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“Kencana Adventure - Lombok to Flores 4 days 3 nights too long!!”

Komodo National Park
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed July 28, 2014

Our trip stared very badly. Everybody was upset. - We were told there would be only 18 - 20 people, we had over 50 people on the trip, lots of people were told the same thing by agents just so they could book the trip. There were only 2 toilets and NO showers, we were told we would sail only 1 night all the way through but it was 2 nights. At one point we sailed non stop for 16 hours, the smell of petrol was very strong, and you can imagine it was also exceedingly noisy. We were supposed to go to Manta Point and to see Flying Foxes but both these were cancelled without explanation,- they just did what they wanted to do. Our bedding was filthy, we were side by side like sardines and during the night as we were sailing the sea flowed in, and we all got soaked. The crew did their best but 50 people is just too many.
If you are thinking of booking with Kencana - book with Perama instead, they are only a little more money and they have separate showers all in all a better experience. We thought we knew what we were booking but even with as much research as possilbe we still came unstuck.

11  Thank lynnskn22
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Reviewed July 17, 2014

The famous Komodo Dragons are worthe the travel from Bali. We took a local plane to the Island of Flores (Komodo Airport). From there the Islands Komodo and Rinca, which both inhabite the Dragons are reachable by a boat ride, depending on how much time you want to spend. Dives are great too as you have a couple of 'Manta cleaning' stations. At this spots the Mantas meet up, and smaller fish clean them. But even as a snorcler you can see them flying under your belly.

We combined the trip to Rinca, with a stop on a very small island, with sand made out of dead corrals.

The only disturbing thing to mention, is that the whole boatride you will see waste in the ocean all over and this is a pitty for this beautiful place on earth. there are turtles allover and to see those beautiful creatures liiving in the bays full of waste made me pretty sad.

Rinca island is full of Dragons and they ate really dangerous, so take care and walk quickly to the ranger station on the path. You will be able to book a walking tour.

Greatings to the Dragons :)

4  Thank superlumidee
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Reviewed July 11, 2014

Our terrific guide Mateus led us on the longer hike to the uplands so we could see a half dozen water buffalo as well as the varan. Absolutely worthwhile!

1  Thank Ed K
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Reviewed July 8, 2014

At the national park station, your group will be assigned a guide to take you through the park. They have a board with different options for the hike and how long and difficult each one will be. Our group choose the medium one that was 1 1/2 hours with a medium hill to climb and some sections in the direct sun. (not all in the shade)
Make sure you have enough water for everyone as it does get really hot. We were there about 2 weeks after the volcano eruption. They had not gotten any rain and it was still covered in volcanic ash. The ash is really fine and slippery, so in places it was difficult to walk. I have to admit that I did enjoy seeing the ash.
We got to see a lot of deer. One adult Komodo dragon who had eaten the day before and didn't really seem to care if we were there or not and a baby one at a distance. Unfortunately, the watering hole was dry as they have a pipe running from the village and it is broken. That apparently is usually a good place to see more dragons.
There is a market that off to the side. There were only a small number of tourist there and it was crazy with every one of the vendors wanting you to buy something. We did find t-shirts and a few wooden carved dragons. Quite a few people were also selling pearls. These pearls are Komodo pearls that are farmed in the waters near the island. I didn't find this out until later.
There is a push to have less people fishing to protect the area, but this is difficult because that is how many people have made their living in this area for generations. Selling items to tourists is one way for them to make a living without fishing.
I wish we had seen another dragon or 2, but at least we got to see them. :>

4  Thank Biology-Teacher308
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Reviewed July 6, 2014

We stayed at Labuan Bajo and took a day tour out to Rinca island for a 4 hour trek. If you are fit & able to hack a long trek I really advise that you pay extra to take the 4 hour trek. It's not offered to tourists you have to request it. The tour takes you off the tourist track & into the wild therefore you have more opportunity of seeing wild komodo among other animals as they do not frequent the tourist track.

The scenery is like something out of Jurassic park. We saw wild komodo, wild horses, sat with buffalo in their watering holes - amazing. This is an experience not guaranteed on the tourist trail, in fact I don't think other tourists even saw wild komodo or anything like it.

If you can't do the four hour trail, there are domestic komodo at the rangers quarters so you will still get to see them..and of course the scenery is a marvel to behold if nothing else.

5  Thank Jill_Dublin_12
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