Cooking instructions & participation in cooking of 3 main meals
Copies of recipes
Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights
Price: AUD $850 per person (twin share). Single Traveler $1250 ex Labuan Bajo
For those that have just completed the Komodo Dragon trip, our 5 day 4 night Flores Road Trip is a perfect trip extension. Please note that this itinerary can also be done in reverse to work in with your kayaking itinerary.
Flores is one of the most diverse landscapes on earth with an amazing array of cultures mixed in. Dramatic mountain landscapes, lush fertile valleys, rivers, lakes, waterfalls and more await those that wish to explore the island. To top the trip off we will take you to a volcano (Kelimutu) that has three different colored lakes.
Please note that Flores is a rugged and mountainous island and as such the road trip can be long. Hotels used are the best available. They are usually very basic with hot water. The Eco Lodge in Moni has excellent facilities throughout.
Day 1 Labuan Bajo to Ruteng
After breakfast we will start our road trip to Ruteng. The road will wind its way eastward for a couple of hours before we reach Cancar (pronounced Chanchar). There we will head out to Cara village and climb a small hill that looks over a wide valley. Cara is famous for its spider web rice fields. More technically the agriculture they persist with is known as Lingko in which a field is divided up among the various families of a village from one central location. A wooden pole known as the lodok is placed in the centre of the land. A string is run out to the fields extremities and then divided into moso (meaning hand) forming the wedge like fields. As the lands contours are taking into account across these moso, the field starts to resemble a spiderweb. There are great views of these fields from this hill.
We continue on after lunch to Liang Bua about 1 hour from Ruteng. Liang Bua is the resting place of the Homo Floresiensis, a 106 cm high humanoid that lived in these parts. Discovered in 2003, scientists now speculate why the Hobbit as they are being dubbed, died out. Was it because of Homo Erectus or was it something else. This large grotto cum cave is just off a side road that winds its way through beautiful rice fields and mountain terrain. A local guide will come and show you through the place including a small side cave and the opening to a deep 27 meter hole that leads to another cavern (this is not accessible by non scientists).
From Liang Bua we will head back to Ruteng and the Susteran Maria Berduka Cita convent run by some very nice Sisters. The rooms are very clean and there is even BBC available on the TV.
Day 2 Ruteng to Bajawa
We continue eastwards into more rugged mountain roads. Along the way we will stop at a small lake called Ranamese with sweeping views of the coastline. From there we continue to the seaside village of Lega Lapu where we will sample some Arak or Palm spirits. While you may have tasted Arak before, this brew is quite good and actually drinkable.
From Lega Lapu we continue back into the mountains for Bajawa. This is a great yet strange town with bare back cowboys and beautiful landscape to boot. In the afternoon we will head to Soa which is a natural hot spring just out of town. This is a great place to relax and sooth aching muscles. Tonight we will dine in a timber restaurant (Lucas) that makes great fried potatoes.
Overnight Bajawa Roo Hotel. (B)
Day 3 Bajawa to Moni via Ende.
This is our last day of driving and possibly the most spectacular of them all. After an early breakfast we will head by car towards an amazingly beautiful valley near the Ngada village of Bena. However Bena is where we will end our 1.5 hour trek from Gurusina down in the valley. Our trek will take us along small paths back up the mountain, through several Ngada villages.
Ngada culture is based around the balance of the male and female. Houses and smaller structures are either characterized by a male or female spirit. Ngada culture is matrilineal, meaning that property ownership and clan names are passed down through the woman’s side. The men however have great influence in day to day functions of the village. Ngada villages are welcoming and are a fascinating and beautiful place to trek through.
We finish our hike in Bena, a large Ngada village overlooking the valley. Keep an eye out for small wooden houses and people sitting atop the homes in these villages.
From Bena, we continue on to Ende and then onto Moni. The road from Ende to Moni would have to be some of the most beautiful on the planet, with sweeping valley views and dozens of waterfalls cascading in the distance. We will arrive in Moni quite late so dinner at the Eco Lodge is suggested.
Overnight Kelimutu Eco Lodge (B)
Day 4 Moni to Kelimutu
We will rise early, around 430am, to walk to the summit of Kelimutu. We can get a small breakfast hamper put together of banana pancakes, water and a boiled egg to have on Kelimutu. The park’s car park is a 30 minute drive from Moni and then from there a fairly easy 30 minute walk to the top. If we are lucky, the cloud will part at sunrise and the beautiful turquoise lakes of Kelimutu will reveal themselves.
Kelimutu are 3 dormant volcanoes that have been filled with water. Due to minerals being dispersed into the water, the lakes exhibit varying colours. The strange thing is that the lakes are so close to each other but the lakes can have different colours such as red, blue and black.
If the summit is shrouded in cloud (which is common) and you don’t see the lakes, don’t worry. We will head back down to Moni with a possibility of a 2 hour walk through the fields to the Eco Lodge. We can shower and get another bite to eat there watching the Kelimutu summit from your room waiting for the the cloud to clear. We can return to the summit in the afternoon or if all else fails, we can go up again the next day.
We suggest dinner at the Eco Lodge and our personal favorite, Mori’s Moni chicken. (B)
Day 5: Moni to Ende to Bali
This morning, assuming you have already seen Kelimutu, we will go for another walk through the valley. We can even arrange for a horse ride through the villages at your own expense. We will also visit the 10000 Rp market where every bunch of vegetables is 10000 Rp. The stall next door will sell for the same price so price is not negotiable. The fruit and vegetables are displayed beautifully and it is a nice place to wonder.
From there, we will head down to Ende for your flight back to Bali. (B)
– Accommodation between Labuan Bajo and Moni
– Expert No Roads Guide throughout
– Vehicle use throughout trip
– All meals as outlined in Itinerary
Note: If you are adding this extension to a Komodo kayaking trip then your flight to or from Ende before or after your road trip is included in the Komodo Kayaking trip. Please contact us directly to confirm dates if you wish to add this extension on to a Great Creatures Expedition.
– Accommodation in Labuan Bajo
– Flight to and from Flores
– All other incidentals including lunches and dinners
Do you want to go beyond the tourist hot spots and experience what life is like in rural Indonesia? Then this half day tour is the perfect experience for you. Come along and join Matias, one of our Kayaking Guides, in his village to see their simple way of life. Accessible from the main road by motor bike only, this only adds to the feeling of remoteness and adventure, where you are unlikely to come across any other tourists on this off the beaten track village.
Duration: 4-6 hours (May-Oct)
Price: AUD $85 per person (2 guests or more)
Price: AUD $115 single guest
Collection a Hotel by airconditioned car
Transfer on the back of motorbike from main road along dirt road into village
Guided tour of vegetable crops and banana plantations
Guided tour of village
Lunch in the village
5-20 minute trek through the rice fields to the “pregnant lady rock” and will be told the local story of how the rock formed. Guests will then head back into the village, where once again they will get on the back of a motor bike for a trip to see the fossilised trees and local hot springs.
Mbeiling Eco Lodge is a haven for wildlife and the lodge contributes significantly to the conservation and sustainability of the local communities and species of the area.
Stay overnight at this stunning Eco Lodge, which is 45 minutes from the centre of Labuan Bajo.
We can arrange activities such as the Mbeliling Trek, Bird Watching, Flores Coffee & Nature Appreciation Tour, Cunca Wulang Waterfalls or Cecer Village Visit all from Mbeliling Eco Lodge.
Price: AUD $130 per room per night twin share
Check in – 2.00pm – check out 12.00pm
Return transfer to and from Labuan Bajo by air-conditioned car.
Standard Double/Twin Room accommodation
The highlight of this three day tour is the fully guided climb up Mt Inerie to see the sunrise. Mt Inerie is 2,245 meters above sea level and is also one of the highest volcanoes in Flores, the trek takes six hours and starts at the very early time of 2:30 am. Tour also includes a visit to the local hot springs and a visit to the traditional village of Bena. This trip is a wonderful example of the incredible sights that you can discover when you go off the beaten track and take the road less traveled.
Duration: 3 days
Price: AUD $490 per person (minimum of 2 guests)
Price: AUD $750 – single guest
All transfers to and from airport.
Return domestic flights – Labuan Bajo to Bajawa
2 Nights accommodation at Bajawa Roo Hotel including breakfast
Town tour of Bajawa
Visit local hot springs
Sunrise volcano trek up Mt Inerie (start time is 2.30am)
Local Guide for Mt Inerie trek
Driver in Bajawa
Meals – 2 x breakfasts (lunches and dinners at guests own expense)
* Guests must have a good level of fitness to complete the Mt Inerie Volcano Trek. Hiking boots are essential.
Flores is a relatively unexplored part of Indonesia. This mountainous island hides beautiful villages from the normal tourist, but with this 2 day trek, you will venture into this wonderland and experience the great hospitality of its’ people.
Day 1: We will leave Labuan Bajo at around 8am and head up into the mountains to Dintor Village (approx 4 hours drive). Along the way we will have lunch and witness the ruggedness of the Flores landscape. Once we have arrived at Dintor Village we will start our trek for Wae Rebo village, which will take us through the amazing open mountain terrain where we will see the fantastic cone shaped houses (approximately 2 hours). In Wae Rebo we will stay in a traditional home and be the guest of the village. They will show us their way of life high in the mountains. This is a great experience for those who want to witness traditional lives in Flores. Dinner and Breakfast will be provided in the village. (L,D)
Day 2: After breakfast you will have some time to immerse yourself in the local village before we start our trek down to Denge Village and then drive to Dintor Village where we will have lunch. From there we will return back to Labuan Bajo in the early evening for you to continue your travels. (B,L)
Car and driver
Overnight accommodation in Wae Rebo Village
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (as per itinerary)
Accommodation on the night of Day 2 (your return to Labuan Bajo). We can offer accommodation in Labuan Bajo for AUD$95 Twin Share subject to change and availability.
We can run this trip for 1 – 5 Pax
1 Person $650
2 Person $375 per person
3 Person $345 per person
4 Person $315 per person
5 Person $300 per person
- Kayak use with all safety gear including vest, paddle etc
- 2 nights accommodation in Bali/Jakarta twin share
- 3 nights accommodation in Labuan Bajo twin share
- 3 nights camping
- 1 night accommodation in cabin on our support boat. Note: Cabins are shared by group members of the same gender and we might not be able to accommodate couples in the same room that night.
- All domestic flights
- National park fees
- Professional guide throughout expedition
- Labuan Bajo Town Tour
- Tour to Cunca Wulang Waterfalls/Cecer Village
- Ranger and local guide fees
- All meals on expedition (9 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches and 4 Dinners)
- Toilet tent
- Airport transfers to and from accommodation in Bali (Holiday Inn Baruna)/Jakarta (Bandara International Hotel) and Labuan Bajo (Puri Sari Beach Hotel)
- International Airfares
- Airport Tax
- Travel Insurance for your trip
- Alcoholic beverages
The crew were incredible, especially our Guides, Flori & Matias. We couldn’t have asked for a better experience. We felt very taken care of and they understood our needs and wants so well. The food was all so delicious. The boat was fantastic…especially after lunch when we had some chill out time.
I honestly couldn’t suggest any changes…keep it just like it is.
This is a fully supported Sea Kayaking trip
While sea kayaking itself is relatively safe, the fact that we will be in the remote, well away from other people and potentially help, we have ensured that our Komodo Kayaking trip is as safe as it can be. You will be accompanied by a trained sea kayaking guide as well as a large 17 meter support vessel that is permanently crewed by 5 of our team. If the weather and seas begin to get dangerous we will seek refuge either on a nearby beach or on the support vessel.
Accommodation throughout the trip
Our 10 day Komodo Kayaking trip starts and ends in Bali. Our accommodation in Bali is at the Holiday Inn at Baruna only a 10 minute drive from the airport. The hotel is low rise and expansive through well manicured gardens. And it is right on the beach so it is the perfect place to relax and adjust to the Indonesian weather before the trip.
Our accommodation in Labuan Bajo is usually at the very nice Puri Sari. It is about 15 minutes from the airport and right on the beach as well. It is a small hotel with excellent service, great rooms, and a very nice breakfast menu. It also has a pool to freshen up in.
While out in the Komodo National Park we will stay 3 nights in Safari style tents. These are tall tent in which you can stand up. In each tent we have 2 stretcher beds, each with an inflatable mattress. They are mosquito proof tents, although mosquitos out on the islands are not usually an issue.
1 night we stay onboard our support boat, the Air Dua II. Each room is air-conditioned and has a fan as well. All bed linen is supplied as well as pillows which are laundered after each trip.
This is your adventure so you can do as much or as little as you like
One of the great things about our Komodo kayaking trip is that it caters to so many different types of adventurers. For those that want to be active all day, sunrise to even after dark, there is plenty of opportunity to hike, snorkel, and paddle. Our guides are there to accompany you, no matter what you wish to do, so they are ready for anything.
For those that wish to dabble in paddling, do a short hike, and maybe not even snorkel, that is fine too. You can do as much or as little as you like. Many of our guests love spending an afternoon sunbathing on the upper deck of our support boat, lounging into one of our bean bags, and either catching a quick cat nap or reading a book. The beautiful water of the Komodos is just overboard, so a quick dip, a rinse off, and back on the upper deck for another read is a common activity.
We get asked a lot of questions about our Komodo Kayaking trips. The following are certainly the most common however if you have another question please let us know or the answer may be found in our Trip Notes section.
What's sea kayaking like? Is it easy to learn?
Sea-kayaking is a most wonderful way to explore the world. It’s environmentally-friendly, does not require months of training and superior strength, and is good for the body and soul. Sea-kayaking can take you beyond the reach of civilization into the natural world, into the space between earth, sea and sky.
No prior experience is necessary. As long as you are in good health and have a good general fitness along with a sense of adventure, you will quickly master the skills needed to paddle and steer your kayak. Our experienced guides will give an introductory lesson at the beginning of the journey, and will be there to help and keep everyone happy and safe throughout. Obviously the fitter you are, the more enjoyable your experience will be and the easier you will find the kayaking sections.
Is this a good family trip?
This expedition is perfect for families wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of every day life and spend time together exploring the amazing Komodo Islands. We have a minimum age of 10 years on our expeditions and we offer a 10% discount off the expedition price for all children 14 years of age and under.
How does the SCUBA Diving option work?
For those that would like to incorporate a SCUBA Dive into the itinerary this can be done and is highly recommended. On the last day of kayaking, when the rest of the group are heading back to Labuan Bajo, you will be picked up by the SCUBA Diving boat and taken out for the day to dive. Prior to starting the kayaking on Day 1, you will need to attend to the SCUBA shop to be fitted out so they have the correct equipment for you on the day you go diving. After the dive, they will deliver you back to Labuan Bajo. 2 dives for AUD$ 210.00. You must be certified.
I love this trip because we get to see another side of the Komodo Islands few ever see. We take our time kayaking the more remote parts of the park, at sea level when you get see turtles and dolphins swimming right next to you. At night we pull into a secluded beach and set up camp, eating under the stars. Early in the morning we will get to see the very impressive Komodo Dragon. This is when they are most active. But we will also snorkel pristine reefs and between activities we can lounge on our beautiful support boat and feast on freshly made Indonesian meals.
Komodo Islands Ops Manager