Kayaking the Komodo archipelago

This program in Komodo islands is for adventure seekers. You will have great fun paddling, snorkeling, hiking and camping between pristine clear water and white/pink sand beaches islands.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Labuan Bajo - Bedadhari Goa Rangko - Seture Island (L,D)

    Labuan Bajo - Bedadhari  Goa Rangko - Seture Island (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.

    - Night : Tent
    - Kayak : 5.3km
    - Navigation : 30km

  • Day 2 Seture - Pungu Kecil - Kelor (B,L,D)

    Seture - Pungu Kecil - Kelor (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 reach Kelor in the afternoon. Kelor has a beautiful beach surrounded by crystal clear water and a small hill which is perfect to climb to watch the sunset over the Komodo National Park.

    - Kayak : 12.5km
    - Night : Tent

  • Day 3 Kelor - Kukusan - Gado - Rinca Village - Kaaba (B,L,D)

    Kelor - Kukusan - Gado - Rinca Village - Kaaba (B,L,D) After a bit of snorkeling just off the beach of Kelor 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 some amazing snorkeling 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.

    - Kayak : 7km
    - Navigation : 9km
    - Night : On board - Cabin

  • Day 4 Rinca - Padar Island - Pink Beach (B,L,D)

    Rinca - Padar Island - Pink Beach (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 towards Padar Island for a trek up the hill to take in the magnificent views of the surrounding islands. After we finish our trek, we will head to our overnight spot - Pink Beach. This exceptional beach gets its striking color from microscopic animals called Foraminifera, which produces a red pigment on the coral reefs. Take a stroll along the beach, swim or just relax for the rest of the afternoon.

    - Navigation : 15km
    - Night : On board - Cabin

  • Day 5 Pink Beach - Manta Point - Sebayor Kecil (B,L,D)

    Pink Beach - Manta Point - Sebayor Kecil (B,L,D) After a morning swim we will head towards Manta Point to hopefully snorkel with these gracious animals and after lunch we will then start our paddle towards Sebayor Kecil to set up our last beach camp for the trip. Sebayor Kecil has a beautiful beach and some great coral reefs and fish population so a spot of snorkeling the next morning is encouraged.

    - Kayak :10km
    - Navigation : 9km
    - Night : tent

  • Day 6 Sebayor Kecil - Kanawa - Labuan Bajo (B, L)

    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 snorkeling before we boat or paddle back to Labuan Bajo.

    - Kayak : 19km

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

The itinerary starting and finishing point is Labuan Bajo, Flores.

Period & budget

When to travel?

The best period for travelling is during the following months:

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Price

From 1 235 euros per person ( based on 6 travelers)

The budget is an indication of the price per person, subject to availability. Your local agent will send you a customized quote with the exact price. The price can vary according to availability, level of services, period of travel, number of participants, booking time frame and other items.

Included

- Kayak use with all safety gear including vest, paddle etc
- 3 Nights in Safari Style tents in National Park
- 2 nights accommodation in cabin on our support boat.
- National park fees and ranger in Rinca Island
- Professional local English speaking guide throughout expedition
- Eco toilet and toilet tent
- All meals on expedition

Not included

-International and domestic Airfares
-Airport Tax
-Travel Insurance for your trip
-Still and movie camera fees in the Komodo National Park
-Tips
-Alcoholic beverages

Notes

- For the nights onboard, cabins are shared by group members of the same gender and we might not be able to accommodate couples in the same room that night.

Terms and conditions

Booking conditions

Booking a trip with us implies acceptance of the terms and conditions of sale. Each customer is required to complete a registration form and, subject to availability at the time of registration, travellers are expected to pay a deposit of 30% of the total price to complete their booking. Payments can be made online or by bank transfer. You will receive an e-mail with your booking confirmation.

Invoice procedure

Once your booking is confirmed you will receive an invoice by e-mail. The full balance of the trip must be received at least 30 days before your departure date. We reserve the right to cancel your booking, free of charge, if this deadline is not respected.

Cancellation policy

If for any reason you have to cancel your trip, we require written confirmation of your decision so please contact us by e-mail, fax or letter. The money you have paid will then be refunded according to the following deductions:
  • Cancellation received more than 30 days prior to the departure date: No cancellation fees.
  • Cancellation received 30 to 21 days before the departure date: 30% of trip price will be retained.
  • Cancellation received within 20 days of the departure date: 70% of trip price will be retained.
Please note if you decide to cancel your trip having agreed, in writing, to pay for additional tailor-made services (hotel, additional flights or activities...), these services are usually non-refundable.

If we have to cancel a departure due to an insufficient number of participants, you will be informed no later than 21 days before departure and a full refund will be issued, you will not be entitled to further compensation. We reserve the rights to cancel departures due to exceptional circumstances which may impact the safety of participants. Such circumstances may include those amounting to 'force majeure' in which case participants will receive a full refund but they will not be entitled to any compensation.

Changes to travel contract

If you wish to make a change to your booking please contact us in writing; you will be expected to pay any fee which might arise from this change. In the event of unforeseen external events, Altaï Indonesia may change some aspects of the travel contract. If any changes are necessary you will be informed as quickly as possible.

Pricing

The prices on our website are updated regularly and all of the prices we advertise are accurate when published. We reserve the rights to make changes to any of these prices. Before you make a booking we will give you the up-to-date price of your chosen holiday including any supplements, upgrades or additional activities you may have requested. If the number of travellers is fewer than the indicated number of participants on the website, a small group surcharge may be applied. For all of our trips we include details of services, prices and what is/is not included but please be aware that changes to the prices may be necessary in accordance with exchange rates or price changes of various components of the journey.

Contract transfer

If you are unable to travel for any reason, you can transfer your booking to another person in which case our modification conditions apply. Both the transferor and transferee will be jointly and severally liable for payment of the total holiday price and other associated expenses. Some airline carriers treat name changes as cancellations and you may be required to pay for the cost of a new ticket.

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you take out personal travel insurance for your trip with Altaï Indonesia as soon as your booking is confirmed. We advice you to purchase a travel insurance policy which covers flight cancellations, luggage loss and emergency health care. Please look carefully at which activities are covered by your insurer and do not forget to bring all necessary documents and information with you (name of the company, name of the contract, insurance policy number, telephone number...)

Practical info

Staff

- English speaking kayaking guide + Local crew onboard of the boat

Food

Dinners, lunches and breakfasts are served in the boat or picnics. Be careful not to drink water from a source you are not sure about. When walking, water must be systematically treated, and in the city, capped water only.

Your guide will provide you with mineral water every day to fill your gourd/bottle morning and evening.

--> We also ask you to bring a filtering bottle/person for this stay.

Accommodation

- The boat :  Escorting us in the Park will be our new 19m X 4m support boat and small tender.   The boat is crewed by a Captain, a Cook and a Deck Hands.   The boat has a bath room, with a western toilet, and a shower. At the front there is plenty of space for relaxing along with a large covered in dining room at the rear of the boat.  Our boat is equipped with 4 cabins and the upper deck has a sun lounge deck with bean bags and deck chairs. We can even set up a hammock for you.

- The tents : When on the islands we have very comfortable insect resistant Safari Style tents that you can stand up in. You will sleep on stretcher style beds which are very comfortable and we even have small stools to sit on around camp. We set up a bush toilet with a toilet tent for some privacy and a nice toilet seat to sit upon.

*A shower with running water and hot water are not available for every night

Transportation

You only carry your things for the day, your heavy luggage stays on the bus during the day and your activities.

Budget & exchange

The currency in Indonesia is the Indonisian Rupiah, Rp (IDR)
Visit http://www.xe.com for the latest currency converter and exchange rates. You can withdraw Indonesian Rupiahs from in-country ATMs or exchange money at the airport/local currency exchange offices. ATMs and exchange desks are only found on bigger islands like Bali (Denpasar, Ubud, Sanur). The cost of an average meal in Java is around 3€ to 8€; in Bali it is 4€ to 11€.

When purchasing souvenirs, we ask that our travellers resist the tempatation to buy traditional items which are part of local families/the countries heritage. We also ask our travellers to respect the Species Protection Agreements (CITES) which aims to protect more than 2,500 species of animals and 30,000 species of threatened plants by prohibiting the trade of hides, ivory, scales, corals, shells, and the import of live exotic animals.

Tips

Tipping is not an obligation and must be left to everyone's discretion. However, in Indonesia it is common practice to leave one when you are satisfied with the service provided. Its amount depends on the assessment of the latter and must take into account the local economy. Tips that are too high, given the general standard of living of the country visited, destabilize local economic balances.

An amount of 3 to 6 euros per person/day to be divided in two (guide / driver and logistics) is the average.

As a reminder, tips are a supplement and do not replace their remuneration. Indeed, anyone who intervenes on our trips is paid elsewhere.

Vital equipment

We recommend packing:
For your head:
  • A cap or sunhat
  • A good pair of sunglasses (level 3 or 4, glacier)
For your core:
  • 1 or 2 sets of thermals: long-sleeved thermal tops and full-length long johns
  • Long sleeved and short sleeved t-shirts, appropriate for hiking in
  • 1 fleece or equivilent
  • A breathable wind proof, waterproof jacket (Gore-Tex...)
  • A rain cape or protective waterproof bag for your daybag
For your legs:
  • 1 or 2 pairs of long shorts
  • 1 pair of walking trousers
For your feet and hands:
  • Your hiking boots (high-cut, thick soles...)
  • A pair of trainers
  • A pair of sandels for wearing in the sea
  • Thick walking socks
To keep you hydrated:
  • A good filtering water bottle (min. 1.5 l)
For snorkelling:
  • A swimsuit
  • A long-sleeved rash vest to protect you
  • A short or pants to protect you
And do not forget:
  • A good sun-cream (SPF 50+, water resistant, biodegradable...)
  • Insect repellant
  • Towel(s)
  • A wash bag - your personal toiletries... biodegradable soap, shampoo and toothpaste, a toothbrush.

Camping equipment

- Sleeping bag - comfort 10 degrees
- Headlamp + spare batteries

Helpful equipment

For your comfort:
- multi-purpose pocket knife.
- toiletries kit: biodegradable soap and shampoo, toothbrush, biodegradable toothpaste, razor, "no rinse" hand washing gel,...
- micro-fibre towel: intended for travel, it dries very quickly.
- bath towel or sarong
- waterproof "Zip Lock" pockets: to protect your important documents: passport, money or electronic devices: cameras, phones so they are not wet.
- plastic bags / or garbage bags: for waterproofing your belongings or to put your dirty belongings in.
- camera and/or camcorder and spare batteries and/or batteries. (Don't forget the battery charger).
- earplugs.

Luggage

All your luggage must be divided into 2 bags:

-->A flexible travel bag with side zipper giving easier access to its contents such as a marine bag of about 80 L and a maximum of 15 Kg. Luggage is transported by vehicle/boat

-->A 30-litre backpack to carry your belongings for the day.

--> A 20/30L waterproof bag to carry your personal belongings in the kayak

Passport

To go to Indonesia travelers need a passport which is valid for at least six months after the date of entry. It is your responsibility to confirm your specific passport requirements and proof of onwards travel is required.

Visa

Travelers staying in Indonesia for less than 30 days do not need to obtain a visa. It is your responsibility to confirm your specific visa requirements.

Mandatory vaccines

No mandatory vaccinations are required to visit Indonesia. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diptheria, Typhoid and Hepatitis A.

Health information & recommendations

It is your responsibility to check that your personal insurance covers everything in this trip. A consultation with your doctor is a prerequisite for any trip. Malaria prophylaxis is advised if your trip goes to Flores, Komodo, Sumatra, Sulawesi, the Sundra Islands or Kalimatan. Anti-malaria treatments are not necessary in Bali, Java or Lombok. Avoid contact with mosquitoes as much as possible: apply repellents, wear long trousers/sleeves and sleep with a mosquito net. The World Health Organisation can provide further details of the latest health news and medical advice.

Weather

Indonesia is positioned on both sides of the equator making it subject to a similar climate year round. As a rule the South is generally drier and less hot. The average temperature ranges between 24°C and 35°C (75°F and 95°F). We cannot guarantee no rain but we can suggest that the best season to visit Indonesia is the dry season, from mid-April to October/November.

Electricity

Indonesia uses European-style plugs with two round pins. Voltage is normally 220 V 50 Hz except in a few places where it is 110 V.

Sustainable tourism

As adventure and wilderness travel experts who run trips to some of the most remote parts of the world, we take responsible tourism very seriously.

We respect the ‘Leave No Trace’ outdoor ethical code and try to explore this beautiful location whilst causing minimal environmental damage.

The Leave No Trace policy can be summarized in 7 simple steps which we hope you will follow during our trip...
  1. Be prepared
  2. Stick to trails and camp overnight right
  3. Stash your trash and pick up waste
  4. Leave it as you find it
  5. Be careful with fire
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors

Over the years we have built up good relations with our local suppliers and we are keen to support local businesses as much as possible. We are a small company and we pay our local partners and suppliers directly insuring fair rates.

Our small group sizes not only provide a more intimate adventure but also cause less impact on the environment and local communities.

We expect all who travel with us to support and uphold our Sustainable Tourism philosophies.
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Candice

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Candice

  • Lives in Bali
  • Passion for Hiking
  • Customized Trip
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Region
Flores & Komodo
Activity
Kayaking
Duration
6 days
Code
KAYAKOMODO
Price
From €1,235
Level
2/5
Comfort
2/5

Strengths

- Meet with the  dragons
- Paddle through white sand beaches islands
- Snorkel great coral reefs
- Enjoy camping in remote areas 

Required level

Moderate
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