Tendering from the ship, guests will arrive at the Komodo Jetty which is the headquarters of the Komodo National Park.
Once ashore, guests will be met by a local tour guide to begin the walking expedition of the island.
Travelling in small groups with the guide and a park ranger, guests will make their way along paths that lead through pockets of thorny vegetation and dry tropical grasslands, senses heightened with anticipation that the dragons will make an appearance. This first-hand look at Komodo will also serve to acquaint guests with other notable species that inhabit the island, as well as the rich surrounding marine environment. Informative commentary will be happily provided by expert guides as guests navigate this unique locale.
After approximately 1 hour walking the trail and stopping at the area's most favourable observation point, guests return to the jetty for the transfer back to ship.
The main attraction here is the Komodo Dragon, although you are likely to also see Rusa (Timor) deer, wild pigs and goats. There are also fascinating endemic species of plants and trees found only in this region.
To comply with the National Park Regulation, and to ensure the safety and security of guests, only those taking part in a shore tour will be able to access Komodo Island.
For visitors safety, guests must be of minimum age of 2 years and older to visit the national park. Women who are currently on their menstrual cycle are requested to advise the park ranger before departing on the tour. Komodo Dragons have an exceptional sense of smell and the ranger may request you to stay close to him / her.
Please make sure you take bottled water, hat, sun screen and decent walking shoes and local currency for additional purchases at the craft market and ranger station.