WELCOME TO THE START OF YOUR 5 DAY PADDLING ADVENTURE
"As one goes through life, one learns that if you don't paddle your own canoe, you don't move" Katharine Hepburn
You are about to embark on an adventure in a place and among people whose lives are very different from your own. Many aspects of life in Indonesia will seem unusual. Remember that these are often the same aspects that make an area an exotic and attractive destination. While this trip is rated a “Balanced Break”, it still has sections that will be challenging.
In addition to the personal physical challenges you may face, travel conditions can present unexpected obstacles, such as rough and bumpy roads and changeable weather. To prepare for this “pack” a flexible and relaxed attitude. Bring a spirit of adventure and inquiry, a healthy sense of humour, and a willingness to encounter the unexpected, and you will find your trip to Indonesia the adventure of a lifetime!
Much of the following information will be sent to you again as part of your Joining Instructions, but we thought you might like to start planning for your departure. So exciting!
Here Be Dragons!
Despite its common association as a reference for uncharted or unknown waters, no actual map has ever noted "Hic sunt dracones" (Here be Dragons)! Only one, globe (from 1504), the Hunt-Lenox Globe contains the reference (and some speculate that it may in fact reference the Komodo Dragons).
Worry not! We’re not really sending you into uncharted waters.
The reality is, our Indonesian-based team actually knows these waters like the back of their hands!
But the Dragons? Well, they are most certainly very real and certainly an incredible sight to behold as we become guests in their domain!
Evidence suggests that the Komodo Dragon may have actually evolved in Australia before global conditions changed significantly isolating it to the Indonesian archipelago (where it once ranged as far as Timor).
The islands of Komodo and Rinca are two of the limited habitats where the Dragons still roam. Rinca, where No Roads always visited the realm of these impressive creatures, has recently closed to visitors to implement some upgrades to the visitors and conservation area. However, that does not mean our adventures with dragons must come to an end. We will visit infamous Komodo itself to walk with these mighty beasts during this time.
Komodo Dragons have been known to be as long-lived as 30 years, and grow up to 3 meters in length; fearsome indeed!
Formerly feared for their bacteria-loaded saliva distributed through their bite, this in fact has been disapproved. Rumors of their toxic bite have been out there too. However, recent research shows that while Komodo Dragons have secrete venomous proteins in their mouths and their saliva is venomous to some degree, it is not deadly.
Their victims die not because of blood poisoning but because of fast blood loss – enhanced by the venom – and occasional infections due to other reasons. Indeed their most powerful weapon is their serrated, curved, and large teeth, ready to cause some serious injury. Left untreated, infection, and the possibility of death would become very real.
Always follow the directions of our local guides and park rangers to be safe and marvel at these incredible creatures!
If there aren't any males around, the female Komodo Dragon has both genders chromosomes and can reproduce asexually!
Day 1: Labuan Bajo – Bidadari Island- Seture Island (L,D)
Day 2: Seture – Pearl Farm – Pungu Island (B,L,D)
Day 3: Pungu Island – Kukusan – Gado – Rinca Village – Kaaba (B,L,D)
Day 4: Rinca – Manta Point – Sebayur Kecil (B,L,D)
Day 5: Sebayor Kecil – Kanawa – Labuan Bajo (B,L)
The Paddling Experience
Komodo Islands are a part of the Coral Triangle, which contains some of the richest marine biodiversity on Earth.
As you’re by now hopefully aware, you don’t need to be an Olympic Kayaker to relish this experience.
We’d suggest that the higher your level of fitness, the greater enjoyment you’ll find, and ease with which you’ll get through each paddling day.
That said, for anybody that does find the going tough and just wants to take a break or even a day off, there’s no issue with leaving the water and returning to the boat.
It’s your trip, and we want you to do it your way to gain the most enjoyment!
If you are a little unsure, or just want to discuss your own level of fitness with someone, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Safety regulations do restrict us to a maximum weight of 100kg per single kayak, and 200kg for twin kayaks.
A Day in the Komodos
Our crew is dedicated to break days up in a combination of paddling, refreshing snorkelling time, and nature walks.
Time is spent mostly on or in the water in your paddling and swimming gear, interrupted by a few island and beach walks and of course the walk with the Dragons.
Mornings are early with the sun warming up quickly and so will your tent. A snorkel before breakfast if you wish and then off to a stretch of paddling before lunch. More snorkelling or a nap…, all personal choice, before a stroll in one of the local fishing villages. Sunsets are marvellous and should be honoured from the top deck with a refreshing drink and snacks before dinner.
A game of cards or chess if you are up for it might finish the day or possibly catching up on some reading, before falling asleep in your safari tent to the sound of the lapping waves under the firmament of thousands of stars.
The kayaks we use are called Komodos. No, seriously they are named after the Komodo Dragons by coincidence purely due to the fact that they are as long and nearly as heavy as one.
They are Australian designed and manufactured. The kayaks are adjustable meaning they can be dismantled and made into 1, 2, or 3 man craft.
Usually, on an expedition, you will share a double kayak and if you prefer to paddle in a single kayak, please let your Operations Manager know before departing for your trip. Single kayaks are distributed following the “First Come First Served” philosophy.
The kayaks are made out of durable plastic and are perfectly suited for expeditions such as this. They have large storage space in both the front and back of the craft as well as secure deck straps for immediate use equipment storage. Their greater torso width, compared to frequently used sea kayaks, provides more stability and safety.
Each kayak comes with a handheld bilge pump and compass. We also have spare tow lines and octopus straps.
Each kayaker will be provided with a paddle, a floatation device, and a spray deck to keep water out of the capsule.
The Komodo Kayaks slot together like a jigsaw puzzle and are then secured together by nuts on both the top and bottom of the craft. These nuts are routinely checked and tightened to ensure the kayak is functioning at full capacity. You will be asked to check your kayak and personal equipment each morning and afternoon.
Getting There and Away
The present-day population of the Komodo Islands are actually descendants of convicts!!
You will arrive at one of the two major international airports in either Bali or Jakarta from where you will have to board a domestic flight to your final destination Labuan Bajo.
Domestic Flights to Labuan Bajo
Flights to Labuan Bajo usually operate daily from Bali and multiple times a week from Jakarta, however, it is often not possible to include this as part of your international ticket. Please contact us for a free quote for your domestic flights.
Flights to most destinations are conducted on jet aircraft. However, flights to Lombok from Bali and some flights in Borneo are also conducted using twin-propeller aircraft.
Garuda Airlines: 20kg
Wings Air: 15kg
Lion Air: 15kg
Sriwijaya Air/NAM Air:15kg
Trans Nusa Airlines: 15kg
Kal Star Aviation: 10kg
Trigana Air: 10kg
You have the option to pay for excess luggage which is around AUD $5 per kilo. We are very sorry that we cannot be more accurate.
Arrival in Labuan Bajo
Note: For all public scheduled departures, we require our guests to be available for PICK UP at 9 am on the starting day of your expedition.
Please advise us of your accommodation address or preferred pick-up point so we can arrange your transfer accordingly. You will then be taken to our boat, to meet your No Roads Guide and given an Expedition Briefing.
Please do let us know immediately if there are any last-minute changes to your arrival time or local accommodation in Labuan Bajo.
Staying at Puri Sari Hotel through No Roads
Upon your arrival at Labuan Bajo Airport please go through to collect checked luggage with your travelling party and then together please come out of the EXIT door.
Outside, our No Roads Operations staff will be waiting to greet you with a sign reading “YOUR NAME”. Please go directly to him/her and introduce yourself.
You will be taken straight to your hotel, issued your room, and given a time for your Expedition Briefing.
Staying in LBJ by own Arrangements
Please organise your airport transfers prior to your arrival in Labuan Bajo with your local hotel or you can book a local car directly at the airport. Upon your arrival please go through to collect checked luggage and continue out of the EXIT door to meet your driver.
Gateway to the Komodo National Park
The small harbour town of Labuan Bajo on the beautiful Island of Flores is the launching point for your 5 Day kayaking adventure. Being the gateway to the world heritage listed Komodo National Park, Labuan Bajo has recently lifted from its backpacker roots and is now the destination for a wider variety of holidaymakers who all seek the common encounter with the mythical Komodo Dragon. Besides a new airport, a few new luxury, and boutique style hotels and luckily a broader range of restaurants, Labuan Bajo has managed to retain its Asian fishing village character so far. It is a lovely destination to wind down, strolling through town for a lazy coffee and adapting to the slower rhythm of time.
If there’s anything else specific you feel we need to know before we get flights costed for you, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
We are running our kayaking trips in the dry season, so in the perfect scenario, you should
not experience much or any rain. However, the influence of climate change is changing
weather conditions everywhere and we might experience some showers during the trip.
Conditions can be windy at times depending on the season. If it is too windy or unsafe to kayak we will cover the distance in our support boat.
Temperatures in the park are always warm ranging
from mid 20’s – to mid 30’s during the day and low 20’s – mid 20’s during the night. The sun is very strong so you must protect yourself at all times even if the sky appears to be cloudy.
Please click here for more information about the weather in the Komodo National Park.
Did you know? In 2020 to discourage people from leaving their homes at night, the island of Java began employing people dressed as 'Pocong' (ghostly figures said to represent the trapped souls of the dead in local folklore) during the Covid-19 pandemic!
Indonesian Tourist Visa
Visa entry requirements to Indonesia have recently changed due to COVID 19.
Visa on Arrival (VOA) is available for passport holders of 64 countries including, Australian, UK, US, and German nationals arriving at the international airports of Bali or Jakarta. For our Australian guests who require more information about the Indonesian Visa entry regulations please check on Smartraveller or please click here for further information
Applicants must have the following to obtain the visa:
· Passport valid for more than 6 months
· Return or onward ticket
The cost for the visa on arrival (VOA) is 500,000 Indonesian Rupiah (AUD 50,00) and is valid for a 30-day stay. To apply for the visa, you must show evidence of a return or onward flight booking to another country and health insurance that covers financing for COVID-19 treatment and medical evacuation to a referral hospital.
Other Required Documents
Indonesia Entry Preparation
Foreigners traveling to Indonesia need to comply with the following requirements before traveling:
- Foreign nationals must be fully vaccinated before entering Indonesia and must show their vaccination certificate to immigration officials upon arrival
- In addition to a valid visa, the foreign travelers must present a negative PCR test result with the test being conducted within a maximum of 48 hours before the time of departure
- Foreign travellers must have adequate health insurance cover of at least US$25,000 to be able to cover any COVID-19 related treatment if required
- All foreign travelers must download the PeduliLindungi application, which can be downloaded for free through Google Play Store or App Store.
- Verify your Non-Indonesian COVID 19 Vaccination Certificate by uploading it here
Note: To claim your Non- Indonesian Vaccination Certificate on the PeduliLindungi application, you must verify it first. To verify your Vaccination Certificate you are required to upload pictures of the following documents:
- Vaccination certificates
Note: Reduce file size by compressing the pictures or using PDF format.
In case the system fails travelers can present a physical copy of EU or WHO Vaccination proofs (fully vaccinated).
Further, ground staff can help to integrate data into PEDULI LINDUNGI APP upon arrival at DPS Airport.
Please register your e-CD (Electronic Custom Declaration) here.
Note: Custom declarations can not be processed more than 3 days before your arrival.
COVID 19 Regulations
Please always seek up-to-date advice with your in-country Indonesian Embassy or Consulate before travel prior to your travels as entry conditions can rapidly change in the COVID world.
We will notify you of the up-to-date entry restrictions closer to your departure date.
To travel to Indonesia, you must be vaccinated with at least 2 COVID-19 vaccine doses. You must also provide evidence of a COVID-19 (PCR) test taken within 48 hours of departure to Indonesia. If you have any COVID-19 symptoms or a body temperature above 37.5 degrees Celsius on arrival, you must take a COVID-19 (PCR) test. You’ll need to self-isolate until you receive a negative result. If you test positive for COVID-19 and have moderate or severe symptoms, you may be taken to a hospital for treatment or an isolation hotel at your own expense. Children under 6 are not required to be vaccinated to enter Indonesia. Partially vaccinated 6-17 year olds may be required to complete vaccinations by local authorities.
Please check with your airline and your returning home country or next final destination.
Airlines/Authorities/Next Destination/Final Country MAY require a negative PCR Swab Test upon check-in at DPS Airport.
PCR Swab Test can be done at any of 27 authorized laboratories or by a pre booked accommodation visit service. The price is IDR 275.000 per person, However extra charges for conducting the test at your accommodation might apply.
Please click here to pre-book your test online.
The PCR Swab Test for departure is always conducted in the morning and the result will be received by WHATSAPP or email in the evening of the same day. Certainly, we do recommend doing your test 1 day prior to departure (1 – 2 days before departure).
Emergency Medical Evacuation Insurance is a requirement for all guests travelling on our expeditions. Once you have booked on an expedition we suggest booking your travel insurance as soon as possible to protect your investment. Trip cancellation insurance will reimburse you for any non-recoverable air or land expenses should you have to cancel your trip due to personal or family illness or leave the expedition early due to other reasons. For our Australian guests, our preferred Insurer is NIB, and you can contact our office direct, via phone or email, to obtain an insurance quote from us.
For guests travelling with us from outside Australia, please check Travel Insurance options within your Country.
If you should receive an injury 12 months prior to your travel date, you must contact the Insurance Company with details to ensure you are covered for this injury whilst travelling. Should you not do this and require medical assistance for this injury whilst travelling you may not be covered by the insurance company.
In the event that an aircraft evacuation is required, No Roads Expeditions will undertake to arrange the evacuation on the condition that the expenses are reimbursed by the passenger before departing the Country.
Note: Accidents caused by the inappropriate consumption of alcohol or drugs may void your travel insurance.
Get a Quote
While we don’t anticipate any uninvited medical disruptions during your trek, No Roads wants to keep your mind at ease and help you get adequate assistance and cover for your well-earned time away. It is extremely important that we ensure you’re covered during your great alpine experience.
We are able to provide you with Travel Insurance for your trip, allowing you to tick this off your ‘To-Do Lis”t as soon as possible. (We strongly recommend that you take out baggage loss and accident insurance)!
Already have a trusted insurance provider?
That’s no problem at all, our primary concern is that you have adequate cover.
Got a Pre-Existing Condition?
Simply call our Insurance Team and quote the reference number we provide you with and they’ll complete an assessment on your behalf. In many cases, there is no additional premium that needs to be paid! Many common conditions are also automatically covered.
For all other nationalities please explore insurance providers in your country.
Again, if you’ve any questions, don’t hesitate to ask firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order to enter Indonesia, all travellers must follow the Health Protocol Requirements.
These requirements are fluent and are changing according to international COVID 19 developments. Please click here for more information about arrival requirements in Bali.
COVID 19 – As part of the Indonesian entry requirements proof of a full COVID 19 vaccination status has to be provided when entering the country.
No further vaccinations are required for entry to Indonesia, however, we suggest that you consult your doctor to confirm if any current vaccinations or treatments are required for the area you are travelling to. You should consider cholera, typhoid, and hepatitis vaccinations and make sure your tetanus cover is up to date, however, this should all be discussed with your medical physician.
Plan ahead for getting your vaccinations (seriously, vaccinations are one thing that should NEVER be left until the last minute when TIME can truly be your enemy). Some of them require an initial shot followed by a booster, while some vaccinations should not be given together. This also applies to some malaria prophylactics, which have to be begun at least a week before you leave home.
Typhoid: Recommended for Indonesia. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Hepatitis A: Recommended for Indonesia. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Cholera: Recommended for Indonesia. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Tuberculosis: Recommended for Indonesia. Ideally 3 months before travel.
Hepatitis B: Recommended for Indonesia. Ideally 2 months before travel.
Yellow Fever: Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission for Indonesia. Ideally 10 days before travel.
Japanese Encephalitis: Recommended for Indonesia. Ideally 1 month before travel.
Polio: Recommend a Polio booster. Ideally 4-6 weeks before travel.
Malaria: Consider this seriously
Please be advised that the Labuan Bajo and Komodo areas have strong Malaria populations and as such all precautions need to be made while on land
Proof of COVID 19 Vaccination
If you’ve been vaccinated in Australia, you must show the Australian Government-issued International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate (ICVC) when checking in for your flight at the airport and overseas. Your domestic proof of immunisation from Medicare will not be accepted.
Please click here for further information.
Unable to find a boat quite up to No Roads Expeditions standard, our support vessel was actually custom built back in 2018!
Here at No Roads, we believe a good night’s sleep can make your day!
While the choice of accommodation might be limited in some of the places we travel to, all of our hotels are picked to provide a comfortable and welcoming home away from home.
For your 5 Day Komodo Expedition the pre-and post-accommodation is not included. If you are not quite sure where to stay please do not hesitate to contact us and ask for our expertise.
Labuan Bajo, the Gateway to the Komodo National Park, has a choice of hotels ranging from luxury resorts to low-budget hostels on offer.
Our preferred accommodation in Labuan Bajo is the Puri Sari Beach Hotel. With its beachside location and friendly staff, the Puri Sari provides the perfect base for our Komodo tours.
Aboard the Boat
At least one night will be spent onboard our vessel, where western-style bathrooms, 3 cabins with fan and AC (a master bedroom with queen bed, and others with a mixture of bunks and shared style sleeping arrangements) await.
On the Beach
Most nights, we’ll be making camp on remote shores in Safari style tents where you can sleep lulled by the sounds of lapping water and wake to watch the most brilliant sunrises
Beyond tourism, much of Labuan Bajo's economy is subsistence. So valued are the Komodo Islands as destination for tourism, Komodo Island proper was closed to allow a recovery of the local dragon population.
Packing for Paddling
On top of the list below, we recommend you bring a fresh set of clothes to leave in your hotel (if your itinerary has you returning to the same hotel at the end of your expedition). This way you will have a very fresh set of clothes to change into when you return from your expedition.
Please ensure that if you are leaving a bag at the hotel that your bag is locked and that no valuables are left in your luggage.
There really isn’t much to bring on our Kayaking Expeditions, but what you do bring should be packed into a water-resistant outdoor bag.
- Airline tickets (international & domestic)
- Insurance policy – 2 copies (1 for you and 1 for our Guide)
- COVID 19 Vaccination Certificate – 1 copy in addition to any proof on your mobile device.
- Personal toiletries – Toothbrush and paste, sports deodorant, lip balm, etc.
- T-shirts & Shorts or Summer dresses
- Bathers & Sarong
- Sea-kayaking clothing (shorts, sun protection “rash” shirt, and gloves to avoid blisters). Gloves and a rash shirt are highly recommended. You can purchase a No Roads rash shirt in LBJ if you wish
- Runners or light hiking boots & socks
- Pair of thongs to wear around camp and in villages
- Hard-soled wetsuit booties or sandals for sea-kayaking. Keen Sandals or Crocs are good
- Hat with wide rim (to keep the sun off your face)
- Waterproof torch or headlamp with spare batteries
- Rain poncho (something lightweight)
- Quick-dry sports towel/chamois
- One roll of your favourite toilet paper for backup
- Wet wipes or antiseptic hand gel
- Surgical Face Mask
- Tropical strength insect repellent
- Polarised sunglasses (with retaining cord) and a spare set just in case
- A book or kindle for reading (optional)
- Camera (optional)
- Additional snacks – barley sugar, mentos, chocolate, muesli bars, etc (optional)
- Personal flippers and mask – we do have a range onboard our support boat for you to use (optional)
- Mosquito net and anchor points (if you want to sleep out in the open outside your tent) (optional)
*If you have something you are particularly prone to, ear infections or sinus problems, please ensure you bring any necessary medications with you.
PERSONAL FIRST AID KIT
Your personal First Aid kit will contain band-aids, blister dressings, topical cream for bites and grazes, antibiotic cream for cuts and scratches, paracetamol, Deep Heat or another muscle liniment, and the all-important insect repellent. We also recommend bringing your personal “Reef Rash Kit”. We recommend if you are traveling in a group that you share a First Aid Kit. Please note that a first aid kit will be carried by your Guide.
No Roads will provide a 2 man mosquito-proof safari-style tent which will be shared with your travelling partner or another guest of the same gender. You will also be provided with a stretcher bed and a self-inflating mat. We do not provide any sleeping bags, pillows, or sheets for camping nights due to hygienic reasons.
You need to bring a lightweight sleeping bag or sleeping bag liner.
For the night that you sleep onboard the boat, linen will be provided for you.
We will be doing a little bit of trekking so just a lightweight runner will be sufficient.
Note: If you have any questions regarding the above list or any other items that you want to ask about please do not hesitate to contact us. We can provide you with additional information at any time
- Two-person safari-style tent
- Sea kayak, paddle, and safety equipment including PFD (personal flotation device)
- Support boat for meals, accommodation (1 night), and store equipment
- Snorkelling Equipment
- Fresh Water to rinse
- Drinking Water
- Softdrinks and Juices
- Tea/ Coffee
- All meals on boat including some snacks
- Inflatable mattresses and stretcher beds
- All eating and drinking equipment
Without our locally based team, our efforts to deliver for you the most immersive, enjoyable, challenging and rewarding experience quite simply, would not be possible.
The more people we are able to send out on the track, the more meaningful we can make our impact on the local people of Labuan Bajo through greater opportunities to assist in the implemention of improvement projects and chances to offer ongoing employment.
This dedicated crew will be on hand to keep you safe, prepare campsites and meals during stops, aboard the boat as well as on sandy beaches, and doing anything else possible to assist should the need arise.
In case you would like to show your appreciation to a particular Guide for a job well done, do so at your own discretion. Also, remember to mention the good service provided to a member of the tour Operations Management to be used as an example to encourage better staff performance and excellence. A typical daily tip is approximately Rp 150,000 or AUD$ 15. This is per kayaker/guest not per support staff member. Thus on a 5-day kayak a reasonable tip would be Rp 750,000 or AUD $75 per kayaker/guest
We've Got You Covered
General Travel Advise
To further maintain the safety of our travelers, we promote good personal and hand hygiene along with adherence to safe food preparation practices.
Special Dietary Requirements
We are able to cater to all common special dietary requirements. Whilst on the expedition most of your meals will be Indonesian-based meals. Please advise us prior to your departure if you have any food allergies we should be aware of.
The No Roads team will do everything it can to support any allergies which might require a special diet, by informing all in-country personnel and ensuring reasonable provisions are made for all meals. We do, however, suggest and encourage all affected guests to assist us by providing this information while travelling in situations or instances where it may be required.
As the temperature can be hot and humid in the Komodo Islands it is always a good idea to stay as hydrated as you can. Sometimes with the combination of kayaking, snorkeling, trekking, or a slight tummy upset, you may not realise that your levels of hydration have dropped. To avoid dehydration we suggest drinking plenty of water throughout the day and even having an electrolyte replacement if necessary.
Please use the urine chart provided in the bathrooms on the support boat throughout your expedition, to gauge your fluid intake whilst on the trip. If you start to feel the effects of dehydration or heat stress, please make sure you inform your Guide immediately.
Women’s Health Issues
The Komodo Dragon has a very keen sense of smell, and being Carnivores, they can smell blood from miles away.
As a requirement to visit the Komodo Dragons, Park Rangers will ask if any female adventurers are menstruating at the time of the trek. If so, you may not be allowed to go for the trek through Rinca Island as it will not only put you in danger but may put the others in your group in danger.
Of course, you can lie to the Ranger but you can’t lie to a Komodo Dragon. If you have any concerns in this area, please discuss the same with your Guide prior to your arrival at Rinca Island.
Alternatives we suggest, are:
- Choose an expedition date that is compatible with your menstrual cycle
- If you are on a contraceptive pill, skip your period while on the expedition
- Don’t do this part of the trip. You will still be able to go to the Rangers office with the group and see the Dragons there, but you will not be able to do the trek. Keep in mind, the trek takes approximately 2-3 hours so bring a book to keep you occupied.
Unfortunately, COVID is the “New Normal” and we all have to follow certain guidelines to ensure the safety of ourselves, our fellow guests, our team, and the local communities.
To ensure that you are adequately prepared we will send you up-to-date information closer to your departure date.
Additional Information & Support
If you have any comments, questions, or want more information please let us know. We are here to support you with all information to help you prepare for your travels to Indonesia.
Ambulance Tel: 118
Fire Tel: 113
Police Tel: 110
Rescue Tel: 115, 111 or 151
Clinics in Labuan Bajo
Siloam Private Hospital, Labuan Bajo
J l. Gabriel Gampur RT 013 RW 005, Desa Gorontalo, Labuan Bajo
Tel: (0385) 238 1900
Emergency Number: (0385) 238 1911
The National Institute of Aeronautics and Space advise that Indonesia is comprised of 18,307 islands! (That's at low tide of course).
All participants must make an effort to get in good physical condition for the trip they have signed up for, obviously the fitter you are the more enjoyable you will find this expedition. Every participant should have a health check with a medical physician to ensure that they are in good physical health prior to embarking on their trip. No Roads is not a medical adviser and we take no legal responsibility for medical or other emergencies that may arise on the course of a trek. As the service provider and hosts, we will take all necessary steps needed to evacuate injured or ill clients on the understanding that all costs involved will be paid to us before leaving the country (see Insurance).
While not everyone has access to a kayak, we do suggest that you try one so that you understand what is involved with paddling. If you own or have access to a stand-up paddleboard try and fit this into your regular training regime. A rowing machine is also excellent training for these types of adventures.
Lower back, upper body, and core strength training are all also very important when kayaking, so try and incorporate some training in these areas. For those without access to gyms, push-ups, sit-ups, and pull-ups are excellent and all can be done at home or when you are out walking/jogging. Please consult a professional trainer for advice on training if you are unsure or starting a fitness program for the first time.
Due to safety regulations, our kayaks can hold a maximum capacity of 100kg for a single kayak and 200kg for a double kayak. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this please contact our office to discuss this further. We hope this helps you all enjoy your time on expedition.
We've Been We Know
No Roads is operating in the Komodo Islands since 2008 and has since supported local community projects such as buidling schools, as well as solar and water supply.
It’s time for a confession.
It took time to get this good at what we do!
This was never through a lack of trying, but the reality is after 14 years in sending guests across the world, we’ve learned a thing or two…
Here are a few more pointers we thought would be useful before you board your flight (or flights) to Indonesia!
The currency in Indonesia is the Rupiah (Rp). Exchange rates vary depending on the strength of the US dollar and you can access the most updated exchange rates by clicking on the attached link. Cash and travelers cheques are readily accepted and can be exchanged for Rupiah at the airport, hotels, or banks in any major city. Credit cards such as American Express, Visa, and MasterCard are accepted in many hotels, shops, and restaurants in major towns and cities. There are also plenty of ATMs in Bali and a few ATMs in Labuan Bajo. For spending money while on your expedition it is best to have money in local currency (Rp).
Approximate current exchange rates as of September 2021:
1AUD = 11,017Rp
1USD = 14,300Rp
1GBP = 19,938Rp
For this trip you will need cash for:
Meals not listed in your itinerary. (Total approximately Rp 500,000)
Personal items such as laundry, phone calls, snacks, etc.
Extra Alcoholic/bottled beverages and drinks. A water fountain, local soft drinks, tea, and coffee are provided (on the kayaking leg of your trip only).
Tips. All tipping is at your discretion (approx Rp 150,000 per day).
Souvenirs and handicrafts.
Please note, alcohol can be expensive in Indonesia (particularly wine). We recommend buying duty-free spirits etc if you wish to take some on the boat. Please purchase cans, no glass bottles, to consume on the boat, if you want to buy beer and soft drinks locally.
Power (and connectivity) in Indonesia
Indonesia uses 220 Volt for its electricity. (A few years ago, the voltage was 110V. But then was switched to 220 Volt.) The voltage in many places is unstable.
The electrical outlet has two round holes, similar to those in continental Europe, or 2 parallel flat pins with a ground pin.
A lot of guests ask what they can bring with them to hand out to the children on the school visit and our suggestion is always to only bring a small number of supplies and something that is light to carry in your luggage. The school and children are always happy to receive any donations by the way of writing materials, colouring books, cards, pens, pencils, stickers, sports equipment, such as tennis balls, skipping ropes, bats and balls, etc. Please do not feel obliged to bring anything with you to donate to the school as this is a personal choice for each individual.
Many of the places you will visit are pristine. As travelers, we should try to have as little impact on these natural environments as possible. As such we recommend the following:
1. We discourage the use of soaps when washing both body and clothes. Vigorous scrubbing is usually sufficient. Even biodegradable soap is not good for any watercourse and as such is harmful to the ecosystem. We do provide fresh water to rinse off the saltwater during the trip. However, freshwater is limited and has to be carried from Labuan Bajo. There is no fresh water available within the National Park.
2. Please do not dispose of plastic bags and wrappers in either pits or in fires. These take years to degrade or let off toxic fumes when burnt. Simply put them in your pack until you return home (they can be discarded in waste bins before going through customs and immigration).
3. Please do not dispose of batteries in country. They are extremely harmful to the environment and usually, local governments do not have any means to dispose of them correctly. Return old batteries to your home country for disposal there.
4. At campsites use toilet facilities that are provided for your use.
By abiding by these simple guidelines, you will be protecting the local environment for the people who live there and for your children’s children.
Welcome Meeting & Safety Briefing
More information and guidelines will be given to you prior to the start of your kayaking adventure, either at your Welcome Meeting with our Local Manager or at the safety briefing with your Guide. Topics discussed then will include the following subjects.
- How to kayak.
- Lodging, meals, and other conditions while on expedition.
- Safety procedures.
- Evacuation Procedures.
- Cultural and Environmental Considerations.
- COVID 19 Procedures on Expedition
- Other relevant information.
Kayaking in the Komodo National Park
The areas we kayak in the park are mostly protected by the surrounding islands, which means we do not have to fight with large swells or waves. However, the park is known for its strong currents due to the water channeling in between the islands. We try to avoid kayaking against the current but if you find facing yourself a strong current, swell, or waves, stay calm and seek attention from your Guide. Follow your Guide at all times and try not to drift away too much. If you have the feeling you are drifting away or falling behind, please seek attention from your Guide.
Leaving a Good Impression
We believe strongly in low impact or rather a positive impact from tourism. Broadly speaking, this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please see our online policy for more details on our social and environmental approach and commitment.
Many of the places you will visit are pristine. As travelers, we should try to have as little impact on these natural environments as possible. As such we recommend the following:
- Please do not dispose of plastic bags and wrappers in the water or countryside along the way. These may be put in your kayak or backpack and disposed of at your local hotel or campsite at the end of the day.
- During treks follow the well-marked walking tracks and avoid walking through grassland and regrowth areas.
- Do not touch or feed any wildlife spotted on the way as you might distress and cause severe harm to the animal. Avoid touching corals with your flippers while snorkeling as this might cause harm to you and the marine flora.
By abiding by these simple guidelines, you will be protecting the local environment for the people who live there and for their children’s children.
Recommended Restaurants in Labuan Bajo
The following are a couple of suggestions for Labuan Bajo. However, more visitors bring more options and we might have missed one of the new joints. Any new recommendations are always welcome.
Puri Sari: Simple food prepared fresh each day by the hotel staff. Mains approx $5-$10.
Made In Italy: Simply the Best Italian food outside of Italy! No, really it is amazing and a must. Mains approx $8-$15.
Mediterraneo: Another excellent Italian restaurant with a relaxed feel. Mains approx $8-$15.
Le Pirate: Restaurant and Lounge Bar. International and Indonesian cuisine. Main Road Labuan Bajo. Mains $8-$12.
Paradise Bar: Excellent sunset spot for a chilled Bintang with views over the Komodo Park and islands. They offer simple food too. Hilltop, Labuan Bajo. Mains approx $3-$5
Bajo Bakery: Excellent bread, pastry, and muffins to accompany your cappuccino or fruit shake. Main road Labuan Bajo.
Happy Banana: Sushi restaurant. Excellent fresh sushi and special vegetarian meals in a cosy environment. Check out dates for the live music. Main Road Labuan Bajo. Mains approx $8-$13.
Bajo Bay: Excellent Seafood from the catch of the day. Dine right next to the waterfront overlooking the “Phinisi” anchoring in front of Labuan Bajo or enjoy a drink in the bar above. Main road before fish market. Mains approx $5-10.
Bajo Taco: Mexican food, the real deal! The menu changes regularly and what is on offer is nice and fresh. Start with a frozen Margarita to finish off the day. Main road Labuan Bajo, same building as Bajo Bakery. Mains approx $6-10.
Ayana Rooftop Bar: Great sunset spot to start or finish your time in the Komodo National with one of the all-time favourite cocktails or the bar’s own creations. AYANA Komodo Resort, Waecicu Beach Waecicu Beach, Labuan Bajo. Cocktails are pricy but it is worth the treat!
Know The Lingo
Around 700 living languages are spoken across Indonesia. That equates to Indonesia having roughly 10% of the world’s languages!
Just a few words can get you a long way in Indonesia. Below is a small list of some important phrases though we suggest you bring a small Indonesian Phrasebook to help along the way.
General – English
Yes – Ya
No / not
Please help me
What time is it?
Where have you just come from?
What country are you from?
Where are you going?
Be careful / attention
General – Bahasa Indonesia
Tidak / bukan.
Tolong / Silakan.
Tuan asal dari mana?
Mau ke mana?
Greetings and Civilities – English
How are you?
I am fine
What is your name?
My name is…
Nice to meet you
See you later
Goodbye (said to people leaving)
Goodbye (said to people staying)
I do not understand
I do not speak Indonesian
Greetings and Civilities – Bahasa Indonesia
Siapa nama anda?
Senang berkenalan dengan anda.
Sampai jumpa lagi.
Saya tidak mengerti.
Saya tidak mengerti bahasa.
Please make sure you have the following items before you travel to the airport for your flight to Indonesia.
1. Luggage – water-resistant duffel bag with personal clothing/equipment, etc.
2. Day pack (backpack) as hand luggage.
3. Valid passport.
4. Proof of your Electronic Indonesian Visa Grant Advise
5. Photocopy of the main page of your passport.
6. Photocopy of your COVID 19 Vaccination Status in addition to any proof on your mobile device.
7. Return Airfares and other travel documents.
8. Medical/travel insurance papers/certificates plus 2 copies of your policy.
9. Credit cards, cash dollars (or travellers cheques) for expenses while in Indonesia.
10. Personal First Aid Kit
Give Us A Shout
No Roads Expeditions Hub
Office: (03) 95988581
24 hrs Access:
Irene Miller + 61 430 705 222
Peter Miller + 61 425 726 623
No Roads Local Manager
Ms Fitri Rodja : +62 (0)852 53562926
Puri Sari Hotel Labuan Bajo
Jalan Pantai Pede
Kecamatan Komodo, Labuan Bajo
Flores – Indonesia 86554
Phone: +62 385 2443710
Bintang Flores Hotel
Jl. Pantai Pede Gorontalo, Labuan Bajo
Flores – Indonesia 86554
Phone:+62 (0)385 2443755