Komodo Island (Part 3)

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I could say that I really went with my gut when I decided to arrange my trip to Komodo. I didn’t have any idea what to do there, I didn’t imagine what kind of holiday I would have and I didn’t even know how to arrange my itinerary. It’s not just because Komodo Island at that time wasn’t on my list of must-visit places, but also majority of tourists that go to that island are foreigners, not locals. There might be some, but we can’t compare it with foreigners. It’s a sad fact, but that’s it, Indonesians tend to perceive going abroad as more cool.
On the first day, we spent the day at the hotel and had some rest. We began the long journey to Komodo Island on the second day. My guide phoned me and informed us that we needed to be at the harbor at about 6 o’clock. They chose that time as the tide is low and the stream will easily bring us to the sea. Shortly speaking, best time for sailing.
Choosing the cheapest way to go to Komodo Island, we found a tour agency that provided a sail along with the crew and guide. It wasn’t a phinisi or a cruise but a fisherman boat. The type of the boat varies depending on your budget. If you go in a group of more than 5, I suggest you choose a phinisi or even a cruise. Not only will you be able to stay on a boat, but you can also stop by on some island (depends on the package) for snorkeling or diving. The package is normally all in one, so they will provide breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner along with diving or snorkeling equipment. 
The weather on that day was just perfect. The visibility was clear enough that we could see every scattered island that we crossed. The breeze was caressing our faces pleasantly, bringing with it the aroma of salt typical of the sea. We moved slowly for about 4 or 5 hours. At about 11 am we finally arrived on the island.

Admission for the national park + guide

Picture

Before we went through the trail, we needed to buy an admission ticket for the national park. I was so amazed that the price was nothing compared to the strange museum which I visited in another country where I was required to pay 4 or 5 times higher than this. The fee for the national park costs only 2 dollars and with the guides it was 5 dollars (in 2012).
Again, I want to remind you several times that “YOU NEED A GUIDE. IT’S A MUST!” Even if you are Indiana Jones, Tarzan or Crocodile Dundy, don’t be silly and stupid by not using guide. I might give you an example of stupid tourists that refused to use guide as they felt so confident.

TO DO:

  1. Cover all your wounds. Komodo can smell blood from 5 km.
  2. Use mosquito repellent.
  3. Wear comfortable sandals and clothes. It is very hot inside the jungle and you will sweat a lot.
  4. In case you need to stop, tell your guide so you won’t be left by your group.
  5. Empty your “stomach” because you will not find any toilet here.

NOT TO DO:

  1. For women, please don’t hesitate to tell your guide if you are in period. They will ask you also and don’t try to hide it for your own sake. I know it sounds uncomfortable.
  2. Don’t shout or don’t make too much noise. As you are, Komodo don’t like if their guests suddenly make a noise or shout when they have a nap.
  3. Don’t throw any rubbish.

Trail: they have three kinds of trails, correct me if I am wrong: 500 m, 1 km and 5 km. I took the longest trail as the 500 or 1 km was too short for such a long trip from Jakarta – Komodo Island.

Admission to the national park: 50.000 IDR/pax
Admission for the park: 20.000 IDR/pax
Guide: 50.000 IDR/pax
For taking pictures: 50.000 IDR.
The price might be changed. These are the prices in 2012.
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