Komodo Island

Komodo Island, Komodo National Park: Hours, Address, Komodo Island Reviews: 4.5/5

Komodo Island
4.5
National Parks • Nature & Wildlife Areas
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Natasa J
Ljubljana, Slovenia74 contributions
Family
You have to go to see Komodo dragons of course… we saw four of them close to the beach. Be prepared for high entrance fee: 400 kRup per person and we were told that the price will substantially increase soon.
We went to the island by Kharisma tour, slow boat trip. We don’t like to visit too many places in one day as it is plan for trips by speed boat from Labuan Bajo. We visited also Padar island and snorkeled at the Pink beach. These two spots we loved and would higly recommend. We should snorkel also with mantas but we were not lucky - no mantas today.
Written July 26, 2022
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Brad X
Minnesota572 contributions
We were going to be in Indonesia so we decided we wanted to see the dragons as this might be the only time we would ever get the chance. We were hesitant to book any flights to Labuan Bajo or a place to stay because of all the uncertainty surrounding the visitor fees for Komodo National Park. We visited in the middle of March 2020 and the fees were still roughly 400,000 IDR per person. About a week prior to our trip to Bali we decided to go ahead and book the side trip to Flores. We're glad we did. Upon arrival at the island, you get to pick one of three trails to walk. Having read other reviews where people basically said you won't see the dragons on the trails, only laying next to the restaurant, I didn't want to take the very long trail, so we opted for the medium distance trek. The park ranger that was assigned to us did a good job giving a history of the park and the island. He explained a lot about the dragons and the other animals on the island. We got to see lots of wild pigs, deer, and Guinea hens. About halfway through the walk, the ranger pointed down the trail and we saw a dragon walking towards us. He quickly told me to open the camera app on my phone and give it to him. He grabbed some sticks from alongside the trail and propped my camera up taking a video. He had us back up down the trail and did the same thing with a couple other cameras we had. The dragon walked up to the cameras and inspected them, as well as licked them. Dragon spit..... Anyway, we got some great videos and pictures of the dragon before it decided to turn and walk off into the woods. The guide kept repeating that we were really lucky to see a dragon, which kind of reinforces my belief that the majority of people won't see them while walking around. They will only see the ones laying in the shade next to the restaurant where they have basically been baited to be there. I kind of understand why the locals bait them and train them to hang around the restaurant. It's so difficult to see them in the wild (especially with a group of other noisy, chattering tourists spooking them away), they want people to not feel cheated and walk away without ever laying eyes on a live dragon. Business would probably dry up if the majority of people traveled all the way there and never laid eyes on a live dragon. Hopefully the Indonesian government chooses to keep the entrance fee for the park at a reasonable rate. We had a great time, but I would find it hard to try to tell people it would be worth going if the fee is raised to $1000 per person. The dragons are cool, but not $1000 per person cool.
Written March 29, 2020
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Andika D
Jakarta, Indonesia156 contributions
Komodo island is about 60 minutes from labuan Bajo by speedboat that you can rent it 2000-2500K in a day. when you arrive on that island, in the first gate there are saveral sign such as welome and watch out komodo crossing. suddenly you will realize that place is not like a zoo. all animals live freedom (Komodo, Pig, deer, buffalo, etc)

Enjoy the journey by tracking island with ranger who direct and guard your activity. dont forget to capture your moment esspecially with Komodo, ranger always offer you to do it. this place is quiet incredible, not only the Komodo but the atmostphere also.
Written August 24, 2021
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bsmith
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28 JAN 2020 My wife and I took a daily tour package to six different sites from Labuan Bajo. Most of the tours follow the exact same itinerary.

We arrived at Komodo Island about 11:30. After a short introduction to the island by a National Park guide, he began to lead us on an ‘hour’ trek looking for the dragons. My wife and I, independently of each other, noticed that the guide was only looking at the trail and not scanning each side of the trail for the dragons. Not once did he ever appear to be looking at anything else than the trail itself. This, as it turns out, was not looking for dragons - it was killing time.

We ended our tour at the island cafe. And there, alongside the cafe, surrounded by about 30 adventurers, were two apparently sleeping komodo dragons. One did struggle to stand, moved a little bit, and slumped back down. They seemed stuporous.

Advice: if you want to see the dragons, spend the extra money and go to Komodo Island early when the real dragons may be more active.
Written January 28, 2020
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Daan S
Bangkok, Thailand5 contributions
Family
I got scammed.

We booked a tour with an agency, then the day before the trip they said they had troubles with the boat. We booked two nights on a boat with 5 people, 3 rooms. They gave us a horrible small boat with 2 rooms. They didn’t want to refund or do anything about the price.

Then they charge more for entrance fees in the park etc.

So negotiate in real life! Don’t book a boat without seeing it with your own eyes first!

The trip was disappointing as the tour on Komodo island is 45 minutes long and the Komodo dragon is drugged. I’m sad I supported this nonsense.

Don’t go in rainy season by the way, half of our trip the rain was very bad so we had to skip some activities like hiking and snorkelling.
Written February 22, 2022
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AirFuss
Singapore, Singapore550 contributions
Family
We did the medium trail at the Komodo island and were taken through a dry and dusty jungle. The ranger showed a Komodo nest on the way and gave some information about the dragons.

We saw 2 dragons from far on the way. In the end we were taken to a cafe where there were 2 big dragons resting just outside the cafe. This place cafe was very near from where we started, so there was actually no need to trek through the jungle.
Written January 14, 2020
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josep a
Jakarta, Indonesia65 contributions
Family
There are 2 islands normally people see Komodo, Komodo Island and Rinca Island. We can go to this island by boat from Labuan Bajo or with Cruise. In Komodo Island, we can have a tour but need an escort by local Ranger to assist and protect us. There are 3 route, short, medium and long route to go. Please follow the Ranger instruction to make sure we not disturb the Komodo and make them angry. People said, Komodo in this Island is bigger than in Rinca Island.
Written January 10, 2020
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Kenai Drift Anglers
Soldotna, AK54 contributions
It's a must do to see the dragons, but it was a little pricey when we got on the island for the park fee. The dragons were very cool and guide was really fun. It just was a pretty short tour and not a lot of activity however the guide made it very enjoyable. Just make sure you bring enough cash for the entrance fee and all the other fees attached to that.
Written February 25, 2020
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DommyZ
Perth, Australia493 contributions
Couples
We organised a private speedboat to take 4 people to Komodo island. We arrived in 1.5hrs-the ride there and back was fine. Hardly anyone else there so we felt pretty lucky to see at least x10 dragons with our informative guide.
Written May 12, 2022
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Nigel F
London, UK62 contributions
Couples
We were taken here from our boat by our guide and were well received, given an English speaking guide who was knowledgable and pleasant.
The site is well maintained with a number of options for difficulty of terrain and time.
Of course the star attractions were amazing - inevitably, being bright creatures many were hanging out near the guides kitchen, but do press on into the island itself to see them in their natural habitat.
Written March 14, 2020
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