Homestay Komodo

FOR RESERVATIONS PLEASE CALL 

Contact: Marta Muslin

Telephone: +62 (0) 81338511345

Address: Komodo Village

Room rate: IDR 110.000 per night per person (includes breakfast)

TRANSPORTATION

There is a public boat service between Labuan Bajo and Komodo Village. This is a very simple means of transport but certainly a good way to get in contact with the friendly locals. Make sure to bring a bottle of water and some food with you. Private boats from Labuan Bajo to Komodo Village can also be organised. However, this is considerably more expensive.

Labuan Bajo – Komodo Village (around 4 hours): Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, departure between 10 am and 12 am

Komodo Village – Labuan Bajo (around 4 hours): Every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, departure between 10 am and 12 am

  • Price: IDR 50.000 per trip/person

Please be aware that local transport often runs late and that the provided prices may increase in the future due to the rising costs of petrol on the island of Flores.

THE VILLAGE

Komodo Village is a traditional Muslim community located between the foothills and coastline on the eastern side of Komodo Island. The island contains the largest natural preserve in the world in which the Komodo Dragon live in the wild. Furthermore, the area is home to a variety of different species, including more than 30 species of mammals, 130 species of birds, 1,000 species of fish, 380 species of coral, numerous other invertebrate species and 250 plant species. In 1991, the national park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and in 2012, Komodo National Park became one of the official finalists of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

ACCOMMODATION

Eight families have recently joined the Komodo Village Homestay. Our traditional stilt houses are beautifully set right at the beach or in very close proximity. The houses in Komodo are very basic and feature living areas on the upper floor with small double bedrooms, including double mattresses and other facilities, depending on the homestay. The bathroom facilities of the houses are on the ground floor, including a traditional squatting toilet and bucket shower. Electricity supply is from 6pm until 11pm.

FOOD

Breakfast is included in the price of your stay. Additional meals can be purchased for IDR 35.000 per meal. Please be aware that extra food costs are slightly more expensive in Komodo, as the villagers must import much of their food from Labuan Bajo. You may also help in preparing your meal with your host! As this is a Muslim village, pork and alcohol are not available. ! If you have any food preferences (e.g.vegetarian) or allergies, please inform us upon reservation.

VILLAGE ACTIVITIES

Woodcraft Lessons

Woodcarving is an important aspect of culture and life in Komodo Village. The villages artisans are famous for their lifelike woodcarvings of Komodo dragons. Visitors to Komodo who are interested in this craft should not miss visiting and working with these skilled artisans in one of the two lessons provided below.

KOMABEE Arts – KOMABEE Arts is an artisan workshop that has a small exhibition of local souvenirs. Pak Habsi, the founder, is a self-trained professional artisan who has practiced his trade since 1973. Thirty artisans from Komodo village are part of his workshop and create the famous wooden Komodo Dragons and other woodcrafts. During the one-hour visit you will see a variety of local souvenirs and you may watch as the experienced artisans create the Komodo Dragons with different tools. You will also have the chance to work together with one of the artisans to learn how to shape a small Komodo Dragon out of a single piece of wood by using traditional methods and tools.

  • Price: IDR 50.000 per person
  • Contact: Pak Habsi +62 (0) 821 4704 9837

Local Artisan Woodcarvers

During the one-hour visit you can watch some experienced artisans as they create the Komodo Dragons with different tools, followed by a 30 minute workshop in which one artisan teaches you shape a small Komodo Dragon out of a single piece of wood, using traditional methods and tools. Once you complete your wooden Komodo dragon, you make take it home as a souvenir.

  • Price: IDR 60.000 per person
  • Contact: Pak Haji Majid – +62 (0) 812 3740 6719 or Pak Suaep – +62 (0) 812 3895 0098




Komodo National Park

Loh Liang is the visitor gateway on Komodo Island and its national Park. Komodo National Park provides a wide range of tourism activities and facilities.

Activities

  • A variety trekking routes with different levels of difficulty and distances (short trekking, medium trekking, long trekking and adventure trekking)
  • Wildlife observation including, Komodo dragon, Timor deer, wild boar, and water buffalo
  • Bird watching, such as the sulphur crested cockadoo, orange-footed scrub fowl, spangled drongo, green imperial pigeon, and friarbird, as well as several species of birds of prey

Facilities

  • Information Service
  • Harbour and jetty
  • Cafeteria & souvenir stands

Prices for the different trekking routes and the admission fee to Komodo National Park are subject to change and the information may be requested at the National Park entrance in Loh Liang, or found online at http://www.komodo-park.com/detail.php?id=24.

Flying foxes, fishing & beach BBQ on Lasa Island

This trip starts with a visit to Kalong Island, a small island where you have the chance to observe numerous flying foxes (kalong), the largest bats in the world. Afterwards, the boat will take you to Lassa Island. A great way of experiencing the local culture of Komodo is to go fishing with one of the village’s fishermen. On the way to Lasa Island you will learn traditional Indonesian fishing techniques. The fishermen will show you all the tricks of fishing with a line held by your index finger. Your catch will be prepared for you on one of the white sandy beaches of Lasa Island. Finally, you will arrive on Lasa, a beautiful island located only 500 meters from Komodo village, offering a nice view of Komodo Village and its surroundings. Here you can enjoy a beach BBQ with freshly cooked fish and various side dishes on the beach. The price includes the transfer to the two islands by boat, fishing, food & drink.

Duration: 3-4 hours

Prices:

  • IDR 400,000 IDR (1 – 4 people)
  • IDR 600,000 IDR (5 – 8 people)

Kayak Rental

A trip on a kayak is a great way to explore the surroundings of Komodo Village. You may choose between double and single kayaks (subject to availability). You may go as far as Kalong Island (approx. 45 min one way) and Pink beach (approx. 1 hour one way), however this is only recommended to fit and experienced people. For your own safety, make sure you wear a life jacket at all times and inform someone about your desired destination. Don’t forget to bring plenty of water and sun lotion. Beware of the strong current in the area and ask the locals where it is safe to go and where not.

Prices:

  • Half day (morning/afternoon): IDR 50.000
  • Full day (7am – 5pm): IDR 80.000

This Code of Conduct was established together with the homestay families and members of the community. All visitors to the homestays should follow these rules. Thank you for your understanding!

  • Visitors must register in the village guest book upon arrival.
  • Being intimate/ showing affection (e.g. kissing) should be avoided in public areas and in the homestay.
  • Visitors should cover up appropriately during their stay in Komodo (please see the section below on suggested clothing).
  • If travelling as a couple, visitors should state that they are already engaged (bertunangan) to avoid being placed in separate rooms or to be turned away.
  • Visitors should not give children money.
  • Only Muslim visitors are allowed to enter and pray in the local mosque and must be accompanied by Pak Batiang (Orang Ketua Homestay).
  • Please behave quietly after midnight while walking through the village.
  • Consumption of alcohol in the homestays and in front of the houses is strictly forbidden.
  • Visitors should always be friendly and open towards the locals and respect the local traditions.
  • For safety reasons, visitors should not wander out of Komodo village on their own. Trekking tours in Komodo National Park can only be arranged with experienced rangers at the official entrance of Komodo National Park in Loh Liang, which is accessible by private boat.

Rob AmmerlaanHomestay Komodo

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