Have you heard of Padar island? It’s the third largest island within the Komodo National Park, located between Komodo and Rinca islands.
Unlike its more famous neighboring islands of Komodo and Rinca that are teeming with the legendary dragons, Padar is komodo-free. The rugged topography of this island, with steep mountains and hills, make Padar perfect for island trekking. It stands 238m above sea level, and it has 768 stairs to climb.
The trek to the panoramic vista is accessible to all levels of fitness. With stairs guiding you to the top, it’s an easy 45-minute workout. There are several viewing platforms all along the route, providing a breathtaking vista of its multiple iconic Instagram-able crescent moon beaches of three different sand colors. All this with the stunning backdrop of Komodo Island in the distance.
Tips hiking up the Padar Island Peak
The best time to go to the peak of Padar is either to see sunset or sunrise. Don’t forget to use a hat, comfortable outfit and shoes (sandals may be too slippery). You will also need plenty of sunscreen (with at least SPF 50) and enough water for you to stay hydrated. Make sure you carry any trash with you to keep the island clean and beautiful.
If the fantastic view is not enough reason for you to visit this island, why don’t you try to explore the underwater world by diving around this island? See Aqura Dive packages HERE!
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