Photos of Padar Island, Komodo National Park’s third largest island, have been circulating on social media recently. Many people are enticed to visit since the photographs are so appealing. The island existence is not as well-known as that of Komodo or Rinca Islands, but its beauty is equal to that of the two. One of the islands included in the UNESCO world heritage list is this one.
Location of the Padar island
This island, located in Flores, East Nusa Tenggara, is home to Komodo dragons, just like Komodo Island. This island is quite unique, particularly in terms of its great natural tourism. This Island is separated from Komodo Island by the Leech Strait and is located closer to Rinca than Komodo Island. Although it is close to Komodo National Park, you will not find Komodo dragons because the food chain on this island is not as rich as the islands of Komodo and Rinca. It will be a lot of fun to travel around Komodo National Park’s third-largest island. The majority of the island is made up of high hills contours, coral reefs, and savanna, each with its own distinct characteristics.
What To do
The summit of Padar Island is the place to go if you’re looking for Instagram-worthy photo opportunities. Because you can see the saddle that connects the two parts of Padar from this top. Of course, the best time to take shots is when the sun is shining brightly in the afternoon. Because seeing the sunset from this vantage point is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. And, of course, there’s a lovely photo canvas.
The trekking is quick and easy. It takes roughly 45 minutes to an hour to complete. You will, however, witness stunning scenery. Because the climate is rather hot, it is best to wear a hat during the day. Don’t forget to use outdoor shoes. Because indeed the terrain you will face is not that smooth. Instead of getting injured, it’s better to wear shoes that are intended for trekking.
How to get there?
This Leech Strait has a fairly strong current and has big waves. If you choose to take a boat, be prepared to face big waves.
To get to Padar, you can use a plane that is only a few hours from Jakarta or take a ferry from Labuan Bajo.
Well, if you want to save your budget, you can take the bus first and then continue by boat.
Although it takes a struggle to get here, through the strait if you choose to take a boat, then up a steep hill. It takes about 45 minutes to an hour drive to get to the hill.
Many tourists choose to live on board to explore East Nusa Tenggara. The budget will be more expensive than sharing costs or using PELNI ships. But you can have a fun and memorable private trip with your family, friends, or partner.