Padar Island tour is definitely a must do if you are having a Komodo trip. Who doesn’t love Padar? Though every island in Komodo National Park is amazing, Padar is just the most stunner of all.
It’s one of those rare landscape that will make you gasps in wonder. The surrealist landscape seems like came out straight from a film set. When it’s just out of rainy season, the undulating hills is bright with fresh green grass, lined by three colored beaches. The turquoise-blue ocean wraps the hills perfectly, creating a high contrast scenery that’s very pleasing to the eye. And when the dry season comes, the island turns into a woodland savannah.
Padar is a place that will make you believe in paradise once again.
What to do in Padar Island Tour
A Journey to the Peak
Hiking is the most popular activities (and arguably the only reason people come) in Padar. The track, start from Padar’s little wooden deck, lead to a spectacular view of the bays form the summit. This is where you can see three deep bays on both sides of the islands, each one is unique to another. One is your usual white sandy beach, one is jet black (but not less beautiful!), and one is the most cherished Pink beach.
The journey to the peak itself is not less beautiful. The bays peeking from the hillside, almost begging for a quick snap. You could clearly see how clear the turquoise water are, in contrast with the green grasses/ yellow savannah. It’s gonna be a journey with a lot of photography break. This is one hiking trek that keeps giving!
Take the Best Panoramic Shoot
When you have reach the peak, you’ve come to the most famous spot in the entire Komodo National Park. This is the spot where photographers usually fly their drone to capture the entire surrounding. It’s where people take their famous selfies with Padar’s amazing rugged hills in the background. Almost every people in Padar Island tour has one thing in mind: they come for the superb birds-eye view. Take your time to absorb the amazing view. It’s not something you get every day.
Find Your Personal Spot
Escape from the hoards of fellow tourists and photographers from the main spots of Padar. Explore the side hills and walk on unpaved paths. Some cliffs nearby will give you one of the most exotic scenery you’ll ever have. Enjoy the serene view of the batten islands and surrounding ocean. If you are having Padar Island tour with liveaboard, take the chance to make it as your first or last itinerary of the day. Pick Padar as a place to wait for sunrise or sunsets. The island get even more magical as it glows from the touch of golden light.
Things to Know Before Going to Padar Island Tour
Know that the heat can be absolutely mental if you choose to hike in the middle of the day. If you are going on a day trip, you might get Padar right when the sun is in its peak. Equip yourself with hats, sun covers, glasses, and plenty of sunscreen. If you are going for multiple day trip, you have the privilege to make it as sunrise/ sunset hike. The heat is more tolerable and the sun doesn’t shine right on top of your head.