The best Komodo Liveaboard experience didn’t happened overnight. Ever since its nomination as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, Komodo National Park still surprise us with a lot of natural beauty. The region used to draw only the bravest and most adventurous traveler among all. Someone who’s courageous enough to stand face to face with the largest, deadliest lizard on earth; the man-eating Komodo dragons.
As the time goes, tourism continues to expand beyond the lair of dragons and people begin to discover beautiful places around Komodo Island. The ‘Lost World’ slowly unveil the natural beauty, showing spectacular panoramic views, pristine beaches, and vibrant marine life that previously were hidden behind the hills. Today, a trip to Komodo would never be complete without a visit to the neighbouring islands. With so much beautiful destinations lay apart on the Flores Sea, it’s hard to not taking the liveaboard for exploring the region.
Today, unlike what it was on ten years ago, now you can bring the entire family to enjoy Komodo and sail with the liveaboard. It’s time to soak up the sunshine and arrange the best Komodo liveaboard itinerary to suit a family’s need.
What Are the Best Komodo Liveaboard Destination for Kids?
Though the Komodo dragons used to chomps on man in the past, today they are strictly protected by Komodo’s rangers, agreed to be a National Ambassador, and tried their best to behave like one. Unless you are not venturing too close to the dragons or too far from the rangers, nothing should be concerned.
Komodo, in the other hand, is a very interesting object for kids. These dragons are the closest encounter kids can have to the prehistoric era. Though in no way Komodo are related with dinosaur, children who have great interest to dinosaurs will be very excited to meet the dragons with their own eyes. There are way more things for kids to learn than what they can get from picture book.
After an adventurous session in Komodo Island, make Pink Beach as your next stop. Kids will definitely love to play with the rosy-tinted sands. If your kids can snorkel, it’s a perfect place to take them for a snorkel. Beside the lively marine life, you can show the kids red corals and what cause the beach to turn like a dreamland.
Padar Island (If You Don’t Have Toddler)
Padar Island might be one of the best Komodo liveaboard destination of all times. The tiny island features rugged hills which, on its top peak, you can see the whole National Park landscape spread across the region. Padar Island is great to show kids difference between jungle and savannah, a little bit of topography, and endurance of hiking. However, you might want to drop Padar from the list if you are travelling with toddler due to the steep hike.
Kanawa is a lovely tiny island right next to the mainland Flores. It has one of the brightest water around Komodo and a bungalow to rest for a night. Snorkelling here is spectacular with not-so-strong currents that will be safe for children. Kids would love seeing seabed full of corals and a brimming sea life that comes in all sizes and shapes. It almost like swimming right in Discovery channel that they used to watch every Saturday. When they got tired from snorkel, Kanawa has little hills where they can see the shore and little birds who came very often to the nearest branch.
Bat Island (a.k.a Kalong Island)
Speaking about Discovery channel, the Bat (Kalong) Island should definitely be in your list. Talk to your Komodo liveaboard operator that you want to watch sunset in Kalong Island. Just before the dusk, your captain will tether the boat near Kalong Island. It’s time to wait. Let your family immerse in anticipation, before seeing hundreds and hundreds of big bats bursting from an inhabited islands right when the sun is setting, flying to the next island for foods. The scorching sounds of the bats might scare the young ones, so make sure you are present to make them feel safe.
When you are arranging a family tip to Komodo, you’ll want to accommodate all the family needs. Choose the destination by balancing family fun with little bits of education here and there, and it’s gonna be the best Komodo liveaboard trip ever for your little family