PADAR ISLAND HIKE IS OUT OF THIS WORLD
From the summit of Padar Island you can see more beaches than you can count on your fingers.
This post is from a sponsored trip throughout Indonesia with Indonesia Travel however all opinions remain my own.
I have seen some pretty crazy views from the top of hikes in the past but the summit on Padar Island hike is out of this world.
Padar Island is the third largest land mass within the Komodo National Park and can be found between Komodo and Rinca Island (Both home to Komodo Dragons). Padar was home to Komodo Dragons in the past however, lack of food and hunting drove them away.
The island is known for having beautiful, but short treks and is a hot spot for photographers. The island is a great spot for sunrise and sunset making it perfect for capturing the beautiful beaches or the rolling hills catching rays of light.
How to get to Padar Island
We sailed from Labuan Bajo on our Komodo liveaboard, which is one of the only ways to arrive at Padar. A liveaboard is an awesome experience, where you sleep, dive and explore from a beautiful sailboat throughout Komodo. It took us a little over three hours. Along the way, we stopped at Mesa Village, which is home to a colony of sea nomads and then we also stopped off at a couple of snorkeling spots that had crystal clear water.
We anchored our boat and took the smaller boat to the shore where the hike begins. This trek is definitely more about the views than a tough hike. From start to finish it took us only 20 minutes.
Padar Island Hike is photography heaven
There are many lookouts and photo opportunities along the way. About halfway up there is a rocky outcrop that gives you a vantage point of 4 beaches. This is probably the most popular spot to get amazing shots from. However, it is truly an inspiring location and you can discover amazing views in all directions.
We decided to avoid the huge crowd at the popular lookout and ventured even higher. Our new spot had an obstructed view of two of the beaches but gave us a view of several others. If someone asked me what to compare this hike to I think the only thing that comes to mind is dinosaur territory.
Gili Laba is another awesome viewpoint in Komodo National Park that you should check out for sunrise.
Although it is quite an effort to get to Padar Island, if you are cruising around the area it is definitely worth the effort. Watching the setting sun from the top of Padar Island will be a moment from my trip to Indonesia that I will never forget.