Day 1 : Labuan Bajo – Kelor – Manjarite – Kalong
A driver will pick you up around 8.30am to your hotel. At the harbour you will be welcome by your guide who will present you the facilities of the boat, give you the safety instructions and describe you the itinerary of your komodo trip.
Our first destination will be Kelor Island. Kelor is a small uninhabited island. You will enjoy a peaceful atmosphere and unspoiled nature, get around and enjoy sightseeing. Indeed the water is clear and the sand is soft. Numerous types of fishes also live in the water, including clown fishes also named Nemo.
Then we will have lunch at Manjarite. Manjarite is an excellent spot for snorkeling. There is shallow crystal clear water with minimum waves. You can find various colorful fishes such as clownfish, scorpionfish, angelfish and even blue ribbon eels. There is also a narrow and long wooden pier, almost 300 meters long from where you can take some nice pictures.
After that we will enjoy the sunset in Kalong Island. Kalong is a small island covered by mangroves. It’s the home of thousands of bats. At the end of the day, when daylight is replaced by darkness, they leave their nest to get some food. The sky will be covered by these majestic creatures.
Day 2: Padar – Pink Beach – Komodo – Manta Point – Taka Makassar
Then the next morning, we will sail to Padar. Padar Island is the third largest island in Komodo National Park after Komodo and Rinca Islands. For those who love photographic, this is perhaps the best place for spectacular photos. From the top of the hill you will enjoy a surreal panorama. It’s all surrounded by three turquoise bays, and curiously, each one of the bays’ beaches has different coloured sand: One is pearly white, another charcoal black, and a third is a very rare baby pink. As a matter of fact, it is a rare combination, a quirk of this unique island.
Then in the morning we will relax at Pink Beach which has pink sand along its coastline. Furthermore, the pink color is caused by the mixture of white calcium carbonate and the bright red skeletons of dead organ pipe corals which grow under its waters. Pink Beach also has various kind of amazing marine life and coral reefs. Indeed this is the perfect place to play with our full faced mask. Lunch will be served on site.
Then we will head to Komodo Island. It’s also the best place to meet the Komodo dragons. However, you could also see other wild animals, such as water buffalo, wild boar, horses, Timor deer and macaques. There is also great diversity of birds. The rangers will suggest you 3 treks: a half hour, one hour or a two hours treks. You are free to choose which one suits you best.
After that we will go to Manta Point. Manta Point offers excellent snorkeling experience. In fact the reefs are laying from only 2 meters to 9 meters depth. It’s the perfect place to spot manta rays, a huge marine creature that can grow up to 4 meters wide. Manta Rays are one of the extinct animal on earth. Turtles, sharks, eagle rays, giant trevallies, huge clams, various kind of sponges, and cuttlefish are marine animals you may see during your snorkeling expedition.
At the end of the day, we will enjoy the sunset from Taka Makassar. Taka Makassar is a tiny island smaller than a football field. It has a peculiar shape of a drop, with white sand mixed with pink sand. It is surrounded by shallow turquoise waters that looks too good to be true ! It only comes up during the time when the seawater is receding. Meanwhile, when the sea level rises, it will almost submerge underwater.
Day 3 : Siaba Besar – Kanawa – Labuan Bajo
After the breakfast, we will head to Siaba Besar. It’s also called the turtles nest. If we are lucky, we will be able to swim with them.
Then we will go to Kanawa Island. It’s considered as one of south-east Asia’s most idyllic islands, fully surrounded by spectacular reef. Snorkeling around Kanawa, in the pristine waters will make you discover thousands of fish species, turtles, corals and reef sharks, sometimes it is possible to see some mantas just around the arrival jetty. At the center of the island a hill guarantees astonishing 360 degrees views all over Komodo National Park