7 Day Komodo Charter Itinerary - Labuan Bajo to Labuan Bajo
Discovering Komodo National Park
Ideal for Summer Season
Indonesia is a country filled with staggering scenery, incredible wildlife and cuisine that will make your tastebuds dance with delight. One of the best places to experience the very best of what Indonesia has to offer is the Komodo National Park. As a UNESCO listed site, the national park is a tourist hotspot in this area of the globe and once you arrive it isn’t hard to see why it attracts so many visitors. Starting your adventure at Labuan Bajo, your luxury charter yacht will take you to see the biggest islands in the Komodo archipelago as well as some of the quieter and uninhabited islands. If wildlife, beaches and stunning landscapes are your idea of the perfect holiday, this will be one trip you will never forget.
- Day 1
After touching down at Labuan Bajo airport your first port of call is to head straight to your chosen luxury charter yacht. Take a tour of the vessel with your crew and settle in as the anchor is raised to whisk you away to the peaceful location of Saboyer Island.
Located on the outskirts of the national park this island is the ideal place to sink into the realm of relaxation and paradise. The beaches are far reaching and offer the tranquility you need to get into holiday mode. Spend the afternoon relaxing on the beach or take the opportunity to familiarise yourself with the waters by taking your first snorkelling session.
The world beneath the waters is just as beautiful if not more so than above the waves so explore at your leisure and get a taste of some of the incredible wildlife in the area. Top of your first day with your luxury charter yacht by dining on the decking under the stars.
- Day 2
One of the 3 main islands in the archipelago, Rinca is lesser known than the title island of Komodo making it the ideal location to see some of the wildlife in their natural, undisturbed habitat. Anchoring down off the shore, take your tender to get a closer look without disturbing too many of the native creatures.
Rinca island is home to may species of wildlife including water buffalos, wild pigs, monkeys and an impressive array of birds. But the most sought after creature on the island is the komodo dragon. Native to Rinca and Komodo island itself, these dragons roam free and are a popular attraction when visiting the area. However, as much as you may want to get up close to the dragons they come with a word of warning that they can be aggressive and have been known to kill humans.
After seeing the deadly dragons, retreat to the relative safety of the beautiful beaches. Littered with small shells and pink coral, the beaches are pretty to look at as well as perfect for relaxing on. Take some great holiday photos before adorning your diving gear to investigate the surrounding waters and nearby coves around the coastline.
- Day 3
Sandwiched between the main islands of Rinca and Komodo, the smaller island of Padar offers a safe haven for luxury charter yachts and their crews. The natural bay on the southeast coast of the island makes an ideal anchorage and also offers some gorgeous views of the island and the surrounding area.
The waters in this particular area are known to be one of the best diving locations in Indonesia so grabbing your equipment needs no hesitation. The habitat below the waves is attractive to large schools of fish and many different species have set up their home here. Komodo National Park is famous for having an impeccably high amount of diversity in wildlife, with over 1000 species visiting the area regularly, so every trip into the waters is likely to be different than the last trip.
While on the pretty island of Padar, take a stroll into the raised elevations to make the most of the sweeping panoramic views before returning to the powdery beaches to indulge in an afternoon of beachcombing and a barbeque supplied by your exclusive crew and catering team.
- Day 4
Back to the island of Rinca, this time you visit the southern coast which offers more encounters with the komodo dragons plus a host of deer, boars and more monkeys.
Your fourth day in the Komodo National Park will largely be spent exploring the underwater environment. Cannibal Rock is one of the most famous dive sites in the area, and one of the most popular in the world. Featuring many of the 1000 species living in the area, this dive site is perfect for all levels of diving experience and it will introduce you to some of the most loved underwater creatures such as seahorses.
In addition to the splendour underneath the waves, there are also some impressive rock formations which are accessible by tender. Cruising past these formations will get you up close to the steep elevations of the the southern coast of Rinca and you may catch some unmissable views of some of the birds residing on the steep cliffs.
Before retiring for the evening take your luxury charter yacht to the famous Horse Shoe Bay to see the patrols of komodo dragons and the picturesque beach with a backdrop of lush green foliage and forest.
- Day 5
South West Komodo
Once in a lifetime opportunities make holidays special and today on the south west coast of Komodo you will have another experience that you will never forget.
Manta point has a very apt name and is one of the biggest attractions on the island of Komodo. As one of the most active areas in the Komodo region, the sealife here will simply take your breath away. Take the plunge into the cool waters to swim with large amounts of manta rays. Their inquisitive nature will give you the opportunity to see them up close and get some great underwater photographs of these stunning creatures.
While in the marine world, investigate the rest of the bay where you can see large rocks covered top to bottom in beautiful coral gardens. In addition to the native fauna there is also a multitude of inhabitants on the rocks including barracuda and tuna.
The rest of the day on the south west coast of Komodo is yours to spend as you wish. Take another trip into the depths or rest on one of the private bays which also house some intriguing coves.
- Day 6
Gili Lawa Islands
Round the northern coast of Komodo island, the pair of Gili Lawa Islands have a spectacular day of diving in store for you. Easily the most popular destination in the area for diving, you will have the chance to visit no less than 5 different dive sites.
The depths of the dives around Gili Lawa Laut and Gili Lawa Darat are suitable for any level of diving experience and are perfect for a first time diver too. There is an impressive array of underwater life to see when diving in the Gili Lawa islands as well as a vibrant spread of corals and other underwater fauna.
When you’re not in the crisp waters visiting the native creatures, there is an abundance of private beaches. Despite the popularity of the area becasue of the dive sites, it is relatively easy to find your own space of heaven on these islands. Relaxing on the beaches is irresistable on the Gili Lawa islands but make sure you pack up before nightfall. Before spending the evening on board yo luxury charter yacht, climb the elevations of the islands to enjoy the spectacular view of the sunset over the ocean.
- Day 7
On your last day you have the morning to relax on board the decking of your luxury charter yacht as you cruise back to Labuan Bajo.
If time allows you may have a chance to return to Saboyer Island for one last beach and diving session.
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