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Beautiful hike at Padar Island

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.

komodokomodo-5komodo-4View from the bottom, the hills can be steep.

komodo-3Halfway 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.

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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.

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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.

Processed with VSCO with m5 presetProcessed with VSCO with m5 presetAnd that’s me!

Processed with VSCO with m5 presetSpot 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.

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3 comments on “Beautiful hike at Padar Island

  1. Pingback: Quick guide to exploring the Komodo Islands – GIRL WANDERNAUT

  2. Hey, thank for these great info!! Could you please share more details about how did you booked this tour in order to get there earlier? Did you booked online? I am asking because I would like to visit Komodo islands, but I am not sure which is the best way to book each tour and how many days would b necessary in order to enjoy what Komodo islands have to offer. Thanks for all the tips!

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    • Hi, I’m so sorry I missed your comment and I think it might be too late but I’ll answer anyway! I booked this tour right from the shops in front of the hotel itself because I heard that it’s cheaper to book there than online.

      I think it’s best that you enjoy it from the boat and do like a 2 or 3 day tour from the boat if you can handle it because it takes quite some time to travel to these places from Labuan Bajo (because the boats are very slow) and it wastes a lot of time. By the end of the day, I felt super tired already. I booked it on the day I arrived, and went on the tour the next day! If I had to do it again, I would go for the 2-3 days boat tour instead of day tour.

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