Padar Island is one of the largest islands in Komodo National Park that is located between Rinca and Komodo island. The island has no population with a medium trek to 500 meters hiking. It is surrounded by beautiful white sand beaches and crystal clear water, the perfect beach for relaxing and snorkeling.
Overall the island is popular with landscapes and beautiful island formations. Get off the boat and you will have to hike for 30 minutes to the top. Enjoy taking pictures from the viewpoints of the island. The best time to visit is sunrise and sunset. Both are perfect for spending time on the island.
For most travelers around the world, Padar is a must on the bucket while visiting Indonesia. You cannot visit Komodo National Park without including Padar Island on it. It must be the most famous island beside Komodo and Rinca.
The Best Time to Visit
Indonesia has 2 seasons in a year, dry season and winter season. The dry season is coming from April to September, while winter is coming from October to March every year. We recommend visiting the island during the dry season from April to September. However, you can visit the island in some parts during the winter season, you can go in November and December. These moments are perfect if you want to see the green scenery of the island.
Peak season is a long June, July, and August. These times are probably a busy time for the island, with lots of visitors during the day. To enjoy the island, you can visit in the evening or early wake up in the morning if you join the overnight boat tour.
Low season means off-season or lean season. This period of time will be a relaxation for tourist activities, not so many visitors on the island. In Komodo National Park, the low season is from January to May and October to November. While shoulder season will come a long December, you can enjoy the end of the year by visiting Komodo National Park.
Getting to Padar Island
Padar is located within the Komodo National Perk. So when you decide to visit Padar, the best thing is to join a boat tour from Labuan Bajo. There are a variety of boat tours you can book, Phinisi and a high speedboat. Speedboats can be the perfect choice if you do not have so much time on your holiday. Meanwhile, if you want to enjoy the whole best time to spend on the island, the Phinisi boat is the perfect choice with an overnight tour.
If you take a speedboat from Labuan Bajo, it will take 1 hour to get there. While if you join the Phinisi boat or local boat it will take approximately 3 hours. Both are recommended ways to get to Padar island.
The best way to get to the island is only a boat tour from Labuan Bajo. There are some boats that also sail from Lombok and Bali but probably take longer. Most of them offer a 4 to 7 days sail which departs 2 or 3 times in a week.
For more info on the boat required, you can visit our page Speedboat tour to Komodo Island if you want to take a speedboat. However, if you want to book an overnight tour, you can visit our partner at Komodo Yacht Charter from Labuan Bajo. We will ensure that you will enjoy the Komodo trip and Padar island tour with our services.
Accommodation and Restaurants on the Island
At the moment there is no such accommodation found on the island. Most accommodation and restaurants are located in Labuan Bajo and also found some on Angel island. If you join the day tour, the boat operator will provide your lunch box on the boat.
For those who join the Phinisi boat for an overnight tour, the boat will provide rooms on the boat and meals during the trip. They will normally provide all the things including your activities during the trip. So all you need to do is stay relaxed and do your holiday activities as per the itinerary they offered.
The accommodation or room offered on the boat during overnight tours is cabins and decks. If you take a private trip, you will have a full boat service, which means you can stay in cabin rooms. While the shared trip will depend on what you pay for. If you pay for the deck then they will provide you with a deck, while if you pay for the cabin they will provide you with a cabin room.