May to September
KOMODO NATIONAL PARK SAILING ROUTE | MAY TO SEPTEMBER
Sail the waters of Komodo, a National Park and UNESCO World Heritage site, which is home to the world’s largest lizard – the Komodo dragon.
The Komodo National Park is located within the Lesser Sunda Islands and consists of the three large islands of Komodo, Padar and Rinca as well as 26 smaller ones.
Accessible only by boat, they offer unparalleled views and easy hikes on grassy slopes. Guests can enjoy world-class diving and snorkelling in warm turquoise waters abundant with marine life as well as dramatic white sandy beaches.
Komodo is easy to get to, being just a one-hour flight from Bali to the new airport at Labuan Bajo. Itineraries can be extended to 10 or 14 days to include Sumba or Maumere.
Also known as the Komodo monitor, these lizards can grow up to 3m in length. Hunting in groups, they can bring down prey as large as deer. Most of the time, they satisfy themselves with carrion. As they have a venomous bite and anticoagulants secreted from their glands, it's best to keep at a safe distance. However, the dragons are listed as a vulnerable species on the IUCN list and remain an alluring attraction for many visitors to the area. Excursions are accompanied by a park ranger.
KELIMUTU VOLCANIC LAKES - ONLY ON MAUMERE EXTENSION
Set at 1000m above sea level are three crater lakes, which change colour according to the volcanic activity and varying mineral content. The water tends to be red or green.
Reputedly one of only a handful pink beaches in the world. The sand has a soft pink hue, tinged by the high quantity of Organ Pipe Coral growing on the surrounding reefs, which breaks off and washes up on the shore. While other corals normally fade, this retains is bright red color and mixes with the usual white sand.