Rinca island is one of the largest islands in the Komodo National Park. It is one of the best places to spot Komodo Dragons in their natural habitat. Besides spotting the Komodo Dragons, this island also offers a beautiful panorama.
On Rinca, you can also find beaches and a small fishing village located in the main harbor. Komodo Dragons are often come down to the beach, swim, or walk around. For the most attractive, you need to hike to find more wildlife and great views.
The other wildlife you can find on Rinca are deer, snakes, buffalo, wild pigs, and birds. If you want to see them, we recommend taking a long guide hiking. The longest duration to spend hiking is two hours. The guide will pass the dragon’s nest route and other wildlife.
How to get to Rinca Island?
Rinca is an island in Komodo National Park. The island is popular for the world’s largest lizard, Komodo Dragons. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and there are found over 2000 Komodo Dragons. Other wildlife is also inhabitants on this island.
The best access to Rinca is only by boat tour from Labuan Bajo. There are many boat tours that depart daily to Komodo, including Rinca. You can choose to go on private sailing or shared tour packages. private sailing is available every day, meanwhile shared trips will only depart on weekends.
If you are in Bali, you can join the boat sailing for 7 days and 6 nights. You will able to visit Nusa Lembongan, Lombok, Sumbawa, and Komodo National Park. The sailing trip will end in Labuan Bajo. You can also do this trip from Lombok with a duration of 4 days and 3 nights.
Things to see and do on the island
Below are the best things to see and do while you are on the island:
- Hiking on the island to find Komodo Dragons, other wildlife, and a spetacular views.
- Experience the local life at the fishing village
- Enjoy walking on the beach. Sometimes you will also see the Komodo are playing around here.
During the hiking on the island, please make sure to follow the guide. Keep after yourself and do not scream on the island. You are not allowed to smoke as the island is very dry and easy to burn. Be careful, the baby Komodo are sometimes on the tree, they are aggressive.
Accommodations and Restaurants on the Island
Accommodations are not available on the island. The only best way if you want to stay overnight before or after the Komodo trip is to stay in Labuan Bajo. However, the boat tour provides cabin rooms, so you can stay on the boat during the tour.
Restaurants are also not available on the island. All meals during the trip are provided on the boat. You will enjoy the menu as per the itinerary during the tour. If you do the private trip, you can request the type of menu yourself.
Most of the accommodation and restaurants are available in Labuan Bajo. There is a variety of accommodations, from backpackers to star hotels. As well as accommodations, restaurants are also spread around the city. You can find your best cuisine, local style, or western menu.