Komodo Sea Kayaking Adventure

8 - 10 Days

Explore Komodo With Kayaks

This is a unique expedition where you will paddle your sea kayak to some of the most remote beaches on earth, drifting over magnificent coral reefs, accessing little visited areas, uninhabited islands as well as the island which is inhabited by mythical dragons. One of the best sea kayaking adventures out there! This 10 day expedition from Bali is one of a kind. Our partners are the only operator running kayaking expeditions in the National Park. With the help of an experienced guide, we will paddle between the islands, camp on uninhabited islands with glorious beaches and visit small stilted villages. We will have the chance to swim and snorkel on the most stunning reefs as well as explore the islands by foot. We will walk on Rinca Island to see the dragons – (very close up) – as well as buffalo, deer, monkeys and wild pigs – is an experience you won’t forget! This Komodo Kayaking expedition has a maximum group size of 10 people.

If you crave adventure and remote places, want to experience cultural immersion and like being in the outdoors, then our Kayaking Komodo expedition is for you. Perfect for those who love a physical challenge but also cherish quiet times of relaxation. You will be escorted around the Komodo National Park by one of our well trained kayaking guides who not only will give you pointers on how to kayak but also inform you on what you are experiencing on the trip. Our objective is to visit the home of the mighty Komodo Dragon. The Komodo Dragon’s sheer size and power is unbelievable, growing more than 3 metres in length and weighing over 150kg. Although they plod along at a leisurely pace, do not be fooled, when called for, the Dragon can run up to 30 kilometres an hour and strike at lightning speed. We will see a number of these magnificent animals at close range – an experience you will not forget. The Komodo Dragon however is just one attraction of the park, you’ll also likely see buffalo, deer, monkeys and wild pigs. We will be visiting uninhabited islands, snorkelling in crystal clear water above pristine coral. The area boasts some of the best marine life on the planet, with dozens of reefs in which we will snorkel. We will visit sites where manta ray and turtle are common. We will visit caves and islands packed with flying fox as well as remote communities that live off the sea. Our nights will be spent beneath the stars on some uninhabited island.

Price £2,150 / $2,695

Based on 2 pax. Excludes international flights.

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Day by Day

Arrive in Bali and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight Hotel.

Today you will fly from Bali to Labuan Bajo and upon arrival at Komodo Airport you will be met by our No Roads Local Manager and transferred to your Hotel. You will have a welcome meeting with your Guide before enjoying the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Hotel.

This morning is the start of your adventure out into the Komodo National Park.  After a safety briefing at Puri Sari beach with your Guide, you will begin your first kayaking leg to Bedadhari Island where you will then enjoy a snorkel and a swim followed by lunch on the support boat.  After lunch the support boat will sail to the spectacular site of Goa Rangko caves. Goa Rangko is a grotto with an amazing clear lake seamed by stalactites and stalagmites.  After some time exploring and swimming in the caves you will sail back to Seture Island, for your first overnight camp and if time permits an evening sunset kayak, which is the perfect way to finish the day.

Overnight in Safari style tents on Seture Island  Kayak 5.3km & 30km by boat (approximately)

After waking, and an optional early morning swim, you will board the support boat for breakfast before starting your first paddle leg to Pungu Pearl Farm.   After arrival at the white sandy beach of Pungu and enjoying a refreshing ice cold water, the staff will show you how these beautiful products of the sea are grown and sourced at their farm. If you are lucky and it is harvesting time, you will also be able to see the workers harvesting the pearls.  A relaxing paddle through the mangroves will follow your Pearl Farm visit, until you reach Menjerite where you will stop for lunch and some snorkelling.   After lunch you will kayak the beautiful surrounding islands before reaching your overnight camp at Pungu Island.  In the late afternoon, you can choose to snorkel the crystal clear reef just off the beach or spend some more time kayaking around this amazing area. Then it is time to sit back and enjoy the sunset over the surrounding islands before dining on the beach.

Overnight in Safari style tents on Pungu Island. Kayak 12.5km (approximately)

This morning starts again with the option for an early morning snorkel just off the beach of Pungu Island before breakfast back on the support boat – always a great way to start the day!  Your first paddle of the day will either take you to Kukusan Island or Rinca Village and if school is in, at these villages, you will pay a visit to the students before exploring life on the island. The next leg of kayaking is to Gado –  with its’ wonderful mangroves and some amazing snorkelling in a spot with giant table corals, plenty of fish and turtles, who hopefully swim by to say hello.  After lunch and some more snorkelling you will either paddle or travel on the support boat to a small mangrove island (Kaaba), which is inhabited by bats.  This is a wonderful sight enjoyed from our top deck  – watching thousands of bats flying into the night sky for their evening meal.

Overnight in cabin on support boat in the park. Kayak 7.2km & 9km by boat (approximately)

Early morning you will rise and boat to the Rinca Ranger’s Office to look for Komodo DragonsRinca (pronounced Rin – cha) is the best place in the park to see the Dragons as their numbers and density are larger here than Komodo Island. You will be shown around the Park by a trained Ranger who will explain the eco-system, the Dragon’s habits and the life of other inhabitants on the island such as the Macaque, Buffalo, Deer, Tree snakes etc.  After your trek and a drink at the Ranger’s Cafe’ you will start heading west on the support boat to Manta Point. One of the highlights of this trip is snorkelling with the manta rays at Manta Point and hopefully, these gracious animals will delight you with their presence. After lunch, you will then start paddling towards Sebayor Kecil for your last beach camp of the expedition.  Sebayor Kecil has a beautiful beach with some great coral reefs and fish population so a spot of snorkelling in the late afternoon or early the next morning is certainly encouraged.

Overnight in Safari style tents. Kayak 10 km and 9km by boat (approximately).

After enjoying your last breakfast out in the beautiful Komodo National Park and maybe a swim or snorkel just off the beach you will then make your way paddling through the Mangroves towards Kanawa for one last snorkel and swim before you hit the last open stretch of kayaking.  It will then be time to say goodbye to the crew before you arrive back at the Puri Sari Beach Hotel by mid-afternoon (option to return on the support boat if you prefer).

 

For those taking up the SCUBA Diving option (please contact us for info), this is the day that you can SCUBA Dive at some of the best sites in the Komodo National Park. Sites change due to weather and water conditions, as well fish conditions such as Batu Bolong. The SCUBA Boat will pick you up for 2 dives and then drop you back to the hotel in the late afternoon (lunch provided).

Overnight Hotel.

Today you head out for a day at the Cunca Wulang Waterfalls. The falls are just beyond a beautiful traditional village and the hike there and back is extremely picturesque.  The falls, themselves are spectacular, with an enormous fall at one end of a large canyon, which has been carved by the falls themselves. You will be able to swim in the beautiful cool waters all the way to the fall’s base, which is always very welcome, after the trek in.  During the dry season, when the water is low at the waterfall you will visit a local village on this day in place of the waterfall visit. Cecer Village is about a 45 minute drive out of Labuan Bajo and you will be able to spend time wandering through the village learning how the locals live and immerse yourself in the culture and traditions of village life.

Overnight at Hotel.

In the morning you will be transferred to the Komodo Airport for your domestic flight back to Bali.  Upon arrival in Bali, you will be met at the airport by your driver and transferred back to your Hotel for your final night’s stay of your expedition. If your travel plans require you to return home or to continue directly on to your next destination, you can make arrangements to end your expedition upon your arrival back in Bali.

Overnight at Hotel.

End of your amazing adventure. You can now fly home or extend your stay in Indonesia.

Note: This itinerary can vary due to local conditions and strength of kayaking team. Days can be shortened or lengthened depending on many factors.

Day 9: Labuan Bajo – Bali/Jakarta

We will have a bit of free time before we fly back to Bali/Jakarta today. We can have a swim at the Eco- Lodge pool, go into town and walk around the harbor, or just relax on the sprawling veranda overlooking the sea. You will be met at Bali/Jakarta airport by our representative and transferred to your hotel in Amed.

Overnight at Hotel.

 

Day 10 & 11

Days at leisure – Amed.

 

Day 12 

Morning at leisure – afternoon transfer to Denpasar.

Overnight at Hotel.

 

Day 13: End of the Adventure

End of your amazing adventure. You can now fly home or extend your stay in Indonesia.

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 25 reviews
 by R. Roddy
Komodo Kayaking – private trip

Another excellent Pioneer trip - many thanks to Laurenne and all at Pioneer for giving our group another fantastic holiday. To kayak around Komodo National Park, viewing the dragons, swimming and interacting with giant Ocean Manta Rays, snorkelling in what seemed like a giant aquarium and camping on white sand beaches was really special. As always, your local operators were spot on with their organisation and service and the 5 of us had an amazing experience. Many thanks once again!!

 by Rachel
Komodo Kayaking

We have just got back from our trip, I wanted to let you know we have had the most amazing time! We didn’t want it to end!

The crew were absolutely fantastic & we met such an amazing group of people! The kayaking & snorkeling were out of this world, as were the Komodo dragons! I wish I could go back and do it all again tomorrow.

Thank you so much for organising, we cannot wait for our next adventure now!

 by Amanda
Komodo Dragons Indonesia

We travelled to Indonesia for this very memorable trip on a beautiful wooden support boat , in the waters of the Komodo National park. Our guide Matias was excellent as were the six crew members on the boat. Everything ran very smoothly and we felt that we were looked after comfortably and safely. There were only 2 other people on our trip which meant we had plenty of space to relax when on board. There is a great shaded area at the top of the boat with bean bags and loungers, it was lovely travelling along up here looking out at the scenery with the breeze blowing, and it was particularly beautiful at night watching the sun go down from up here.

We kayaked with our guide from the boat, this was particularly good as we were able to go through narrow channels of the mangrove swamps, and the exercise was welcome.

Snorkelling was a highlight for us, the coral and fish were spectacular, sometimes we went direct from the support boat, other times we went out from a small boat with engine. The currents could be strong but I always felt safe as the small boat came direct to help with a ring and line if you were struggling a bit . We saw sea turtles and small black tipped reef sharks.

The visit to see the Komodo dragons was very interesting and we were able to see them as they were warming up in the early morning sun.

The food on board was very good and the crew caught fish for us for some meals.

We slept on beaches in tents , again this was comfortable, our meal was brought over and we had a small fire,

We did find the flights tiring, but that's to be expected, perhaps consider combing this trip with something else ?

Overall I would definitely recommend this very memorable trip

Glad you had a great time Amanda

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