Rinca Island is the home of fascinating wildlife, the Komodo Dragon. Recognized as UNESCO World Heritage, Rinca Island offers enormous jewels beside Komodo, such as a white sand beach and natural panorama.
Land of Komodo Dragons and Other Exotic Wildlife
Rinca Island is one of the three biggest islands in the National Komodo Park Area. This sanctuary was built in 1980 to protect the endangered Komodo Dragon that lives on the island. It is also a natural habitat of buffaloes, macaques, snakes, birds, deers, wild pigs, and saltwater crocodiles. This island is a dry area with savannah topography.
Why Should You Visit Rinca Island?
Easier to Observe Komodo Dragon
Rinca island, with its more diverse terrain, is a lesser-known and therefore less-visited island compared to Komodo Island. Rinca Island offers better conditions for observing the Komodo Dragon in their natural habitat.
Mostly undisturbed by tourists and other human inhabitants. Thus we recommend you to have this island on your bucket list when you visit National Komodo Park.
Marine Life Surrounding Rinca Island Offers Different Type of Adventure
While the savannahs of Rinca Island offer much excitement, the marine life and coral reefs surrounding the island serve up a different kind of adventure. There are small beautiful white sand beaches around the island, perfect for soaking up the sun after a hike.
However, you may always want to have an experienced local ranger around you while on the beaches of Rinca Island as Komodo dragons often like to sunbathe and can impose a danger to tourists if they are disturbed. Be aware of their presence as they hunt their prey with double the speed a human can run and swim twice as fast too.
Trekking on Rinca Island to Observe Komodo
Treks on Rinca Island start from the ticket office at Loh Buaya. You also have the option to choose between three trails. The shortest trek takes 30 minutes. It is an easy, shaded walk that passes an artificial waterhole before ascending to a small hill with a view over the bay, and can be done by people of all fitness levels.
On the one-hour trek, you will cross an exposed savannah studded with lontar palms and pass through the Komodo dragon’s nests. For the best opportunity to see dragons and their prey, choose the two-hour trek past a permanent waterhole and across steep, exposed slopes that offer breathtaking views.
How To Get To Rinca Island?
It’s relatively easy to get to Rinca island from your current location in 2022. Here’s how:
Plan Your Trip
You might want to plan your trip to be rain-free, as the sky will be so blue and the sunset views are magical. Plan your visit to Komodo in the dry season, April to October.
The weather is very lovely and not too hot during those months. But ladies, please avoid visiting Rinca Island during your menstrual period as these giant lizards are very sensitive to blood. They can smell it from very far away.
Book Your Flight
There are several ways to get there, but the easiest way is by plane. Book your flight to the mainland, the town of Labuan Bajo, Komodo Airport.
There are multiple flights from bigger airports in Indonesia, such as Jakarta, Bali, Surabaya, and Kupang. It takes approximately 2 hours of flight from Jakarta and 1 to 1.5 hours from other bigger airports to Labuan Bajo.
Charter Your Boat
Now that you’ve made your way to Flores Island, you will need to charter a boat to Rinca Island from Labuan Bajo harbor. It takes approximately 2-3 hours to reach there from Labuan Bajo harbor by boat. The next step is chartering your boat to Rinca Island.
It can be frustrating to deal with a boat operator at the harbor. It’s either the boat facilities that don’t fulfill your needs, or you are confused about how you want to arrange the destinations. It will waste a lot of your time and energy.
Booking a tour package to Rinca Island or chartering your boat in advance will make your trip more enjoyable and easier. We have CLALYNNA for your luxurious journey and an unforgettable trip with your family, friends, and loved ones.
With a boat capacity of 18 people, this vessel is ready to bring you to Rinca Island and Komodo National Park area. The cabins are spacious, equipped with ACs, a bathtub, and a jacuzzi in the master bedroom.
Opening Hours and Entrance Fees
Rinca island is open every day from 07.30 AM to 05.00 PM. The Komodo National Park’s entrance fee is IDR 225,000/person for foreigners and IDR 7,500/person for Indonesians.
However, to explore Rinca island, the ticket fee is IDR 100,000/person for foreigners and IDR 50,000/person for Indonesians. Also, it is mandatory to hire an experienced local ranger to guide you in exploring the area. It costs IDR 120,000/5 people.
Visit Rinca Island with KomodoLuxury
Compared to Komodo Island, Rinca Island is the best Island in Komodo National Park to see the Komodo Dragons in their natural habitat. It offers a better condition and makes it easier for you to observe these predators in their sanctuary due to the density of the Komodo Dragons population. So, we recommend you to visit Rinca Island during your holiday to Komodo National Park.
Choosing the best boat with the best tour package to plan your trip to Rinca Island can be a hassle. We are here to assist you in planning your holiday to Rinca Island. CLALYNNA boat is ready to serve you and your family, friends, and loved ones to have a fantastic journey to Rinca Island and the Komodo National Park area. The charter package starts from IDR 40,500,000, and includes spacious cabins for 18 people, luxury facilities on the boat, professional crews, and full board meals and non-alcoholic drinks.
Contact us through WhatsApp for more information regarding the tour package, boat availability, boat facilities, and what is included and excluded from the charter package. You may also visit our website or our Instagram to see our customers’ experiences with CLALYNNA. See you on Rinca Island!