Kayaking holiday in Indonesia, Komodo Dragon tour
Excluding flights (bali to bali itinerary)
Description of Kayaking holiday in Indonesia, Komodo Dragon tour
If you’ve never paddled a sea kayak, Indonesia is an absolutely stunning place to start as you’ll be able to reach some of the remotest beaches, over vibrant coral reefs, as well as having the chance to get up close to some of the Indonesian islands, inhabited by komodo dragons.
This 12 day kayaking holiday in Indonesia starts off from Bali and gives you unique access to Komodo National Park where an experienced kayaking guide will help you navigate the islands and beaches interspersed with traditional stilt villages.
Swimming, snorkelling and nature trails on dry land more than complement kayaking in Indonesia with chances to walk on Rinca and get up close to komodo dragons, certainly an experience not to be missed.
With numerous other animals to be seen, including: buffaloes, deer, monkeys and wild pigs, this is holiday is a real treat for nature lovers and activity enthusiasts alike and promises to be an adventure that you’ll never forget.
This sea kayaking holiday in Indonesia is perfect for outdoor lovers looking to join a small group of no more than ten like-minded travellers. Physical challenges as well as plenty of chances to relax ensure a healthy balance throughout the 12 day itinerary with guided tours in Komodo National Park offering you the chance to learn a few kayaking skills as well as where to look for flora and fauna.
There are lots of komodo dragons within the park and approaching these animals responsibly is essential advice for travellers. Aside from the opportunities to see real live dragons, you’ll also benefit from exploring on uninhabited islands, snorkelling in glass clear conditions and observing myriad marine creatures and untouched coral whilst manta rays and turtles glide effortlessly by.
Kayaking in Indonesia takes you to coastal caves, untouched beaches and remote island communities living off the land and the sea, with nights under the stars the twinkling cherry on the cake when it comes to offering the most exotic experience imaginable.
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6 Reviews of Kayaking holiday in Indonesia, Komodo Dragon tour
Reviewed on 15 Jan 2020 by Deirdre FordeExcellent, we would recommend it to anyone who enjoys nature and meeting local people Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Oct 2019 by Nicolas SnellingOne of the most outstanding trips I have ever done. Loved it. Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Sep 2017 by Jodie CummingsHonestly everything was amazing! Being completely immersed in nature. Monkeys, dolphins, turtles, manta rays, bats and of course Komodo dragons... oh and some spectacular sunsets! Read full review
Reviewed on 01 Sep 2017 by Andrew FinckSo many to choose from: Singing campfire songs with the crew, guide and group. Snorkelling and seeing the sights. Visiting Komodo Island and the dragons. Read full review
Reviewed on 28 Jun 2017 by Janet White SpunnerSleeping in tents on deserted beaches. Seeing 3 Komodo dragons eating a carcase. The friendliness and helpfulness of everyone Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Jul 2016 by Hazel PerrettAbsolutely fabulous Read full review
PlanetWe 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.
PeopleAll 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
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