This two-day adventure tour with a private local guide includes an overnight stay in a 4-star lodge and three meals. With transport by private vehicle and private boat, and all of your itinerary details taken care of by your guide, this journey is a fantastic way for the adventuresome-minded to explore Indonesia’s wild side!
Day 1: Denpasar – Labuan Bajo (L,D)
After pickup from your hotel, catch your 8:30am flight from Denpasar, Bali, and meet your private guide upon arrival in Labuan Bajo, Flores. Your guide will transfer you directly to the harbor to get on board a private motorized boat for a two-hour ride.
After a welcome briefing, cruise to Rinca Island in UNESCO World Heritage-listed Komodo National Park, and enjoy lunch aboard the boat. Along the way, your guide will prepare you for the adventure ahead – including an afternoon hike on Rinca Island.
After you disembark from the boat, hop on the trail to find the awe-inspiring Komodo dragons, the world’s largest living species of monitor lizard. These giants can grow to a maximum length of 10 feet (3 meters) and weigh up to 330 pounds (150 kilograms).
Your guide will point out the Komodo dragons and their natural habitat, as well as other unique wildlife in Komodo National Park, the only area in the world where the Komodo dragons are found. See where the giant lizards take their sunbaths or how they inspect burrows to lay their eggs – as many as 20 at a time.
During the 3.5- to 4-hour hike, keep an eye out for long-tailed macaques, wild water buffaloes, Timor deer, monkeys, wild horses, boars and various birds. Some of these large animals are prey for the Komodo dragons, but don’t worry – you’ll be safe at all times with your guide!
Next, head by private boat to Kalong Island, where you’ll discover thousands of fruit-eating bats. As the sun slowly sets, watch as they flitter from their nests against the dramatic glow of dusk and see why they’re often referred to as flying foxes.
After your full-day adventure, return to Labuan Bajo by boat and check in at your hotel. Afterward, enjoy dinner with your guide at local restaurant.
Overnight: Bajo Eco Lodge (or similar) in Labuan Bajo
Day 2: Labuan Bajo – Denpasar (B)
After breakfast at your hotel, your guide will take you by private vehicle to visit a local market in Labuan Bajo. Here, discover a wealth of local goods such as fruit, seafood and meat -- produced in this former fishing village.
Then, continue to Batu Cermin – translated as Mirror Rock in Indonesian – an impressive limestone outcrop that belongs to a series of caves. Your guide will point out how the formation got its name as you watch the sunlight reflect off the rock, creating a spectacular visual effect on the cave walls.
At Batu Cermin Cave, look for native wildlife such as the long-tailed monkeys, and enjoy an incredible panoramic view of the mainland and islands near Labuan Bajo. Finally, your guide will transfer you to the airport for your flight back to Bali.