Undulating hills that mimic the surrounding waves are the most captivating element of Padar Island. This ‘Land of Dragons’ scenery is some of the most surreal and mysterious in the whole of Indonesia.
Padar island is located in Komodo National Park, between Komodo and Rinca islands. It is home to a remarkable array of wildlife. While Komodo Island is more well-known and attracts a more significant number of tourists, Padar Island is both remote and wild. Thus, making it the best destination to experience nature at its most raw state.
There are no inhabitants on Padar island, and the only distinct movements are that of the wind blowing, the bushes rustling, and waves lapping on the shores. It is no wonder that the island stands proudly in its ruggedness and let its beauty and stunning atmosphere speak for themselves.
Primarily due to its strategic location at the center of Komodo National Park, Padar island is shielded from strong currents coming from the Indian Ocean and thus contributing to its reputation of being one of the safest islands to swim. The waters surrounding the island are relatively calm all year round, making it really safe to swim. The island boasts of three virgin beaches and a breathtaking view that can be experienced either during sunrise or sunset.
Sea eagles can be seen flying over the steep and dry hills of Padar island. There are species of sharks, manta rays, different reptiles, and once were Komodo dragons here, which have now gone to the neighboring islands. The main point of attraction on Padar island is hiking to the viewpoint. From the top, you can see rugged brown peaks of the dry savannah contrasting with natural blends of the breathtaking tri-colored beaches of grey, white, and pink. As sworn by most tourists, nothing beats the gorgeous view that awaits at the summit.
The jaw-dropping panorama from Padar’s summit is the epitome of the Komodo National Park. Spectacular from any angle, trekking is always regarded as a luxurious and not-to-miss experience here on Padar Island. Hiking to its peak and an obligatory selfie are essential itineraries on the island.
The unique view from the top of Padar island unravels the beauty of the three different colored sandy coves, exhibiting hues of volcanic black, coral pink, and powdery white. These beaches with different sands are squeezing a central hillock covered in multi-shaded, green grasses. This Jurassic Park scenery is sensational.
Despite the magnificent view on the top of Padar island, the hike could prove to be quite challenging for some, as it may take up to 2 hours. Foot strength is of the utmost importance here as there are no ropes or ladders for you. The climb may be hard, but the view is worth it! If you want to avoid the crowds taking the same image you’re after, then hold on to your camera and go up higher. Padar island is a heaven for nature photographers – one rare, quirky, and unique island.
Padar island is mostly savannah-covered, surreal landscape fringed by bright green-capped mountains of fairy-tale shapes. Once home to Komodo dragons, Padar island is also a beach paradise of the Komodo National Park. Visitors can anticipate being spoilt for choice as they are presented with three different styles of beach in one location, each with different colored sand. Discover pink, white, and black beaches! It is a rare combination and a quirk of this unique island.
The pink-colored beach, being only one of the few in the world, gets its color from a mixture of pulverized red coral and white sand. While the black-sanded beach is due to its volcanic origin, primarily made up of a variety of dark minerals. Finally, the white-colored beach, although it can be found in most places in the country, provides magnificent natural wonders too.
All in all, Padar island serves as a playground of adventure, be it trekking or being one of the world’s best dive spots. The mighty and gorgeous Padar will undoubtedly cater to the needs of those who are adventurous at heart.