Komodo Sea Kayaking Adventure

This is a unique expedition where you will paddle your sea kayak to some of the most remote beaches on earth, drifting over magnificent coral reefs, accessing little visited areas, uninhabited islands as well as the island which is inhabited by mythical dragons. One of the best sea kayaking adventures out there! This 10 day expedition from Bal/Jakartai is one of a kind. Our partners are the only operator running kayaking expeditions in the National Park. With the help of an experienced guide, we will paddle between the islands, camp on uninhabited islands with glorious beaches and visit small stilted villages. We will have the chance to swim and snorkel on the most stunning reefs as well as explore the islands by foot. We will walk on Rinca Island to see the dragons – (very close up) – as well as buffalo, deer, monkeys and wild pigs – is an experience you won’t forget! This Komodo Kayaking expedition has a maximum group size of 10 people.

It was a magic holiday, an experience we will never forget. Everybody really enjoyed it and we would definitely recommend it to non-kayakers as well as kayakers. The snorkelling is simply the best I’ve ever seen.

Dunning Family


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Sea Kayaking Adventure Overview

If you crave adventure and remote places, want to experience cultural immersion and like being in the outdoors, then our Kayaking Komodo expedition is for you. Perfect for those who love a physical challenge but also cherish quiet times of relaxation. You will be escorted around the Komodo National Park by one of our well trained kayaking guides who not only will give you pointers on how to kayak but also inform you on what you are experiencing on the trip. Our objective is to visit the home of the mighty Komodo Dragon. The Komodo Dragon’s sheer size and power is unbelievable, growing more than 3 metres in length and weighing over 150kg. Although they plod along at a leisurely pace, do not be fooled, when called for, the Dragon can run up to 30 kilometres an hour and strike at lightning speed. We will see a number of these magnificent animals at close range – an experience you will not forget. The Komodo Dragon however is just one attraction of the park, you’ll also likely see buffalo, deer, monkeys and wild pigs. We will be visiting uninhabited islands, snorkelling in crystal clear water above pristine coral. The area boasts some of the best marine life on the planet, with dozens of reefs in which we will snorkel. We will visit sites where manta ray and turtle are common. We will visit caves and islands packed with flying fox as well as remote communities that live off the sea. Our nights will be spent beneath the stars on some uninhabited island.

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Day 1: Arrival in Bali/Jakarta

Arrive in Bali/Jakarta and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight Hotel.

Day 2: Fly Bali/Jakarta to Labuan Bajo. Arrive at Komodo Labuan Bajo airport (B)

You will be met at the airport by one of our team members and taken to Bajo Komodo Eco Lodge. This afternoon you will meet with your guide and then head off for an introduction paddle along the river while enjoying the flora and fauna.

Overnight in Hotel.

Day 3: Labuan Bajo – Bedadhari – Seture Island (B,L,D)

Today we start our adventure. After the safety briefing at Puri Sari beach, we head off to Bedadhari Island for a bit of snorkelling and lunch. After lunch we are off to visit the spectacular site of Goa Rangko cave. Goa Rangko is a grotto with an amazing clear lake seamed by stalactites and stalagmites. After Goa Rangko we will sail back to Seture. Overnight in Safari style tents on Seture beach.

Overnight Safari Tents.

Day 4: Seture – Pungu Kecil – Pungu Island (B,L,D)

After breakfast we start our paddle to Pungu Pearl farm to check out how to source these beautiful products of the sea. Then off to Menjerite for lunch and some snorkelling. We will then paddle to Pungu Island, where we will stay overnight in Safari Tents.

Overnight Safari Tents.

Day 5: Pungu Island- Kukusan – Gado – Warloka – Kaaba (B,L,D)

After a bit of snorkelling just off the beach of Pungu Island and breakfast we start paddling to Kukusan, a local village. If school is in we will visit the school and students. Our next leg is to Gado with its’ wonderful mangroves and snorkelling in a
spot with giant table corals and more. Hopefully one of the resident turtles might say hello. In the afternoon we have
the option of paddling or boating to the fishing village on Rinca to have a stroll. Used to be living with the Dragons in their neighbourhood, the village is now protected by a high fence around the village to keep the beasts out. This will be
followed by a sunset boat ride to a small mangrove island (Kaaba), inhabited by bats. This is a great sight enjoyed from
our top deck with thousands of bats flying into the night sky for their evening meal.

Overnight in cabin on support boat in the park.

Day 6: Rinca – Manta Point – Sebayor Kecil (B,L,D)

Early morning we will rise and boat to the Rinca Ranger’s Office to look for Komodo Dragons. Rinca (pronounced Rin – cha) is the best place in the park to see the Dragons as their numbers and density are larger there. We will be shown around the park by a trained Ranger who will explain the eco-system, the Dragon’s habits, the life of other inhabitants on the island such as the Macaque, Buffalo, Deer, Tree snakes etc.

After a drink at the Ranger’s Cafe’ we will start heading west to Manta Point to hopefully snorkel with these gracious animals. After lunch we will then start our paddle towards the more remote side of Sebayor Kecil to set up our last beach camp for the trip. The remote side of Sebayor Kecil has a beautiful beach and some great coral reefs and fish population so a spot of snorkelling the next morning is encouraged.

Overnight on the remote side of Sebayor Kecil in Safari Tents.

Day 7: Sebayor Kecil – Kanawa – Labuan Bajo (B,L)

After enjoying the reef just off the beach we make our way towards Kanawa through some Mangroves before we hit an
open stretch. We will stop in Kanawa for lunch and more snorkelling before we boat or paddle back to Labuan Bajo.
For those taking up the SCUBA Diving option, this is the day that you can SCUBA Dive at some of the best sites in
the Komodo National Park. Sites change due to weather and water conditions, as well fish conditions such as Batu
Bolong. The SCUBA Boat will pick you up for 2 dives and then drop you back to the hotel in the late afternoon (lunch

Overnight Hotel.

Day 8: Labuan Bajo – Tado Village – Labuan Bajo (B)

Today we will visit local village, Tado Village, where you will have a tour, observe (or participate, if you want) in traditional mat weaving and clay pan making activities, as well as hiking to the see the spider rice fields.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 9: Labuan Bajo – Bali/Jarkarta (B)

We will have a bit of free time before we fly back to Bali/Jakarta today. We can have a swim at the Eco- Lodge pool, go into town and walk around the harbor, or just relax on the sprawling veranda overlooking the sea. You will be met at Bali/Jakarta airport by the hotel and taken there. You can either stay the night at the hotel or fly out to your next destination later that evening. Either way you will have a room available to yourselves.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 10: End of the Adventure (B)

End of your amazing adventure. You can now fly home or extend your stay in Indonesia.


Note: This itinerary can vary due to local conditions and strength of kayaking team. Days can be shortened or lengthened depending on many factors.


Optional Beach Extension


Day 9: Labuan Bajo – Bali/Jakarta (B)

We will have a bit of free time before we fly back to Bali/Jakarta today. We can have a swim at the Eco- Lodge pool, go into town and walk around the harbor, or just relax on the sprawling veranda overlooking the sea. You will be met at Bali/Jakarta airport by our representative and transferred to your hotel in Amed.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 10 & 11 (B)

Days at leisure – Amed.

Day 12 (B)

Morning at leisure – afternoon transfer to Denpasar.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 13: End of the Adventure

End of your amazing adventure. You can now fly home or extend your stay in Indonesia.


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by J. Baxter on Pioneer Expeditions
A really enjoyable new experience!

A new experience for me, one which I really enjoyed. The kayaking was challenging but manageable and the boat was lovely. It was great to be paddling between the islands with fish jumping in front of the kayak and turtles popping up.

by N.Snelling on Pioneer Expeditions
One of the most outstanding trips I have ever done!

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
All of it! Day 4 was probably a stand out, with Komodo dragons in the morning, giant mantas in the afternoon, and a relaxed sunset kayak in the evening. The whole trip was very well organised, a very comfortable support boat, excellent staff, a great mix of activities including time to chill on the boat, and an amazing candle lit evening dinner on the beach.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Just book it!
Main essentials are water shoes, cycling gloves, rash vest (you may be able to buy one from them), sunglasses and hat. A few waterproof plasters, and I used a travel towel for my back as a cushion... made life a lot more comfortable in the kayak.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Part of the permit for camping involved them having to clean plastic waste from the beaches. All the staff on the boat were locals, so booking keeps them in a job.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
One of the most outstanding trips I have ever done. Loved it.

by T. Dale on Pioneer Expeditions
A real-get-away-from-it-all-trip

A real get-away-from-it-all trip, with fabulous snorkelling reefs, fascinating wildlife and varied scenery. Flori and Matias were excellent guides and the boat crew took great care of us all. Highlights included -seeing the enormous Komodo dragons close up, snorkelling with a manta ray & the amazing reefs (especially at Sebayur Island) and seeing thousands of fruit bats taking to the skies from the mangroves.

by A. Athroll on Pioneer Expeditions
Met all my expectations, and more!

There were so many highlights for me. Snorkelling with 20+ mantas is probably the highlight.
The crew were absolutely wonderful. They looked after us so well & did everything they could to make our trip memorable.
This trip met all my expectations, and more! Plenty of activity and sights to see but also plenty of chill time. Amazing staff on the expedition and in the hotels at either end of the trip.

by David on Pioneer Expeditions
Fantastic Trip!

The whole trip, from staying in Lovina pre kayaking to Komodo Dive Resort post katyak were great. The kayaking was fantastic and the support crew great.

by B. Cortes-Martin on Pioneer Expeditions

Brilliant. Lots of fun and plenty of exercise. The boat was excellent and better than expected. The whole team looking after us were amazing and lots of fun. We were so well looked after whilst snorkelling and in the kayaks.

by J. Cummings on Pioneer Expeditions
Indonesia komodo dragon expedition

Had an amazing trip with you guys to Indonesia doing the komodo dragon expedition. A complete immersion into nature... all the animals!! From monkeys, dolphins, turtles, bats, manta rays... to of course the Komodo dragons... it was incredible! With stunning scenery, the most beautiful sunsets and lush coral reefs . Thanks you again!!

by G.Isom on Pioneer Expeditions
Experience of a lifetime

Highlights of the trip - Cave swimming, the waterfall trek, snorkelling, komodo dragons, watching the bats and amazing sunsets from beanbags on top of the boat Paradise! Perfect amount of action and relaxation. I don't think i'll experience bliss like that again.

by K. Effman on Pioneer Expeditions
5* review on Komoda Kayaking

Highlight - The fruit bat viewing at dusk, Rinca Island.
They did a great job adapting to some issues that were unavoidable regarding access to the boat they usually used, and had to scramble in order to find another boat to meet their needs. It was a bit cramped for the trip, but everything was still enjoyable.
Wonderful adventure is the world's last Eden.

by Loly and Steph on Pioneer Expeditions

amazing guide and crew on the support boat. Cannot recommend it highly enough. Wonderful sense of fun and adventure while not feeling too touristy that you were "taking away" from the area.

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  • Duration10 days/9 nights
  • Price£1,795$2,295
  • Upcoming Group Departures 2020 29-Mar, 6-Apr, 14-Apr, 22-April, 1-May, 10-May, 19-May, 29-May, 6-Jun, 17-Jun, 26-Jun,15-Jul, 3-Aug, 12-Aug, 22-Aug, 30-Aug, 11-Sep, 16-Sep, 22-Sep, 30-Sep, 9-Oct, 17-Oct, 26-Oct, 2-Nov, 10-Nov, 20-Nov

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