The quick hike at Padar Island in Komodo National Park is one of the most breathtaking sceneries Indonesia has to offer. Also, it’s just a 30 minute trek up to the top! Yay to that! Padar Island is out of this world – massive and oddly-shaped island, beaches with three different colors, dramatic rolling hills. I feel like I’m transported back to a Jurassic era!!!
Padar Island is usually included in the typical day tour package, as part of the first stop before heading off to view the famous komodo dragons. We got up at 5.30am, and took a 2h45m~3h boat ride from Labuan Bajo.
For more information about traveling to the Komodo Islands, you can read my quick guide. It includes how to get here from Singapore, what to see and do, etc.
View from the bottom, the hills can be steep.
Halfway up, and you can already get a preview of the beautiful beaches.
And a very steep climb under the blazing sun, we are finally here. To get that postcard perfect photo. We came a little earlier than the rest of the tour groups, so we had this area to ourself. Around fifteen minutes later, it was getting crowded. No opportunity for an empty shot.
Remember to wear bright colors like orange and red, so you’ll stand out in a shot like this 😉 I wish I wore another color. My friends didn’t notice me sitting there!!! I also decided to bring my drone out to play. The weather was perfect.
View from 100m up. The humans are super tiny, but the difference in the photos taken from land and drone are not thaaaat drastic. Still beautiful, of course.
And that’s me!
Spot the tiny humans. This is the route up to the viewpoint. It’s high.
Remember to wear sandals or covered shoes. Slippers would be a hassle! Remember to put on sunblock, stay hydrated, and wear a hat if you must. Also, the sandy path can get very slippery when you head back down. I fell on my butt a couple of times. Have fun!
Thinking of heading to the Komodo Islands but don’t know where to start? Read my quick guide here.