When you embark on an adventure to Komodo National Park you probably only expecting Komodo to be the only unique creature that you might find on land. But there’s a small island located near the border of Komodo National Park called Kalong Island. Usually, when you went with Boat Charter Komodo, they will take you there for a short trip before entering Komodo Island.
Visiting Kalong Island via Boat Charter Komodo is the simplest way
Kalong in the Javanese language means Bat. You might already guess why the island is called that by now, but yeah… the reason Is that there’s a large population of bats inhabiting this island. Other than bats, there’s also a group of dangerous animals like snakes roaming the island. Therefore, going to this island by yourself is certainly not safe.
That’s why you will need a guide while traveling the island, and the cost for one day can reach IDR 3 million. Considering there’s not much to explore on the island, it’s really not worth spending that much on one day. So alternatively you can join a trip with boat charter Komodo and the fee for the guide is already included in the package, it’s more convenient that way and you can also guarantee to get a professional guide.
What’s to see in Kalong Island?
Kalong Island is surrounded by mangrove forests, and the bats can be seen on the trees during daylight shielding themselves from the heat of the sun. But do we come all the way here just to see bats hiding in the trees? Of course not. Well, there are some bats that already flying around at noon but the real attraction begins after sundown, at around 6 PM.
By that time, you can hear faintly the bats are making a screeching sound to communicate with each other. And after a while, hundreds of them start flying from the trees into the skies. These bats are flying towards Flores island, where there are lots of fruit trees and plantation to get food, and then into the Komodo Island.
You can enjoy the sight of this unique phenomenon near the shores or in the boat. You can even request the captain to adjust the boat to get a better view. I mean, where else can you see a swarm of bats flying in the sky while enjoying your drinks right?
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Aside from its population of bats, this island also has a good snorkeling and diving spots. Like Manta Point, there are population of jellyfish in the area. Although not as beautiful as other diving spots, the sight of jellyfish swimming through the coals can truly be a sight to behold.
So, what are you waiting for?
Witness yourself the magnificent Kalong Island and make your holiday something to remember! Contact Boat Charter Komodo nearby and prepare to meet these flying creatures dancing through the night sky!
Packing for your highly anticipated Komodo cruises Labuan Bajo can be a chore; but it can also be something you look forward to if you know what you’re doing. While going on a cruise is another form of travel, there are some significant differences that you’re going to have to adjust to, on top of trying not to overpack in general! So how do you pack for an upcoming Komodo boat trip across the majestic Flores seas?
Komodo cruises Labuan Bajo: protect your important items in water-resistant bags
While you usually do this only for your toiletries, now it’s time to protect most of your items in materials that are water-resistant, or completely water-proofed. Water resistant bags are essential mostly to protect your stuff from splashes. And although you wouldn’t get your laptop anywhere near water, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Other important items that you may want to protect in water-resistant or water-proofed bags are your passport and other required identity documents. Don’t forget to have a couple of copies for emergency (loss or stolen)!
Bring your very own personal care items
Be aware that during your Labuan Bajo Flores cruise, you’re going to live on the seas full-time. This automatically means that you won’t get any of the comfort and conveniences you have when you are ashore—some things that you just didn’t realize you’ve taken for granted. There won’t be any shops that you can go to if you’d like to buy some personal items.
If you’re not a fan of bringing your own toiletries during travels (and many people don’t because of how easy it is obtaining them on their destination), you may want to consider that during your trip in Komodo cruises Labuan Bajo. Prepare for travel-sized toiletries, lotions, sunscreens, medications, and whatever you may need because you can’t expect to easily obtain them in your destination. The Flores and Komodo islands in themselves are remote areas, so even if you’re inland, if you need to find a particularly specific item, it’s going to be very difficult.
Never underestimate seasickness during a cruise!
Although some people who got seasick inherited it, virtually anyone could get seasick. Seasickness could attack anyone whose immune system is not at its best state. So don’t take your chances! During your Labuan Bajo cruise, bring some seasickness supplement and medications when necessary. You don’t want to ruin your Flores tour thanks to lack of foreseeable preparations. Puking isn’t fun!
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Pack attires appropriate for your scheduled activities in Flores
While clothes are things you certainly wont’ forget, what you need to ask yourself is, are you bringing the right clothes? How do you conclude that you’re packing the right clothes for your Komodo cruises Labuan Bajo anyway?
A rule of thumb is that you need to pack your clothes according to the activities and the itineraries you’re going to have in your destination.
- A dress or a button up shirt for a nice dinner with your friends or your partner aboard.
- Swimsuit for when you go ashore or if the impulse to snorkel strikes.
- Dive suits if you dive! But you don’t need to be told that.
- Loose-fitting shirts for a casual day out and a day of trekking. Indonesia is a tropical country and the heat can be unforgiving, don’t underestimate good quality breathable clothing!
Remember that living aboard on a cruise often means limited spaces. Aside from living spaces, this of course extends to storage spaces as well. If you ended up not wearing some things (or many things) that you’ve packed, then it’s time for you to re-evaluate how you pack for vacations.