You may not have heard about Padar Island, but it is close to Komodo Island. In fact, Padar Island is a part of Komodo National Park, along with Komodo Island, Rinca Island, and 26 smaller islands. Padar Island is the third largest island in the Komodo National Park, after the Komodo and Rinca. Although Padar Island is not as famous as Komodo or Rinca, it is not less beautiful than the two.
Location wise, Padar Island is closer to Rinca Island compared to the Komodo Island and is separated by strait. However, despite being a part of the Komodo National Park, Padar Island is no longer inhabited by Komodo dragons.
The island is surrounded by several small islands and vast blue sea. Overall, it offers a unique panoramic view. Keep reading as we are going to talk all about Padar Island.
How to Get There
There are two ways to get to the Padar Island, from Labuan Bajo, and Bali or Lombok. First, from Labuan Bajo you could take a boat. Labuan Bajo is also a favorite place for tourists to start their journey to the Komodo National Park.
There are a lot of accommodations there, so it will be easy to find a place to stay and transportation to go around. Second, from Lombok and Bali, you can get to Padar Island by plane. Unfortunately, there is no airport in Padar Island, so you still have to use the boat.
Activities in Padar Island
The main attraction of Padar Island is its panorama. The island is formed by rolling hills that stretch out facing the blue sea. The best thing to do here is viewing the panorama from the top of the hill.
You can climb the hill on Padar Island to enjoy the panoramic view from the top. The view of blue sea and the surrounding small islands are just mesmerizing. It takes approximately 15-20 minutes trekking with an upward trajectory. The least experienced hikers may need more time to reach the top since some slopes are of more than 45 degrees.
Trekking to the top of the hill will take a lot of energy. And there is no ladder of safety rope in the path to help you climb, so you have got to depend on your foot strength. Be sure to climb with caution.
Use climbing shoes instead of sandals, because the trekking paths are quite slippery, dusty, and even rocky. Although reaching the top of the hill can be tiring, your efforts will be paid off! From the height of Gili Padar, you will be rewarded with a stunning panorama of the hilly landscape being squeezed between two bays of turquoise water.
When to Visit The Padar Island
The absolute best time to visit Padar Island is for sunrise. Trekking to the top for sunrise will eliminate the crowds of people fighting their way to the peak.
Going early will also help with the heat. Temperatures in Komodo National Park swell after 9am and the humidity makes it difficult to breathe. Allow yourself an enjoyable trek to the top by arriving early.
Another reason why you should plan your trip for the morning is because the ocean becomes VERY choppy in the afternoon. The route from Labuan Bajo to Padar Island is nearly impossible to traverse after 11am. Tour companies actually refuse to bring tourists out after a specific time due to safety concerns.
Where to Stay
All about Padar Island is fastidious, but there is no accommodation here. The best place to stay while visiting Padar Island would be in Labuan Bajo unless you want to camp on the hill. That is all about Padar Island. If you are planning to visit the Komodo National Park, then try to stop for a moment on this island. Its tranquility and beauty will make you linger.
Tips for Trekking in Padar Island
Wear boots or climbing shoes. Do not wear sandals. The slope is quite slippery, and it is safer to use shoes. Besides, you do not want the sun to burn the uncovered area of your feet.
Do not forget to bring a camera to capture the moment. The view from the top will be so mesmerizing that you will want to stay there forever. But, you can’t. At least take pictures, lots, and lots of pictures, to capture the beauty.
Join a package of an open tour to Padar Island. Since there is no public transport to Padar Island, it will be much more expensive if you go and pay your trip by yourself. You have to rent a boat! It is cheaper to go in a tour package. But make sure that the trip includes a visit to Padar Island.
The entrance fee for Padar Island might have been the most confusing part of the entire trip. Upon arrival on the island, you must visit the national park booth. This is where a ranger is collecting entrance fees. There were several fees that unaware of before arrived on the island.
The entrance fees are subject to change depending on the day of the week, what kind of tour you are taking, and what activities you choose to do. You can entrust your tour to Padar Island to the Komodo tour package provider, Nusatourindo.
Thus reviews of the island Padar. Visiting this beautiful island becomes an unforgettable experience for you. Don’t miss our other article about Pink Beach in Lombok. I hope this information is helpful.