Sailing Komodo Islands: The Land of Dragons

Komodo is one of the most requested boat charter destinations in Indonesia. Sailing Komodo National Park will take you not only to the Komodo Dragons but to other spectacular places. The park’s 29 islands are situated off the coast of Sumbawa and Flores. Moreover, 26 small, mostly uninhabited isles surround the three main islands of the park: Komodo, Padar and Rinca. Even though the islands lie relatively close together, they offer different landscapes. 

The rolling hills and lush mangroves of the north give way to rough mountainous rocks in the central region. On the contrary, Horseshoe Bay in the south feels like Jurassic Park. Steep cliffs shrouded in clouds and the great force of the Pacific Ocean pounding against the rocks outside the cove. Cruising Komodo offers the ultimate boating experience in Indonesia. 

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Sailing Cruise Komodo: Scuba Diving

A sailing cruise in Komodo is not only popular for people who want to see the famous Komodo Dragons and spectacular Flora and Fauna , but who enjoy world-class scuba diving. The dive sites in Komodo National Park offer just about every kind of tropical scuba diving you can imagine. You can dive in warm, calm and colourful shallow reefs which are home to huge schools of fish. Explore current-swept, deep cool water sea mounts, walls and pinnacles patrolled by sharks, tunas and other pelagic fish. Komodo National Park offers dive sites suitable for all levels. The sites we frequently visit during our cruises include; Banta Island, Crystal RockBatu Bolong, Siabar Besar, Castle Rock, Gili Lawa Dara, Golden Passage, Sebayur, and Maskassar Manta Reef.  Most of these sites are stops on shared cruises. Embarking on a private charter in Komodo, however, will give you the possibility to customize your itinerary according to preferences and wishes.

Ranger Station on Komodo island

Best Sites on a Komodo Island Boat Trip

A Komodo Island boat trip boasts a great variety of land and sea sites. Besides the three largest islands, Komodo, Rinca and Padar there are more than 20 other islets. They dot the nautical charts like a spilled ink pot on the diaries of Captain James Cook himself. Each time we sail through one of the most beautiful islands, we discover new treasures. Breathtaking landscapes, spectacular sunsets, and the most impressive living creatures in the sky, on land, and in the ocean. Hence, the best way to experience the Komodo is to cruise around on a traditional Phinisi Schooner

Labuan Bajo, Flores

The town of Labuan Bajo is not part of the itinerary, but it is usually the starting and ending point of the cruise. There are quite a number of good restaurants in Labuan Bajo. The harbor town is worth exploring for a few days and offers plenty of activities for you to do before or after your trip. In recent years, more hotels and resorts have opened their doors to an increasing number of visitors. 

The sun sets over Labuan Bajo

Hike with The Komodo Dragons

Sailing through Komodo provides the chance to see one of the world’s most fascinating animals: the Komodo Dragons. Dating back to about 3.8 million years, they are the oldest existing species still living on our planet. Reaching up to 3 meters, these giant lizards form part of a surreal setting. Due to their heavy appearing features, one might think of them as an old, rusty relict from primeval times. However, when hungry, Komodo Dragons are swift and hunt in the most spectacular ways. Despite being the dominating species in the Komodo Islands they have always co-existed peacefully with the local people. Local guides know when and where to spot these giant creatures. Make sure to come in the right season, when they are found strolling along the idyllic beaches and hilly grasslands of Komodo and Rinca Island.

Best places to see Komodo Dragons are Komodo and Rinca Island

Kalong Flying Foxes

The Flying Foxes are a varied species of fruit bats. They ascend from Kalong Island at dusk for their nightly hunt. The setting is truly unique! Being on the boat when thousands of them rise into the orange and red sky of a Komodo Sunset, is an unforgettable experience.

Local Villages around Komodo Islands

Discover the proud island life of the Lesser Sunda Islands while sailing Komodo. Meet with the lovely locals and visit the descendants of the of sea gypsies on Mesa or Komodo island. Play with the curious local children and catch a glimpse of the islanders’ daily lives.  Mesa” means “itchy” and the island was named so due to the itchy sand. Visits to local villages give you a unique insight into the life of other cultures and their unique ways of life. 

Pantai Merah - The Pink Beach

Pink Beach or Pantai Merah is iconic for the soft pink color of its sand. The soft sand gets its blushed hue from crushed red corals washed up on shore by soft crystal clear tides. It is a great stop on your cruise for a quiet stroll, a beautiful photo session and a relaxed snorkelling expedition. 

Pink Beach in Komodo National Park

Beginner and Advanced DivIng around Komodo

Komodo is well known in the diving community for its spectacular diving sites. For advanced divers, sites like Batu Bolong, Castle Rock and Shotgun are packed with life and can offer some of the best diving in the world. In addition, there are many protected dive sites for kids and beginners. Sebayur, Kanawa, Siaba Besar, Bidadari are just some of them. On longer cruises, don’t forget to make stop at Horseshoe Bay, an area quickly becoming well-known for good diving. A Komodo sailing cruise is a wonderful place to get your feet wet and explore the world of diving.

Komodo's Manta Rays

Set off for Manta Alley or Makassar Manta Reef. The two dive sites offer the best chance to witness large aggregations of Manta Rays. They are curious creatures and you may find that they are just as interested in you as you are dazzled by them. It is a great delight to watch them gliding through the water and performing their dances. 

Padar Island

Padar is a grassland-covered picturesque landscape connected by 3 blue bays. Each bay features unique beaches: one is a sparkling white sanded beach, another is a unique blush pink and the last is a black beach, getting its’ charcoal hues from volcanic origin. Padar Island, the third-largest land mass in Komodo National Park, and another must-see for scenic-seekers offers a panoramic view of the surrounding Archipelago. With its short trekking possibilities and its geographic position, it is an idyllic place to enjoy both sunrise and sunset.

Visit famous Padar Island on your Komodo Charter

Horseshoe Bay

Horseshoe Bay can only be accessed between September and March. The South of Komodo feels like the end of the world. Dragons and other wildlife can frequently spotted on the beach, and there are many dive sites around the area. The water temperature is generally colder and visibility less clear compared to central and North Komodo.

Gili Lawa Darat & Laut

The area between Gili Lawa Darat and Gili Lawa Laut aka Gili Laba is an excellent place to spend an entire day. There are many dive and snorkel sites to explore.The island is also a great place for hiking, with a trail that leads to the top of the island where visitors can enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding islands and the ocean. In addition to its natural beauty, Gili Lawa Darat is also home to a small fishing village where visitors can learn about the local way of life and try fresh seafood.

Spectacular viewpoint on Gila Lawa

Seraya, Sabolon and Bidadari

These sites are stops on the first day of a cruising adventure in Komodo. Sabolon and Bidadari are the perfect locations to test out your snorkelling or diving equipment and get used to the warm waters of Flores Enjoy your first taste of the underwater wonders of Komodo and marvel at the beautiful colors of corals.

Kanawa island

On the small beautiful tropical island of Kanawa, you can relax in the luxury of nature. The white sand beach is great for kids and adults alike. It is a good place for a private BBQ or outdoor dinner. There are some easy, beginner level dive and snorkelling sites in the area.

Sailing Komodo National Park is an unforgettable Adventure

Explore Komodo National Park on a boat charter and be awed by the natural beauty this region has to offer. From world-class diving to beautiful hikes and views, Komodo is a unique holiday destination for all ages. We highly recommend spending at least 5 to 6 days on onboard to fully enjoy the vast possibilities Komodo provides. From private honeymoon charters and adventure diving cruises to luxurious family trips, our dedicated team will assist you in planning your dream vacation in Komodo National Park. 

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