Komodo - So much more than great diving

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By Florent Delente

Around Komodo, Sangeang Volcano with its Hot Rocks dive site is a must see. As Emperor Raja Laut sails nearby you can admire this almost 2,000 metre-high smoking volcano. The village of Bonto is located in a stunning bay with the black sand area being one of the best spots for a world-class night dive. Many critters inhabit these rich waters; cuttlefish, octopus, bobtail squid, tiny frogfish as well as many different types of nudibranch and other invertebrates.

Sangeang Volcano

Visiting Bonto is a highlight of the trip. Smiling children happily welcome you to this long-established village where women make colourful sarongs, a traditional Indonesian garment. The village is also where traditional Phinisi wooden boats are built. Seeing how the villagers use their expertise to build these giants is truly impressive.
Bonto Village
Bonto Village
Depending on your itinerary, you can enjoy trekking on Padar Island. At the top, you will enjoy a stunning 360 degree view of the whole Komodo National Park. The sunset there says it all…
Padar Island
A shorter trek on Mawan can also be organised. This is a beautiful island with a stunning beach and small hills that can easily be climbed to enjoy the sunset.
Don’t leave the National Park without seeing the dragons! Komodo dragons live on several islands around Flores and Komodo National Park. On Rinca Island, naturalists will guide you through the area and share their knowledge about the island and these iconic creatures.
Komodo dragon
A stop at Kelor Island for the spectacular sunset is the most magical way to end your trip before reaching your port of disembarkation in Labuan Bajo. At sunset there’s every chance you will see hundreds of fruit bats.
For environmental reasons BBQs on the beach are forbidden in Komodo National Park as are motorised water sport activities.
Special authorisation to fly a drone in the Park must be granted by the rangers beforehand (cost: Rp. 1,000,000, approx. USD 75).
Kelor Island

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