Located in the heart of the Komodo National Park, surrounded by strong Indian Ocean water currents. The Komodo Boat is the only way to get to Padar island.
Padar Island had only been a popular tourist attraction in Komodo National Park for around four years. This island was not formerly as well-known as Rinca Island and the Komodo Islands. There are a few Komodo Dragons on this island, but you don’t have to be concerned because they live in the northern part of the island, far from where the tourists congregate and climb. Patrols from the Komodo National Park are stationed at the Komodo dragon’s area 24 hours a day.
So, what makes Padar one of Komodo Island’s most famous tourist destinations? The first is the magnificence of the huge stretches of white-sand beaches with crystal-clear water. On Padar, there are six beaches, however only one is open to the public. When you reach the top of the island, you’ll be treated to a panoramic view of the entire Komodo National Park.
Padar Island is riddled with mystery and controversies of its own. A lot of Komodo village people once told a story about the island having a rich gold mining content. As a result, the island was once contested by various private companies seeking to illegally exploit the island of Padar by attempting to establish a hotel under the guise of tourism and conservation. Although the veracity of the story remains a question, some locals in Kampung Komodo and other nearby communities continue to believe it.
What is the best way to get to Padar Island?
Padar Island is only accessible by boat. The city of Labuan Bajo provides the most convenient access. There are several methods to get to Labuan Bajo, but flying is the simplest and fastest. Several flights connect Jakarta, Bali, Lombok, Surabaya, Makassar, and Kupang to and from Labuan Bajo.
Padar tour hiking
Trekking to the top of Padar might take anything from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on your physical condition. If you get fatigued, take a few rests because the sun in the Komodo national park is scorching. Bring sunscreen, hiking sandals or shoes, hats, and sunglasses, as well as bottled water provided by our Komodo cruise crew.
Padar is around 240 meters above sea level, with almost 750 steps to ascend. In the distance, you can see the entire Komodo National Park as well as Komodo Island.
On Padar, there are Komodo Dragons, although they are extremely rare and only found in the far north of the island, which is inaccessible to humans. Professional rangers from the Komodo National Park patrol the region 24 hours a day.
Humans are not permitted to stay overnight or camp on the island of Padar, according to officials from the Komodo National Park. On the island of Padar, dragons still exist. Padar Island may only be visited by renting a liveaboard Komodo boat. The boat will be moored on the sand.