You know you are going to have one of the most unforgettable holidays when you are planning a Komodo Island trip. As a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, the Komodo National Park is simply stunning. No one can get over the perfect blue water, dramatic mountains, and gorgeous beaches. It’s the only place on earth where you can have a live encounter with world largest Komodo dragons. And aside from that, the NP still hides many beautiful gems waiting to be discovered on its castaway islands.
Pay attention to this guide, and have the best Komodo Island trip that will spoil you all the time!
Choose the Date
Just like any other trip, the Komodo Island has its best seasons. As it falls in the tropical climate, Indonesia is ruled by two seasons—dry and monsoon. December to March is when the heaviest rain falls. It’s highly not advisable due to the bad weather and unwelcoming sea. Just at the end of the rainy season, April – June, you will have the greenest islands. It’s one of the most recommended time when the weather is not too hot and the mountains are covered with technicolor green. During this time, you have a higher chance to see whale sharks and mantas as well.
July and August is the peak of summer and the high season for all touristy destination. You get the perfect weather for sailing and plenty of sun for beach galore. The water is perfect for diving, while the land is slowly turning into crisp yellow and auburn. In late August, the national park might seem very Jurassic—with all brown bare mountains. The only minor thing is the flowing tourists. Well, this is the busiest time of the year, after all.
If you are looking for fewer tourists, September to November can be your alternatives. The weather is still warm and the sky is clear, albeit little rain in the odd days.
Book the Tour Agency
Now we come to one of the trickiest parts of Komodo Island trip planning: booking the tour. With so many tours out there, you need to be selective before booking one. And I highly recommend you to take an online tour where you can see their liveaboards and itineraries. Or better, the one who let you arrange you to arrange your own itinerary—I found Hello Flores is doing a good job on this. Just check the website! They provide sufficient information of each destination, giving you a clear picture of each island. And you can find sample itinerary for one, three, or even five days of sailing. Personally, I think this is better as we can pick only destinations that are really interesting to us instead of blindly following a fixed itinerary.
Book the Hotels
Yes, you will live in the liveaboard during the sailing journey. But that doesn’t mean that you don’t need a hotel to stay in the mainland. Well, unless you are going straight from the airport and leaving right after the journey. However, I recommend you to take time in Labuan Bajo and have a little stroll in this beautiful port town. And you will appreciate a little rest in steady bed after all that sailing trip!
Prepare the Drone
With such gorgeous landscape and stunningly luminous ocean, a Komodo Island trip can only best capture with a drone. I meant, look at those tumultuous hills. The dreamy stretch of pink sands against the clear, turquoise water. And the undisturbed corals that are very visible through the pristine sea. Plus, do you know that the rosy hues on pink beaches are most vibrant from afar? Everything on Komodo is begging for an aerial view, and they will not disappoint you.