Embarking on a Komodo tour feels like going to real life Jurassic Park adventure. There’s the rugged hills, the mountainous topography, the dry savannah, and of course, the notorious Komodo dragon. Everything on Komodo National Park seems to conspire to throw you into the out-of-this-world prehistoric era. Going to Komodo is awesome as for itself, but it can be better by packing the right item with you.
1. Sunscreen and Mosquito Repeller
You will spent half of your Komodo tour trekking in the bare islands. You will trek to the hilltop of Padar, and to the park of Komodo and Rinca to see the dragons. That’s why doubling up your sunscreen with mosquito repeller is really recommended. It’s even better if your sunscreen has strong mosquito repeller on it. Your skin gonna have a double protection just in one swipe of lotion.
2. Good Pair of Trekking Shoes (Or Running Shoes if You Don’t Have Any)
Since your are going to do lots and lots of trekking, you should invest on a pair o good trekking shoes. Though the trek looks easy and short, you should never have tempted to wear just flip-flops. The rocks and hot sands will hurt you! Beside, wearing flip-flops during a trek to Rinca or Komodo will make your thumbs look yummy to the dragons. Who knows, maybe they cannot resist a bite!
We cannot stress it enough. When you are going on a journey to Komodo, everything around you is so gorgeous it’s worth capturing. You will be amazed by the awesome liveaboard interior, the open blue sea, the gorgeous auburn-and-crisps hills. And that’s even before you meet the terrifying Komodo itself, which deserve to consume half of your memory card.
We advise you to invest on zoom lenses for better capturing the dragon. Fisheye will be a great help to capture the awesome landscape. And since the underwater world of Komodo is so lively, it’s a good idea to bring underwater camera along.
4. Some Pieces of Swimsuit and Cover Up
For the next few days, your Komodo Tour will be jam-packed with beach galore and boat chilling. With all of the stunning beaches and cool liveaboard as your stunning backdrop, swimsuit is a must. Take some pair of swimsuits—you gonna wear it a lot and you’ll want to change every day. Besides, you will have lifetime supply of summer vacancy snaps for your social media gallery!
And due to the strong sunlight in the National Park, you will want good cover-up. Pick some that will protect you from the sun with style. Thin cover-up will keep you covered during the hot trekking without making you stiflingly hot.
5. Waterproof Plastic Phone Case
Does it make you look like a frantic teenager? Yes. Does it protect your phone from the water? Absolutely. Waterproof phone case, albeit looking very teenish, prove to be very useful during a Komodo tour excursion. Your journey will involve lots of water—and the corrosive, salty sea water with that! Having waterproof case will not only protect your phone, but allow you to take a snap from underwater, too!
6. Choosing the Right Komodo Tour Provider
There’s two option to explore the Komodo National Park. First, you can go all-independent and arrange the whole tour by your own. That means renting fisherman sailing boat, sleeping in a wooden bench, and exploring everything without a guide. Second option, you can book a Komodo tour with several other people and embark on liveaboard. Most of the tour agency have fixed itinerary. However, recently we found a tour agency to Komodo that let you arrange your own schedule and destination. That’s pretty cool! They have a legit website too so we can take a peek of the surrounding islands and see what’s there.
Are you ready to be thrown away to the far-flung islands? Have a good packing for your upcoming Komodo tour. The adventure awaits!