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Review of Rinca Island

Rinca Island
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$437.50*
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2-Day Komodo National Park and Rinca Island...
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Rinca
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Rinca Island, Komodo Island and Padar Island are the main islands of Komodo National Park. Famous for some of the world's best dive sites and their popular inhabitant - the Komodo dragon - the area attracts thousands of tourists each year. Treks on Rinca Island start from the ticket office at Loh Buaya. You also have the option to choose between three trails. The shortest trek takes 30 minutes. It is an easy, shaded walk that passes an artificial waterhole before ascending to a small hill with a view over the bay. The one-hour medium trek winds between dragon nests and out into the sunshine across an exposed savannah that is studded with lontar palms. For the best opportunity to see dragons and their prey, choose the two-hour trek past a permanent waterhole and across steep, exposed slopes that offer breathtaking views
Reviewed April 29, 2013

I was told Rinca was better than Komodo, but i found them very similar, albeit Rinca a bit quieter both people wise and dragon wise.

1  Thank Drew M
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

Rinca island opts to keep it simple and accessible to see the Komodo Dragons on one of the short, medium or long treks around part of the island.

Despite there being a no feeding policy in Rinca to try to keep the dragons behaving naturally, the majority of the sightings are around the kitchen area of the village as they are attracted to the smell.

Guides were knowledgable and had good English, but the place is crying out for a proper visitor centre to enhance the experience.

2  Thank Chris H
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Reviewed April 5, 2013

The long hike was closed but I can't imagine being out in that heat for hours. The dragons were mostly seen close to the rangers huts but we did come across several up in the hills. The views were really lovely but there is little shade up around the top. The hike is an easy one and it is very quiet. We saw several baby komodos here but only one brief glance of one on Komodo Island.

Thank cvhclay
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Reviewed March 30, 2013

For Komodo dragons, I suggest visiting the park on Komodo Island, which had better viewing of Komodo dragons (in my opinion). That said, we did see a baby Komodo Dragon come out of a tree on Rinca Island.

The best thing about Rinca is the view .... the view of the bay was terrific. Very, very hot, but terrific.

Thank Krotz
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Reviewed March 27, 2013

I love the Komodos, exactly! :D Trekking hills was so awesome.. The savana, the sky, was so calming..

Thank azhariharris
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