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Sailing Komodo ISlands: the Land of Dragons

One of the most requested boat charter destinations in Indonesia –Sailing Komodo Islands National Park. The UNESCO World Heritage site is famous for its large monitors – the Komodo Dragons! 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 rich in contrast. 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 cloud and the great force of the Pacific Ocean are pounding against the rocks outside the cove. You will feel like on the edge of the world! Cruising Komodo offers ultimate boating experience in Indonesia. Inquire now for your Komodo Sailing Cruise with Barefoot Yachts! We offer customised Private Boat Charters as well as scheduled Cruises.

Sailing Cruise Komodo: Scuba Diving

A Sailing Cruise Komodo is not only popular for Dragons and spectacular Flora and Fauna, but for world Class Scuba Diving. Komodo National Park offers just about every kind of tropical scuba diving you can imagine. You can dive in warm, calm and colourful shallow reefs which make a habitat for huge schools of fish. You can 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. Dive sites we frequently visit during our cruises include: Banta Island, Crystal Rock, Batu Bolong Siabar Besar, Castle Rock, Gili Lawa Dara, Golden Passage, Sebayor, Siabar and Maskassar Manta Reef.  Most if these sites are included on our shared Trips – the itinerary for private yacht charters can be customized

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Season

Possible All-year, best May - November.

Cruises

Best for Land & Sea Adventures, Dive liveaboards and Private Boat Charters.

Airport

Labuan Bajo Airport from Jakarta or Bali international Airport.

Departure Port

Labuan Bajo Habour is just 5 minutes from the Airport.

Best Sites To on a Komodo island Boat trip

A Komodo Island boat trip boasts a great variety of land and sea sights, not only accessible for scuba divers.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 to visit, we discover new treasures: breath -taking landscapes, spectacular sunsets and the most impressing living creatures in the sky, on land, and in the ocean. Hence, the best way to experience the Komodo Sailing highlights is to cruise around on a traditional Phinisi Schooner. 

Labuan Bajo, Flores

The town of Labuan Bajo itself is not part of the itinerary, but it is usually the starting and
ending point of the Cruise. There are quite a number if good restaurants around to visit as well as an abundant night fish market when staying overnight before or after your Komodo Trip.

Hike with The Komodo Dragons

Rinca Island and sailing through Komodo provide the chance to see one of the worlds’ 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.

Komodo Dragons on the hills of Rinca islands.

Kalong Flying Foxes

The Flying Foxes, a varied species of a fruit bat, of Kalong Island ascend at dusk for their nightly hunt. The setting is truly unique as cruises await for the hour when thousands of them rising to the sky during a nightly migration in search for food with the orange and red glow of a Komodo Sunset in the backdrop.

Flying Foxes ascending for their nightly hunt.

Komodo's Manta Rays

Diving is popular here, but a Komodo snorkelling cruise offers a great chance at witnessing the celebrities below the surface: Manta Rays. Set off for Manta Alley or Makassar Manta Reef for the best chance at 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.

Reef Manta is Karang Makassar aka Manta Point.

Snorkel with Manta Rays

Diving is not the only way to glide through the lively richness of sea life here. Set off your dinghy to Manta Alley or Makassar Manta Reef and snorkel among Manta Rays. As these fellas are quite curious you can find yourself being circled by their smooth wave-like movements – a lovely interplay between you and them spectating each other.

Advanced Diving in Komodo: Batu Bolong is one of Komodo’s most famous dive sites, bustling with life.

Beginner and Advanced DivIng

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 to this, there are many protected 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.

Horseshoe Bay

Only between September and March Horseshoe Bay can be included in the Trip itinerary. The South of Komodo feels like the end of the world. Often Dragons and other wildlife can be seen on the beach and there are also many Dive sites around. Water temperature is generally colder and visibility less clear compared to central and North Komodo.

Besides the famous Pink beach – there are also many less known, but not less pink beaches around Komodo.

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, beautiful photo opportunities and a relaxed snorkel. There are other beaches of similar hue in the area that your sailing cruise might guide you to, as well.

Local Villages

Discover the proud island life of the Lesser Sunda Islands sailing Komodo. Meet with the lovely village Locals and visit the  descendants of the of sea gypsies on Mesa or Komodo island. Visit the curious local children and catch a glimpse of the islanders’ daily lives –  drying sea cucumbers and  processing shell fish, amongst other things. Mesa” means “itchy” and the island was named so due to the itchy sand. Take this opportunity to come away with local handicrafts.

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 on a Komodo sailing cruise.

Seraya, Sabolon and Bidadari

Often stops on the first day of the of a Komodo Sailing Adventure, Sabolon and Bidadari are a perfect locations to test out your Snorkelling or Diving Gear and get used to the warm waters of Flores Island as well as enjoying your first taste of the underwater wonders of Komodo.

Sailing Komodo on a traditinal Phinisi.

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 and there are some easy, beginner level dive and snorkelling sites in the area.

Sebayur Island

Sebayur offers great reefs for beginner divers and Snorkelers and the protected bay also is a great location for Sea kayaking or SUPing.

Padar island at Sunrise.

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 very 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 upon the surrounding Archipelago. With its short trekking possibilities and its geographic position, it is an idyllic place to enjoy both sunrise and sunset.

Calm, clear waters and dry landscape characterise the Island of Rinca and Komodo after the dry season.  

Banta Island

on the North- West of the Komodo National Park, Banta Island offers great gateaway from the main sites of the park. There are great dive and Snorkel sites closeby with frequent sightings of Sharks and Manta Rays. Banta Island also offers the option to hike a secret viewpoint and explore some remote beaches.