The Best Komodo National Park Speed Boat Tour

If you want to visit Komodo National Park, you have a plethora of options. From doing a liveaboard, to hiring a boat and skipper and doing it private, there is an option for every price point. I believe the best way to see the the park is to do a Komodo National Park speed boat tour. This allows you to see a whole bunch of stuff in one day (which means needing to spend less time in Labuan Bajo).

We booked our fantastic tour through FloresXP which ended up to be the best decision we could have made. They are highly professional and upfront with all prices and other information. You can find the address of their office in Labuan Bajo by clicking the link above, or just searching Google.

Komodo National Park Speed Boat Tour:

Padar Island

Padar Island was our first stop on the komodo national park speedoboat tour
This is probably the most iconic shot of Padar island…and you only need a phone and a half hour trek to get your own!

Padar Island is where you’ll go to get the most iconic picture of Komodo National Park. As Komodo National Park is mostly still undeveloped, and quite inaccessible you can only go to a small section of it. Padar is where you can get sweeping views of an entire island.

That’s not tanning oil…Cody is basically melting on the way back down.

As we went by a fairly new three engine speedboat, it only took us 1 hour to get to Padar Island from Labuan Bajo. Make sure to wear sneakers for this part of the trip as you’re in for about a 20 minute hike up to the top.

There is a step trail going all the way up, so you should feel safe the entire way. At the top you can get the best pictures of the island. Make sure to pay special attention to the three different colored beaches!

Pink Beach

Alona Tiunina walking on Pink Beach on Padar Island. The second stop on the Komodo National Park speed boat tour
This picture is unedited, but it was taken on a low angle from a drone with an ND filter and polarized lens. If you face away from the sun, this is what the sand actually looks like.

There are a variety of pink beaches around the islands and different tour operators go to different places. The one we went to was called Secret Pink Beach located at the Northwest of Padar Island.

Pink Beach. Stop number two on the komodo national park speed boat tour
Facing towards the sun. Same drone, but did reduce exposure and boost clarity in Lightroom.

I tried to keep my hopes in check because I was worried the beach wouldn’t actually be that pink, however I was pleasantly surprised. The beach (especially near the shoreline) is actually pink! This is due to an organism called foraminifera which has a red body. When it breaks up and turns into sand it gives the entire beach a pink tinge.


Hint: you can see the pink better if you have polarized sunglasses, otherwise the glare from the sun makes it quite faint.

Pink beach on Padar island
Phone pictures are pretty good, no?

Komodo National Park

The whole point of doing a Komodo National Park speed boat tour is to see the actual Komodo dragons. Of course, every tour goes to Komodo island, but this is a pretty iconic image is it not.
Sleepy dragon

After snorkeling and picture taking at pink beach, we went to Komodo island to see the dragons. Due to the danger, each group of five people is led by a guide from Komodo village. He carried a long staff meant to protect us from the lizards as well as snakes.

The trek was about an hour long, and while we saw a komodo nesting ground, we only saw one young dragon resting under a tree.

Komdo Dragon on Komodo Island
Dragon sploot

However near the end of the trek we were taken nearby the restaurant where two huge dragons were lazing about in the shade. Our guide helped us into position to get our picture taken.

Taking pictures of deer as part of the komodo national park speed boat tour
While I was trying to photograph dragons Cody was taking pictures of deer. He’s probably wondering how they taste.

This was also the spot we stopped at to have lunch. I wasn’t impressed with the lunch provided by the tour, but I never really expect the tour lunches to be good anyways.

Taka Makassar Island

This is our speed boat. Picture was taken from the drone.

This Sandbar in the middle of the sea was just so beautiful. Bright white sand and clear turquoise waters made for absolutely perfect pictures.

View from the speed boat after we left Komodo Island

We only stayed here about a half hour, but that was more than enough to get our snaps and cool off in the water.

Manta Point

Okay, staying true to the name, we did see Manta Rays!!! I was nervous we wouldn’t because the tour guides said we would only see them if we get lucky, but we saw two huge ones (plus a stingray).

Freediving with Manta Rays as part of the Komodo National Park speed boat tour.
This one is pulled from the video. It almost gave Cody a big hug!

This was in the middle of the sea, so there was no beach to swim to if you get tired. Also, the current can be strong so if you are a weak swimmer ask for a life vest.

Freediving with Manta Rays as part of the Komodo National Park speed boat tour.

However this was Cody’s favorite spot (even more than the dragons) and he was free diving all the way to the bottom (at least ten meters) to get awesome pictures and video with the GoPro. Of course I included these in our video (smiley)

Freediving with Manta Rays as part of the Komodo National Park speed boat tour.

We swam around for about 45 minutes which was a tiring but worthwhile endeavor. The mantas were so huge and graceful and it was truly a beautiful experience.

Turtle Bay

At our last spot we got to snorkle and swim again, but this time with turtles. Cody skipped out on this one as he was dizzy from diving so much with the mantas. No matter, he swam with turtles back when we were in Gili so you can see some of that from my Gili video.

This stop was about a half hour long, and the current was really strong. By the time I got back to the boat I was just wiped out. Luckily as this was our last stop, I got to nap a bit on the way back.

How To Get To Komodo National Park

The Best Komodo National Park Speed Boat Tour Prices

The total price for the tour was Rp.1,150,000 (Tour Price) + Rp.300,000 (National Park Entrance Fee plus other government fees). This ended up being about $104 USD per person.

Most tours do similar stops, but not all of them are good, so if you book with a different tour company make sure you know which spots you will be going to.

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