Padar Island is a small Indonesian island between the islands Rinca and Komodo, and is a part of the Komodo National Park. (=Unesco World Heritage sphere). Padar Island is an uninhabited island.
How to get to Padar Island
There are two ways to get to Padar Island.
You can do a one-day boat trip, starting from Labuan Bajo. These trips usually combine Padar Island, Pink Beach and Komodo or Rinca (where you can see the Komodo dragons!) and also Manta Ray snorkeling.
Another, more adventurous way to visit Padar Island is to go on a four days, three nights boat trip. Those trips leave from Lombok. On this trip you do the same things as on the one day trip, but here you visit Komodo and Rinca, you get to see the most amazing sunsets, sleep on the boat etc.
Once you arrive at Padar island, you have to hike all the way up to get the best view. It’s quite a heavy hike, since it goes up very fast, and it takes about 45min to get to the top. Wear hiking shoes and be sure to bring a bottle of water with you. Oh, and don’t forget to put on sunscreen since there is no shade during the hike!
Padar Island Price
For the one day trip, starting from Labuan Bajo, you pay around 35 euro’s. This doesn’t include the entrance fee to Komodo island, which is around 10 euro’s. There is no entrance fee for Padar Island.
The price for the four days three nights boat depends on the agency you book it with. (it’s best to try and bargain a bit and look around for the company that offers the best price) I heard good things about Wanua Adventure. http://wanuaadventure.com/If you don’t mind sleeping on the deck, you pay around 130 euro’s, if you want a cabin, you pay 170 euro’s.
Where to stay
If you want to do a one day trip, it’s best to spend the night in Labuan Bajo, since the trips are leaving early in the morning. I highly recommend Ciao hostel, located on top of the hill. The scenery on the rooftop terrace is breathtaking.
People hang out there at night to watch the sunset, or do yoga at sunrise. It’s one of the best places I stayed during my entire trip to Indonesia, and it’s very very cheap!
Best time to visit Padar Island
April until june ( the island is all green so best timing for pictures) or september until november (not many tourists, very dry) (july and august = high season, packed with tourists and december until march is rainy season)
Why should Padar Island be on your bucket list?
The priceless view you get from the top. Padar island’s beauty is truly indescribable, with one pink beach, one black and one white.