Padar Island is a small island located between Komodo and Rinca Island. It is part of the Komodo archipelago and administrated under the West Manggarai Regency, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Padar is the third-largest island in Komodo National Park.
The Komodo archipelago is famous for Komodo dragons, giant lizards that can measure up to 3 meters. However, unlike the neighboring islands of Komodo and Rinca teeming with ferocious Komodo dragons. Padar island is one of the few islands where the Komodo dragon has extinct.
The topography of the island is rugged with steep volcanic mountains and hills set against deep bays. Padar has dry climate thus only bushes and grassland vegetation covering the island creating savanna hills. Padar island has four deep bays with beaches in different colors.
Most of the beaches on Padar are white sands, while some beaches have grey and pink sands. The seas surrounding the island has several diving sites popular for scuba diving and snorkeling. Padar is best for having sunset and sunrise.
Getting to Padar Island
Padar is about 2 1/2 hours from Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara. There are ways to get to Padar from Labuan Bajo. Here are the most popular ways to get to the island:
- Getting on the boat tour from Labuan Bajo
- Speed boat from Labuan Bajo
The boat tour from Labuan Bajo offers a day tour and liveaboard, you can join both tours type. A full-day tour will visit some other islands such as Komodo Island. While speed boat tour offers a day tour as well. It is much convenient to get to the island.
Best Thing to do on the Island
Padar Island offers a stunning landscape view. It is one of the iconic islands in Komodo National Park. Here are things you can do on Padar:
- Hiking to the top of the Island
- Enjoy the stunning landscape view with the amazing Island formation.
- Taking pictures
- Enjoy the sunset and sunrise
On Padar, you can also enjoy the white sandy beaches. Swimming in some parts of the island is the best thing you can do. You can also enjoy your day on the Island if you join the Lombok tour to Komodo every week.