Kayaking holiday in Indonesia, Komodo Dragon expedition

“A one-of-a-kind sea kayak and snorkelling expedition - you will paddle around some of Indonesia's most remote beaches and islands in search of the legendary Komodo dragon.”

Highlights

Bali | Labuan Bajo | Sebayor Kecil | Wainilu | Nusa Pimpe | Komodo Park | Rinca Village | Kelor | Cunca Wulang Waterfalls | Opportunities to snorkel around some of the world's most remote and pristine islands

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Our top tip:
If you have skin prone to blistering, take some gloves for kayaking.
Trip type:
Small group, 2-10 adults plus tour guide.
Activity level:
Moderate/challenging. 2-7 hours kayaking daily.
Accomm:
4 nights hotel, 4 nights safari camp, 1 night eco-lodge.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome. Single rooms available in hotels.
Meals:
8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners.
Included:
All accommodation, transfers, listed activities and equipment, park fees, some meals.
Vouchers
Accepted
Holiday type
Small group holidays
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Meet a group leader
As well as taking care of all the day-to-day practicalities, your group leader is the one who will turn your trip into an adventure. Leaders are extraordinary characters – the kind of person who has spent 14 Christmas days on the slopes of Mount Everest, runs marathons wearing tiger suits to raise funds for their conservation and thinks nothing of leading an overland trip in Sudan or Afghanistan. Fearless and inspiring, group leaders are as important as the destination itself.

Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure. As well as doing crazy things like climbing Kilimanjaro 100 times, they also donate their time to local projects supported by travellers – such as rebuilding Sri Lankan villages following the 2004 tsunami.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Kayaking holiday in Indonesia, Komodo Dragon expedition

Environment

We lead and encourage our clients to take responsibility for the environmental impact of the expeditions and we try to minimise the impact of our challenges on the environment within which we operate. We are therefore committed to continual improvement in our environmental performance, preventing pollution and minimising our effects through a complete programme of annual reviews of our expeditions and try to make our activities environmentally and socially positive.

To greatly reduce our impact on the environment there is a maximum of 8-12 team members, which helps to minimise the damage associated with large scale tourism. On our trips we do not leave anything behind where we camp, trek, raft, kayak or sail. We leave places like we found them, in fact we sometimes leave them in better condition. Most of our expeditions do involve some sort of environmentally friendly power such as trekking by foot, paddling a raft or sailing a boat.

As part of this expedition, you will be helping to preserve the local eco-system by cleaning the park of all plastics as we go. Through the work that we and other like minded organisations do, we hope that the Komodo National Park will remain an attraction for our children's children.

Accommodation on the Island of Flores is at an Eco Lodge which is a beach side Lodge located near Labuan Bajo on the Island of Flores. The view out to the Komodo islands from the upstairs restaurant and bar is especially beautiful at sunset. Part of the grounds is set aside as a Coucal (pheasant-like bird) breeding area. The Eco Lodge has adopted Green Globe principles into their management systems.

Green Globe is the global Benchmarking, Certification and improvement system, assisting the international travel and tourism industry to attain sustainability. Green Globe provides a certification system that responds directly to the major environmental problems facing the planet, including climate change, over-use of freshwater resources, destruction of biodiversity, production of solid and biological waste and social issues.

EcoLodges Indonesia also supports the Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSTC Partnership) - a coalition of 32 organizations working together to foster increased understanding of sustainable tourism practices and the adoption of universal sustainable tourism principles. The Partnership, which was initiated by Rainforest Alliance, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Foundation, and the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), launched the Sustainable Tourism Criteria at the World Conservation Congress in October 2008. These criteria provide the minimum standard that any tourism business should aspire to reach in order to protect and sustain the world’s natural and cultural resources while ensuring tourism meets its potential as a tool for poverty alleviation.

We aim to:

- Achieve zero litter, and when appropriate remove local litter
- Avoid pollution from our camp and accommodation activities
- Achieve zero damage and impact to local flora and fauna
- Encourage understanding of the local environment and its fragilities
- Encourage the eating of local foods therefore preserving traditional farming practice
- Encourage the use of biodegradable products especially washing products.
- Ensure good practice on all toilet activities, i.e. avoiding pollution to water courses
- Ensure waste is minimized and recycled whenever possible
- Minimise the use of water

Our commitment to our environmental policy extends to our working environment and all staff recycle and make business decisions with an ethical dimension such as using public transport and maximising the use of email. We are committed to running a business that has as little environmental impact as possible.

Community

All our expeditions are organised and led with a commitment to maximising the benefits of our trips to the local community and minimising the negative impact associated with tourism. We employ local agents and staff, not just to benefit the local economy, but also to give you a real sense of the local culture.

To support the local communities, we sleep and eat in locally-run establishments where possible, and interact sensibly with locals as we believe in positive cultural exchanges so as not to change their lives – this means trade not aid.

Our local guides always include details of the impact of tourism in the area and the positive and negative aspects. Where possible they will encourage participants to follow local customs and adopt practices that work in harmony with the habitat and environment. They will brief on the rights of the porters and muleteers and lead by example in their interaction and conduct.

We will ensure that:

- We pay a fair income for all locally employed staff
- Use local equipment and vehicles when we can
- We purchase food from locally sourced providers
- Use locally owned and run accommodation where possible
- Discourage local begging and giving of cash gifts
- Employ local agents therefore ensuring income is kept in country whenever possible
- Encourage maximum communications between locals and participants to encourage mutual understanding and respect between cultures

Reviews of Kayaking holiday in Indonesia, Komodo Dragon expedition

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 12 Jul 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Sleeping under stars on the boat and on the beach, seeing a turtle whilst snorkeling, kayaking across open water and seeing the blow hole of a large mammal ahead of me, the bats, the komodo dragons, the people, jungle trek, the welcome dance, the school children laughing..... everything really a fantastic and special trip

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Stay for as long as you can!!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes the guides made a real effort to ensure this

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Absolutely fabulous

Reviewed on 11 Aug 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The holiday consisted of two parts, the first was sea kayaking around Komodo National park and the second part was trekking in the northern jungle of Sumatra. The main highlights included seeing Komodo Dragons, orangutans, elephant trekking, the scenery the people I meet and the landscapes. All made the holiday excellent.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Plenty of insect repellent, gloves for the sea kayaking, long socks for the leaches and time to explore the different cultures.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes I felt that the holiday benefited the people that helped with the vacation along with their development with the outside world.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


The holiday was very good, some minor problems were there but this did not affect the overall enjoyment.

Reviewed on 20 Apr 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Far too many to mention, but I'll have a go: sleeping on deserted beaches, a school of dolphins passing just in front of our kayak, seeing a shark while snorkelling, the sound of two very large komodo dragons running through the undergrowth in our direction, great food and an outstanding local guide.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Kayaking is hard work if you're a novice and the wind is against you, but the whole trip is well worth the aching arms. Just book it.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Definitely, Mattias, our guide, and the crew were local to the area and intent on using the money they earned to better the lives of their families. We also visited a local school to donate books, paper and pens. Any rubbish or waste that was generated was collected to be properly disposed of.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


A fantastic mix of activity and relaxation, with great company, excellent food
and a chance to find out more about a relatively unexplored part of the world.

Reviewed on 10 May 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


I loved the kayaking, the snorkelling and seeing the Komodo Dragons.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


It was great but there are only 5 days of actual kayaking on the 10 day trip. Day 1,2,9 and 10 are pretty much free days. The boys on the support boat are great, so friendly and helpful.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes, our guide, Michelle ensured this happened.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was great, would do it again but needs a few more days kayaking in it!

Reviewed on 29 Dec 2010 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Everything was fantastic but I guess the best part was kayaking around the beautiful Komodo islands just my husband and myself in one kayak and our guide in another. The water was crystal clear and the reefs were amazing.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Pack light, you need virtually nothing. Make sure your hands are used to rowing as the only problem I had all holiday was developing a huge blister on my right hand on day one making it more difficult to row. If you are female make sure you are not menstruating otherwise you won't be allowed to visit the komodo dragons which would be terribly disappointing.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes we used local bars and restaurants, local crew and made sure everything we bought with us we also removed. There was however more debris/rubbish in the sea in some areas than I had imagined and although I tried to collect it as I paddled I soon realised it was a lost cause.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Absolutely brilliant! The weather was perfect, the scenery was stunning, the mix of hard work and relaxation was just right and the crew were wonderful and great fun to be with.

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