The Komodo National Park

Komodo National Park is made up of three large islands: Komodo, Rinca, and Padar plus 26 smaller, bordering islands. The park was initially established in 1980 in order to protect the Komodo dragon. Finally, in 1991 it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

The Komodo National Park has become world-renowned as some of the best, most diverse scuba diving on the planet. It is one of only a handful of national parks that makes up the Coral Triangle which is a small portion of the planet and is a hub for marine biodiversity. 

The marine life in this area is so incredible due to the Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean meeting right in this spot, which also makes for some ripping drift dives. Make sure to check out our blogto learn more about these strong currents. 

Labuan Bajo

Labuan Bajo is nestled into the Western point of Flores Island, which is part of the Nusa Tenggara region of Indonesia. This little town of 2,000 inhabitants is nestled right into the hillside overlooking the beautiful Komodo National Park. 

This small fisherman town has experienced a lot of growth recently due to its direct connection to Komodo and the tourism opportunities found there. The town is primarily focused around one main street which is only 2km from the Komodo Airport.

Within the town, you will have your choice of experiencing local cuisine or diving into some comfort foods. There are many options available for all dietary needs so vegetarians, vegans, gluten-free people, you have found your place!

Flores Island

Flores Island is located in the Eastern half of Indonesia. It is host to a rich diversity of flora and fauna as well as many spectacular terrestrial tourist sites. The island was named Flores due to flowering trees in the eastern part of the island after Portuguese explorers settled in the area in the 16th century. The Komodo dragon can also still be found on the west coast of Flores and is one of only a few places that they can be seen in the wild. 

If you’re interested in a hike, the Kelimutu volcano is the tallest on the island, reaching 1,639 meters high! At the top, you can see the colorful lakes that are resting in the caldera of the volcano (deep depressions at the top). The lakes vary in color due to changing acid levels in the water, but it’s possible to see a full range of colors, from reds to greens and blues. 

Times to Visit Labuan Bajo

There are a couple of factors to consider when choosing the best time to visit Komodo National Park. 

First things first, the weather. Komodo National Park and its surrounding areas are known for being much drier than other Indonesian destinations with only 800-1000mm of rain each year. However, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a rainy season! January through March is the rainiest time of the year and because of that, many dive shops close up shop during some portion of the season. Make sure to make contact before reserving your stay in Labuan Bajo!

Secondly, the crowds. There is a spike in visitors specifically around the summer months, July and August. If you want to have a little more peace and quiet to yourself, but still experience excellent conditions, join us for diving just before or after these summer months. Regardless of the weather, there are creatures to be seen so just write to us and we can work on organizing your vacation. 

Labuan Bajo Airport

Although the Labuan Bajo Airport has not opened up for international flights just yet, it is still very easy to get to the island. You will have two main options when flying into Indonesia: Bali and Jakarta. Flights from both of these cities to Labuan Bajo are usually within the same price range ($90-150USD) and time frame (45min-1hr45min). Therefore, when it comes to choosing flights, the main deciding factor will be the price from your departure city to Indonesia and your desired schedule. The local flights are only available in the morning and afternoon so if you happen to arrive late, you will need to stay the night in Bali or Jakarta. If you decide to go into Bali or Jakarta, make sure you check the most recent prices for taxis from the airport because the drivers do try to charge unknowing foreigners more. 

Once you arrive in Labuan Bajo, you have an easy 5-minute drive in a van down the hill to the main town. There is one main road where the majority of shops and restaurants are located so it’s very easy to get around on foot, but if you are interested in exploring further spots in town, you can always hop on one of the local vans.

If you would like more flexibility with your transportation, you can always rent a motorbike. This will give you the opportunity to get away from the crowds and really explore the island at your own pace. 

The Komodo Dragon

You’ve heard about these prehistoric beasts, but I bet you never imagined being able to see one in real life right?

When you visit us, you can.

The Komodo dragon is a shockingly fast and agile creature, which is actually originally from Australia. They are well known as avid hunters. Between their massive body size (weighing between 65-90kg) and their wicked-poisonous venom, they can take down prey as big as water buffalo.

Despite their legendary hunting skills, the Komodo dragon is typically very mellow (some might even say lazy) due to the fact that they only need to eat a couple of times per month. They spend a big part of each day just lying around and walking from shady spot to shady spot. In this way, they are able to make the very limited food resources on the islands last for longer periods of time.

Our dive trips to Komodo National park can be combined with a guided tour to see the Komodo dragons. On this trip, we visit Rinca Island and are welcomed by one of the local Rangers for a hike to where they are normally resting. Read more about these creatures in our blog post about the Komodo dragon. 

Our diving/dragon combo trips combine 2 dives and this 1.5 hours tour before returning to Labuan Bajo. If there are divers who are not interested in the land portion of the trip, they can go for a third, macro dive nearby the island. Regardless of what you choose, your scuba diving trip in Komodo National Park will be a truly rememberable adventure!