Komodo National Park Travel Tips

komodo national park travel tips

Komodo National Park travel tips, getting there, and things to know before you visit the Komodo Dragons. You will also know the Komodo entrance fee details. The Komodo National Park consists of small islands in East Nusa Tenggara. It is in the Lesser Sunda Islands and is known as the home of over 5.000 species of Komodo Dragons.

Besides Komodo Dragons, you will also find other wildlife species; both on land and underwater. Komodo Island and Rinca Island are the places where you can find the population of Komodo Dragons and other wildlife. Both Islands are the main attraction of your Komodo adventure.

The National Park also offers stunning landscape views and a world-class underwater life. Padar Island is one of the very scenic islands, you will enjoy hiking and the shape of the island formation.

Getting to Komodo

The first thing to do before you enter Komodo National Park is to get to Labuan Bajo. Otherwise, you can also do a boat trip from Bali and Lombok. Labuan Bajo is in West Manggarai Regency, Flores East Nusa Tenggara Province. It is the main gate for the Komodo Island tour and also the ferry crossing to Sape, West Nusa Tenggara Province.

Here are details about how to enter Komodo National Park:

  1. Flight from Denpasar, Bali to Labuan Bajo. Flights are scheduled more than 2 times a day with an early flight scheduled for 07.00 a.m. It takes approximately 1 to 1 1/2 hours. After that, take a boat tour from Labuan Bajo. This is the most recommended way to get to Komodo National Park.
  2. Ferry from Bali to Labuan Bajo. This type of transport will take approximately 1 1/2 days or 36 hours to get to Labuan Bajo. It is a long way, getting on the bus and ferries. You will do a ferry crossing 3 times during the trip. Arrive at Labuan Bajo, you can book a Komodo boat tour to get there.
  3. Boat sailing from Lombok or Bali. This is also one of the recommended ways to get to Komodo. The boat trip from Lombok offers 2 departures from Lombok and Bali. You will stop in some of the islands such as Nusa Lembongan, Lombok, Gili Islands, Kanawa, Moyo, and many more. Then sail around Komodo National Park before getting to Labuan Bajo.

11 Komodo National Park Travel Tips

Here are 11 travel tips for visiting Komodo Dragons:

  1. Find a reliable Travel Agency to book your Komodo tour. Not all agencies offer you great service during the Komodo adventure. Make sure you book with a trusted tour agency and try to research before making a booking.
  2. Find the experience and a professional tour guide. A good guide is a very important thing when you do this trip. Make sure they understand what you need during the Komodo adventure.
  3. Never try to go alone. Komodo Dragon is a wildlife species, they can attack you at any time.
  4. Keep silent during the Komodo adventure, they do not like noise.
  5. Do not smoke on the island, it is very dry and easy to burn.
  6. Keep after yourself, take a look around. Komodo Dragon babies are sometimes on the tree.
  7. Report to your ranger if you have injuries to your body, hands, or legs. Komodo is the very sense of blood.
  8. Women in their period are not recommended on this trip. Komodo can smell a distance of 20km.
  9. Do not wear red clothes, Komodo will read it as blood.
  10. If you are in a group, never try to go separate. Keep yourself in the group with the ranger.
  11. When you get an attack, try to make a zig-zag run instead of a straight one.

Entrance Fee Prices

Generally, the entrance fees are divided into 2 different costs. Visit during the working days (Monday to Saturday) and public holidays (Sunday and other public holidays). Other fees are applied to some places such as hiking fees, Ranger fees, and many more. Check the following for details of entrance fees.

Visit on working days (Monday to Saturday), the cost per person for a one-time visit:

  • Entrance fee: IDR 150.000
  • Ranger fee on Komodo Island: IDR 80.000
  • Ranger fee on Rinca Island: IDR 80.000
  • Government tax: IDR 100.000
  • Hiking fee: IDR 5.000
  • Wildlife observation: IDR 5.000
  • Diving fee: IDR 25.000
  • Snorkeling fee: IDR. 65.000

Visit during public holidays (Sunday or other public holidays), the cost per person for a one-time visit:

  • Entrance fee: IDR 225.000
  • Government tax: IDR. 100.000
  • Rangers fee on Komodo Island: IDR 80.000
  • Ranger fee on Rinca Island: IDR 80.000
  • Wildlife observation: IDR 5.000
  • Diving fee: IDR. 25.000
  • Snorkeling fee: IDR. 65.000
  • Hiking fee: IDR. 5.000

There are other fees that may be costly, it depends on your activities. Check out our Komodo tour packages for detailed tour prices and activities.